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5 Pro Tips for Buying Your First Mascot Costume

Shopping around for the perfect mascot costume can be a fun, often overwhelming experience. Not only do you want a mascot costume that’s made with quality, durable materials, but you’ll also want to ensure the mascot is authentic and fits your wants, needs, and desires in a costume.
Tips to Know Before You Buy
Below are five tips to keep in mind prior to starting your search for the perfect mascot costume.
1. Knockoff costumes might violate intellectual property rights
Most mascot or character costumes made or designed in the US have some level of copyright or licensing covering intellectual property rights. Using a knockoff costume could make you subject to direct or indirect legal action to protect those intellectual property rights, so make sure you’re shopping for a product that is ethically and legally constructed.
2. It’s better to purchase directly from a licensed manufacturer
Though you might find cheaper prices from using a generic mascot company, you should always purchase a costume directly from a licensed manufacturer or distributor. By doing this you can be sure that you are getting authentic merchandise and that you will receive the quality product you need. Furthermore, several mascot manufacturers include a warranty with their products that can help to further solidify your confidence in the product.
3. You get what you pay for
Most knockoff costumes are not made in the US and can have serious quality issues. Though the price tag may be higher for authentic costumes, you will ultimately save yourself money, time, and stress in the long run, and it keeps you from having to shop again in the near future.
4. The display photo of knockoff costumes might not be accurate
Companies selling knockoff costumes typically display a photo taken from the internet of the original manufacturer's or the distributor’s website. Despite what’s displayed in the photos, these imitation costumes don’t usually have the patterns or molds to recreate the costume. This reduces your chances of receiving anything that looks similar to the image on the website and is almost a guarantee that the quality of products is far inferior.
5. Non-US companies likely won’t offer a warranty or exchange policy
Dealing with companies outside the US eliminates the possibility of any warranty, nor does it guarantee that any return or exchange policy is actually unenforceable. This means you have no credible warranty, no way of securing a refund, and no reliable possibility that repairs can be made.
What to Look For When Buying
Now that you have an idea of what to expect during your search for the perfect mascot costume, these tips can give you a direction on what to look for so you can seal the deal on your ideal costume.
A really low price is a warning flag
Like most things, price is always your first clue. As the saying goes, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” and this couldn’t ring truer when it comes to buying a mascot. As a rule of thumb, most quality mascots prices start around $1,000. So if you’re looking at a mascot costume that’s under $600, chances are it’s most likely not made in the US, not made with quality products, and will not have a warranty.
Verify the costume is made in the US
If you find a costume that sparks your interest, be sure to check the website, to verify that it is made in the US. If you cannot find a clear answer, contact the business to inquire about their location.
Verify that you are buying from the copyright owner or licensed distributor
Look carefully at the site and product reviews and make sure you are buying your costume from either the legitimate, copyright owner or one of their licensed distributors.
Verify licensing agreement
Remember that not all mascot manufacturers have licensing agreements. Be sure to look for one that clearly verifies their agreements. This not only protects them but also protects you as well.

Participating Mascots Announced for Mascot Games

New Hope for Kids has announced the Mascots that will compete in the 24th Annual Mascot Games Presented by Wawa, taking place at Amway Center on Friday, June 23rd, at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 24th, at 2 p.m.  Participating Mascots include STUFFfrom the Orlando Magic, Knightro from the University of Central Florida, Kingston from Orlando City Soccer Club and fan favorite Sir CC from the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The complete list is below. 
“We hear each year from those who attend how truly entertaining this event is. They think it is for the kids, but adults enjoy the Mascots just as much,” said Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. “Our ambassador, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, has invited top notch talents, all who love to steal the limelight, and who also love knowing they’re helping kids.”
Twenty-three of the best and most popular Mascots from across North America will join STUFF, the event’s host mascot, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, ECHL, MLS and NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
Tickets for the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa are now on sale. General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through mascotgames.org, amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating for Saturday’s performance, are available for $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Reserved seating will be available for $20 while supplies last. Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $500,000 for New Hope for Kids.
24th Annual Mascot Games Presented by Wawa Participating Mascots:
Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs Champ – Dallas Mavericks Chomps – Cleveland Browns Coyote – San Antonio Spurs Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks Franklin – Philadelphia 76ers Hugo – Charlotte Hornets Jaxon De Ville – Jacksonville Jaguars Kingston – Orlando City Soccer Club Knightro – University of Central Florida Lil’ Red – University of Nebraska Louie – St. Louis Blues N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils Rangers Captain – Texas Rangers Rocky the Bull – University of South Florida Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys Sebastian – University of Miami Shades – Orlando Solar Bears Sir CC– Cleveland Cavaliers Stanley – Florida Panthers STUFF – Orlando Magic ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks

Pudsey Bear Distresses Locals In British Shopping Mall

A trip to Trinity shopping centre in Leeds turned from fun to shocking for a girl and her mother after they encountered a mascot from a children's charity. The person dressed as Pudsey Bear, the mascot character for the BBC's Children in Need, was photographed alongside a seven-year-old girl by her mother. After sharing the photo with her sister, she realized that the mascot's costume appeared to have an appendage resembling male genitalia between its legs.
  The woman said she was horrified when she noticed the oddity on the costume. She said it wasn't clear if the person in the suit was genuinely collecting money for charity or if they were a paedophile using it as an excuse to approach children. The BBC released a statement saying they are investigating the incident to ensure it does not happen again. The woman later searched the shopping centre but could not locate the person dressed as Pudsey. It is unclear how many other children encountered the person dressed in the costume.
  She contacted the BBC and was told that the fund-raiser was not officially sanctioned. BBC officials said that Pudsey suits are issued with certain guidelines for how they are to be worn and used. Official suits are sometimes distributed for fund-raising events. They confirmed that the costumes are not designed to include the appendage on the suit seen by the mother. The statement raised the possibility that the suit was an official version which had been altered or a homemade costume.
  Children in Need distributes grant money to projects across the UK which aid youths facing poverty, neglect, or disabilities. It relies heavily on donations and Pudsey the Bear is a popular character who serves as a face for the organization. Over 2,400 youth programmes receive support from Children in Need.

Grizz Stripping To Ginuwine's 'Pony' Is All You Need To Make It Through The Week

The undisputed sexiest song in Ginuwine's arsenal was featured recently in a mascot performance that left fans all hot and bothered.  When most hear the song "Pony", they get flashbacks to the original Magic Mike movie. Some even picture a stripping Channing Tatum or Matthew  McConaughey. But unless you enjoyed The Revenant for completely different reasons, not many visualize a 7 foot tall bear.
Memphis Grizzlies fans were a bit shell shocked last week when the iconic song came on, and not only did the large bear mascot start dancing, but his clothes were quickly torn off his hirsute bod'! The routine was complete with twerks, booty shakes, and 'air humps'. Most of the dancing seemed to be a la Rihanna's "Work" choreography, and who knew Grizz could, "work, work, work, work, work, work."

This is not the first time that Grizz has made waves—in the past he got the team, and the reputation of the mascot in trouble in 2014 when he slammed a rival fan into a table. The team management doesn't seem to mind much if he causes controversy. The team does well but isn't a star in the division, and the mascot gets buzz, and therefore butts in seats. Even on the Grizz site "his signature shenanigans" are mentioned. 

Most of us find this amusing and hilarious—but parents with young kids in the stands may disagree as they often look up to mascots as idols. Who knows, maybe Grizz will be featured in the next Nicki Minaj music video... So next time Grizz is in town, maybe leave the kids with a sitter!

In case you care, the Grizzlies won that game by 1 point.

Pirates, Parrots and Guns Don't Mix in Pittsburgh

Just a few days before the Chicago Cubs made baseball history with their first World Series title in more than a century, the Pittsburgh Pirates were also making headlines; however, they were nothing to be cheerful about.

An incident involving Pirate Parrot, the team's mascot, made baseball fans and legal scholars worried about gun laws in Pennsylvania. It all started with the birthday of Sheriff William Mullen of Allegheny County, when his deputies thought it would be a neat idea to hire the Pirate Parrot to make a paid appearance at the Sheriff's Office during birthday celebrations.

There was nothing wrong with Pirate Parrot cheering up Sheriff Mullen on his birthday. The Sheriff happens to be a major Pirates fan, and his deputies routinely provide security for fans during home games at PNC Park. The problem started when deputies thought it would be funny to issue a firearms license to Pirate Parrot. The good people of Pittsburgh learned about the incident because the Sheriff's Office published a photo of the license on its official Facebook Timeline.

Thanks to the stunt, baseball fans now know that Pirate Parrot is 36 years old, has green hair and dark eyes, weighs 340 pounds, and was licensed to pack heat back in April of 2015.

Although the gun license issuance was clearly a poor attempt at humor by the Sheriff's Office, legal analysts have good reasons to be concerned. The joke clearly violated various statutes, namely 37 Pa.Code. 33.102 and 18 Pa.C.S. 6111. The combination of these two violations constitute a felony of the third degree, and with good reasons: Pennsylvania's gun mortality rate in 2013 was 11.2 per 100,000, which happens to be higher than the national rate.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette responsibly investigated the incident and sought the opinion of Sheriff Mullen and of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neither one was amused: the Pirates' public relations department was not aware of the photos and the Sheriff explained that no one checked with him before issuing the license. Eventually, the photo of the gun license was removed, but not before legal scholars pointed out a couple of issues:

First of all, not only did the Sheriff's Office egregiously issue a gun license, but also acknowledged doing so when it shared it as a Facebook update. Second, this incident may serve a legal precedent for attorneys whose clients have been denied a license. In fact, criminal and civil cases involving firearms can now be fought in court by bringing up the incident, which shows that the Sheriff's Office is careless when it comes to giving away gun licenses.

The Pirate Parrot gun license was signed by an issuing authority and now needs to be formally revoked. There is still no word from the mascot regarding the revoking of his gun license. This is also a severe invasion of his privacy, as his personal information was revealed on the gun license. It was a disappointing year for the Pirates, so a mascot civil rights controversy may not be a battle they want to fight. Also, they must decide if the Pirate Parrot can continue his use of the t-shirt cannon during games.

FIFA Officially Announces 2018 World Cup Mascot

Two months ago, FIFA announced that it had narrowed downs its choices for the Russia 2018 World Cup mascots to three: tiger, cat, and wolf. On Oct. 21, FIFA announced that Zabivaka the wolf has been officially selected as the 2018 World Cup mascot. Creators and designers initially expected Russia to incorporate the bear as its official mascot, considering that Russia has a vast array of bear species. However, Zabivaka has come out as the clear-cut winner in an announcement on Russia's Channel 1 television, with both Local Organizing Committee Chairman Vitaly Mutko and Brazilian football legend Ronaldo in attendance. Ronaldo previously unveiled the 2014 World Cup mascot in Brazil.
Nearly one million fans cast their votes on FIFA.com, with Zabivaka receiving 53 percent of the votes. The tiger landed in second place behind Zabivaka with 27 percent of the vote, while the cat mascot received only 20 percent of the vote. An online poll was created to gauge Russian students' mascot design preferences. Upon gathering the final poll results, university students submitted several designs which were subsequently released to the public to choose from, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said.
Zabivaka, designed by Ekaterina Bocharova, a 21-year-old graphic design student at Tomsk State University, means "the one who scores." According to FIFA.com, Zabivaka is "charming, confident, and social" and will become an "ambassador for Russia and a worldwide 'celebrity'". Although Bocharova is expected to make potentially significant revenue through Zabivaka merchandise and advertisements, Russian news outlet TASS reported that the 21-year-old student received only $500 for her efforts. FIFA now owns the rights to Zabivaka the wolf.
World cup mascots are not only known to promote events, matches, and act as marketing ambassadors for FIFA and the host country. Mascots have also traditionally sought to shed light upon wildlife animal species in the host country, particularly endangered species. For example, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Fuleco brought attention to Brazil’s endangered armadillo. Similarly, Boharova's Zabivaka design attempts to highlight the vast array of animal species present in Russia, not only the bear, which Russia is widely known for around the globe. Bocharova told Russia Today (RT), "But at least my mascot will help them learn that the bear is not the only animal we have in Russia."
Zabivaka joins a list of past world cup mascots, such as: Fuleco the armadillo in 2014 in Brazil; Zakumi the leopard in 2010 in South Africa; Geleo V the lion in 2006 in Germany, among others.  I think predicting the outcomes of an all time World Cup mascot battle may actually be my next piece.
As a reminder, the 2018 World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15. 12 stadiums will host world cup matches in 11 Russian cities.

Pierre T. Pelican & Swatson Take Home Title As 2016 Mascot of the Year!

You've voted and now it's over and we've crowned your winners. Please welcome to the MascotInsider Hall of Fame, Pierre T. Pelican for the 2016 Professional Mascot of the Year and Swatson as 2016 Minor League Mascot of the Year! Fans overtook on the Minor League Title this year producing more than 140,000 votes. This is an amazing record, but overall Swatson took the title with 78,220 total votes. It was a heated race with Muddy the Mudcat, who scored second place with 71,503 votes. For Professional title, Pierre T. Pelican scored the win with 12,177 votes total and has been crowned winner in that category. And new this year we've partnered with The Unsuited Podcast to offer an additional award and that was awarded to Shades from Orlando Solar Bears. We've posted the full results for fans to see below.
Professional Mascot of the Year 2016 Results:
1. Pierre T. Pelican 2177
2. Scrappy 511
3. Dynamo Diesel 224
4. Paws 59
5. Tommy Hawk 40
6. Roary 14
Minor League Mascot of the Year 2016 Results:
1. Swatson 78220
2. Muddy the Mudcat 71503
3. Looie 394
4. Sully: 308
5. Buckets: 25
6. Shades: 12 (The Unsuited Podcast Award Winner)
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5th Annual Mascot of The Year Finals (Closed)

Polls are now CLOSED Stay Tuned for Results. 
You've voted and now it's time to found out who takes home the 5th Annual Mascot of the Year Award for Professional & Minor League. Same rules apply as the Round One but here's to review.
Unlimited Voting  Please, No direct linking to the Poll Page please utilize the share buttons located on top of the Page Title or copy the URL of this page. This well ensure fans can easily vote without issues!  Poll remain open till Friday, Aug 26th 11:59 EST  Professional Mascots 
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5th Annual Mascot of The Year Round One (Closed)

You've nominated your Favorite Mascots and now it's time to begin Round One of the Firth Annual Mascot of the Year Poll! Here's how this year's poll we'll work please read carefully before voting. 
Unlimited Voting  Please, No direct linking to the Poll Page please utilize the share buttons located on top of the Page Title or copy the URL of this page. This well ensure fans can easily vote without issues!  For Professional Mascots ONE Mascot from each category we'll move onto the Finals. For the Minor League Poll Top SIX Mascots, we'll move onto the Finals Poll. Polls officially close Two Weeks from today Friday, August 5th 11:59 EST.Good Luck All Mascots.
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5th Annual Mascot of The Year Nominations (Closed)

It's back MascotInsider's Mascot of the Year for its 5th year! We've made changes based on user feedback, including adding a new Minor League award, details of this year's contest are below as we'll as the forum to nominate your mascot you'll have till July 15th to cast your mascot nominations. Good Luck to all Mascots!
Rules to Nominating: 
Mascots can only be in the "Mascot Hall of Fame" Once if they won in the past year's they are not eligible. High School Mascots & Major Brand Mascots such as Disney or Universal can't be nominated.  Only ONE nomination form per person, be careful who you nominate.  Please include Mascots Name AND their Sports Team Name. Professional Mascots we'll include: 
NFL MLB NBA MLS College  Any Not Listed Mascot from a different professional Sports Organization Minor League Mascots We'll Include: 
Hockey Baseball Basketball Soccer  Any Not Listed Mascots except for High Schools Please Note: Due to the many minor league sports organizations we are unable to list the organizations' names One Mascot from each Sport from Minor and One mascot from each Professional Organization we'll move on to the finals.
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Participating Mascots Announced for Mascot Games Presented by Wawa

Orlando, FL (June 2, 2016) –, taking place at Amway Center on Friday, June 17, at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Participating Mascots include STUFF from the Orlando Magic, Albert and Alberta from the University of Florida, Kingston from Orlando City Soccer and fan favorite Lil Red from the University of Nebraska. The complete list is below.
“The collection of Mascots that will be showcased at Amway Center will be unrivaled anywhere in the world,”said Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. “Our ambassador, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, has invited top notch talents, all who love to compete, and who also love knowing they’re helping kids.”
Twenty-three of the best and most popular Mascots from across North America will join STUFF, the event’s host mascot, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, ECHL, MSL and NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
Tickets for the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa are now on sale. General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through mascotgames.org, amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating for Saturday’s performance, are available for $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Reserved seating will be available for $20 while supplies last. Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website at www.mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $400,000 for New Hope for Kids.
23nd Annual Mascot Games Presented by Wawa Participating Mascots:
• Albert & Alberta – University of Florida
• Baxter – Arizona Diamondbacks
• Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs
• Champ – Dallas Mavericks
• Chomps –Cleveland Browns
• Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks
• Franklin – Philadelphia 76ers
• Howler – Arizona Coyotes
• Jaxon De Ville – Jacksonville Jaguars
• Kingston – Orland City Soccer Club
• Knightro – University of Central Florida
• Lil’ Red – University of Nebraska
• Louie – St. Louis Blues
• N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils
• Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys
• Rumble – OKC Thunder
• Sebastian – University of Miami
• Shades – Orlando Solar Bears
• Stanley – Florida Panthers
• STUFF – Orlando Magic
• ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning
• Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks
About New Hope for Kids
Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Our purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses. New Hope for Kids achieves this through two programs: The Center for Grieving Children helps children and families cope with the feelings of grief and loss after the death of a loved one. Wishes for Kids grants wishes to children up to the age 19, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more information, visit www.newhopeforkids.org.

"Dizzy" helps with attempt at world record

Philadelphia Spinners' mascot Dizzy may have just helped break a world record. The lovable blue guy that gets the crowd going at every Spinners' home game participated in an attempt to break the world record for the world's largest mascot dance recently. He didn't have to go far as the event was held in Philadelphia, but there were mascots from across the nation participating.
The group, Mascots for a Cure, puts this event on each year, and they have tried before. This past weekend, Dizzy, that lovable blue guy at every home Spinners game joined mascots from around the country to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Mascot Dance”.
The record is held by a group in Japan who set the record in 2013 with 134 mascots dancing together for five minutes. Media reports say there were 138 at this event, so it looks good. Guinness still has to certify the record and make sure all the rules were followed and requirements met, but the group is hopeful they have set the record.
Mascots for a cure is a non-profit group that raises money for the fight against childhood cancers and other diseases. They want to find a cure for cancer and eliminate the danger for children. According to their website, this is their biggest event of the year and the biggest fundraiser.
The group has in the past tried to break the record for most mascots assembled, which is also held by a group in Japan with 376. This record is different in that it is an organized dance that lasts at least five minutes.
The group trying to break the record is based in Oregon, but they chose to do the event in Philadelphia this year. The organization wants to expand its reach, and felt doing the event on the east coast would do that for them. That Philadelphia is a great sports town and has several mascots was also a factor. In addition to Dizzy, there were mascots from the local five college teams, Swoop from the Philadelphia Eagles, Franklin from the 76ers, and of course the famous Phillie Phanatic.
Having the mascots from Philadelphia, and some from Lancaster, helped it get off to a good start at the Palestra. Videos and photographs have been sent to the Guinness organization, where it will be examined in a detailed way before a determination is made. They will try to break the record again next year, even if they are granted the record.
According to a Lancaster newspaper, mascots from that county who attended were: Clyo of the Lancaster Barnstormers; Racing tea bottles from Turkey Hill Dairies; Kitchen Kettle Village mascot Yummie; Filbert Flamingo from Isaac's Sandwiches; Champ from the Spooky Nook Sports, as well as Loco and Boomer from Keystone Mascots.
The Spinners are a professional ultimate disc team and are part of the major league ultimate sports organization. Their home field is Carey Stadium at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. The season begins in early April and goes through June.
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