Alright, Maybe I should be scouring flickr for photos of dads taking their infant children to the Yankees-Orioles game. And maybe I will. But for now, I'm too confounded by the nerdiness of these plush toys to do anything else. So:
Nerds have been bugging the creators of Sluggy Freelance, the venerable sci-fi-ish web comic strip, for Sluggy-related stuffed animals "for the last bazillion years or so (or at least since [their] first Comic-Con appearance)." Unfortunately for the kids, the switchblade and the eyes on the handmade version of Bun-Bun the psychopathic rabbit are probably a little unsafe. Same with the eyes on Kiki the hyperactive ferret. Which means you're left with the smaller, squishier, beanie-style animals, for like $15 apiece plus shipping [unless, of course, you buy them at a con].
The plush version of the Higgs-Boson particle, meanwhile, is not any safer. None of the subatomic particle plushes in the Particle Zoo work well for kids, whether because of the glued on eyes or the clean gravel filling [only in the heaviest particles, of course.] Still, the sheer number of purchasing permutations ["EVERYDAY MATTER 6-pack: Electron, Up Quark, Down Quark, Electron-neutrino, Neutron, Proton"; "THEORETICALS 4-pack: Graviton, Tachyon, Higgs Boson, Dark Matter"] makes me think that even a stuffed animal from web comic filled with cosplaying Klingon knock knock jokes has been out-nerded.
Sluggy Freelance stuffed animals, $15-28 [sluggy.com via dot d's dragoncon flickr set]
The Particle Zoo: subatomic particle plush toys, around $10/each [particlezoo.com via dt reader jj daddy-o]