This figure is a hand painted resin cast of an original polymer clay sculpture based on the rarest of giant Muffler Man statues.
The Texaco Big Friend was a giant fiberglass statue built by International Fiberglass as part of an ad campaign for Texaco back in the 60’s. They made hundreds of these guys to be distributed to gas stations around the country in an effort to promote their friendly service. “Trust your car to the man who wears the star” read the patch on the giant’s left shoulder.
The campaign didn’t quite work out as envisioned so Texaco pulled the plug and had most of the statues destroyed. Mostly bits and pieces of the originals remain.
Joel Baker of American Giants calls The Texaco Big Friend “the Holy Grail” of Muffler Man statues.
For more about The Texaco Big Friend:
Newly Discovered Texaco Big Friend – American Giants
The Story of the Texaco Big Friend – American Giants
Texaco Big Friends: A Holocaust? – Roadside America