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No More Happy Trees?!

I'm not sure how many of you remember Bob Ross, the hirsute PBS painter with the soothing voice, but according to G4's TheFeed (my source for all video game news), the dead instructional artist and his notoriously "happy trees" almost made a comeback on the Nintendo Wii. It's true! For a few weeks PBS fans, and pseudo-artistic gaming types were buzzing about the new paint game for the Wii. Unfortunately, however, production has been cancelled. It's a shame—the games would have made great giveaways during all those PBS beg-athons.

Anyway, because I love Bob Ross so much I wanted to leave you with some facts about his life, supplied by the the fine folks at Wikipedia:

  • Ross spent 20 years in the Air Force before he started painting on tv
  • He turned his show into a multi-million dollar cash cow by selling how-to books, a line of art supplies, and by offering classes instructed by people trained in "the Bob Ross method"
  • He was on the air for 11 years
  • He grew up in Florida, and claimed that until 6th grade he didn't wear shoes to school
  • He's been used in promos for MTV, where he works on a painting that ends up being a giant MTV logo.
  • He's stated that cleaning his brush was his favorite part of painting.
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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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