Often photobombing most of my pictures on my little space on Instagram is my favourite figurine, Sparkles The Unicorn from the Shaun In The City range. You my remember my blog post end of last year about this beautiful designed sheep by Emily Golden.
Since then my little collection has grown to a small flock, I have Sparkles The Unicorn, Buttercup The Cow, Bagpuss, Rex The Dinosaur and Sheepish. I cannot state how much the quality is on these figures. They are definitely worth the money.
More importantly than having beautiful, high quality figures to look at around my home, each Shaun In The City and Gromit Unleashed product helps raise money for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal. They have a large range of merchandise available on their online shop, we have a mixture of mugs, books and games.
I am lucky I also get to go into their shop in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. If you missed the popular Gromit trail, then make sure you go to the Cribbs Causeway store from July 25th to September the 4th there will be a Gromit Unleashed: Homecoming Exhibition for your chance to see:
Gromit Lightyear by Pixar Animation Studios * Newshound by Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park CBE * Poetry in Motion by Joanna Lumley OBE * Oops A Daisy by Diarmuid Gavin * Butterfly by Philip Treacy MBE * Antique Rose by Cath Kidston * Lancelot by fashion designer Sir Paul Smith * Doodles by Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield * Stat’s The Way To Do It, Lad * Gromberry * Sir Gromit of Bristol * Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion * Jack * Hullaballoon * Gromitasaurus * Blossom * Paisley * Collarfull
Nicola Masters, director, The Grand Appeal, said, “Since we announced the exhibition we have been inundated with messages from excited ‘Gromit Unleashed’ fans across Bristol, the South West and further afield, all asking whether their favourite sculpture will be going on display. We are delighted to now reveal the full line-up, which includes some of the trail’s most special designs.
“We are particularly excited to bring both ‘Gromit Lightyear’ and ‘Newshound’ back to Bristol and would like to say a huge thank you to all the sculptures’ owners for so generously donating them for this exhibition. We hope to welcome Gromit fans old and new to our shop at The Mall this summer to be reunited with their favourite pooches, and make some new favourites too!
“All donations at the exhibition as well as funds raised by our ‘Gromit Unleashed’ figurines and merchandise will help us towards our £1.5million target to fund new family accommodation at Bristol Children’s Hospital, to support families from across the South West and beyond as their child undergoes lifesaving treatment.”
Being a keen Illustrator, I love all of the designs and the concept behind each figure. One day I would love to help design one of these, and to help an excellent cause. One of my favourites that I need (also designed by Emily Golden) -Candy Baa is currently on offer. I am trying my hardest to resist buying more until we move house.
Have you been on the trials, or got any of the figures? What design would you like to see?
Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation. Charity no. 1043603
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