Mail arrived today with a padded envelop marked Canada Post. Squeals of joy could be heard for blocks. Inside, I found these:
The fuzzy guy and the center magnet are both called Quatchi, because nothing is cuter than a man-eating monster with blue earmuffs. The other two are Miga and Sumi.
Miga is apparently a 'sea bear' an orca whale that comes on land and morphs into a bear. Except she got stuck during transformation and maintained the fin. I think that's a lie. I think it's a bear with a mohawk, and the Canucks are trying to cover up her free spirit. Loosen up, Canada!
Sumi looks to me like a bird in a viking helmet, but the official website says he is a magical guardian spirit. And he expands to the size of a Boeing Airliner to carry the sasquatch and sea bear around. There is no mention of whether drinks are served aboard. Or of what the artists were smoking when they designed this stuff. Something very pure, spiritual, and First Nation-y, I'm sure.
The Quatchi and Miga magnets feature Olympic rings in green, blue, and purple, and an inukshuk in the traditional Olympic ring colors, which I think is way cool. The Sumi magnet has the paralympic logo in green, blue, and purple.
Anyway, these adorable little guys were part of a swap I made with Captain Dumbass, otherwise known as Chad from Us and Them (or We and They, if you are an anal-retentive English teacher like me. Shut up). I asked for an Olympics souvenir, and I'm sure he'll be showing off his request when it arrives. Heh, heh. I can't wait.
I'd like to point out that of these produits officiel, only Quatchi was fabrique au Canada. The magnets were fabrique aux Etats Unis. Nasty Americans. Taking over everything!