I entered a few times - I'm not sure how many. It was
someplace between 1 and 100, but probably close to 50. Heck, this is a
TRU store that's only a mile from my house, and I stop by there at least 2
or 3 times a week on the way home from work. It was easy to fill four
or five out, and the contest lasted over two months.
think too much of it either, as I never win anything. Really...I can't
remember the last contest I won. But about two weeks ago, I received a
letter from Little and King, informing me that if I qualified, I was the
winner at my store. Woo-hoo!
Of course, I didn't really think about what I would actually do with
these things on the bizarre chance I won. Did I mention that Sulley is
I went by the store on a Friday night, the same day I received my final
letter. I removed his arms and head to get him to fit in the back of
the Explorer, and even with all the seats down his feet were still sticking
out the back. I roped down the tail gate, but I can only imagine what
the other drives on Washtenaw Avenue thought.
It did cross my mind, briefly, that I could just take the head and mount
it on a plaque, and hang it on the wall. My twisted sense of humor
found that tremendously funny, but I don't think I want the twins to grow up
known as the kids whose dad killed Sulley.
I got lucky, and both of the figures are in great shape. There are
plenty I have seen at other stores that were pretty tore up by the kids, but
both Mike and Sulley look terrific. But I had to get them in the house
It took two trips to get them both home, since Mike had no place to sit
when Sulley was filling up the back of the truck. Mike was no problem
getting in the house of course, but then came Sulley. Did I mention
that he's HUGE?
The instructions he came with said that if you removed his arms and head
you should be able to get him in a 36" door. That's true, if you
don't have a screen door in the way. Once I managed to unhook the
hinges on the screen door, my son and I managed to maneuver him into the
house. He came to rest in the living room, the first place we could
I set him up there, but after a few days just couldn't take it
anymore. He takes up about 36 square feet of floor space, not to
mention the six foot of height. Did I mention he's HUGE?
My wife and I then decided to haul him to the basement. Sure, I'm
refinishing the basement, and I figured he'd look great behind the
bar. But getting him down the hallway presented a new problem.
The hallway is only 36" wide. Sure, he would fit through a
36" door, but only with some major gyrations. The hall is
straight, so that's not an option. So off comes the tail.
Now, it's not that bad. The tail is designed to come off, although
it took more effort than the arms and head. But without the tail he
*barely* fit down the hall. And then came the basement door.
It's only 30" wide.
So now I have a HUGE, blue monster standing in my kitchen. I bet
you can guess my wife's opinion of having a HUGE blue monster in our
kitchen. Now where to put him?