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The Jesus Action Figure “Restored”

Aug 29, 2012

The art world (and much of the internet) has been in a tizzy recently about a well-meaning elderly Spanish woman’s thoroughly botched attempt to restore a 19th centure fresco entitled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez. For more than a century the painting has held price of place at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza, Spain. Over the years the painting had deteriorated due to exposure to humidity. Cecilia Jiminez was distressed by the sorry state of the beloved portrait and took it upon herself to attempt to restore it:


BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says. The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

Professional restorers plan to examine the painting to determine if proper restoration is possible. In the meantime, the Archie McPhee staff decided to attempt their own “restoration” of one of our Jesus Action Figures:



The results bear an uncanny resemblance to the current unfortunate state of the Ecce Homo fresco.

[Quoted text via BBC News]




New Archie McPhee store YouTube channel

Aug 18, 2012

The Archie McPhee store now has its very own YouTube channel! Never again will you be at a loss for entertainment when there’s nothing good on TV.

Subscribe to the Archie McPhee store YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on a single weird, wonderful, wonderfully weird, or weirdly wonderful video.

You’ll be treated to episodes of The Dan’l Show:

The Dan'l Show! Creepy Clown Mask Fail.

Random awesome customer videos:

Gas Mask Dance!

And the joyous celebration of lesser known holidays, such as International Yodelling Pickle Day:

Traditional Dance of International Yodelling Pickle Day

Friends, this is just the beginning. There are awesome happenings afoot. Stay tuned!




Superheroes for Sam

Aug 12, 2012

We’d like to tell you to tell you about an awesome young man named Sam:



Superman Sam is a six year old boy with a generous smile, a great sense of humor, and a fondness for frogs, turtles, and comic books.
We like Sam.

Sam also has acute myeloid leukemia. Cancer is terrible and fighting it is a painful and exhausting process, even for the toughest person. Sam’s family and community have rallied around him to help support him as he fights this disease. But as a six year old, it’s difficult for Sam to comprehend just how many people are rooting for him.

Sometimes just knowing, and we mean really knowing, that people are thinking of you and cheering you on can make all the difference in the world. That’s why Sam’s mother started Superheroes for Sam: A Photo Project. Sam’s mom wants us all to send in photos of ourselves wearing our favorite superhero t-shirts or holding up our favorite superhero logo. These photos will be hung on the wall of Sam’s room at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as shiny proof of just how many people are thinking of him and wishing him the strength of all the superheroes in the universe as he bravely undergoes treatment.

As soon as we heard about Superheroes for Sam we turned on the Bat-Signal and got on the Bat-Phone to round up our neighborhood superheroes. That was when a funny thing happened. The Archie McPhee staff suddenly disappeared. We know it might seem like a suspiciously huge coincidence, but at the exact same moment they each received urgent phone calls, had urgent last-minute meetings to attend, had to run urgent errands, or urgently had to use the restroom. Whatever was going on, it was urgent.

But what’s funnier still, no sooner had they all disappeared when a whole mess of superheroes appeared on the scene. There were even a couple supervillains. (The sort of supervillains with secret hearts of gold, don’t you know.) “We’re here for Sam!” they all said in unison. And then they proceeded to pose for the camera as only superfolks can:







“Let it be known,” they cheered, “we’re all part of Team Superman Sam!”

The photos are proof. Team Superman Sam is growing and we think you should be part of it too. Here’s how:

Take a photograph of yourself being super: wearing your favorite superhero shirt, striking a superhero pose, holding up a superhero logo or your favorite action figure, comic book or lunch box, or even just smiling. (If you happen to know any superheroes, you should invite them over too.)

Then print out the picture. Put it in an envelope and mail it to Sam:

Sam Sommer, E582
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997

Sam needs us. Are you ready? Set? Team Superman Sam… assemble!




Paint yourself a brand new face

Aug 4, 2012

Here’s a fun new item we just got in stock: Plain white paper masks that can be decorated however you like.

Break out the paint, markers, crayons, glue, glitter, feathers, candy sprinkles and whatever else you can think of and express yourself with some fun crafty time before hitting the town wearing your sweet new face.

These before and after photos show what the Archie McPhee Store staff did with their masks:

As you can see, the masks can be made up to look as cute, creepy, or just plain strange as you like.