The Adorable World of Funko POP! Vinyl Figures

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You see these figures in plenty of stores and online. Distinguished by their square oversized heads, beady eyes, and small plastic bodies, these figures have become popular as collectibles. Founded in 1998 at Snohomish, Washington, Funko has become noted for its pop culture collectibles, particularly its noted plastic figurines and bobbleheads. After all, it was originally conceived as a small project to create various low-tech, nostalgia-themed toys. Their first known bobblehead figurine was the Big Boy restaurant mascot. Although the company also makes plushies, action figures along with electronic items like USB devices, lamps, and headphones. Since its inception, Funko has created 13,642 different products in dozens of toy lines. Their most famous Pop! Vinyl line figurines are modeled in a similar Japanese deformed style which have existed since 2010. So for your reading pleasure, I’ll give you an assortment of these toys. Enjoy.

  1.  King of the North Jon Snow takes the Iron Throne.
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Except he doesn’t despite killing Daenerys. Since Drogon melts the Iron Throne shortly afterwards. While he’s sent to exile at the Wall.

2. Thor is about to rock at Ragnarok.

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Though he has a skull helmet in his hand. He’ll get a real makeover later.

3. “You want me to paint that Happy Little Tree?”

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This is Deadpool dressed up as Bob Ross. Comes with pallet and giant paintbrush.

4. Where would Colonel Sanders be without his bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken?

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Here he is in a white suit and glasses. But stay away from the chicken since it will kill you.

5. Geoffrey the Giraffe is always a Toys R’ Us kid.

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Unfortunately for him, Toys R’ Us has declared bankruptcy and closed all its stores. Thanks to a greedy vulture capitalist entity known as a private equity firm.

6. Sirius Black cleans himself up nicely.

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Tragically, he dies in Book 5 trying to save Harry at the Department of Mysteries. Bellatrix Lestrange made sure of it.

7. Belle always keeps to herself in the village.

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This is her from the live-action version. Given that she has towels on her blue apron.

8. Michael Scott sees himself as the world’s best boss.

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Despite that Michael has no idea what’s going on at Scranton’s Dunder Mifflin office. Not to mention, he has a tendency to make a fool out of himself.

9. Queen Daenerys Targaryen takes court at Dragonstone.

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But please don’t fail her. For she’ll have her dragons burn you to ashes. Lord Varys learned the hard way, but he was right about her.

10. Thanos relishes having the Infinity Gauntlet.

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Okay, this can’t be good. Since he intends to annihilate about half of humanity.

11. You’ll have tons of fun with the Cat in the Hat.

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But make sure you clean up before your mom comes home. Since the Cat totally trashed it before he left.

12. Bob Ross will show you the joy of painting.

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Comes with a brush and palette. Ready to paint some happy little trees and show how in his soothing voice.

13. Batman has received a message from the Riddler.

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Wonder how he could read that during the night. As Gotham City is prone to colorful and psychotic supervillains. Still, Batman can do way more good for Gotham by paying his taxes.

14. Spiderman can swing from high skyscrapers.

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Here he jumps high that he has a stand. Let’s hope his webs are strong enough.

15. “Wait till my father hears about this.”

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This is Draco Malfoy as a Quidditch play for Slytherin as a seeker. Mostly because his dad bought new brooms for the team.

16. Joyce Byers fiddles with Christmas lights.

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Because she thinks she can find her son Will this way. So she uses the lights to form an alphabet.

17. Jonathan is always handy with a camera.

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Too bad his brother’s missing and his crush is seeing Steve Harrington. Don’t worry, that’s easily resolved by the end of the first season.

18. Big Boy is here to sell some burgers.

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Is that restaurant still around? Because I don’t think Big Boy restaurants still exist in my neck of the woods. Besides, I haven’t seen one in a very long time.

19. Dale Cooper just needs his cup of coffee.

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Though what goes on at Twin Peaks is at a whole other level. Say hi to the log lady for me.

20. Wonder Woman always knows how to kick ass.

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She’s an Amazon demigoddess who can dodge bullets and take on Ares. Sadly, her boyfriend Steve Trevor wasn’t so lucky.

21. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger appear in their Yule Ball best.

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Hermione wears a gorgeous pink dress when she appears with her date, Viktor Krum. Ron wears a ghastly hand-me-down dress robe.

22. Tiana looks like a princess during the Mardi Gras party.

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Though I wouldn’t kiss that talking frog if I were her. Sure he’s a prince. But she’ll turn into a frog, too.

23. Finally, Aragorn is crowned King of Gondor.

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Yet, he takes time to reunite with Arwen and kneel down for the hobbits, particularly Frodo. You won’t see him again.

24. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Superman.

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However, make sure you evacuate Metropolis when he takes up with Zod. And don’t go to Smallville either. Seriously, the city was destroyed by the end of Man of Steel.

25. Ginny Weasley knows how to chase that Quaffle.

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Well, she’s mostly a chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Though she takes over as Seeker whenever Harry gets into some terrible trouble.

26. Marty McFly shows off his guitar skills in Back to the Future.

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“You may not be ready for this. But your kids are going to love it.”

27. Dustin is always eager for an adventure.

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But please, don’t keep any critter from the Upside Down as a pet. Seriously, he should know after Season 2.

28. The Beast seems to enjoy the birds outside.

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Well, he doesn’t mind holding them in his hand. Wonder why they don’t just fly off in fear.

29. Toothless is all harnessed and ready to go.

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Now he’s just waiting for Hiccup to ride him. But I wouldn’t mind if he’s messing around.

30. Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived.

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Though note that a very dark wizard’s after since he killed his parents. Also, he’s incredibly famous in the Wizarding world.

31. Alice finds herself stuck in Wonderland.

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However, many have a tendency to see her adventure as an acid trip. Or at least inspired by one.

32. Falcon can fly in his super suit.

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He’s Captain America’s sidekick. Of course, he may not have actual super powers beyond what his suit offers.

33. Rapunzel lets down her hair.

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Though Mother Gothel won’t let her out of the tower. Since she needs her hair to retain her youth and beauty.

34. Aquaman knows how to wield a trident.

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After all, he’s the king of Atlantis. And you must see his underwater kingdom.

35. Tywin Lannister runs Westeros behind the Iron Throne.

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Unfortunately, he’s a very terrible parent, especially to Tyrion. Trying to execute him for a crime he didn’t commit would bite his ass hard. Like Tyrion shooting a crossbow while he’s on the toilet hard.

36. Russell is a trained Wilderness explorer.

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And he’ll go to great lengths to help the elderly. Even if it means ending up in South America. And whether Carl likes it or not.

37. Make way for Prince Ali.

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This is Aladdin as a prince. So he can win over Jasmine. Despite he should’ve just came to the palace as herself.

38. With President Snow, let the Hunger Games begin.

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He’s president of Panem and the main villain of The Hunger Games. And he doesn’t want any funny business. Or someone will have to die.

39. Looks like this is a job for Captain Marvel.

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And unlike Wonder Woman, she doesn’t need a skimpy outfit to save the world. Also, she can fly in space.

40. Kristoff knows how to mine the ice.

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He may not be a prince and prefers hanging out with his reindeer. But he’s a good guy who will go out of his way for Anna. Prince Hans, not so much.

41. Ghost is Jon Snow’s most trusty friend at the Wall.

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But if Jon doesn’t pet him before going to King’s Landing, he’ll never hear the end of it. Because all Ghost has done was be a good boy.

42. Agent J would like to deneuralize you.

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Comes with Frank the Pug who’s an alien, not a talking dog. Still, you won’t remember anything afterwards.

43. “Mama, just killed a man…”

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This is Freddie Mercury during his early career. And yes, he did the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video in that outfit.

44. Bran Stark holds a dagger in his wheelchair.

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Funny, how he doesn’t seem to do anything but warg. Yet somehow he ends up king.

45. Is everyone ready for Ellen DeGeneres?

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Nice how they depict her figure dancing in a white pantsuit. But no, she’ll no longer have that piece of shit Donald Trump on his show.

46. Mulan is ready to meet the matchmaker.

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And that meeting will go down horribly. Mostly due to the cricket messing up everything.

47. Mantis doesn’t always understand certain expressions.

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Yet, Drax loves her anyway. Too bad he died in Infinity War thanks to Thanos.

48. Ironman flies in his special suit.

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And yes, it has weapons. So if you see him, get out of the way.

49. “What can I say except you’re welcome…”

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Too bad Maui stole that heart from the goddess that she turned into a raging volcano. Still, get a load of his large fishhook.

50. When you’ve got a problem, you better call Saul.

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Since Saul Goodman is the only kind of lawyer sleazy enough to represent such scumbags like Walter White. Has his own spin-off series on AMC.

51. Nothing makes a better Christmas gift than “Dick in a Box.”

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Guys, please don’t do this. Seriously, it’s not going to turn out well. Still, these guys are pretty funny.

52. Peter Quill is the Star Lord.

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He wears that mask while he’s in space. Though he should’ve got the memo that he’s not entirely human by the fact he’s still alive when he gets in the space ship.

53. “The night is dark and full of terrors.”

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Though Melisandre should’ve known better than to have Stannis sacrifice his own daughter. Seriously, it’s no wonder Davos wanted her dead after that.

54. “Scuse me while I kiss the sky…”

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Jimi Hendrix was long considered the greatest guitarist rock music has ever had. Performed the national anthem at Woodstock.

55. “The Dude abides.”

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Here the Dude stands in his cardigan with a White Russian in hand. Still, I’m sure you’d want to wear his comfy clothes.

56. Loki is fulfilled by glorious purpose.

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Yet, given that Loki has a tendency to backstab whenever he sees fit, don’t trust him. Seriously, he’s a known trickster.

57. Vampire Bob delights in greeting trick-or-treaters.

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Too bad he ends up dead at a government facility. Still, he was a very nice guy.

58. Lieutenant Uhura is an exemplary communications officer.

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Though I’m not a fan of her relationship with Spock. Seriously, they weren’t a couple in original series.

59. Here’s one clown you don’t want to run into.

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The Joker is the most famous Batman villain since he’s utterly insane and a psychopath. Still, he knows how to dress.

60. Carl just wants to go to Paradise Falls.

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Well, he wanted to go there with his wife. But she died at the end of the beginning montage.

61. No one dare mess with Walter White.

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Since he’s the one who knocks. Though he also wears tidy whities.

62. Dr. Strange can do magic in another dimension.

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Though I can’t get used to Benedict Cumberbatch’s American accent. Seriously, I don’t think anyone sounds like that.

63. Princess Kate is a noted royal beauty.

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Well, she has 3 kids with Prince William. Though I wouldn’t say he’s aged very well since he’s bald.

64. Michael Corleone is up for the business.

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However, he’s surprisingly cruel to his enemies that he eventually drives the people he cares about away from him. Also, he kills his own brother.

65. Ant-Man can always change his size.

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This is him in giant mode from Ant-Man and the Wasp. Because him in small mode is just too difficult to make.

66. “Dobby is a free elf.”

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Sure Dobby might stir trouble now and then. But he’s so endearing that you can’t help but love him.

67. “What’d up, bitch?”

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This is Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad. He assists Walt with the meth stuff. But also has a conscience.

68. Eleven likes her Eggo waffles.

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But don’t get her mad or she’ll simply hurt you with your mind. Billy learned the hard way.

69. Flash will get it for you fast enough.

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Though you’ll have to wait a very long time at the DMV. Because he’s a sloth and moves very slow.

70. It’s time for Logan to get the claws out.

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By the way, Wolverine could basically slice and dice you if you piss him off enough. He can also heal himself. Though his luck runs out in Logan.

71. Stan Lee always insists on a cameo.

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Sad that he’s gone though. Yet, this is his figure from Guardians of the Galaxy.

72. “I’m a rocket man.”

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Here he’s in one of his more flamboyant outfits. This one is probably American flag inspired.

73. “Welcome, welcome, welcome to Last Week Tonight.”

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Here John Oliver stands to talk about the latest news and social issues we don’t often talk about. Wins Emmys and is on HBO.

74. Steve Harrington will watch your kids.

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He may be a shitty boyfriend to Nancy. But he grows up in Season 2 when he takes in those 4 boys.

75. Sheriff Hopper is on the job.

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He also takes in Eleven at around Season 2. But he dies in Season 3 right before he could get together with Joyce. So sad.

76. Hope that Harley Quinn doesn’t strike.

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Still, her relationship with the Joker isn’t one of romance. In fact, it’s more on the lines of domestic abuse.

77. Chewbacca is always there to lend a hand.

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Though please don’t piss him off while playing board games. Best to let the wookie win. Still, his crossbow is awesome.

78. Make way for the queen.

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She’s dressed in one of her brightly colored outfits. Yet, she must make sure her hat matches everything else.

79. Muhammad Ali flies like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

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But object to serving in Vietnam over Muslim faith and he gets stripped of his title. While Cheeto Fascist fakes bones spurs and becomes president.

80. Khal Drogo is a fearless badass.

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Too bad he dies from an infected boo boo. Wonder why that doesn’t happen more often in Game of Thrones.

81. Gamora is here to save the day.

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She basically saves everyone’s ass in Guardians of the Galaxy. Too bad she dies in Infinity War.

82. Maleficent is the Mistress of All Evil.

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She’s kind of woman who’d lash out for not being invited to a christening. Can also turn into a dragon.

83. “Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?…”

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Sadly, the real Pocahontas’ life was incredibly sad after meeting John Smith. Since she got kidnapped and raped. Before she married John Rolfe, went to England, and died of smallpox at 21.

84. Moana is a wayfarer through and through.

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She comes with her little pet pig Pua. Shame she left the little guy behind and the useless rooster stowed away.

85. Mad Max is great in the arcade.

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However, her brother’s not so nice. This is especially after the Upside Down got to him.

86. Betty Boop can dance her nights away.

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She’s a cartoon character from the 1930s. Comes with her dog, Pudgy.

87. Mera has spent her long days under the sea.

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But unlike Ariel, she hooks up with a guy she hardly knows because she doesn’t want to marry his brother. Even though she has every excuse to leave everything she’s known.

88. You don’t want to mess with the Winter Soldier.

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He’s Bucky Barnes who’s Captain America’s best friend from World War II. God, you don’t want to know what HYDRA did to him.

89. Sabrina Spellman isn’t your ordinary witch.

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Comes with her cat, Salem. Nonetheless, Sabrina’s powers can get out of hand even in the Netflix series.

90. Mowgli has always lived in the jungle.

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However, being a feral child doesn’t make him equipped with living in civilization. Perhaps he’s better off with the animals.

91. All hail Queen Elsa of Arendale.

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Please, Princess Anna, don’t get engaged to a prince so fast. Because Elsa will erupt and plunge the kingdom into eternal winter.

92. Tyrion Lannister has had enough with his dad.

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So he’s going to kill him with a crossbow. And yes Tywin will be on the toilet by then.

93. Boromir will fight to the death.

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I’m sure he’s basically a pincushion in the back. Though he’s right that one does not simply walk into Mordor…

94. Weird Al Yankovic’s songs are always better than the originals.

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Comes with his own accordion. Still, many of his parodies have stood the test of time.

95. Perhaps you’d want these 3 Ewoks.

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Sure they may eat you. But if you’re a golden robot, they’ll worship you as a god and spare you and your friends. Hell, they may even join in the fight.

96. “Phenomenal cosmic powers. Itty-bitty tiny living space.”

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The Genie can only grant you 3 wishes. And even then, he has restrictions. RIP Robin Williams.

97. “School’s out for summer.”

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Yes, Alice Cooper is in an outlandish costume and everything. But he knows how to rock in a top hat and pimp cane.

98. People can’t get enough of baby Groot.

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Got to love him dance in flower pot to the Jackson 5. So cute.

99. Black Panther will always protect Wakanda.

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T’challa is king of Wakanda one of the most technologically advanced countries in Africa and the world. And he’s got a lot of strong women behind him.

100. Would you trust this guy with your money?

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Actually, to hell with the 1%. Mr. Monopoly and his friends need to pay their taxes and their employees a living wage and benefits.

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The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Ice Sculpture (Fourth Edition)

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Finally, I get to the last of my annual snow and ice posts with ice sculptures. Unlike the snow sculptures that you might see at a winter carnival, you see these frozen creations during all kinds of occasions. You see them at weddings, dinners, and other extravagant events due to their limited lifetime. Though the ice sculptures you normally see may only be carved from a single ice block. But the ones you can see at winter festivals can range from your single block ice creations to massive ice palaces. During the winter, you’ll find plenty of them on display for festivals and competitions all over the world. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of artistic ice creations. Enjoy.

  1. There are many ways to carve a drop.
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This one uses a number of ice blocks. Yet, it results in an amazing display under the lights.

2. An angel always looks graceful within the ice.

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Yet, the angel appears rather transparent. So she’s rather hard to see.

3. A princess will always join her prince.

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This is for a wedding. But notice neither wear crowns.

4. A harp plays sweet music.

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But you won’t get a sound from this one. Since it’s made from ice. Though it’s so pretty.

5. An icy nativity scene is perfect for the Christmas season.

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This one just consists of Mary and Joseph with Jesus. But you have to love the star on top.

6. Frozen butterflies look resplendent in the snow.

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Their wings may be transparent. Buy their grace and beauty are undeniable.

7. Care to sit at a fancy piano?

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This one has a rather intricate design. Even comes with its own frozen candelabra.

8. A musician can always play to the moon at night.

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This one place the flute. Yet, this ice sculpture is among the more abstract variety.

9. Nothing exudes more might than the majestic eagle.

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This eagle has a fish in its hand. So it can feed itself and its family, if it has one.

10. Bet you can’t walk in this shoe.

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Actually you can probably walk in an Adidas shoe just fine. But this one is certifiably frozen.

11. A frozen mermaid is an uncommon sight.

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Well, mermaids are often a common motif in ice sculpture. But when it comes to winter, they don’t come to mind.

12. A fox must pass its knowledge to the cub.

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I mean foxes have fluffy tails. Though I’m not sure if they swim.

13. If you like Beauty and the Beast, you might like this icy display.

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Though it’s not exactly what you’d see in the Disney movie. Then again, it may not be a perfect rendition of it.

14. Nobody could resist a frozen ducky.

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The ducky even rests on the waves. Guess this might be for a baby’s first birthday.

15. A diamond ring shimmers in the ice.

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Now this is definitely for a wedding. While it rests on a pillow that’s obviously too small.

16. 2 doves always meet at the heart.

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Yes, this is another wedding ice sculpture. But you have to love the heart on this.

17. “As shepherds watch their flocks by night…”

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This may be part of a nativity display. Yet, the shepherd holds a lamb in his arms.

18. A fish jumps out of the frozen water.

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Wonder if the fish will bite on a hook, If so, its days are over.

19. Would you like to come in?

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Sorry, but this is just an icy doorway. The kind you’d see on Elsa’s castle.

20. The cougar always crouches in the winter snow.

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Well, cougars go by a lot of different names if you know anything about sports mascots. Still, it looks amazing in ice.

21. This icy elephant is of mammoth proportions.

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Though elephant doesn’t seem like it would do well in snowy weather. Still, it’s really cool.

22. Hope you can brave yourself against the dreaded dragon.

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This one even has weapons. So you better watch out and hope you get out alive.

23. An icy goalie isn’t one to be messed with.

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The goalie even has his own net behind him. Though he’s frozen as he catches the puck.

24. A serpent dragon can wreak a fiery blaze.

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This is a Chinese style dragon. Though frozen, it’s an iconic image in Chinese lore.

25. Would you want to ride on a frozen motorcycle?

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This is from an exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. And no, you can’t ride it. Since it’s made from ice.

26. Perhaps this frozen Buddha would enlighten you.

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I’m sure this was featured at the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. Though he wears a rather elaborate hat.

27. This ice sculpture appears licensed to kill.

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You can guess this was for a James Bond themed New Year’s party. So someone wanted to welcome the new year with a bang.

28. In love, 2 hearts beat as one.

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These interlocking hearts are for weddings. Yet, it sends such a touching statement, doesn’t it?

29. With his sword, the king exudes his power.

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Wonder if he’s supposed to be King Arthur or any other legendary figure. While he stands in front of an ice castle.

30. You’ll find a small table under an elaborate arch.

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Seems like something straight out of a fantasy. There are even flowers and leaves on top.

31. You’d think an ice like this was from prehistoric times.

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This is a T-Rex ice sculpture. Perfect for any party at Jurassic Park, which I wouldn’t recommend for obvious reasons.

32. Didn’t know a boat can sail in frozen waters.

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This is a lateen-rigged ship which is easier to navigate. Though this seems more like a yacht than a wooden ship.

33. A boy shares some ice cream with his dog.

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Let’s just hope that it’s not chocolate ice cream. Because chocolate is poison to dogs.

34. Harry Potter flies away from three-headed dog.

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Of course, this scene wasn’t in the first Harry Potter book. But it’s a rather iconic image.

35. At weddings, two rings interlock.

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Yes, this is another wedding ice sculpture. You can guess the one with the diamond belongs to the bride.

36. A Inuit has come across some creatures.

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Though I’d leave once I’d see a bear. And yes, it’s intended to be an Arctic scene.

37. The bear stands on an icy ledge.

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Here the grizzly tries to catch a salmon. While a bare tree stands behind.

38. The merman always tends to the fish.

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You can see he’s supposed to be under the sea. Yet, he’s frozen in ice.

39. An icy phoenix rises out of the ashes.

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And like a rose, it exists only temporary. But instead of wilting, it melts.

40. Have you heard the call of  frozen elk?

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It’s even lit in blue to show emphasis. Still, you have to love the antlers.

41. Want anything from McDonald’s?

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Seems healthier than what McDonald’s actually makes. Mostly because it’s made out of ice.

42. That’s no moon. It’s a space station.

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Best you hope this isn’t operational. But it’s capable of blowing up Alderaan.

43. A centaur joins woodland creatures for tea.

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Here he pours for the rabbit and squirrel. Though he might aim wrong.

44. All aboard on the Ice Train Express.

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This train engine chugs through the snow. While it’s lit with pink and blue from below.

45. Are you in the mood for comedy or tragedy?

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This must be massive since it takes up many ice blocks. All to salute the theater.

46. Perhaps you’d like to see Africa on ice.

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This one has ice renditions of animals from the African savannah. While you won’t find much ice in Africa.

47. Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams.

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This one has a Native American running towards a dream catcher. While an eagle stands proud on top.

48. Inside this bottle, you’ll find a huge ship.

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This looks quite clever. Though you have to wonder how they got the boat in the bottle.

49. You’d be pressed to go west.

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This won 1st prize at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. And yes, it’s a tribute to westward expansion in the United States.

50. “It is your destiny.”

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Here we have Luke Skywalker confronting Darth Vader. Though I’m not sure which Star Wars movie this is from.

51. Didn’t know they had Batman on ice.

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Well, an ice sculpture of Batman, anyway. But unlike the Dark Knight of Gotham, he will melt.

52. Queen Elsa assumes her icy glory.

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I had to include at least one ice sculpture from Frozen. Since Queen Elsa has ice powers.

53. The horse moves wood up the hill.

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This is from a winter festival in Japan. But that horse is surely sturdy.

54. This little penguin has taken to alpine skiing.

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Though I’m not sure where it could ski in the Antarctic. But it’s quite cute.

55. You’d swear this was a celebration of love.

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In a way, it kind of is. But it’s too intricate for a wedding as you can see.

56. Would you like anything from the bar?

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It’s a barrel bar on ice. And yes, it seems you can actually gets drinks from there.

57. You know this rose is under a spell.

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This is the ice rendition of the rose from Beauty and the Beast. Thankfully, the flower is fake.

58. Should he follow the eagle or the deer?

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This one seems to have a Native American on some sort of vision quest. And he’s not sure what animal he should go with.

59. Perhaps you might want to listen to some music.

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This is an ice phonograph. But don’t play any records on it since you can see it doesn’t have much inside.

60. The nutcracker always stands at attention.

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Though you’re more familiar with the ballet by this guy’s name. Yet, you can’t actually crack nuts with it since it’s made of ice.

The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Snow Sculpture (Fourth Edition)

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Next in my snow and ice posts this year is snow sculpture. While snowmen may technically count, it’s quite a specialized designation. Besides, the snow sculptures I usually put on are way more intricate. Nonetheless, in the winter months, some places have winter festivals where artists carve these snowy wonders. Carved from a single block of snow weighing as much as 20-30 tons, these snow creations grace these winter carnivals where they’re cold enough to stand. Some can be rather small. While some can be as tall as a building. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of enchanted winter wonders. Enjoy.

  1. It’s perfect weather for horseback riding.
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Okay, it’s not. But this guy on a horse is utterly amazing.

2. X-wing always beats TIE.

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These are craft from Star Wars. And you guess the TIE has been blasted apart.\

3. Hope you feel at home near these stately homes.

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You’d almost think it’s a whole neighborhood. And in a way, it kind of is.

4. Wonder what’s inside this ball.

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It has other balls inside. Not sure how that could be pulled off.

5. Try to marvel at 3 deer passing you by.

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Wonder if this is a scene from mythology. If so, I wouldn’t be surprise. Nonetheless, the deer look so majestic.

6. You can’t separate these 2 bears.

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Almost seems like they’re reflecting each other. Let’s hope they’re not doing anything too inappropriate here.

7. There’s always time to see the world.

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This one has a globe on a watch with wings. Not sure what it means.

8. Mounted horsemen always look dashing.

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You can see they’re mounted archers. Because bows and arrows are range weapons that can kill people at great distances.

9. The hollow sun shines between 2 trees.

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Kind of resembles vortex. While a giant bird flies from one tree to another.

10. You’ll feel sweet serenity at any Asian temple or shrine.

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You can’t go in it. But you can see it night thanks to the lights which emphasize its architectural features.

11. Moai be singing on this street.

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They’re the big statues on Easter Island. Yet, here they have the makings of a barbershop quartet.

12. What does that bird have in its beak?

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Looks like a metal button or something. Still, you have to love the detail on the bird’s beak.

13. You never know what you’ll find in the forest at night.

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This more stylized than the other sculptures so far. Yet, the woman sits on the moon while the wind blows through her hair.

14. The tree branches were all bare.

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This is from Lithuania. Yet, all the branches seem to fit together.

15. Who’s burning in the snowy fire?

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Because it surely seems like a few people are. For I can see their faces.

16. Ever see a dolphin on the snow?

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Indeed, dolphins are marine mammals. But it’s nonetheless cute.

17. Anyone would love this snow sculpture of Charlie Brown.

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Unlike some of the other sculptures, this Charlie Brown is spray painted. Perfect for the holidays.

18. Winter wildlife is always amazing to look at.

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This one consists of an elk and a baby. But you got to love those antlers.

19. Best you stay away from the traffic light.

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He just had to lick the pole didn’t he. Meanwhile his dog is trying to get him away.

20. Here we find a dog and her pups.

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This one has the dog strung out on the log. While her pups are underneath.

21. Snoopy passes the puck.

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Yet, Snoopy doesn’t seem too enthusiastic about the game. While Woodstock drives a Zamboni.

22. There’s always time for fun in the winter.

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Someone is even doing a one hand stand. While their friend holds them for support.

23. Make way for the train.

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You can see it loading right now. Though you wouldn’t want to come aboard.

24. Is that an octopus in the snow?

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Yes, it’s a snow octopus. But you won’t find it underwater.

25. The snow whales are quite majestic, aren’t they?

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There’s even a seal at the front. But these whales glide over the coral wreath.

26. The yeti must be rising.

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Though I’m sure one wouldn’t be that big. If it existed in the Himalayas.

27. This giant fish has a wide mouth.

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Yet, I’m not sure if its features are in proportion. Yet, the detail is amazing.

28. These dolphins always swim together.

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Actually they seem to dive into the waves. Still, you can’t help but admire it.

29. A child always rises on the parents’ shoulders.

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I think this might be a Chinese farming family. You can even see the animals behind the people.

30. Are those fingers or trees?

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Guess it must be one of those abstract pieces. Nonetheless, it looks quite strange.

31. Here we come to a prehistoric struggle.

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You’d think it’s a scene straight out of Jurassic Park. Now in the likeness of snow.

32. Beware of the faceless figures.

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That has to be kind freaky. Wonder if they’re Dementors or wraiths.

33. This bear hugs a wooden pole.

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I know it’s white like a polar bear. But its features resemble a grizzly.

34. An intimidating bear stands on the large rock.

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Seems like it’s meant to denote a 40th anniversary. Not sure for what.

35. A lizard rides the waves.

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Sure it’s not quite wintry. But nonetheless, it’s rather charming and awe inspiring.

36. You’d swear you’d find hoplite snowmen in this horse.

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Since it’s a snowy Trojan Horse. So beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

37. Never thought I’d see elephants in the snow.

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This is an elephant mother and baby. They’re African. But they’re adorable.

38. Care to come in?

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Seems to resemble a hobbit hole from the Shire. But it could just as easily be a very cozy igloo.

39. The Arctic tundra can be a treacherous place.

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This one has Inuit rescuing their companions on the ice. While the ice has broken.

40. That’s an interesting way to arrange books.

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These books are squished together on a shelf. I know it kind of resembles an accordion. But it’s not.

41. Don’t want to step on this Lego brick.

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Though I’m not sure how it’s possible. Because the brick is undeniably massively.

42. Perhaps you might want to help one of these topless women.

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Yet, you have to wonder why they’re not wearing coats. Also, two have bowls on their heads and they aren’t using their hands to support them.

43. The boat is just right outside.

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The house is in an Asian style. While the boat may be used for fishing. So pretty.

44. The Calaca stands out in the winter snow.

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This is a skull you see around Dia de los Muertos. Sure it’s not the time for it. But it works.

45. A small child plays with his little toy.

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Though the kid looks incredibly large. While the toy resembles a boat on wheels.

46. Nothing beats playing under the flowers.

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The flowers appear quite large. While the kids and animals look rather small.

47. Satan rises from his fiery lair in Hell.

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You can see the skull and flames. While the Devil has horns on his head. Then again, this might be from a different mythology since it’s in China.

48. A majestic owl dominates the night.

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Yet, you find a family of bears and other creatures underneath the owl’s wings. Wonder if this is a tribute to North American wildlife. But I could be wrong.

49. You’ll find a Viking ship on the north seas.

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Though I wouldn’t want to be on the long boat. No wonder they raid villages once they land.

50. Wonder where those snow horses came from.

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These horses appeared to jump from the wall. Hope they don’t cause too much damage.

51. Are you in the mood for a frozen treat?

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Since it resembles a rather tasty ice cream dessert on top. Though the bottom doesn’t look like a cone or bowl.

52. Kids always look forward to the festivities.

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I guess this is for Chinese New Year. For I see a large Chinese lantern in the background.

53. A warrior woman always looks badass from a tree.

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Kind of reminds me of an Amazon. Though she could certainly put a shirt on. Since it’s cold outside.

54. An eagle warrior captivates at the campfire.

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Then again, that looks more like a bird. Wonder if this is from Native American mythology.

55. A burning torch lights up the world.

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You can see it’s held by 2 hands. Though the flame will melt if near a real fire.

56. An eagle flies triumphant into a ring.

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You have to admire its spectacular wings. while its talons perch onto the ring and into the snow.

57. A cowboy naps against a cactus.

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I know this is a desert scene where you don’t see any snow. But it’s quite spectacular for a winter carnival.

58. Feel free to make yourself at this hobbit home.

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Well, it’s not as cozy as the real thing. But it’s close enough.

59. These polar bears are just taking it easy.

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Despite that climate changes threatens their very existence. While a penguin serves them. Wait a minute, polar bears and penguins don’t live in the same area.

60. Now here’s a nativity scene you can get inside.

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Well, I see the wise men and the animals. So I guess the stable is quite crowded for Christmas.

Frosty the Snowman and All His Friends (Fourth Edition)

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Now that I have my Christmas posts out of the way, I get into the snow and ice posts. Mostly since they don’t have to apply to Christmas specifically but winter in general. Though the pictures for these posts are usually in my Christmas folder in my pic files. Anyway, despite that today is the first day of winter, there’s not a lot of snow outside my window. Rain, yes. But not snow. Though if it gets cold enough the water on the ground will turn to ice and make driving quite dangerous. Anyway, if the snow has been around for awhile, kids and many adults might want to build snowmen. The standard version usually has 3 snowballs of various sides put together with stick arms, coal buttons and eyes, and a button or carrot nose. While the figure may wear a scarf and hat. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of unique snowmen to lighten your cold winter day.

  1. So what if you can’t watch TV outside?
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Here he is watching from his deck. I’m sure the TV is a piece of junk since we know what precipitation can have on electronics.

2. Quick, there’s a snowman with a gun! Run for your life!

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And the snowman has had a few rounds fired into him. While he’s holding a beer. Guess he’s been drunk.

3. “I now pronounce you snowman and wife.”

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I mean they’re a snowman wedding couple. Bride even has a veil and towel on her head.

4. This snowman hails straight from Appalachia.

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Appalachia is supposed to be a college by the way. Though you have to love that hat.

5. Guess we have a hit and run on Oak Street.

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This is supposed to be a snowman run over by a car. And yes, he’s decapitated in front of a parent and child.

6. What the hell is he eating?

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I think he’s devouring a raccoon. And yes, it’s utterly disgusting.

7. You’d swear their eyes glow in the snow.

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Not sure what they use in those yes. But the effect is quite eerie.

8. Never thought I’d see a snow camel before.

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Because camels are desert animals. Yet, the camel dons a scarf around its neck.

9. Seems like we got quite a crowd.

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Some even wear pails as hats. Others use branches from evergreen trees for hair.

10. Apparently, it’s supposed to rain today.

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Though I wouldn’t be in the middle of the street if I were him. Though he always comes prepared.

11. This guy seems unusually fruity.

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Since they use fruit for the facial features. Still, the tie is quite tacky.

12. The roads can use a good sweeping.

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Here’s a mother and daughter with leaves in their hair. The mom carries a broom.

13. This babushka wishes you stay awhile.

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She’s wearing a fancy skirt and carries a broom in hand. But please don’t mess with her.

14. Perhaps you’d like to wish this Indian snow bride well on her wedding day.

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Since Indian women usually wear red when they get married. Though she doesn’t even have henna on her hands.

15. Look out! It’s the big bad wolf!

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He’s killed a couple of snowmen already Get inside before he gets you.

16. These snowmen have come out to protest.

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They’re calling for the troops in Iraq to come home. So it’s from about a decade ago.

17. Didn’t know you could build a snowman on the beach.

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Actually he’s more of a sandman than a snowman. Because there’s no snow where he’s at.

18. He’s just relaxing during a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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He’s got his drink and lying on his lawn chair. So don’t mind him.

19. Is that a pole sticking from his chest?

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It’s kind of gruesome snowman picture. Like he had something stabbed through his chest.

20. There are a couple of Arabs in the truck bed.

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The snowman is a sheik. While you can barely see his wife’s face due to her veil.

21. She’s just in town on a shopping trip.

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She has grass on her head near her beret. Though her shopping bag is quite small.

22. You’d think this snowy fox is off the wagon.

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Since the fox is carrying a bottle of booze. So it’s best you stay away from him.

23. There’s a polar bear in the tree.

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This seems to more likely resemble a clump of snow with eyes and nose. But it’s quite adorable.

24. Want to see a couple of handstands.

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You can see the snow kids standing upside down with their boots in the air. While the snow dad looks on.

25. There’s been a murder. Death by snow shovel.

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There’s even a chalk outline of a snowman on the ground. While the snow cop has a snow star badge.

26. Want to sit near this huge teddy bear?

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Yes, this is a giant snow bear. Though I think it should have a thicker scarf.

27. “Hey, why did you go through Charlie?”

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Well, the kid was sledding. Still, it’s quite a gruesome scene for winter.

28. Would you stop by to see this bear?

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It has a present in its arms and a bucket to put money in. Still, it’s quite cute.

29. Seems like this guy has his nose in something.

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He seems like he’s lounging around with a drink. Still, his fedora is incredibly tacky.

30. This snow woman is looking forward to spring.

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Yet, she should want winter to last as long as possible. Mostly because when spring comes, she’s gone.

31. You need not disturb a snow lady in the shower.

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Her arms consist of a shower head and bathing brush. Also, is the snow below supposed to be bubbles?

32. You’d swear it’s getting hot for these 2.

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Since the snow woman is wearing a bikini. While the snowman lies around to gaze at her figure.

33. Could you spare some change for a poor snowman?

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He even has a cup out for the money. Every little bit helps.

34. Anyone would want to pet this snow cat.

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This one Seems quite simple. But the cat has dark, soulless eyes.

35. Jesus, that snowman eats people!

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I’m sure that’s actually a dummy. But certainly looks scary from this angle.

36. Bet you’ve never seen a snow panda before.

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This is from Japan after a snowfall, by the way. Nonetheless, it’s quite adorable.

37. You’d swear this snow lady was a work of art.

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She’s supposed to be a mermaid. Like the Copenhagen mermaid statue in Denmark.

38. This snowman always enjoys a day in the park.

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Here the snowman goes down on the slide. Wheee!

39. This snowman thinks it’s snowed too soon.

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Yes, that snowman isn’t quite happy. Neither is that kid beside him.

40. Oh my God, it’s Harry Potter!

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Indeed, he’s the Snowboy who lived. While his wand is just a regular stick.

41. This fellow prefers to ride on the roof.

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Since this snowman was made on the roof of this car. Not sure if it’ll survive the trip though.

42. BB8 is at your service.

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He’s that cute little droid from the new Star Wars series. And since he’s round, he makes a rather cute snowman.

43. This snow person dreams of Hawaiian sun.

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This one even has coconut shells, leis, and a hula skirt. Too bad Hawaii doesn’t have good weather for snow.

44. Seems like this snow caterpillar is worming its way through.

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Took a lot of snowballs to make this one. While it’s spray painted green with glowing antennas.

45. Someone is in a melting mood today.

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This one even has an umbrella in the snow. But it will soon melt someday.

46. This rustic couple always stays together.

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They’re wearing straw hats and old clothes. But while he has a stick she has an umbrella.

47. This snowman has his own digs.

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Well, he has a rather simple home. Though the price looks quite steep.

48. Perhaps it’s best to sit down for awhile.

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This snowman sits on the bench. Too bad he can’t smell the flowers. Since it’s winter.

49. This little dog loves to play in the snow.

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Okay, the little dog is made out of snow. But it should delight anyone on a cold wintry day.

50. “You seek Snoda.”

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Skilled with fighting stick, he is. But do or do not. There is no try.

51. This snowman acts as if he’s at the beach.

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Here he’s lounging on his lawn chair. Like the bucket and shovel.

52. “Oppa Snowman Style.”

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It’s from that “Gangnam Style” video. And yes, the guy’s dressed up like the snowman next to him.

53. This snow person is totally lovestruck.

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Guess this is for Valentine’s Day. Now that’s a long way away.

54. This snowman would like to make a collect call.

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Still, nobody uses phone booths anymore. Since we all use smart phones that we keep in our pockets or bags.

55. Want to go bowling?

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Though these snowmen use their heads as the ball. Kind of freaky if you ask me.

56. Snowmen have to wait in line just like the rest of us.

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Here he is sitting on the bench reading the paper. Just like a normal guy on his way to the office.

57. “Repent! Spring is Nigh!”

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This one makes fun of religious fanatics obsessed with the coming apocalypse. But for snowfolk, spring is very much the end.

58. You’d be blessed to have this snow couple around.

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I think the snowman is supposed to be an Orthodox priest. And yes, they can get married, by the way.

59. Bet you’ve never seen a snow tiger before.

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It’s even taller than the snowman. While it’s covered in spray paint.

60. Some guys will gawk at this snow woman.

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Since she’s supposed to be a bombshell bathing beauty. Guaranteed to stop traffic.

 

The Airy World of Balloon Sculpture

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Balloons often serve as trappings at parties and celebrations. While the rubber balloon was invented by Michael Faraday during experiments with various gases, some of the earliest of these were made out of dried animal bladders like a pig’s. Aside from rubber, modern balloons can be made of latex, polychloroprene, or nylon as well as come in a variety of different colors. Most of the time, we use balloons for decorations and entertainment. Though others can be used for practical purposes like meteorology, medical treatment, military defense, or transportation. Yet, I kind of covered the transportation part in a post last year on hot air balloons. Anyway, when you go to a party, you might be familiar with the idea of balloon animals like you see above. Well, do a Google search on balloon sculpture and you’ll find plenty of things people have made with balloons. Some of them for contests. Still, some might be of the simple balloon dog kind, there are plenty that can be rather elaborate. So for your reading pleasure, I bring you a treasure trove of stunning balloon sculptures.

  1. Clowns must always come stacked together.
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Clowns have been long associated with balloons. Still, if you add one more, the whole thing can topple.

2. Mr. Potato Head always likes to party.

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Though if he gets too drunk he might lose some of his facial features. Or arms or legs, possibly.

3. The mighty griffin always sits with grace.

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You can tell because it has a tail and paws. Real eagles have claws and tail feathers.

4. Care to listen to this juke box?

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Well, you won’t be hearing tunes from this one. But it’s great for a 1950s theme party.

5. This balloon girl has bouncing pigtails.

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She even wears a pink dress with a flower on it. So adorable.

6. You’d revel over this inflatable grand piano.

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Though be careful if you opt to touch it. Because it can easily pop. Also, don’t try to play it.

7. Hugging bears always enjoy a balloon ride.

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Though they’re on a raft instead of a basket. Love the rainbow hot air balloon though.

8. Better to have a blue bird in your hand than 2 in a bush.

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This is by a balloon artist as you can see. And I think it’s bigger than the real thing.

9. A rainbow can always make your days better.

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This one has a rainbow in the clouds. Tubes for colors. round ones for clouds.

10. Want to swing together?

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Seems like these 2 were made for each other. Though I have no idea what’s on the guy’s head.

11. A fairy princess is always happy with her flowers.

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She carries a wand and wears a crown. While the flowers surround her. So adorable.

12. The doctor will see you now.

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Well, these are doctor balloons. One of them has a surgeon’s cap and mask.

13. A single balloon is not enough to reach enlightenment.

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Yes, this is a Buddha balloon sculpture. And I’m sure some Buddhists won’t be pleased.

14. Check out her new pink purse.

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She wears a long green dress with polka dot balloons at the bottom. And yes, she’s ready to party.

15. Someone must’ve upset the earthen vessel.

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This is a balloon water scene. Has rocks and trees joined at the top.

16. Saddle up on this little horsey.

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On second thought, better not. Because it’ll go pop if you sit on it.

17. A butterfly always loves a flowery tree.

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Seems like it was made for a party. While the butterfly is so colorful and shiny.

18. “I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one.”

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However, I don’t think you can save the world in a suit made out of inflated rubber. But it’s a nice resemblance that will make Tony Stark proud.

19. Wouldn’t you love to be in this gingerbread house?

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Hey, at least you won’t eat anything from it. Great for any Christmas party. So charming.

20. Perhaps you’d want a shiny rose bouquet.

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Contains pink and purple roses. Perfect for any table.

21. Grace your party with an inflated peacock.

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Comes with 3 lilies. Though best not to touch it or it will deflate.

22. Any child would enjoy a balloon Big Bird.

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Wonder if they had this at Carol Spiney’s retirement party. Still, this is so cute.

23. Perhaps you might want to drive this semi.

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Yes, this is a balloon semi truck. I’m sure who had to blow into this is all tuckered out already. Okay, they probably used an air pump, but still.

24. Nobody could resist a cupcake like this.

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Even has sprinkles on it. Wonder how you inflate them.

25. Hope you can see with these glasses.

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Comes on its own stand. Though it doesn’t have any lenses.

26. Now you, too can ride upon a purple horse.

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Okay, you can ride on a balloon horse. Even has a long flowing mane, too.

27. Bet you didn’t think to see a rooster like this at the crack of dawn.

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Sure he may not crow, but that might be a bonus. Comes with a couple of flowers.

28. Parisians would marvel at this balloon Eiffel Tower.

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This one even lights up. Didn’t know a balloon display can do that.

29. Hope you don’t get karate chopped by this guy.

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Yes, that’s a balloon karate guy. And he’s ready to deflate anyone who stands in his way.

30. Perhaps you’d like a fairy garden entrance.

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Includes a large flower and tree. And I’m positive that it’s for a little girl’s birthday party.

31. Bet you’ve never seen a flower like this before.

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This balloon flower reaches the ceiling of this building. Hope it doesn’t wilt.

32. Eek! Giant bug! Kill it with fire!

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Actually it’s a fly made out of balloons. Even has clear balloon wings.

33.  Beware of the ferocious fire-breathing dragon.

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Doesn’t look particularly vicious. Though he has a whole space all to himself.

34. A windmill will do quite well beside a waterfall.

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Indeed, you can make whole scenes from balloons. But the windmill seems kind of out of place.

35. A balloon house can be especially haunted.

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Well, I know Halloween is over. But this is a balloon sculpture post so I’ll include it.

36. You’ll find this imposing mask hanging from the ceiling.

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Wonder if this is for a superhero. But it’s perfect for a Comic Con.

37. Want to ride in this car?

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It’s an old timey yellow car. While this guy is having a good old time.

38. This dalmation wants to give you flowers.

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This dog loves has a nice bouquet of 3. So adorable.

39. This little raccoon has come out of its stump.

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And it seems this little guy loves to smell the roses. Though I suppose it likes to eat from the garbage once in a while, too.

40. Looks like somebody spilled some beer.

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Don’t worry since the froth is made form balloons. That ought to make you say, “dilly, dilly!”

41. With a steering wheel like this, it’s welcome aboard.

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Guess this is for an ocean themed party. Yet, I think this wheel is too big for a ship.

42. A Chinese dragon is dazzling in the air.

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This Chinese dragon is quite colorful and knows how to make an entrance. Wonder if it’s for a Chinese New Year party.

43. “Dinner is served.”

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Of course, he didn’t cook the food. Though he’s dressed as a chef in balloons.

44. “This is the night, it’s a beautiful night…”

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This a balloon version of the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti dinner scene. And yes, it’s amazing.

45. Perhaps you might like a white balloon dress.

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Yes, they have balloon outfits. Don’t know why these don’t pop. Or how these people manage to sit down.

46. Jazz it up with a giant light-up saxophone.

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Yes, it’s a light up balloon sax. Perfect for a party featuring jazz music.

47. A snow queen should always look resplendent.

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Yes, it’s another balloon dress. But I think you’ll see it again when Lady Gaga wears it at an awards ceremony.

48. You never know what can come from the rainbow.

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Includes cats and a large swan. Makes you want to be there.

49. Care for an inflatable Easter basket?

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Includes a bunny, eggs, and daffodils. So cute.

50. Would you like a cup of coffee?

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Well, it’s quite small enough to put on a table. And it’s always steaming hot.

51. “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

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Nice how it’s all in rainbow colors. So pretty.

52. This little leopard wants to be your friend.

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Don’t worry, it won’t bite you. Since it’s all made out of rubber anyway.

53. Hope you don’t forget your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.

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Yes, it’s a balloon Spiderman. Hope he’s there for Stan Lee’s funeral.

54. Nothing makes a great gift like a fancy inflatable bouquet.

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This one has pink flowers inside the vase. Love the gold and black checks on it, too.

55. Perhaps you’d like a big fancy pink cake.

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Has an array of candles on top. But I especially love the purple roses on the bottom tier.

56. The Dark Knight will always protect Gotham City.

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Not sure what Batman would think about his balloon likeness. Because he doesn’t seem like a balloon kind of guy.

57. An inflated owl is one you don’t want to mess with.

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Contains a lot of mice for some reason. Mostly because owls usually eat them.

58. Deadpool always knows how to blow.

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Yes, there’s a balloon Deadpool. And I’m sure Ryan Reynolds doesn’t know what to think about it.

59. Want to make anchor?

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This one is blue with a white chain. But it won’t sink to the bottom since it’s made from balloons.

60. Behold, the mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

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Okay, it’s a balloon likeness of King Tut. An Egyptian pharaoh who gave his life for tourism.

61. Would you like a strawberry milkshake?

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Okay, it’s a balloon milkshake you can’t drink out of. But it comes with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

62. Wonder what this golden design is supposed to be.

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It’s either a trophy or a fancy golden flower. Can’t tell which.

63. Anyone would want to hold this little bunny rabbit.

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Seems like something you can hold in your hand. But keep it away from sharp objects or it will deflate. So cute.

64. “Who you’re gonna call?”

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This is a Ghostbusters balloon display. Though I’m sure one of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has to be around somewhere.

65. Any queen would love to have this inflated crown.

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Even has purple flowers near the top. So pretty. Love it.

66. Don’t want to run into this creature from the deep.

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Indeed, this is a balloon shark. And yes, it looks pretty awesome.

67. Hope you can stand the glare of the rainbow sun.

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Well, its rays go into all directions. But the whole display is easy to pick up.

68. A large colorful butterfly should be there to greet you.

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Here it is on the front door. While the other balloons near the stairs are flowers.

69. Nobody could resist a sweet little walrus like this.

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it even has whiskers and tusks. So adorable. Want to give it a fish?

70. Of course, you can’t forget the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

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She has her dress rising up from The Seven Year Itch. So don’t look up her skirt.

71. “Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain.”

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Yes, they have balloon characters from The Big Lebowski. Though some might think this Walter one is a bit over the line.

72. Sometimes you have to fly like an Egyptian goddess.

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This one is pretty elaborate. Love her golden wings. Hope her name’s not Isis since that name’s become associated with a terrorist group.

73. Perhaps this guy can scare the crows for you.

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Well, it’s a balloon scarecrow that’s not so scary. Even has a balloon crow in its arm.

74. Bet you wouldn’t guess who this Disney princess is.

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It’s Snow White by the way. And yes, her head is bigger than the rest of her body.

75. Perhaps you might want to spend some time under the sea.

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Seems like the octopus dominates the display. Yet, you’ll find a mermaid sitting on a rock.

76. Feel in the mood for an elephant ride?

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It’s an Indian elephant since you can’t tame an African one. Still, you have to love it in balloons.

77. Want a hot air balloon ride?

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Can even fit 5 people inside a balloon basket. Love the rainbow on the balloon. So pretty.

78. Sometimes we can all use a nap.

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Yes, it’s a balloon hammock. Though I’m not sure if I want to lie down on that.

79. Seems like there’s life out there after all.

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Okay, it’s a balloon alien in a flying saucer. Yet, its head almost takes the whole window.

80. Hope this lamppost can light your way home.

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Sure it’s a lamp post made out of balloons. Yet, it lights up at a party.

81. You can stun at a party in this long black dress.

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Even has pink lace at the bottom. Hope she doesn’t sit on anything sharp.

82. Perhaps you’d think this is a fitting knightly tapestry.

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Well, this is certainly spot on. Like the knight on his horse slaying a purple dragon.

83. Two swans can always enjoy a pond by themselves.

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Indeed, it’s a balloon display. But you have to love the weeping willow in the background.

84. Don’t you just love a rainbow?

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Well, the rainbow is even in a heart in this display. And among a background of clouds.

85. Perhaps you’d like to see a dinosaur with flowers.

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Well, it’s a purple stegosaurus holding flowers. So adorable though.

86. You can find plenty of flowers growing on this well.

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But don’t put a coin and make a wish. Since it’s not a wishing well.

87. Sometimes you’ll find a magical world underwater.

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You’ll find seahorses and plenty of fish. So amazing if you ask me.

88. At a wedding, it’s customary for rings to be intertwined.

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Yes, these are balloon wedding rings. And they’re touched with red roses.

89. There is so much to love about a heart shaped coach.

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And I guess this is for a wedding. Comes with wheels trimmed in gold.

90. This guy can cut anything with this giant pair of scissors.

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Actually, I don’t think he can cut anything. Because the scissors are inflated with balloons.

91. Did you take anything from the toucan?

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While it may seem quite sophisticated, you can’t help but love it. So cute.

92. As beauty, Belle holds a rose in a tale as old as time.

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Though she didn’t wear a crown in Beauty and the Beast. But she’s so pretty.

93. This lizard is as cool as a cucumber.

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I think it’s supposed to be a balloon iguana. As it sits on its own branch.

94. Hope you can stand with pride for this stars and stripes.

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Sure it’s made with balloons. But you can see the stars in the blue section.

95. Apparently, he intends to eat Thanksgiving dinner all by himself.

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After all, he only has a large knife and fork. Still, this is kind of amusing.

96. You’ll find a great bounty in this cornucopia.

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And yes, it’s filled with all kinds of fruit and veggies. Still, in the Hunger Games, the cornucopia has a way different meeting.

97. A phoenix can always rise out of the ashes.

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This one even has 3 tail feathers. Though don’t put it near fire.

98. Try getting a gumball from this candy machine.

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Though you’ll need a big coin. And you’ll probably get a balloon instead.

99. Hope you can hear these herald angels sing.

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Yes, they’re Christmas angels. But you have to love their smiles and candy canes.

100. You’d swear this balloon display is a work of art.

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This is a takeoff of Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus in balloons. And yes, it includes nudity like the original.

The Folded Paper World of Origami

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Derived from the Japanese words that mean “folding paper,” the goal of origami is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Use of cuts, glue, and markings are usually discouraged. The small number of basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. Generally, these designs start with a square paper sheet whose sides may be of different colors, prints, or patterns. Traditional Japanese origami has been practiced since the Edo period has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes even cutting the paper or using nonsquare shapes to start with. Nonetheless, while the traditional origami is derived from the Edo period with a reference from a 1680 poem, the practice is said be introduced by Buddhist monks in the 6th century. At first, origami was only used in religious ceremonies due to the high price of paper. Though they were also used at weddings and as gifts by the upper classes. Anyway, look into Pinterest and you’ll find plenty of origami designs and types. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of creations from the world of origami.

  1. You’d fall for this paper raccoon.

Seems like this little guy’s searching for some nearby trash can. Since raccoons normally go for the scraps.

2. Apparently, origami has gone to the dogs.

These seem like different types of dogs. Includes Boston Terrier, Bulldogs, and Pug.

3. Perhaps you’d want something from a diamond box.

Yes, you can make boxes from origami. Yet, this shape might be more complicated.

4. Care to see a magnificent creature like this on the savannah?

Here we have an origami rhino. Have it cast a shadow and you’d mistake it for the real thing.

5. Any Catholic would love to have an origami of their favorite saint.

This is an origami of Saint Francis of Assisi. Includes a dog and bird.

6. A griffin always shows its fantastic wings.

I can guess because of the beak. Yet, this one even sports antlers for some reason.

7. You won’t be hearing these bluebirds sing.

Since they’re made of paper. But they nonetheless look quite graceful.

8. Wonder what’s hiding within these hearts.

Each of these even have a bow on them. And they’re all in shades of pink.

9. There are hundreds of folds within a bonsai.

Doesn’t have a lot of leaves on its branches. Yet, it’s a great work of paper art.

10. A hippocampi rises majestically from the sea.

You could call it a seahorse, but that term is already taken. So we call it a hippocampi, which comes from the Greeks.

11. Hope this frog can hop into your hearts.

This one is teal with yellow stripes on it. Yet, its eyes have a certain intensity.

12. Even in paper, a dragon is a sight to see.

This is of a Chinese dragon which is more serpent like. But not as dangerous as its western counterpart.

13. You won’t hear these brass bells ring.

Since they’re made of shiny paper. But they’re nicely topped with a blue bow.

14. An origami Christmas tree must have a star that stands out.

This one has paper folded in tiers. Yet, the golden star almost steals the show.

15. This crow has a piece of gold in its mouth.

Or is it a raven? Since you can’t always tell in these artistic creations. But I’m sticking with crow just to be safe.

16. Bet you wouldn’t play on this grand piano.

Probably smaller than it appears. But at least it incudes a row of keys.

17. Any Catholic would want this paper Virgin Mary.

This is Mary, Queen of Heaven. She wears a crown and a veil of stars.

18. Perhaps you might want to enjoy a bouquet of irises.

And you don’t even need a vase for these. Just some paper to hold it together.

19. This silver angel always delights.

She has silver wings and bows to pray. Perfect for topping an origami Christmas tree.

20. Bet you never saw a duck like this before.

This is just a plain white duck with yellow beak and feet. Yet, this waterfowl will get soggy if submerged.

21. You wouldn’t want to run into this this Imperial fighter.

I’m sure making this harder than it looks. But it proves futile if it defends the Death Star.

22. Some might prefer a modest donkey.

Well, this donkey seems to have a rather long neck. Yet, it can be rather stubborn.

23. You’ve probably never come across this unicorn.

Yes, this is an origami unicorn. Yet you have to admire its mane and tail.

24. You don’t want to put this waterlily in the pond.

The flower is periwinkle. Though it’s not set on a lily pad.

25. These paper flamingos are particularly striking.

They have a light pink body and bright pink legs. And no, you can’t use them for croquette mallets.

26. I’m sure nobody could resist this rat chef.

I guess this is Remy the Rat from Ratatouille. By the way, rats don’t do well in the kitchen.

27. Perhaps you might go for an origami of Our Lady of Fatima.

Not familiar with the legend of Fatima. Except that involves the Virgin Mary appearing in front of some kids.

28. You’ll be mesmerized by this origami star.

Perfect for any origami Christmas tree. Yet, involves a lot of complex folds.

29. You’ll be nuts over this origami animal.

Since it’s a paper squirrel. Too bad, it can’t find any kind of paper acorns.

30. Apparently, this fish has jumped out of the pond.

I think this is based on a real fish. But I’m afraid you won’t be frying this one since it’s made of paper.

31. I’m sure you wouldn’t see this Snoopy dance.

Since he’s an origami work. But certainly captures the true Snoopy likeness.

32. This paper Batman will always loom on Gotham City.

Of course, he only has a cape and cowl. But with origami, you have to improvise.

33. You’ll probably gawk at this majestic whale.

This is an origami of a blue whale. It’s perhaps the biggest animal on earth.

34. A lone flower can always blossom.

Not sure what flower this is supposed to be. But you have to admire the white petals.

35. Want to sit on this lily pad?

Though you wouldn’t want to put it on a pond. Goes well with an origami frog.

36. This origami cow will give you something to moo about.

This is an origami cow. Has spots, horns, and a sunny disposition. So cute.

37. Care for an origami rose?

These come in a wide array of colors. And none without stems or thorns.

38. How about a bear standing on its hind legs?

Guess this is an origami grizzly bear. Even has its own tree stand.

39. Anyone would be envious of this golden sabertooth.

this origami sabertooth is made from golden paper. But nonetheless looks fierce.

40. This origami penguin will warm your heart.

This little guy has his own tuxedo. And yes, it’s adorable as can be.

41. Bet you can’t believe seeing an origami orchid.

You can see a cascade of paper yellow flowers from the stem. Yet, please handle this pot with care.

42. Care to see a crawling black bear?

Then again, there are a few species of black bears. I’m just referring to the one from North America.

43. No one can resist these colorful gems.

They’re all in bright colors, too. Yet, these gems may be hard to fold.

44. There’s something batty about this origami.

Well, it’s an origami bat. And while they normally have black, gray, or brown fur, this one is purple.

45. A paper phoenix is always a majestic sight to behold.

This one comes with a very long tail. But if it burns, don’t bet on it rising from the ashes.

46. Any Formula 1 fan would love this paper race car.

Not very familiar with that kind of racing. Since the dominant auto racing in the states is usually NASCAR.

47. You’ll never forget this paper animal.

This is an origami elephant. And it’s gray with ears, trunk, and tusks.

48. You’d be pressed not to love these paper mammoths.

Not sure if they’re woolly. But both adult and calf have a similar set of tusks.

49. There’s nothing as graceful like an origami swan.

This is made from white and gold paper. And the folds are quite intricate.

50. Who wouldn’t what this rainbow chest of drawers.

I don’t think you can fit anything inside these. But they’re rather adorable.

51. This Emperor penguin always comes with its 2 chicks.

Okay, they may be in origami. Yet, everyone loves penguins so I couldn’t leave it out of this post.

52. For a simple paper design, a pig might suit you.

It’s made from a simple piece of pink paper. And yes, it can stand on its own 4 feet.

53. This little girl always loves her bird in her hand.

Bet this is made from a brown paper bag. Yet, you can’t help but admire this origami masterpiece.

54. This green dragon is a force to be reckoned with.

This one stands on its hind legs. And its chest is folded like a book.

55. A paper giraffe always stands tall.

Sure it may not have any spots. But it’s nonetheless quite amazing.

56. You’d be squawking over this colorful macaw.

Since the macaw is among the more colorful parrots around. Got to love its wings.

57. A lone fox always sits with grace.

You can see its ears, nose, and tail. Though you can’t help but behold how amazing it is.

58. Care for an origami spoon?

You wouldn’t want to eat with these. But they seem rather simple to make.

59. Nobody could resist this paper rubber duckie.

Of course, you wouldn’t want to have it at bath time. But it’s nonetheless so adorable.

60. You won’t believe how many kinds of horses you will find.

These origami horses come in all kinds of sizes and colors. But they’re all made of construction paper.

61. You can’t bomb a Death Star without an X-Wing fighter.

Indeed, it lacks markings. But it’s almost a dead ringer to the real thing.

62. You can’t go on a mission without this little droid.

Since R2-D2 is always saving everyone’s ass. And he never seems to get credit for anything he does that’s crucial to the plot.

63. You’ll have a hump of a time finding this camel.

Yes, it’s an origami camel. But good luck relying on this guy in the desert.

64. The mouse always gets the cheese.

Though the cat isn’t far behind. And yes, they’re all made out of paper.

65. Hope you can wish this paper couple well.

This is an origami bride and groom. Great as a wedding cake topper, so to speak.

66. Seems like these birds are coming to feed.

Consists of 4 types of birds. And yes, they’re all painted in glorious colors.

67. You can’t help but love these Japanese beauties.

All of them have their own hair and a rich kimono. Though many don’t have arms.

68. Best to watch out for this jellyfish.

Relax, it’s an origami jellyfish. So it won’t hurt you a bit.

69. Bet you don’t want to cross this scorpion.

Okay, this is a paper scorpion. Scary, but won’t hurt you.

70. Get a load of this majestic Pegasus.

This winged horse sports a folded paper pair of wings. And it’s made from off white paper.

71. This paper collie is always a faithful friend.

Sure it might not save your kid from a well. But it’s quite creative nonetheless.

72. Didn’t know anyone had a wide paper wardrobe.

Yes, these are origami clothes. And they can be in so many bright colors.

73. You’ll be jumping over this kangaroo.

Not sure if it comes with a pouch. Though it is a marsupial from Australia.

74. Would you like some ice cream?

Of course, you can’t eat it. Since it’s made out of paper. But it’s a rather ingenious design.

75. Anyone would adore these paper Dalmatians.

They even have spots and collars to show. And they’re standing on a green sheet of paper.

76. There’s no creature more magnificent than the mighty polar bear.

And it’s standing on its own hind legs. Yet, I’m sure global warming won’t help its survival odds.

77. What’s not to love about rainbow rabbits?

And they’re all in a circle for all to see. And yes, they’re quite cute.

78. Celebrate the holidays with this origami nativity scene.

Includes all the important figures. While the angel flies above watching them.

79. Per chance you might come across a mighty moose.

This is a gray moose. Since it’s made from gray construction paper.

80. You might run into this ravenous wolf.

Indeed, it’s a gray wolf. And I think it’s waiting for the pack.

81. You’d think this animal is as pretty as a peacock.

This one is made out of blue and peacock blue paper. And the folds are quite intricate as you see.

82. You’d be amazed by these autumn leaves.

These are all in fall colors. Though they’re all maple leaf shaped.

83. You’d go a long way with this dachshund.

It’s in black and brown paper. But it’s okay to pet it if you want to.

84. Care for a couple of purple tulips?

Like how these two are in a nice purple paper vase. So pretty.

85. Perhaps you’d like to have one of these cactus flowers.

Each of these cacti are in a shade of green. And each sits on a flower pot.

86. There’s nothing more spectacular like the mighty king of the jungle.

He even sports a mane with folds. Nonetheless, best you don’t touch it.

87. These origami pill boxes will come in handy.

Comes in standard and rainbow. And unlike the standard plastic ones, they don’t pose a great threat to the planet.

88. This origami deer certainly impresses.

Yes, the antlers are amazing. But you wouldn’t find a deer with a rack like that in PA.

89. You’d love to see this blackbird take flight.

This bird has its wings spread out. Though I don’t think it can fly.

90. Care for some rainbow candy?

Though none will contain any bon bons. Which is just fine since I’m more of a chocolate fan.

91. This paper Doberman stands in a dignified pose.

Indeed, it’s got quite a neck. But doberman fans can’t help but love it.

92. A mighty tiger always shows its stripes.

Though I’d use a brighter orange for the tiger. But it’s quite amazing.

93. Nobody could ever resist this panda bear.

It even has its own bamboo. Still, you knew I had to get to the panda at some point. So cute.

94. Hope you can light up with these paper lamps.

Technically, they’re lamp shades. Each is folded in its own way.

95. With the Holy Spirit, God will find a way.

Well, it’s an origami of the Holy Spirit. The white bird is supposed to be a dove.

96. How could anyone not love this sheep?

Well, it’s a paper sheep. So you won’t get any wool from it.

97. Do you want to build a snow man?

These are origami snowmen. And yes, they have scarves, hats, and smiling faces.

98. This orca rises to catch a fish.

You’d almost think it was a photograph of nature in action. But the orca is made of paper.

99. Hope you’d love to see these boxes.

They’re in different colors and have rather intricate folds on them. Love the purple ones.

100. Anyone would adore this purple flower in their home.

Has dark purple in the center and lavender petals. So pretty.

The Art of LEGO

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They may be indestructible plastic blocks that hurt like hell when you step on them. But these colorful interlocking bricks from Denmark have had a special place in our hearts along with their yellow minifigure figurines. Since 1949, these bricks can be assembled and connected in a variety of ways to construct objects, vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything built can be taken apart for another day. As of 2016, Lego has produced over 600 billion bricks while supporting movies, games, competitions, and 6 Legoland amusement parks have been developed under one of the world’s most powerful brands. And it’s because these bricks are so versatile that several people with too much time on their hands have turned the iconic LEGO into the realm of art with sculptures, models, dioramas, and mosaics. Many of these may imitate existing cultural artifacts and every day objects. Others have their own original design. But each is worth marveling at in its own way. So for your own reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of Lego works of art.

  1. You’d almost think Whistler’s mother would come to life in the brick.

Kind of seems a bit life size and 3-dimensional. But almost appears you’re in the room with her.

2. Perhaps a small Lego country church may suit you.

These Lego buildings can be small enough for a table top. While some can be large to take up a whole room. Also, there seems to be a wedding taking place here.

3. Try breaking off a piece of this Kit Kat Bar.