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Your Attention Please: superquatchi!

Superquatchi is a new blog by an anonymous Vancouverite (apparently also named superquatchi) who loves collecting Quatchi stuff and other Olympic souvenirs, particularly pins. My favorite on the site so far is actually this Mukmuk pin:

Anyway, superquatchi is now listed on our blogroll — we’re sure they’d love to hear from you!

— Steve


Quatchi Sells Out #2

Quatchi has a Panasonic VCR…

…eats Saputo cheese…

…runs up his Visa card…

…and uses Bell Canada’s telecommunication services.

Here is the first entry in the series.

— Steve

For Eliza

— Steve

Quatchi Sells Out!

The above statue is part of an interactive Samsung display in Vancouver’s Pacific Center Centre shopping mall (photo by kwazy). On a nearby high-rise is a giant, four-story Quatchi in another Samsung ad (photo by beth77)…

Quatchi further promotes Samsung here.

When Quatchi has a sniffle, he takes Cold-FX

He also uses General Electric light bulbs…

…drinks Coke…

…eats Cheerios

…and enjoys Wonder Bread.

He’s also in cahoots with Visa, Bell Canada, and McDonald’s.

Note to Quatchi: After the Olympics are over, when you have more free time, you should check out No Logo and Adbusters.

— Steve

Quatchi Loves Buses!

Whether he’s driving…


…enjoying the ride…

…or checking out a miniature bus at the Surrey Transit Center Centre…

…Quatchi loves buses!

Photos found here.

— Steve

Quatchi Pins!

Small souvenir pins are popular collectibles at the Olympics. Though I don’t much care about actually owning any pins, I do dig their various depictions of Quatchi that aren’t often seen elsewhere, like with a Canadian flag on his face (above), or running with the Olympic torch:

Quatchi is smart!
Here’s something from Christmas:
The official Olympics pin-maker is Artiss Aminco — click the link to see ’em all.

Where to buy? Besides the official online store, check eBay, or the Canadian eBay. And there’s always Radar the Pin Guy.

This nice assortment is from the collection of ~kate~ on flickr..

On second thought, I wouldn’t mind owning some of these after all.

— Steve

Quatchi’s Predecessors!

Here, Quatchi and Miga share a pin with Howdy and Hidy, mascots from Calgary’s 1988 Winter Olympics.

No doubt Quatchi is the best-ever Olympics mascot — for that matter, best mascot ever — but he obviously isn’t the first. Ever since Schuss debuted for Grenoble’s 1968 winter games, mascots have represented every Olympics thereafter. While they’ve included such figures as a beaver, a platypus, a snowman and a wiener dog, frankly, none of these crap ‘scots were much more inspired than Springy, the Springfield Spring.

In a 1999 episode, The Simpsons‘ hometown was chosen to host the Olympics. Homer enters a contest to come up with a mascot, something along the lines of the “Montreal Vampire.” He creates Abby, the Olympic Tabby (a papier-mâché’d cat), before unveiling the more popular Springy, the Springfield Spring. Springy is chosen as official mascot (beating out Ciggy, Patty & Selma’s cigarette mascot), but Bart’s shenanigans cost Springfield the Olympics. Homer, stuck with a thousand useless springs, vainly tries to sell them off as “Mr. Bouncy Best Friend.” Ultimately, after a fed-up Marge insists he get rid of them, Homer flushes ’em all down the toilet.

Along similar, satirical lines, Spatzel and Snowflake were the mascots for Blades of Glory‘s fictitious World Winter Sports Games. Spatzel goes up in flames, and Snowflake takes an arrow to the head. But, like Quatchi and his friends, they have their own video game.

And now, ladies and germs, your full lineup of Olympic mascots:

Winter Games
1968, Grenoble – Shuss
1976, Innsbruck – snowman
1980, Lake Placid – Roni
1984, Sarajevo – Vuchko
1988, Calgary – Howdy & Hidy
1992, Albertville – Magique
1994, Lillehammer – Haakon & Kristin
1998, Nagano – Sukki, Nokki, Lekki & Tsukki
2002, Salt Lake City – Powder, Copper & Coal
2006, Torino – Neve & Gliz
2010, Vancouver – Quatchi, Miga & Sumi

Summer Games
1972, Munich – Waldi
1976, Montreal – Amik
1980, Moscow – Misha
1984, Los Angeles – Sam
1988, Seoul – Hodori
1992, Barcelona – Cobi
1996, Atlanta – Izzy
2000, Sydney – Olly, Syd & Millie
2004, Athens – Athena & Phevos
2008, Beijing – Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying & Nini


Check out this unofficial bear mascot at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley:

— Steve