Many of you know that I am a puppetry geek, but did you know that my geekiness extends to mascots too! Why yes, it does!!! And today (Monday) while thrift store hopping I found one of my "holy grail" items which I've been searching for, for about 30 years!!! I'm talking about the very rare and illusive 1980's Winterlude Ice Hogs plush toy based on the original Ice Hog costume before the mascots were redesigned in the early 1990's!
The one I found is in awesome condition too! Looks like it either sat on a shelf untouched or was forgotten in storage for several decades. Many years ago I bought a pin of the 1980's Ice Hog off of ebay, so I attached it to the scarf. There's also a light brown version of this plush toy which I'm still hoping to find someday! I had no idea that this dark brown one existed until I found it today! The last picture below shows my Ice Hogs collection, which now includes all three of the Ice Hogs plush toys that were made! Someday I'm going to donate this little collection to a museum or the city archives! So happy to have finally found his guy! LOL
Update July 19, 2022
On a hunch, the next day I went back to the thrift shop where I found the dark brown Ice Hog plush toy to have a better look around, and I found the light brown one! I'm just amazed!!!!
They're both in such amazing condition, I'm so happy to have found them! The light brown one was the one I knew about, and I'm so glad to finally have found it! I think these super rare, original Ice Hog plush toys are awesome!!! :)