In a world full of Tom Gholstons, Gary Bettmans, fake Grimlocks, and giant ducks, I can't help but feel protective of the tiny humans that are not yet ready to face all the scary things in life. However, even HOCKEYBEAR cannot be in all places at all times, taking care of the tiny humans. So, for the times when I can't be around, I have the next-best solution for the tiny humans: stuffed HOCKEYBEARS of their very own!
Here's a polar bear that came from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. He's hanging out with his penguin buddies and beloved Russian children's character Чебурашка (Cheburashka). A-DORABLE.
Now here he is, transformed into a fearless, destructive, HOCKEYBEAR! He's ending a game of Monopoly the way every game of Monopoly ends, with a flurry of rage and chaos!
You too can make a HOCKEYBEAR for yourself or for your tiny human. We'll show you how, after the jump!
The most important item is the sunglasses. Build-A-Bear comes in handy here as the nation's foremost supplier of stuffed animal apparel. While you're getting the sunglasses, you can also pick up a - sigh - "Lil' Almond Cub" as your stuffed nanook. However, any stuffed polar bear of similar size will do.
The hockey stick and puck you can purchase at Build-A-Bear are plush and therefore useless for smashing things. To build a real HOCKEYBEAR, you need a real puck and stick. Get yourself a regulation 6 oz. hockey puck and a set of Avery 22830 circular labels. Using Avery's online tool, you can print out logos for my favorite hockey team (Alaska) or my favorite foot-ball team (Michigan).
If you want to make your own logos, make sure they are at least 750 pixels a side. BE WARNED: if you use the logos of any of the following teams, you will not be making a genuine HOCKEYBEAR:
- University of Alaska at Anchorage
- Michigan State University
- Ohio State University
- Miami University of Ohio of Oxford, Ohio
- University of Notre Dame du Lac (Notre Dame de Namur University is O.K.)
- Any Canadian Hockey League team except Windsor
- Orlando Solar Bears (if you use their logo, you will be making a solar bear)
The stick must then be converted into a laser hockey stick. The simplest method is just to wrap it in silver duck tape, but, for maximum shininess, I recommend applying several coats of silver paint, followed by a coat of silver glitter paint. This is how HOCKEYBEAR made the stick pictured above - my bear paws aren't optimized for paint brushes so the glitter was a bit uneven. I was going to rampage Blick art materials for this inventory oversight, but I made enough of a mess trying to navigate their narrow aisles.
Once you've got your bespectacled bear, his puck, and his stick, you have the basic HOCKEYBEAR to protect you or your loved ones from horrors! But that's not all! You can get more accessories for your HOCKEYBEAR, including:
- HOCKEYBEAR's F-16 fighter jet!
- hockey uniforms from Build-A-Bear!
- the Lego Architecture line of famous monuments for HOCKEYBEAR to smash!
- and the infinitely-destructible Lego Discovery International Space Station!