Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Lufsig's Popularity Continues

The paper cut-out version of Lufsig with grandma in tow
This morning I made the paper cut out Lufsig that was given to me by the Democratic Party at the Lunar New Year Fair at Victoria Park. The "paper craft" required lots of folding and nimble fingers to put it together. In the end it does look like the doll from Ikea that coincidentally is back on sale at the Causeway Bay, Kowloon Bay and Sha Tin stores.

A "paper craft" project handed out by the Democratic Party
About 2,000 of the stuffed wolves were available today with about 700 in each store. However to ensure everyone could get one, the stores handed out reservation tickets before the store opened and each customer could only buy one HK$99.90 ($12.86) wolf.

The first person at the Causeway Bay store waited in line at 6am and from pictures in the media it looks like there was a long queue for the toy.

Some bought Lufsig as a way to show their displeasure at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, while others saw it as a symbol of democracy. Others were keen to make money off of it, with one guy in line hoping to sell the stuffed animal online for HK$689 -- the same number of votes he got from the 1,100 voting committee.
Lufsig is back on sale in Hong Kong garnering more fans

It's hilarious that Ikea has been swept up in this controversy -- that its toy was thrown at Leung and since then has been snapped up by pro-democracy locals. The company has pledged to meet customers' needs.

"Please don't worry. In case this batch of [Lufsig] is stock out, we shall try our very best to replenish our stock as quickly as possible to meet all of our customers' demand on our ordinary range," the store posted on its Facebook page.

The next batch of toy wolves are expected to arrive in late March or early April.

Stay tuned.

2 comments:

  1. Buying Lufsig from Ikea will not improve democracy in Hong Kong. It sure helps to increase Ikea's store traffic and may improve their bottom line as well.

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    1. Hi Anonymous -- Yes you do have a point there, but it is a kind of "vote" to show people's opinions of Leung Chun-ying.

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