Being Kirby
Friday, December 26, 2014 11:00 AM

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We had a call recently from a credit union marketer who was renting the Kirby Kangaroo suit for the first time. She was wondering about the mechanics of renting and wearing the mascot costume. I have been Kirby a few times myself, so I felt prepared to answer that question.

First of all, having Kirby at your credit union event is sure to be a hit. Kids are charmed by the enormous kangaroo and apparently buy into the concept that he lives in a big credit union zoo someplace. They want to follow Kirby, hug him, hold his hand, er, paw, pull his tail, and tell him their trials and tribulations, and if Kirby has candy and Kirby promotional items in his pouch, so much the better. Children’s sweet, ingenuous belief in a giant silent marsupial handing out quarter savers is heart-warming. Parents love it too because having your kids around a giant kangaroo is a Kodak moment in the making.

Some information about the Kirby costume:

  • We ship Kirby in time for your event. When your event is over, put him back in the box, tape it up, stick the return label on it and tell your mail deliverer to pick it up. We’ll invoice you later.
  • When you rent Kirby, you get a coupon and have a limited time to get 10% off on promotional items you can hand out at your event.
  • If you are renting Kirby for two events within a week or so, we will ship him to you once and you can keep it for your second event. You only pay one shipping and handling fee. Otherwise, we ask that you ship the costume back within two business days after your event.
  • If your credit union rents the suit often, consider buying one. Our Claim Your Youth team can help you.
  • We ship Kirby in a single box. The costume includes the body suit, head, mittens and shoe covers and a pre-paid return mailing label.
  • The costume is at least large enough for a 6 foot, 200-pound person. The total gear weighs about 12 pounds. Kirby will need help getting into his costume.
  • We also suggest that someone acts as Kirby’s assistant. The costume head limits vision and muffles sound so an assistant can lead Kirby around safely and do the talking for him. The mittens make handling small items difficult so the assistant can hand out promotional items or candy too. The pouch is a handy way to carry those items.

So invite Kirby to your next event. He’ll be the hit of the party! Contact the Claim Your Youth team at 505-298-9899 for details. Or email me.

Mary Beth King

Claim Your Youth team member