The Year of the Rooster looks to be a profitable one, at least for one balloon factory in Zhejiang province that is currently producing giant inflatable Trump chickens to help Chinese ring in the new year bigly.
The balloons were of course inspired by a yuge sculpture of a rooster looking just like US president-elect Donald Trump which appeared outside of shopping mall in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, late last year that was designed by Seattle-based illustrator and animator Casey Latiolais.
Believing it to be the perfect mascot for the upcoming Year of the Cock, Chinese manufacturers have seized the moment, made a few tweaks and are now offering smaller versions for sale online.
“I saw his image on the news and he has a lot of personality, and since Year of the Rooster is coming up I mixed these two elements together to make a Chinese chicken,” Wei Qing, the owner of the balloon factory in Jiaxing city, told the AFP.
“It is so funny, so we designed it and tried to sell it and it turned out to be popular.”
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10-meter-tall Trump-rooster balloons are selling for as much as 14,400 yuan on Taobao. Wei’s factory is just one of many Chinese businesses offering consumers their very own Trump rooster with a wide range of dimensions and prices to be found on Chinese online shopping sites in the weeks leading up the lunar new year, which begins in late January.
As for possible trademark concerns with Latiolais’ originial work, Wei said that he was not aware that an American designer had created the original, but added that “there are some differences in the facial expression. And that one is glass. Ours is inflatable.”
This isn’t the first time that Chinese manufacturers have attempted to profit from Trump’s shocking popularity and political success. Factories across the country have been churning out Trump masks, along with rolls and rolls of Trump toilet paper. Meanwhile, one Chinese company that is selling luxury “Trump Toilets” says that it is ready to fight The Donald for his own name.
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