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This has got to be one of most unusual surprises we've ever received at the Archie McPhee store:
These awesome customers brought us a great big version of our beloved Bibo character made entirely out of balloons. This might just be the best balloon animal ever.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: our customers rule.
We never even dared to dream that this video existed! Thanks to a comment on a previous post and some Chinese language Google searches, we have actual footage of Bibo in action on the show Flame Bathing Phoenix.
Bibo happy. Bibo sad. Bibo's bodily functions. It's all there.
We thought more explanation of Bibo might make us find him less intriguing, instead it just increases the mystery.
We love you Bibo, now and forever.
You read more about our history with Bibo in our book.
Bibo is a found product of the highest order. While we can create amazing products, nothing beats finding something that we can't explain yet want desperately ourselves. When we found Bibo in a factory showroom, we had no idea what it was. It was just a strange looking clock that shouted "Bibo" over and over again until you tapped the stem on his head. We requested more information from the factory about exactly what Bibo was and got the strange explanation below. It was love at first sight for us, the explanation just deepened that love.
Good day! Story of Bi-bo.
This is an ancient God story and Love story in China. At that time there were two main powers; Snake Devil Woman and power called Sky Devil Religion, who likes drinking people's blood very much. When the solar eclipse is coming is the time Sky Devil come out to control the world... They have a beautiful Phoenix God Woman to protect them against the Sky Devil.
One day, beside the very beautiful pool, there was one handsome young man who sit on a big stone and blowed flute to lead one fire Phoenix to the pool. Then he use cold pool water to extinguish the fire of this Phoenix and suddenly Phoenix change to be a very beautiful girl. Also, this handsome young man aroused one sleeping God Monster called Bibo to be protection God of Phoenix. This God Monster Bibo had slept in the bottom of the pool for over thousands of year. Bibo is a God Monster with intelligence. He has two big eyes, and he knows very well what people want to do. He cannot speak, but only "Bi-Bo." When there is any danger happened, he will speak. The top of his head will light up and his hip will makes many colorful smoke to help him survive because this smoke is very stinking and it can hinder the sight of his enemies.
We love Bibo very much because he always survive by using some funny ways.
Here's an original catalog page with pictures of the clock and the companion clock, Lucky Boy. Click for a larger size.
One of the things we miss about getting most of our orders through the mail is the way customers used to decorate their envelopes. People didn't just put a stamp on them and send them out, these folks spent some serious time and effort. While I was going through an archive, I came across a stack of them that we'd saved. One is by Steve Purcell, creator of Sam and Max! Here's a few of the best.
Click pictures to see larger sizes!