Good morning, friends, and welcome to the weekend! Thursday, as you know if you saw my music post that day, was ‘Appreciate A Dragon Day’, or AADD. I hadn’t thought much about it at the time, other than playing PP&M’s Puff the Magic Dragon, but then Ellen piqued my curiosity in her comment, telling me about … well, you’ll see in a few minutes. But first …
I want to wish a special 🎈Happy Birthday! 🎈 to our special friend, David Prosser. Now, I’m not about to tell you how old David is, but I’ll give you a little hint. If he had started counting his years backward in 1986, today he would be celebrating his 1st birthday! And, today’s theme fits in with his birthday (sort of), for David is a Welshman and is rather fond of the iconic Welsh dragon!
And now about those pocket dragons …
According to our friend Ellen, Real Musgrave met Muff (a nickname derived from a childhood moniker spun from Little Miss Muffet) whilst both were in college in Texas, he an art student drawing life size dragons at the time.
They married in 1968 and at some point, he began drawing small dragon pictures based on poses of their dog “Flower”, that fit into the pocket of his tweed coat, hence the name “pocket dragons”. The spirit of this little creature was, as Real said, as if the world was viewed from the view point of their little dog, Flower, and how Flower would respond to or interpret situations. The dragons took on aspects of Flowers persona from gesture to the floppy ears.
The flat artwork eventually led to figurines that Real sculpted and the first set of 27 figurines went on sale in mid-1989 after being produced in Stoke-on-Kent in England.
Real and Muff retained almost complete creative control over the growing line clear up to their retiring in 2005 to their home at Flower Mound, Texas and the retirement of the Pocket Dragon collection that became effective on December 31, 2006.
Dragons had provided a significant monetary income that allowed them to travel all over the world as they promoted their creations. As of 2006, thousands upon thousands of the over 400 different Pocket Dragons had been released and found loving homes around the world, as well as games, books and hundreds of other products.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the pocket dragons today, and many thanks to Ellen for leading us down this fun path! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!