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Jordan Hembrough: Cupcake Hunter

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Star of the Travel Channel show Toy Hunter, Jordan Hembrough was both working and filming at the 2013 Emerald City Comicon.

From the very first episode, I have found Jordan Hembrough to be overflowing with energy and charisma.  His show reminds us of all the toys we played with as a child, the toys we wish we had, and the toys we didn’t even know existed.  I like to think of him as the man who rekindles childhoods, by connecting people with the little pieces they’ve been missing for so many years.  He also buys toys from collectors, rewarding them for so many years of loving care and protection.  I myself am an avid toy collector, but I have to be honest, nothing I collect is worth anything except sentimentality.  However, for giving hope to all those who held onto the treasures of their childhood, and justifying their collections, I decided he needed a cupcake.

There were so many wonderful toys for purchase and only so much money in our budget.  There were a lot of people hovering around the Toy Hunter booth mixed with camera crews and filming staff, but with a little patience, Jordan Hembrough was gracious enough to make time for all his fans.

I really struggled coming up with something appropriate to put on a cupcake before settling on the box cover for the original Robby the Robot (aka Mechanized Robot).  I was in the midst of looking for other images for other cupcakes, and I cropped and printed this image in a hurry without fully thinking through the level of complexity. I was really nervous at first, but once I started I decided there was no going back.  There are 11 different colors of chocolate in this piece, and it’s only 2 inches tall.  The cupcake is Mint Chocolate Chip.

Jordan Hembrough was exactly as he seems on TV.  He was constantly smiling, shaking hands, and posing for pictures left and right all while running his booth.  He was excited to receive a cupcake, and I can’t wait to see his Northwest escapades on TV as part of Season 2!

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