Playing the role of Plex isn't as fun as it seems. The costume limits the vision of the person playing the character, giving them only a few places where they can see out. McCracken even had to sign a contract saying that the role player would only be in the costume for 20 minutes at most.
In the case of Plex, Savannah Slaughter, a George Washington High School sophomore, was inside the costume. She has been on the Junior and Teen boards since sixth grade. Slaughter has been in costume for meet-and-greets before, as a bunny and a bear from Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Slaughter said of the costume, "It's like you're blind, and it smells bad, too!"
Because of her limited vision, Slaughter had to fully turn around to look behind her or completely bend over to see the little toddlers. The entire time she was in costume, two helpers stood beside her. They told Slaughter where the kids were and were constantly asking her, "Are you okay in there, Plex?"
"The helpers are more important than the person playing Plex," said Paxton.
About 500 families came to visit Plex, but the Teen Board members helping with the event had to cut off the line because there were so many people and Slaughter could only be in the costume for a short amount of time. The toddlers' reactions when meeting Plex ranged from frightened to crying when their turn was up.
Some of the kids were so happy to see Plex that they didn't even mind getting hit on the head with his pinchers -- though Slaughter was unaware that she was doing this.