A travel agent in Chinatown was advertising trips to the Shanghai expo and I couldn’t help thinking that the blue guy looks a whole lot like Gumby. When I first saw the mascot on the news the first thought that popped into my head was – that’s a tweeked Gumby! The Expo mascot is called Haibao. Gumby is just flatter, taller and dark green.
According to reports most people in China have never seen Gumby as they were previously not exposed to American TV so they don’t get what all the fuss is about. It’s hard to buy a Gumby figure in Singapore too. I have yet to see one here.
The Taiwanese expo mascot designer denies it’s a copy and has been quite peeved by the controversy.