Thursday, January 6, 2011

Celebrity Sightings #6: Corporate Mascots Edition

Okay, before we go any further with this new installment of Celebrity Sightings, I want to address the elephant in the room: Dumbo, please excuse yourself for a moment. Alright, since that is out of the way, allow me to address the question that might be on your mind: "what do you mean by corporate mascots?!" Well, it's no secret that large corporations go out of their way to create many different ways to connect with their customers and, as a result, further sell their brand. One way it's done is through friendly, often anthropomorphic characters to represent the company and its ideals. You see them on cereal boxes, billboards, TV ads, and now they are even in Pico.


Ronald McDonald

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Ronald McDonald is one of the most recognizable corporate mascots in the world. In fact, I'm sure there are some fancy studies and actual numbers to back that up... but for now you can just take my word for it. I first ran into this joyful clown a few months ago, and in my excitement I managed to take a picture of his house.

ronald house

I'm sure a certain king of burgers would be offended by the house, but I was lovin' it! I didn't see him around for quite some time after this, but just a couple weeks ago I spotted him again and went to pay his room a visit. His business seems to have expanded significantly since the last time I was there.

ronald house 2

He also has a 2nd room now:

ronald house 3

Hey, even a clown has to party off the pounds after eating all that food.


I usually preface each description of the celebrity I'm talking about with the name of the celebrity that is being impersonated, since the user sometimes goes by a different name... but I have to admit, I have no idea if the Pringles mascot actually has a name! For the sake of it, though, I shall call him Mr. Pringles Featherbottom. Some might think he is a rather handsome fellow, so it was only a matter of time before there was a Mrs. Featherbottom and, well...


... a Pringles Jr.! If you ever see him around on Pico, you will learn that his personality is just as addictive as the potato crisps his father represents.

elijah face

When you think of Pico or Ameba in general, there may be plenty of different characters that come to mind. So, in a way, there are a handful of "mascots" which represent the company and game itself. One of which being the infamous Sleepy Elijah. You've seen him rocking back and forth in bot form over at the Flea Market, but I was lucky enough to actually catch him hanging around the park and in his room.

Sleepy Elijah

He didn't seem too talkative, but I'm going to assume he wasn't entirely happy about the way I went about outing him in a certain article of mine.

Previous Entries:
Celebrity Sightings #5
Celebrity Sightings #4: Disney Edition
Celebrity Sightings #3: Halloween Edition
Celebrity Sightings #2: Music Edition
Celebrity Sightings #1