Category Archives: Archie McPhee Seattle Store

Evening Magazine visits Archie McPhee

Kim Holcomb of King 5’s Evening Magazine paid a visit to the Archie McPhee store on April Fools’ Day where Shana, our one and only High Priestess of Rubber Chickens, hosted a game of “Real or Not” to see if viewers could guess which of our products are real and which are April Fools’ Day pranks.

Watch the video and take the quiz to test your Archie McPhee savvy:

Happy Birthday Archie McPhee!

March 25th is the birthday of our namesake, the real Archie McPhee. Were he still alive today, Archie would be 111 years old.

The Archie McPhee store staff will be celebrating all day long and everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Stop by and enjoy some sweet treats in honor of the man with the unforgettably awesome name.

Click here to read about the history of Archie McPhee the man and Archie McPhee the store.

Halloween at Archie McPhee

Every year the awesome Archie McPhee store staff dress in different costumes each day for an entire week leading up to Halloween. We’d like to share some of our favorites from the past week.

Here is Jeff as the Grumpy Cat:
Jeff the Grumpy Cat

Molly as a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull:
Day of the Dead Molly

Cindy as a Dead Jellyfish:
Cindy Dead Jellyfish

Roxy as Old Gregg from The Mighty Boosh:
Roxy Old Gregg

Dan’l shows off his Japanese Street Fashion sense:
Dan'l Japanese Street Fashion

Roger as Marty McFly from Back to the Future
Roger Marty McFly

Fabes as a Day of the Dead Catrina:
Fabes day of the dead catrina

Jackie as Little Bo Peep:
Jackie as Little Bo Peep

Adele as Robin Hood:
Adele is Robin Hood

Jess as an ocean zombie:
Jess as an ocean zombie

And we finish with Shana as a truly disturbing ventriloquist’s dummy:
Shana ventriloquist's dummy

We hope you all enjoyed Halloween as much as we did. Be sure to check out Archie McPhee on Instagram to see all of the fantastic costumes for the 2013 Halloween season.

Celebrating 30 Years at Archie McPhee

Archie McPhee has been keeping Seattle Strange since 1983. Time flies when you’re having fun and we’re about to celebrate our 30th anniversary and we’d like you to join us.

Join us on Saturday, July 13th from noon to 4pm as we celebrate 30 years of fun and frivolity. Our brand new attraction, the Penny Periscope, will be unveiled at 12 o’clock. Then the games (and winning of fabulous prizes) begin! But that’s not all. There will also be performances by the band Fez Monkey and photo ops with the Cap’n Archie wooden cutout. And don’t miss the official cake-cutting ceremony at 2 o’clock.

It’s going to be an unforgettable day of Archie McPhee-style celebration and fun.
We hope you’ll join us for it.

The Archie McPhee store is hiring!

Holy awesome opportunities Batman, the Archie McPhee store is hiring for a full-time retail customer service position!

Wolfman cashier

Are you a fan of the weird and wonderful

Googly-eyed Jackie

Tentacle helmets

What about working with amazing customers

Dan'l Chicken

…or dressing up in strange costumes?

Panda Fuzz

If this sounds like you, then click here to check out the complete job description and then submit your resume.

Q's Mini Ball Pit

You can also drop by the store and apply in person.

Behold the Corgicorn

One of our awesome customers recently showed the staff of Archie McPhee that the Inflatable Unicorn Horn for Cats isn’t just for cats. It turns out that Corgis love them too!

In fact, according to this happy customer, his corgi specifically asked him for a unicorn horn after hearing about them at the park.

So now we know the word is out on the street: Inflatable Unicorn Horns for everyone!

Slicey the Pig comes to life

One of the highlights of the Halloween season is the entire Archie McPhee store staff dressing up in different costumes for an entire week leading up to (and including) Halloween itself. There have been many truly great costumes over the years. (You can peruse a few years’ worth via the store’s Flickr account: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and of course this year: 2012)

Halloween 2012 is still a few days away, but we’ve already seen a costume that is sure to go down in Archie McPhee history as one of the best. It’s as hilarious as it is frightening. Behold the wonder that is Dan’l dressed up as Slicey the Pig Dashboard Wiggler, the only pig who is so eager for you to taste how delicious he is, he’s already carving himself up for you:

We’ve even got video of Dan’l standing in the street in front of the store, merrily slicing away at himself for passing cars:

Many customers were creeped out and children terrified, so as far as we’re concerned, mission accomplished. Happy Halloween! Who wants some bacon?

Superheroes for Sam

We’d like to tell you to tell you about an awesome young man named Sam:



Superman Sam is a six year old boy with a generous smile, a great sense of humor, and a fondness for frogs, turtles, and comic books. We like Sam.

Sam also has acute myeloid leukemia. Cancer is terrible and fighting it is a painful and exhausting process, even for the toughest person. Sam’s family and community have rallied around him to help support him as he fights this disease. But as a six year old, it’s difficult for Sam to comprehend just how many people are rooting for him.

Sometimes just knowing, and we mean really knowing, that people are thinking of you and cheering you on can make all the difference in the world. That’s why Sam’s mother started Superheroes for Sam: A Photo Project. Sam’s mom wants us all to send in photos of ourselves wearing our favorite superhero t-shirts or holding up our favorite superhero logo. These photos will be hung on the wall of Sam’s room at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as shiny proof of just how many people are thinking of him and wishing him the strength of all the superheroes in the universe as he bravely undergoes treatment.

As soon as we heard about Superheroes for Sam we turned on the Bat-Signal and got on the Bat-Phone to round up our neighborhood superheroes. That was when a funny thing happened. The Archie McPhee staff suddenly disappeared. We know it might seem like a suspiciously huge coincidence, but at the exact same moment they each received urgent phone calls, had urgent last-minute meetings to attend, had to run urgent errands, or urgently had to use the restroom. Whatever was going on, it was urgent.

But what’s funnier still, no sooner had they all disappeared when a whole mess of superheroes appeared on the scene. There were even a couple supervillains. (The sort of supervillains with secret hearts of gold, don’t you know.) “We’re here for Sam!” they all said in unison. And then they proceeded to pose for the camera as only superfolks can:







“Let it be known,” they cheered, “we’re all part of Team Superman Sam!”

The photos are proof. Team Superman Sam is growing and we think you should be part of it too. Here’s how:

Take a photograph of yourself being super: wearing your favorite superhero shirt, striking a superhero pose, holding up a superhero logo or your favorite action figure, comic book or lunch box, or even just smiling. (If you happen to know any superheroes, you should invite them over too.)

Then print out the picture. Put it in an envelope and mail it to Sam:

Sam Sommer, E582
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997

Sam needs us. Are you ready? Set? Team Superman Sam… assemble!