Picture of the Day: Bucky Badger

Bucky!!! Why are you so cute when holding a basketball! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Source: Bing Images


Pyeongchang Merchandise A Hit Thanks To Soohorang

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The Pyeongchang 2018 merchandising operation is a massive hit.

With just three days remaining in the Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018 officials say the two primary super stores in Gangneung Olympic Park and Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza are both averaging 15,000 to 20,000 visitors per day.

Put that into perspective: Even at the low end of that range, that works out to 30,000 shoppers per day, or 510,000 over the course of the 17-day Games β€” more than half the number of tickets sold to the actual sporting events (1 million).

While Pyeongchang organizers declined to share sales figures, the driving force behind the big numbers is by all accounts Soohorang, the cartoon white tiger mascot. He’s on sweatshirts, in plush toy form, the inspiration of a fleece shawl and on many other products inside the stores.

A line estimated at 90 minutes gathers outside of the store on the middle Saturday of the Games.
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Over the middle weekend of the Games, which coincided with Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year holiday, some shoppers spent 90 minutes in line just to enter the store in Gangneung Olympic Park.

The stores double as a showcase for longtime IOC sponsor Visa, which operates the payment systems inside of the stores and promotes its new payment technologies inside.

Source:Β https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Global/Issues/2018/02/23/On-The-Ground/Merchandise.aspx

PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang sold out online

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While global visitors may want to take home their own souvenirs of the lovable PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang, it may become harder to procure the stuffed tigers as they are sold out in most online shops.

A wide array of products were originally available, featuring the round-faced white tiger wearing Korean traditional costume, riding sleds, perched atop headbands, hanging from keychains and emblazoned on fluffy blankets. However, the official online store has sold out of nearly all of them as of Sunday.

Other online shops carrying the items, operated by Lotte Department Store, are also facing skyrocketing demand for Soohorang.

Stuffed Soohorang plushes range in price from 25,000 (S$30.75) won to 120,000 won (S$147.60), the most expensive one wearing a gold medal on its neck. All such products were sold out on Lotte’s online shop El Lotte and at the online Lotte Duty Free.

A few other items including Soohorang keychains, neck pillows, mugs and heating packs remain available online.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee is not revealing the exact number of Soohorang items sold, according to its communications official. The mascot’s popularity is still palpable, meanwhile, with some 20,000 to 30,000 visitors flocking to the Olympic Super Store gift shops in Pyeongchang and Gangneung each day, the official said.

As more items are available for purchase at the Super Store than online, visitors seeking to possess their very own Soohorang plushes may have to brave the crowds at the brick-and-mortar shops in Gangwon Province.

The cheerful tiger has grabbed global attention through promotional clips depicting its cute antics and on-site cheerleading.

The plushes that the Olympic athletes receive at the venue ceremonies are those adorned with the uhsahwa, or paper flower bestowed to those who passed national exams during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

Only 30 of these limited edition uhsahwa Soohorang are available per day at each official Olympic goods shop.

Source: http://www.asiaone.com/asia/pyeongchang-winter-olympics-mascot-soohorang-sold-out-online

Narita’s Unari-kun named mascot of 2017

Unari-kun, the official mascot of Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, defeated 1,157 rivals from localities nationwide to win this year’s Yuru-kyara Grand Prix title. Chiryuppi of Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture, and Torai-kun of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, took second and third spots, respectively.

Unari-kun is the special tourism ambassador of Narita, which is famous for its international airport and unagi eel dishes. In light of his victory, here’s 10 things you might not have known about Narita’s lovable mascot:

β€’ Unari-kun’s birthday is Nov. 21, which coincidentally fell two days after the results of the vote were announced.

β€’ He’s half airplane, half eel.

β€’ Unari-kun lives in Narita.

β€’ He’s originally from the planet of Unari.

β€’ He first landed on Earth at Narita’s airport.

β€’ He decided to stay in Narita because the city is full of fantastic places, great food and hospitable people.

β€’ Unari-kun can get along with anybody.

β€’ His favorite phrase is β€œγ†γͺ” (β€œunaβ€œ), which he often says at the end of his sentences.

β€’ His favorite things are children in Narita, yōkan (sweet bean jelly), teppōzuke (pickled gourd), sweet potatoes, lotus roots and seasonal flowers.

β€’ The cylindrical objects hanging from Unari-kun’s arms do not represent rolls of toilet paper but airplane engines.

Unari-kun has more than 33,500 followers on Twitter. The tweet from his official account announcing the news that he had won the Yuru-kyara award has been retweeted more than 4,900 times and has 8,400 β€œlikes.”

Source: The Japan Times

Bernie officialy has his own toyline

We are very happy to announce that Bernie overcome the minimum threshold of 100 pre-orders in 2 weeks and now he has his official Budsies toyline! Kudos to all the people who made their pre-orders and the Budsies crew to fufil the dream of Bernie’s father Aerick Hood and to see his creature in a plush form! Awwwwww and the results are simply ADORABLE. 😍😍😍😍😍

Now, everybody in the world will be now able to put their hands on this awesome and super duper adorable orange blob monster who loves sleeping and eating all day long! We’re glad to see that our endorsement to Bernie did not get wasted and rather helped him to reach this important achievement!

We are so proud you, Aerick and Bernie!

Help Bernie the blob monster (soon-to-be HRSMA RSFTM) to have his very own toyline!

Bernie is a unique blob monster who is just looking for a place to nom and take a good nap. He’s also a good bedtime companion that perfectly complements the other, cute and super adorable mascot plushes! The result? Absolute cuteness to the maximum. *faint out of cuteness overload* Awwwww my god I can perfectly imagine how cuddly and happy he will be. So chubby like our Borobi πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Would you want a plush toy of Bernie for yourself? I want one! Everyone needs a monster in their lives, whether how weird it can be.

Now, as Budsies need to know the minimum threshold of the product so to keep the price of the plush toys affordable, Bernie’s father Aerick Hood will have to sell at least 100 of the super adorable Bernie plushes by next Tuesday (22/8/17 in the USA, 23/8/17 in Singapore). If he successfully sells 100 Bernie plushes, the plush toy will officialy have it’s very own toyline! So preorder now, and you will soon see Bernie being featured as a toyline forever! Get one super soft and adorable (soon-to-be HRSMA RSFTM) Bernie today! Oh god he’s sooooo adorable 😍😍😍😍😍 I’m going to get one now. *πŸƒπŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨*