Introducing Plucky

I met my first travel mascot — Plucky — in a Toys R Us in North Carolina on August 25, 2010.

A rooster seemed like an odd choice in travel companion, but after what was turning into an extensive search, something about Plucky (he didn’t have a name then), seemed right.

I saw potential. He had life — although it isn’t evident in this first photo I shared with my followers.


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Plucky started showing a bit more personality once I got him out of the store. I had no experience with travel mascots, so really had no idea what I was doing.

I chose the name “Plucky” simply because it seemed like a suitable name for a rooster. I had absolutely no idea what it meant:

“Having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties.”

Which is a remarkable coincidence, because this is exactly how I was living my life at the time. One difficulty after another, but trying to keep it together, because I was sharing everything on the Internet. I put on a brave face.

Unlike Moolander (mascot #3), Plucky seemed a bit shy at first. As evidenced in this photo.

He mostly stuck to his own thing in the beginning. The quiet observer. But you could sense a sweetness about him from the start.


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Although we visited a few places together, what Plucky mostly did in those early days was watch me drive…

I drove a lot back then.

(We were stopped in traffic on the Outer Banks in the photo below).


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And then one day Plucky broke out of his shell by not only attending a pirate cruise in Baltimore, but doing it in full pirate garb.

It sounds silly until you realize it was a hit with not only the ladies, but pirates, too.

And there was rum. And dancing. And pirate songs. And the limbo. And skinned knees.

Good times were had by all.

Plucky wasn’t quite as shy after that. But I always felt like he needed a fellow friend. Someone with a stronger personality. And so, as I traveled, I kept my eyes open for a second travel mascot. Months passed.


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Introducing Moolander

I first met Moolander on April 15, 2011 — but he didn’t have a name then — while I was still in travel mode around the country.

I was in Tucson, Arizona at the time and came across this face while browsing an adventure store.

As I was already the adopted dad of 2 other travel mascots (a rooster (named Plucky) and an eagle (named Stabby Joe), I had no real desire — or need — for a third.

Still, this crazy cow had so much personality, I couldn’t resist taking a picture and sharing it with the folks who were following me.

This picture.

And that’s how I ended up with a third travel mascot.

*Other mascot introductions pending.


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As you might expect, Moolander displayed his eccentricities almost immediately.

Including his love for sticking his head out the car window.

But not for the fresh breeze.

To catch bugs.

That’s Moolander for you.


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One of Moolander’s first adventures included a trip to the Tucson Wildlife Museum where he immediately displayed a knack for comedically timed photo bombs.

“Oh look, a Bighorn Sheep!”


It’s Moolander.


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And here we are at the beautiful Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs where —

Moolander! Move.your.face!

And this is one of the reasons why he’s so…



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What Bill Dollar likes to do when he has a little free time…


I asked Bill Dollar what he likes to do when he has a little free time.

He said he likes to find a good rock to sit on and watch the sunset…


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You’re such a romantic, Bill Dollar.


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My birthday adventure with Bill Dollar

ATTENTION: This page has now found a permanent home on the official Toyscapades site.

NOTE: The following “adventure” played out over the course of a few hours — with those who were following along wondering what would happen next and being surprised with each photo. While it is still enjoyable presented all at once like this, it does lose a bit of the “adventure” aspect.

2:22 PM

Decided to go for a walk on my birthday with Bill Dollar. We came across some train tracks.

Bill tells me he’s always afraid of walking along train tracks because he fears he might twist an ankle.

I told Bill Dollar that he should probably be more concerned about oncoming trains.


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2:58 PM

As we walk along…

Bill Dollar thinks he heard something in the bushes.

I didn’t hear anything…


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3:11 PM

Turns out Bill Dollar was right! There was something in the bushes!!! O_O


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3:21 PM

Bill Dollar thinks this is a good hiding place.


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3:28 PM

Bill Dollar is wrong. This is not a good hiding place, Bill. This is a very, very bad hiding place.


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3:36 PM

Bill Dollar thinks we should do more cardio…


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3:52 PM

Even while being chased by a T-Rex, Bill Dollar makes a good case for being the Lego version of ridiculously photogenic guy


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3:57 PM

Bill Dollar asks if the T-Rex is still chasing us.

Yes, Bill. He is still very much chasing us.


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4:08 PM

Bill Dollar thinks we are incredibly fortunate that T-Rexes don’t know how to use stairs.

I just think it’s an incredibly convenient plot device.



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4:46 PM

It turns out T-Rexes have no problem navigating stairs after all, Bill Dollar!


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4:52 PM

I asked Bill Dollar why he is always smiling. Bill says he just loves life. Every moment. Even moments where he is being chased down the beach by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.




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5:46 PM

The End.



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See also:


Q: Who is Bill Dollar?
A: Bill Dollar is Bill Dollar. It has been noted, however, that he strikes an uncanny resemblance to a Lego minifigure in the upcoming Lego Movie. But that’s not Bill Dollar. That’s some other dude who looks like Bill Dollar.

Q: What did you take the photos with?
A: A Samsung Galaxy S3. I think my real camera would be overkill for now.

Q: Are we going to see more adventures with Bill Dollar?
A: I hope so. This was silly fun to do and I’d love to expand this concept even further. Way further.

Q: How did you develop the story?
A: I had Bill Dollar with me. And a dinosaur. I simply made it up as I went along — dramatic pause — through the amazing power of imagination!


Bill Dollar says you should always stop and smell the flowers

Bill Dollar says it’s always important to take time to stop and smell the gigantic dew covered flowers.

I think Bill Dollar is right.

Except for these flowers. These flowers don’t smell like anything, Bill.

These flowers were a huge waste of time.


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Meet Bill Dollar

Hey everybody. I want to take a moment to introduce you to a new friend of mine.

His name is Bill Dollar. Yes, that’s his real name.

Cool guy. We’re going to be working together.

I’m excited.

Meet Bill Dollar

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From the comments:

Andrew Shelden: Please tell me he has a girlfriend named Penny Coin.

Bill hasn’t talked about his private life much, but when it comes up, I’ll ask.