Mar 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EST
If you’re like me, you were watching the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies and dreaming of having an Always Enjoyable Giant Inflatable Beaver of your own. Here’s the backstory on TAEGIB for those three people on the planet who are not familiar with the greatest inflatable animal ever invented. And now we learn that he can be yours, for $5,000 or thereabouts. There are actually six giant inflatable beavers, which you saw parading at the closing ceremonies along with inflatable hockey players, mounties and a giant inflatable William Shatner (may have been the real thing). They were produced by Dynamic Displays of Windsor, Ontario, which began making them in October under a veil of secrecy that made the Manhattan Project look like an arts and crafts project.
Updates: The Always Enjoyable Giant Inflatable Beaver was mentioned on the Dan Patrick Show; and now has 3,914 fans on its Facebook page. Yes, it’s a popular idea to friend the giant inflatable beaver.
From Sharon Hill’s story in the Windsor Star:
The Windsor company, which has been in business since 1962, had to keep its Olympic production under wraps. “We were sworn to secrecy,” said owner Steve Thomson, who was in Vancouver Tuesday. “It was killing us.”
The giant inflatable beaver is so popular it has its own Facebook fan page and Dynamic Displays is taking calls from prospective buyers.
The Olympic props are being trucked back to Windsor this week and you could own one for about $5,000 or more for the larger moose.
Thomson, 40, said they will be for sale.
It should go well with my new dresser.
Here are the beavers in an NBC highlights video, at the 4:45 mark. And here’s a photo gallery of the inflatables being produced.
If the Portland Beavers have not already made a bid on one of these, they’re missing a golden marketing opportunity.
Made in Windsor: Those show-stealing giant beavers, Mounties, moose and hockey players [Ottawa Citizen]
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