The shark feels extremely soft and comfy. I like it, but it appears to be an Ikea knockoff. If possible, just get it from Ikea since it is the original one. It is also cheaper than what I paid for this one. Shipping was fast because I selected ePacket. There is no smell to it. The shark's stitching is good. I would recommend the 100cm one since it is very nice to hold and hug. Thanks seller!