My wife loves Winnie the Pooh. The characters are gentle, kind, and imperfect. The stories are wonderful to read and remind the reader that he or she can live in a world of love and friends if the reader makes that choice. The Hundred Acre Wood is a safe place to imagine, create, and enjoy the company of your best friends, who are all accepted in spite of their foibles and quirks – even Rabbit finally accepts Tigger and Tigger’s bouncing and pouncing after Rabbit discovers what happens when Tiggers aren’t allowed to bounce. Russia has its own version of Winnie Pooh, so collecting the figures has an interesting international side to it.Continue reading Winnie the Pooh Figures: Collectors Corner
(This article contains affiliate links. When you purchase something from an affiliate link, you support our website without incurring additional costs. Thank you.) When “Frozen” came out in 2013, I was hooked. It became my favorite movie of all time, possibly only matched by the original “Mary Poppins.” It was a fresh story about the love between sisters that turned Disney’s normal true love stories on its head. Like many children, I could be caught singing “Let It Go.” When I made it to Disneyland in the summer after “Frozen’s” release, I stood in line to meet the Anna and Elsa. However, it was the connection with Olaf the Snowman that really permeated my life and led to memorable friendships and interactions.Continue reading Disney’s Olaf the Snowman: Collectors’ Corner
(This article contains affiliate links. If you click on a link that goes to Amazon and purchase a product, you support our writing effort without having to pay more for the items you order. Thank you.) If you couldn’t tell by my numerous Disney blog posts or the books I’ve written about Disney (“Disneyland Is Creativity,” “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity,” “Penguinate! The Disney Company”), I’m a Disney fan. Maybe a little less well-known is I love Legos. They’re great for inspiring creativity, especially the basic sets that allow you to build what you imagine rather than following a set of plans and instructions. So, when I saw the Disney Lego Minifigs series 1, I looked at my budget and knew I had to have them.
Disney Lego Minifigs Series 1 Characters
Lego decided to start its series with three of the Big Five represented. Mickey, Minnie and Donald or among the 18 figures. They added Daisy to the group assumedly for symmetry in the release. In fact, only Maleficent and fan-favorite Stitch are without a partner of some sort. Buzz Lightyear has a Little Green Man, Aladdin has the Genie, and classic Alice has the Cheshire Cat. Grown-up Syndrome is ready to battle with the young Mr. Incredible, which I guess timeline-wise doesn’t really work. Peter Pan can take on his nemesis Captain Hook, and Ariel can sing for Ursula.
Appeal of Disney Lego Minifigs
Aside from the fact that they are Lego and Disney, the minifigs have an additional appeal of the blind draw. Not knowing what’s inside increases the anticipation. With each packet you open, you narrow down the one’s you want to get. Soon, you’re wondering if you’re going to get your 10th Syndrome, or if it will be one of the other three characters you need to complete the question. At the end, you hoping to get either the character you need to complete the collection or another of the best characters in it. When that final character is revealed… YOU WIN! It’s exciting and wonderful and fun. Some people would prefer to know what they’re getting, but others enjoy the thrill of the chase.
The Best Disney Lego Minifig
The blind draw gives the Little Green Man the advantage as the best Disney Lego Minifig in Series 1 because you can get a thousand Little Green Men and never have too many. It’s the only character where repetition doesn’t hurt, and in fact, it might help. Little Green Men always seem to travel in groups, except when they are selected by the claw. Some of the other characters seem to be available in other Lego sets if you can afford them. That makes Mickey Mouse a little less exciting though he appears to be in different outfits. The Cheshire Cat is cool, but I’m going to have to give the nod to the Little Green Man.
Collecting and Creativity
Why is collecting a part of our creativity? Ideas come from combining two or more things that haven’t been previously combined. Collecting allows us to have visual and tactile stimulation to improve connections. Oftentimes, people who collect items, don’t focus on just one thing or category. They tend to collect multiple categories of items over time. Perhaps, the most famous example of this is Ray Bradbury’s office at the beginning of Ray Bradbury Theater. He characterizes it as a place where he’ll never starve for ideas. Join us on Patreon for more creativity (and penguins)!
Did you collect and complete your Disney Lego Minifigs Series 1? What are you collecting now? Let us know in the comments.
Kinder Eggs have been around since 1974, but because of an archaic law Congress passed in 1938 regarding inedible substances inside edible substances, Americans have largely missed out on Kinder Egg Toys and their joys. I didn’t learn about Kinder Eggs until a trip to Vienna in 1991, where I instantly fell in love with and acquired dozens of them. Once I knew what I was looking for, there were places in the U.S. they could be found, but these places were selling them illegally and intermittently. Now, with Kinder Joy, American children can experience the joy of the toys. However, the chocolate part and the experience of cracking the egg open are missing.Continue reading Kinder Egg Toys and Their Joys: Collectors’ Corner
In honor of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction turning 50, the Disney Expo 2017 held a contest for Pirates-related art. I convinced Jenya that we should try to win the prize using penguins in the “Take a Wench for a Bride” scene. I knew Disney was going to change the scene, sooner rather than later, but they hadn’t made an announcement. Jenya looked at some other scenes, but thought these outfits made for the funniest penguins. Because of the timing of the contest, Jenya had to make the pirate plushie penguins before the results about moving forward were in. We weren’t chosen, but we had all the penguins.Continue reading Pirate Plushie Penguins for 2017’s D23 Expo
As we move forward and adapt to our new world, we’re creating a new experience at penguinate.com. We plan on opening a shop of sorts, but we’re going to change the focus from an in-house experience to a virtual one. We’ll still have penguins and indie author books and people will be able to come in and see them. However, our space is going to move toward being more of a workplace.Continue reading Creating a New Experience at Penguinate.com
We are about a month away from starting our search for a physical location for our Creativity, Book and Penguin Emporium. (C.A.P.E.S. was already taken in Oregon, so I had to scrap my first choice in names. I’m open to suggestions.) While I would like to think that finding a location is the first step on the list, it’s really just a part of the jumble that we have to do all at once. We need to gather and/or create inventory, like penguins, and get the fixtures ready, like shelves and flat screens. We are still accepting indie author applications, and we will need to reach out to the authors we like. However, since it’s easier, I’m going to write this in a linear fashion.Continue reading Creativity, Book, and Penguin Emporium Coming Soon
Creativity at Our Core
Creativity is a meta skill. It takes both specific knowledge and general knowledge, and it isn’t anything you can get from a search engine. It comes from within you. The items and blog posts that you find here and at our store may seem random, and that’s part of the point. Find the intersection, connect new dots, and bring things together that you haven’t thought about doing before. Participating in our experiences, live or on video, will help you better harness your creativity. Creativity is at the core of everything that we do as human beings.
For Penguin Emporium, creativity is the reason we come to work in the morning, afternoon, evening, and whenever else we happen to be at the computer. Creativity is important for us as people, and no matter who you are, you’re creative. That’s why we’ve written the books “Disneyland Is Creativity,” “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity,” and “Penguinate! Positive Creativity.” It’s also the topic of many of our blog posts and a part of our Patreon page, where Penguinators get special sneak previews of upcoming trainings. As you explore this website, and later visit our store, remember, we’re bringing these things together to help you be more creative in a positive way.
Happy handmade penguins bringing cuteness and joy to you!
Our stuffed penguins bring us so much joy and happiness, we want to share that joy and happiness with you. Each penguin Jenya makes is made with love by hand. The eyes are hand embroidered. The penguins are individual cut from fleece or faux fur fabrics. The feet and beaks are made from fleece. Penguins can be ordered with an outfit that is also handmade!
You are unique; that’s why you’re perfect. All of our penguin plushies are unique. Every penguin has its own personality. From feisty and determined to good-natured and comical. Some of our penguins have more than one mood, and it’s dependent on how you see them! Whatever your mood, we have a penguin that can help you commiserate and, ultimately, feel better. Our penguin community is growing on Instagram! Our Instagram is Penguin_Emporium. Checkers Penguin has his own Instagram at checkerspenguin. Pear Penguin is having fun at pear_penguin, and Dale Penguin can be found at Dale_thepenguin.
Our penguins make great gifts for anyone. People who love penguins will adore our unique penguins. Order a penguin today and find out how each individual can contribute to a happier mood and atmosphere. Love. Friendship. Travel. Penguins. Penguins may also be purchased at Etsy.
Independent Authors and Artists
Independent authors and artists are working hard to create something new. If you’re tired of the same old ideas being recycled, you need to step away from the big media conglomerates and look at what those who work independently have to offer. We are here to support indie authors and artist and help them sell more books and art, so that they can create more books and art. Take a look at our Books section for your new favorite author. Our artists are currently in the Penguin Emporium section.
Have you ever seen a video of Ray Bradbury’s office? He was a collector of things that inspired him to write short stories. Creativity comes at the intersection of subjects. The more knowledge and inspiration you have that connects, the more likely you are to come up with something creative.
We love collecting things for the ideas they inspire, the joy that they give, and the memories they help us recall. We hope Collectors’ Corner can do the same thing for you. We’re always on the lookout for that next great item, so keep coming back to see what we’ve found. Maybe you’ll find the inspiration you are looking for.
A long time ago before the world changed, about the second week of March 2020, my wife and I were going to move to the coast – probably in Oregon. We were going to open a shop. The details about how, where, and with what money we were going to do this were a little sketchy. I just assumed we would figure it out when we got there. All we needed to do was get our cat micro-chipped and wait for the arrival of Jenya’s passport and Green Card visa.Continue reading Our Store Plans for C.A.P.E. before COVID-19