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ASU Calls for a Vote on Sparky's Look, in Place of the New Sex-Offender Buzz Lightyear Design

Believe it or not, the new version of Arizona State University's Sparky mascot, which looks like Buzz Lightyear -- if Buzz Lightyear looked like a registered sex offender with horns -- didn't go over too well with students and fans.

Now, the University says it will allow the students and fans to vote on a different design, even though the new one was just unveiled less than three weeks ago.

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An ASU press release says the University "has received feedback from some of its constituents about the design of the head and face of the mascot costume," which is the understatement of the year. Nobody likes this thing.

So, fans and students get to vote on the re-redesign of the Sparky mascot (the costume -- the actual logo wasn't changed).

"The university is developing an online program that will enable members of the Sun Devil community to pick the features of the costume's head and face," the press release says. "For example, the program is expected to offer a choice between maroon and black horns, different sizes and shapes for the eyes, face shape choices that include a less prominent chin, and options for the moustache and goatee. All features offered will be consistent with the identity of Sparky."

...Unlike the last one, which was supposedly designed by people who work for Disney.

"The online program is planned to be available from April 22 to May 5, 2013," the press release says. "The university will notify students, alumni, season ticket holders, donors, faculty and staff for whom it has current email addresses when the program is available."

The actual design won't be revealed until September 5.

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Matthew Hendley
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