The Different Types of Rubber Ducks
The Many Faces of the Rubber Duck
Rubber ducks are not all created equal. Some float better than others. Some rubber ducks squeak, some of them squirt, and some of them just sit there. Some are yellow, some are pink, some are green. Some rubber ducks flash pretty colors, some of them glow in the dark.
Some are really made of rubber, but most of them are actually manufactured from plastic vinyl!
Frankly, there's a lot to know about rubber ducks. Let's review...
Rubber Ducks vs. Plastic Vinyl Ducks
Most rubber duckies these days are made from vinyl plastic. They might look and feel somewhat rubbery in nature, but they are not true rubber ducks.
However, there are a few rubber ducks that really are made from rubber. You'll know it, too. They tend to be more squishy, they have that distinct rubber smell, and they usually have a nice loud squeaker.
True rubber ducks tend to be more flimsy and lightweight compared to plastic vinyl ducks. Their plastic vinyl cousins are sturdy and come with a wide variety of shapes, styles, and colors.
Classic "Tongue" Duck
Tongue rubber ducks are the babyish duckies that are small, compact, and have their bills wide open. It sort of looks like they're sticking their tongues out.
These "tongue" ducks are perhaps the most common and generic. It's helps that they're cheap, which makes them popular for rubber duck races and for giving away as party favors.
Ducks with devil horns sticking out of their heads. They are hugely popular, especially the ones styled to look like ninjas or pirates. They also come in a wide variety of different colors and patterns.
A Rubber Ducky Collection
These are rubber ducks made to look like celebrities, famous people, or characters from movies and television. For example, it's possible to get a rubber duck that looks like Jesus or Mr. T.
Although Celebriducks have their own following, they don't really look like rubber ducks. They look like strange, distorted people with beaks.
Flashing Rubber Ducks
These are rubber ducks that light up or flash different colors when you touch their bottoms. Most of them are "tongue" style ducks upgraded with lights and batteries.
The unfortunate thing about flashing rubber ducks is that when the batteries die, you can't replace them without cutting into the duck.
These ducks are in the same category as Celebriducks, except they tend to emphasize personalities or roles. These rubber ducks LOOK like rubber ducks, but they're often styled to look like anything from firefighters to baseballs. Some even look like cat/duck or giraffe/duck crossbreeds.
Cute, highly collectible ducks with attitude.