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2002 Sportacus piggy bank w/ elf ears by Shinjuchan 2002 Sportacus piggy bank w/ elf ears by Shinjuchan
Íþróttaálfurinn (Sportacus) ‘piggy’ bank (2002)

Tucked smack in between the conclusion of the ‘Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ’ original Icelandic stage play and the debut airing of the LazyTown TV series is a small 3-4 year window of production development which saw the release of a number of Latibær merchandise that was available only in Iceland. Although all of these can be considered ultra-rare to collectors outside of that country, the most sought and coveted of these is surely this, the Sportacus ‘piggy bank’ (which was available in 2 versions - colored and gold) that was released only briefly in 2002 as a part of ‘LazyTown Economy’. Sponsored by the Bank of Iceland in partnership with leading retailers, manufacturers and distributors of nutritious products in Iceland, participants of the LazyTown Economy had a win-win situation because they could save money and collect interest in exchange for special LazyTown bills which could only be used to purchase healthy, nutritious, and value-added products and services.

What makes this bank so valued to collectors is that aside from its obscurity, it is the ONLY piece of LazyTown merchandise to have ever depicted Sportacus with his elf ears confirming once and for all —Yes, Sportacus has pointed ears under that blue hat of his. They're not overbearing. Just right.

In a closing and personal note, I spent at least a good 9 years tracking down this bank! It is by far the longest amount of time I had ever devoted to the location of a single collectible. This was the Christmas present that arrived at my home a couple days ago which included the many, numerous photographs of Maggi that I have been sharing over the past two days. 
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Funsizefluffy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
What an awesome piggy bank!
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Considering how long it took me to track this one down, I can only imagine locating one of the colored versions in um, 2023 *lol* Really, this is by far the most hard sought piece of LT merchandise I have ever endeavored! I originally saw it on the old LazyTown site in 2004 and like most all of the merchandise that predates the TV series, unless you happen to live in Iceland or know someone who does, finding one was like searching for the Holy Grail! Kaomoji Emoji Set | Stressed Out by cute-materials ARRRRRG!

I can believe I own one. I really can’t. This is the best Christmas present I’ve ever received ever! He is now sitting next to my Piccolo bank I got last year. Ha, they both got pointy ears so it works. Piccolo’s probably thinking “What’s wrong with you really? Are you Goku?” :XD:
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Funsizefluffy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Awwww, that's so cute!
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