Ok, so I see what you're saying about the hexagons (it does need to be knitting, so crocheting them is out), and I love the hex coat, so anything like that is really appealing. But my worry is that people would be put off by fussy knitting and/or fussy finishing. I have this great pattern for a stuffed sheep that I've never made because of my hatred of bobbles, for example. But do you think they wouldn't mind? That people who knit stuffed animals are expecting fuzzy finishing?
I've never made a knitted stuffed animal, so I'm not the best person to ask. I did sew several jointed teddy beards in elementary and middle school, and didn't mind all the pieces at the time... but now I haven't made one for nearly 20 years, in part because of all the pieces.
Wait! What about just 3 hexagons along the top, then the rest picked up and knitted down from there?