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Why Does Mickey Mouse Have Four Fingers on His Hand?

Here is an interesting question: why does Mickey Mouse only have four fingers?

Mickey Mouse Hand

Did you even realize Mickey only have four fingers instead of five?

Most people never notice.

And no, we’re not talking about four fingers plus a thumb.

It turns out that most cartoon characters, especially older characters who were hand drawn, only have four digits. The reason is the circle method was used to draw the character – which is quite obvious when it comes to Mickey Mouse – and it is very difficult to get five realistic fingers on a hand using that method.

Or if there are five fingers for them to be recognizable.

Walt Disney once reportedly stated when asked about this question: “using five fingers would have made Mickey’s hands look like a bunch of bananas.”

Interestingly, there is also a psychological issue at play. Most fans have never noticed or thought about the number of fingers because our brain “sees” five and that nothing is out of the ordinary. Our brain filters what is known to be a human-like character into having human characteristics, and that includes four fingers being recognized as five fingers.

Pictures of Mickey Mouse Tattoos

Philippe Coutinho Mickey Mouse tattoo

We came across this picture on ESPN, from an unspecified Twitter account, showing off Liverpool soccer player Philippe Coutinho’s Mickey Mouse tattoo. By the way – nice abs. So it got us thinking … what other Mickey Mouse tattoos are out there?

Turns out there’s a lot!

Mickey ears tattoo

Using Mickey ear shapes instead of stars (although there is one star in this spread) creates a nice look. Three simple circles is all it takes to be instantly recognized as a Mickey Mouse fan.

Mickey Kissing Minnie tattoo

Awwww. How cute! Mickey kissing Minnie with Snow White’s castle as a backdrop. Do you know anyone who popped the big question and proposed while at Disneyland?

Mickey skeleton tattoo

Definitely on the edgy side. This tattoo also seemed to be on a weird place – a knee. Maybe the angle is bad for the picture.

3 eyed Mickey tattoo

Um – no. The three eyed Mickey Mouse doesn’t work for us. Tattoos are personal so maybe this means a lot to someone. But if you’re just looking for ideas this is probably not it.

Walking Mickey tattoo

Mickey Mouse walking or taking a stroll. This is a different look and we like it. There is an air of self confidence about this depiction.

Mickey Mouse toe

A Mickey Mouse toe. This is an idea we certainly never would have thought of. And probably haven’t seen any other tattoos placed on the bottom pad of a big toe.

The Ultimate Funko Pop Mickey Mouse Page!

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Funko is a Washington state based collectibles company and POP! is Funko’s ultra popular brand of fun and colorful products.

On this page we are collecting everything possible about Funko’s POP Mickey Mouse products.

Note that each of these products has been put in Funko’s “vault”. That means no more are being made and you cannot buy them directly from Funko on their site. Instead, we have other places where you can still find these awesome collectibles.

Classic Funko POP Mickey Mouse

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The classic Funko POP!, this vinyl Mickey Mouse stands three and three-quarter inches high.

The image of Mickey is classic. His white gloved hands are stretched out to each side.

Mickey’s head is large in the POP style. His head is a bit squarish, but everything else is round – from the ears to the eyes.

The Disney window pane box the figurine comes in is numbered 01 at the top right corner. That is only fitting is Mickey Mouse is #1 when it comes to Disney.

This Funko has received great reviews with about 83 percent of buyers giving it a four or five star rating out of five. Nice!

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The Epic Mickey Mouse by Funko POP

funko pop mickey mouse epic

The Epic Mickey Mouse from Funko is a lot like the classic Mickey Mouse in overall size (three and three-quarter inches high) and appearance.

However, Epic Mickey is holding a paint brush in his right hand with blue paint on the end.

The Disney window pane box for this epic version has number 64 in the top right corner.

About 90 percent of buyers (a whopping amount) give Epic Mickey a four or five rating out of five.

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Huge 9 Inch Funko Mickey Mouse

funko pop mickey mouse 9 inch

This large nine inch Funko Mickey Mouse looks the same as the smaller POP version except, obviously, it is about three times as large.

The 9 inch high version can be hard to find and is a real collectible.

This also means prepare to pull out a bit of cash because it is expensive. Although it is about three times the size expect to pay a lot more than three times the value of the smaller version – assuming you can even find the larger version.

The original box also has the number 01 at the top right.

It be hit or miss, so even though this larger Funko is more expensive, if you find one available you may want to grab it fast.

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Mini Mickey and Minnie Mouse Funko

funko pop mickey mouse mini

If you thought a regular Funko POP vinyl was short wait until you see these “mini” POP vinyls! They come it at only two and one-half inches high.

This duo set is of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

The Disney box again has the number 01 at the top right corner.

Super cute, the matching mini Minnie Mouse is dressed in pink with pink shoes, a pink and white polka dot dress, and a pink and white polka dot bow on top of her head.

Another winner, about 88 percent of buyers give the mini Funko Mickey Mouse a big thumbs up with a four or five star rating out of five.

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Funko Mickey Mouse Cupcake Keepsake

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Here is an interesting but hard to find Funko collectibles – the Mickey Mouse Cupcake Keepsake.

Mickey Mouse is shown on a red pedestal with the label bearing the words “Mickey Mouse” at the bottom (just in case you didn’t know who this was).

Unlike the regular Funko Mickey Mouse vinyls, this cupcake version has a mouth.

This product definitely has a cupcake shape. Mickey’s head is very square and on top of his head is a generous pyramid of what looks like bright red frosting.

You can take Mickey off his pedestal and the frosting lid of cupcake comes off so you can store items inside.

Note: This is small with everything coming in at three inches high.

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Funko Goldmine Hikari Sofubi Mickey Mouse

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This large eight and one-half inch high Mickey Mouse from Funko is one of its very limited edition Hikari Sofubi vinyl figures.

Only 500 were ever made! Each is numbered and the numbering was done by hand.

This version is called Goldmine. Not surprisingly, it is a gold and black figure of Mickey

For background information, Hikari is a Japenese girls name meaning light.

Sofubi is Japanese and means soft vinyl.

Many, if not all of these Hikari doll versions were originally exclusively sold by Entertainment Earth. You’re not going to find them anymore there, or in stores, but can be found elsewhere online.

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Funko Snowcone Hikari Sofubi Mickey Mouse

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This alternate version of the Hikari Sofubi Mickey Mouse is called snow cone.

The colors range from purple to blue to red to pink to white reflecting how the colors can disappear from a snow cone.

Only 250 were made of this version so it will be especially hard to find.

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Classic Funko Hikari Sofubi Mickey Mouse

funko mickey mouse hikari classic

A very classic look, this Funko Hikari version shows Mickey Mouse in normal coloring with yellow shoes and red shorts.

This limited edition had 750 made. Although this is more than other Hikari Sofubi versions, the popularity of this classic depiction of Mickey makes it in more demand and very hard to find.

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Black and White Funko Hikari Sofubi Mickey Mouse

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No need to worry about what happened to the colors in the picture – there are none.

Funko made this black and white version of its Hikari Mickey.

Only 500 were made.

Consider the black and white to be a throw-back to Mickey’s beginnings in the 1920s – or just a unique version of the collectible.

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Grape Soda Funko Hikari Sofubi Mickey Mouse

funko mickey mouse hikari green

Back to the colors!

This vivid green and purple Hikari version is called “Grape Soda” by Funko.

500 were made.

This style is not our favorite. But at the same time that makes it perfect for collectors looking for an eye-popping piece others won’t have.

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Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer Retires from Disneyland

paul hiffmeyer We all love the stunning pictures from Disneyland. All too often the person behind the camera remains behind the today.

One of those persons behind the camera, in fact the Chief Photographer for Public Relations at Disneyland Resort, Paul Hiffmeyer, just hung up his lens. Or, at least hung it up as a Disney employee. The Chief Photographer position is one he had held since 2005.

Here is an example of Hiffmeyer’s work, one of his last pictures posted to the Disney blog: an after dark photo of Peter Pan’s Flight:

peter pan flight

That is a real nice and colorful picture that would make most anyone want to go see the Peter Pan ride.

Hiffmeyer says his favorite photo is from Partners Statue of Walt and Mickey:

Partners Statue

Most tourists will take a picture from the front of the statue. This behind the statue shoot is impressive because the fog is coming in obscuring the park. From the angle it appears Walt is talking to Mickey and pointing off into the distance. Due to the fog you cannot see what is there. Wonderful – it leaves up to your imagination!

That original photo was in color. The black and white version aptly illustrates the effect you can have by testing some of your pictures to see how they look in both color and black and white.

Now that Paul is retiring what we really want to know is … how do you get a job as a photographer at Disneyland? !!

Captain Hook and Dangerous Crocodiles

Tragic news from Disney World about an alligator killing a two-year old boy on the grounds of the Disney World Hotel.

Questions immediately arose about Disney’s potential liability, with some saying alligators are not known to be dangerous to humans and Disney would not have known of any risk. As much as we love Disney, there is a reason why warning signs exist throughout Florida, people avoid water areas at certain times of the day, and feeding the gators is illegal.

When Peter Pan was released in 1953 part of the fun story line was about a crocodile who thought Captain Hook was yummy and wanting a few more bites. Here is a clip if for some reason you are not familiar with Peter Pan:

Yes, its a cartoon, but based on fact to create tension. If there wasn’t some reality that animal would not have been used in the film. Crocodiles / alligators are dangerous to people. Everyone knows it (or should know it). Disney knows it.

Peter Pan, 1953, is a lesson about alligators being dangerous – even killing people. Lets hope this recent tragic event never happens again.

Mickey Mouse at the First Super Bowl

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The first Super Bowl in 1967 was won by the Green Bay Packers over the Kansas City Chiefs. In an interesting story appearing 50 years after the inaugural championship game between the National Football League and the then separate American Football League, Mickey Mouse played an interesting role at the game.

It is a story never told before. The photographer aware of the story was the only photographer allowed in the Kansas City Chief’s locker room. Since the Chief’s lost he was not allowed to publish pictures he took, and no one then was much interested in a side-story involving the losing team.

The long established Green Bay Packers apparently considered the Chiefs a “Mickey Mouse team”.

In response, since the game was in Los Angeles the team got a number of Mickey Mouse ears and Kansas City players were wearing them in the locker room before the game and during halftime. It was an attempt at motivation by coach Hank Stram. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, it did not work as the Packers and their legendary coach Vince Lombardi won the first Super Bowl.