Shrunken Monkey Teases Follow-up To Shrunken Salesman Mug; A Disneyland Version

Image by The Shrunken Monkey via Instagram

    The Shrunken Monkey has announced a follow-up to their sold out Shrunken Salesman cocktail mug. While their first mug depicted the shrunken head of Magic Kingdom’s Trader Sam, this new project tackles Disneyland’s version of the Jungle Cruise character.

    Trader Sam in Anaheim, CA and Trader Sam in Orlando, FL look different. The Magic Kingdom version was for a time called “Chief Namee” but he had his name officially changed back to “Trader Sam” in 2009. Depending on who you ask, the character in Orlando may instead be identified as the cousin of Trader Sam in Disneyland, which would make Disneyland’s version of Trader Sam the official one.

    Recently Disney has been making changes to the Jungle Cruise attraction on both coasts. Disneyland’s version is shut down for a full refurbishment, while Disney World’s Jungle Cruise is being updated in slow increments while the attraction remains open. Based on official concept art released by Disney, it is unlikely that either version of Trader Sam will exist after the ride refurbishments. The character will likely be replaced by a lost-and-found stand turned jungle outpost shop bearing the name of Trader Sam. The Jungle Cruise movie, arriving in theaters on July 30, 2021, will likely debut an entirely new version of Trader Sam portrayed by Veronica Falcón, according to IMDB.

    The new Shrunken Salesman mug will be handmade in the United States by Shrunken Monkey based on a sculpt by Tanner Perks. Edition size and pricing have not yet been announced, but the mug is anticipated to go on sale this Fall (2021). When it does go on sale, the mug will most likely be available on The Shrunken Monkey’s official website.

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