I promised a new series for Thursdays to replace my erstwhile comic strip, and since I’ve come to terms with the Shelf Critters having taken over my blog, I figured it’d be a good time to give the players their very own post to say hello. So from now until…. well, who knows when, I’ll feature one of the gang every Thursday and give the lowdown on their role in SCT, as well as reveal some (hopefully) interesting and fun tidbits behind what these critters actually are and how they came into my possession. And while the troupe may have bigger and better loved (or hated) stars, I still consider Fuzzywig to be the gang’s leader, and so he will be first up on this VH1 special Behind The Shelf…
SHELF PERSONALITY: Cool and cunning, while being a bit “out there.” Largely inspired by the sneaky, goofy eyed look that’s frozen on his face.
Fuzzy is well known for his love of all things MARIHUANA (The spelling and capitalization of which was inspired by a Merby post last year). He often produces a bag of “weed” labelled as “The Good Stuff” (It’s actually catnip) and an old pipe to smoke it in. Fuzzywig often admits to being in some stage of being stoned during episodes, and it has become a recurring joke for me to have him work the popular stoner time “4:20” into his dialogue in every episode.
Fuzzy has an extremely disobedient dog named Fleabag who he seems to absolutely despise and often treats like crap. Whenever Fleabag does something to upset his owner, Fuzzywig often threatens to sell him to the local Chinese buffet (which he actually did in one episode). Yes, my blog is not politically correct… you’ve either already dealt with that reality, or else you don’t actually read my posts.
ESN PREMIERE: Fuzzywig’s first acting role on this blog was as an acorn thief in my August 2014 post “Who Needs An Elf?” which was my entry in Bacon’s contest giving away an elf on the shelf…
WHAT’S IN A NAME?: Like several of my shelf critters, Fuzzywig got his name from his appearance as a role player in Part II of my epic holiday miniseries “A Pony Christmas Carol” from 2015… where he was cast in the role of Scrooge’s (Played by Scratchy) old boss Fezziwig.
ICONIC SCT ROLE: As good as Fuzzywig was as the star in my Pied Piper parody, my favorite “performance” from the coon was his role as a thoroughly sleazy shell game operator in the series of Bashful’s Adventures posts that help set up Shelf Critter Theatre…. taking advantage of both an unsuspecting player and his gullible partner. This episode set Fuzzy on the path to critter stardom.
WHAT IS HE?: Fuzzywig is a small raccoon figurine that is actually a mini bobblehead… which you probably didn’t know since that kind of movement wouldn’t be apparent in my still shots.
WHERE DID HE COME FROM: The Bass Pro Shop in Independence, Missouri just outside of Kansas City. I bought him there on one of my trips in May 2011. The beady eyes and fucked up expression made him a must have.
CAN I GET ONE TOO?: Sure you can! Putting “raccoon bobblehead” into Google Images brings up about 420 results for Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy… but also several Fuzzywig clones that look a little weird outside of the shitty lighting my critters have to work under. This one isn’t an exact copy of Fuzzywig, but it’s close enough and a steal for $7.99 (I’m sure I wound up paying more for mine).
So, what did you think? Interesting? Boring? Too nerdy? Eh, I don’t care anyway. I’ll put another Shelf Critter under the spotlight next Thursday…