World Largest Rubber Ducky Arrives in U.S.; Shouldn’t We Be Celebrating?


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It seems to me that the arrival of the world’s largest
rubber ducky should be a major event for the toy industry.  On September 27, Florentijn Hofman, a
Dutch artist, towed his 40 foot creation down the Ohio River to Pittsburgh, its
first port of call

Is it just me, but isn’t Pittsburgh an odd first stop and
shouldn’t we in the toy industry have made its arrival into a major toy
event?  No offense to Pittsburgh but it
is an inland city and New York or San Francisco would have seemed to have been
the more logical entry point.

Deflated ducky
The Rubber Ducky was invented by the legendary L.T. Lam
and continues its iconic existence thanks to characters like Ernie of Sesame
Street and people like Craig Wolfe, owner of Celebriducks.  Whether fully inflated as in its Pittsburgh debut
or half-inflated in the case of its Hong Kong unveiling, it’s a big story.

Maybe the TIA should make contact with Mr. Hofman and make
sure that the toy industry has a presence at each of its visits.  I think that would be a “ducky” idea
(groaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnn).  What do you
think?

5 thoughts

  1. Pittsburgh is a great place for it – Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh (and there’s even a billboard by I-76 north of the city to tell you that!). The local institutions – museums, public TV, foundations and many others – are all collaborating to build a dynamic and creative city for kids. The toy industry should keep an eye on Pittsburgh!

  2. This is a fine art event, not a toy event. The artist appropriated a toys image yes,but to try to push some sort of capitalistic tag along to the event would be missing the point.

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    It seems to me that the arrival of the world’s largest rubber ducky should be a major event for the toy industry. On September 27, Florentijn Hofman, a Dutch artist, towed his 40 foot creation down the Ohio River to Pittsburgh, its first port of call.
    Is it just me, but isn’t Pittsburgh an odd first stop and shouldn’t we in the toy industry have made its arrival into a major toy event? No offense to Pittsburgh but it is an inland city and New York or San Francisco would have seemed to have been the more logical entry point.
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