Monday, May 25, 2015

Coghill Yeti

There's an already-funded kickstarter "Sasquatch Brigade" Embroidered Patch Artist Merchandise you can participate in. George Coghill has made these excellent patches, stickers, buttons, etc.

His description:

"...the Sasquatch Brigade membership kit is a paranormal passport to cryptozoological exploration and adventure in deep, dark forests! Or maybe it's just a really elaborate, limited edition artist-created merchandise-based art project — you decide!"





Ol' Red Eyes is Back! (Throwback: Harold the Matterhorn Yeti)

Earlier this year it was announced that Harold, the Matterhorn yeti, was going to get a whole new look as part of the 60th anniversary celebration refurbishment of the Disneyland park. This image was teased:
And last week, his transformation was unleashed into the world, and this footage surfaced:






So here's what Harold looked like before his new look:


And here's what he looked like without fur (NAKED!):

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 Here's his face close-up:


And here is in all his animatronic moving glory:

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And now let's pair him back with his new refurbished self and see how he compares (Source):

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Welcome to the 21st Century, Harold!  What do you think?   Is it just me, or did they make him look older?

Just FYI, here's all my other posts about him:

Harold premiered in 1978 as part of the ride's first refurbishment. Here are some promotional materials letting folks know that their innocent toboggan ride on the Swiss Alps now had a MONSTER lurking inside (Source: Raiders of the Lost Tumblr):






And finally, here's some more fan art for Harold:

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Not Pointyhead Yeti Friday - Billiken

Art teacher Florence Pretz of Kansas City, Missouri saw a mysterious figure in a dream. She started making cartoons featuring the good luck spirit.

In 1908, in true American fashion, she designed a figurine,  got a patent, and sold it throughout the world as a lucky charm, where it became hugely popular for a time. It was called the Billiken.



Perhaps because of its Buddha-like appearance, the Billiken was embraced by the Japanese, and in Osaka you will find a few statue tourist attractions and numerous merchandise for sale (sweets, small statues and plush dolls) all because of a St. Louis art teacher's crazy dream.

 

As part of its lore, the Billiken is known as "The God of Things As They Ought to Be."  I can't help but think of Bes, the squat Egyptian dwarf god of good who was also very popular back in the day and had his likeness duplicated everywhere.

Strangely enough, the Billiken is the official mascot of Saint Louis University and St. Louis University High School, both Jesuit institutions located in St. Louis.




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