Posts Tagged ‘penguin toy’

Penguin Race

March 11, 2012

On that historic day in mid-March 1985 when my all-penguin cart opened its doors for the first time, well there were no doors as it was a push cart, but you get the idea.  Among the 40 or so penguin goodies that made up my inventory that inaugural morning was, yes, you guessed it – the iconic playful penguin race.  Now, 26 years years later, that squeaking toy, with the amazing penguin escalating action is still a mainstay of my now 700 plus penguin inventory, just as it has been for the past two and a half decades.  In all that time many things have come and gone, but not a thing has changed for the penguin race.  The box, the game, the track, the flags,the squeaking noise, the door at the base for the D battery, even the three penguin racer colors of red, blue and black are all the same.  Amazingly, even the price of the penguin race is virtually unchanged going from $12.95 in 1985 to $14.95 today.  That’s an increase of .08% a year, making this toy a real inflation buster.  I can’t tell you how many penguin races we’ve sold over the years, but I’d wager it’s well into the thousands.  So, here’s to you my friend the playful penguin race.  Few things have been more constant than you in my life, and in the 26 years of penguin place that says a lot. These days my kids love playing with this wonderfully simple and delightful penguin toy just as people who are now in their 30’s loved to play with it all those years ago.

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Attempted Robbery With A Penguin

November 27, 2011

The Penguin Post has learned that an Arizona woman has been charged with attempted robbery after trying to rob a gas station by threatening the store clerk with a toy penguin she claimed was a bomb. According to a statement released by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the woman entered a gas station in northern Arizona Wednesday evening and demanded cash — claiming she had a ( penguin) bomb in the hand she had hidden under her sweater. The woman left the store after the clerk repeatedly refused to hand over any money, saying the cash register was empty because the gas station was about to close, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn. The clerk then reported the license plate of the getaway car, a Chrysler Pacifica, to police. The car was registered to Andri Lynn Jeffers, 26, who was identified as the suspect from the store’s video security footage and the clerk’s description. Jeffers, who confessed to her involvement in the attempted robbery, confirmed she was holding a toy penguin under her shirt instead of a bomb. She is facing one charge of attempted robbery. No word on the whereabouts of the penguin accomplice.

Penguin Race Spare Parts Now Available!

January 30, 2010

After repeated requests over the last quarter century Penguin Place is at long last offering spare parts for the popular Playful Penguin Race. Now if you lose your penguin racers, crack a piece of track or burn out your moving stairs motor, Penguin Place has a replacement part for you. No longer does one broken part or lost penguin mean your only option to get your penguins waddling and sliding is  purchasing a brand new penguin race. We’ve got all spare parts for sale from the main motor moving stairs house to the decorative plastic flags and cardboard header.  Also, FYI all the penguin race spare parts that we’re offering are new and mint.