Trader Sam, From Disney World’s The Jungle Cruise, Will Soon Be A Ceramic Tiki Mug
Trader Sam, a longtime purveyor of shrunken heads, may finally have met his match in the latest ceramic Tiki mug from The Shrunken Monkey. The new mug depicts the shrunken head of Trader Sam with stitching over his eyes and mouth. The head appears to be inspired by the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise version of Trader Sam at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
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.
The Trader Sam mug will be handmade in the United States by Shrunken Monkey based on a sculpt by Tanner Perks. An official release date has not yet been announced, but the mug will be arriving sometime in 2021. Pricing and availability is still to be determined.
The Shrunken Monkey is a collaboration between artists David O’Connell and Emily Serpico. In addition to creating tiki mugs, they are Halloween enthusiasts and were featured on Syfy’s FaceOff.
Additional information will likely be announced via The Shrunken Monkey’s official Instagram page.