Perhaps inspired by the success of bringing Duffy back from overseas at Tokyo Disneyland where he is a phenomenon, Disney Consumer Products has made a gesture that indicates plans to bring another Japanese bear-exclusive, this one from Disney Store Japan — UniBEARsity. The company has recently applied for a trademark for the use of UniBEARsity for ‘Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes.’
The UniBEARsity line focuses on Mocha and Pudding, teddy-bear versions of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse respectively, as created by Mickey and Minnie as part of a homework assignment from Professor Ludwig von Drake at Disney University. A translated version of the UniBEARsity backstory can be found at fan site Duffy’s Closet. The entire current UniBEARsity products available in Japan can be viewed online at the Disney Store Japan website.
If nothing else, it appears that Duffy has also recently become an alumni of the school with a brand new UniBEARsity outfit, according to this forum thread.