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'Ted'

Instant Sex Symbol

in Plushie Community

6/29/2012 4:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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One of the stars of the movie "Ted" is quickly emerging as a sex symbol ... but it ain't Mark Wahlberg ... it's the stuffed animal.

Turns out, Ted has become a breakout star in the Plushie community ... a group of people with a fetish for stuffed animals and things of the furry sort.  

In fact, "Ted" creator Seth MacFarlane has already been contacted by a XXX website that's popular with Plushies, Clips4Sale.com, in the hopes they can acquire the rights to use Ted's image and make him the site's new mascot.

The site fired off a letter to Seth saying, "Not since Alf has there been this kind of excitement over a stuffed animal."

The letter continues, "We are very serious and would like to engage in talks with you at your earliest convenience."

We called Seth for comment -- so far, no word back.

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