I’m pretty sure we got this little guy from a market while we were in the US – just can’t remember which state!
Another penguin that needs two pictures! These are Matryoshka doll penguins – although traditionally there are five in a set, this one only has four. They came from the Community Aid Abroad shop, and I thought that they were pretty unique, but a quick google search for ‘Matryoshka doll penguin’ reveals a surprising number of legitimate hits! Oh well, they are still some of my favourites in the collection!
This is a stacking penguin kids toy, made by Brio. We bought it half for the collection and half for Sebastian. Brio issued a voluntary recall on it as one of the penguin beaks may fall off if dropped and pose a choking hazard. So, now it is just for the collection.
We got these gorgeous wooden balancing penguins in Te Anau in New Zealand. There are five indiviual penguins and you can rebalance them in any number of combinations. It is a bit of fun, but can be noisy when they fall!
I have to admit to thinking that this is one of the uglier penguins in the collection… We got it from the floriade shop. It is big and wooden!
This is yet another Thai penguin. I’m pretty sure it also came from the floating market. It is carved and painted wood…
These little guys came in packs of ten or something like that. We got them in Thailand from the giftshop at a teak carving ‘factory’. We’re not sure that they are teak but they sure are cute!
This is a version of Tux, the Linux mascot. It came from a market stall in Portland, Oregon. The story is that the woman who runs the stall had some other penguins that weren’t quite this cute, so GCC hacker (and renowned juggler) Janis Johnson, told her that she could use use the Tux design free of charge. So she did! And we bought one!
These lovely little penguins are (hand?) carved out of wood. Each of the individual penguins slide out of the dark wooden stand. I picked this up in Hobart when I was there for work – I couldn’t resist it!