This is Mudkip from the Pokemon game:
This is what I made (yes only the head, I ran out of wool) :
Since it was short notice, I pulled wool from my stash - the kid has no idea that he has butter soft Italian wool - it's actually too nice of a yarn for something that'll dangle from his backpack but the colours were right. The head is about 4" across. I did not create it from scratch - I did use a pattern, why reinvent the wheel right?
I have had the buttons for years, always wondered what I could do with them - they seem to be perfect for this project. Again, a detail lost on a kid but that wasn't the point, was it? I'm pretty pleased with this one.
And by the way - I still have't finished that reindeer....