ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One of the most legendary and controversial boxers ever, Mike Tyson, will be in Albuquerque over the weekend, but it’s not in a role you might expect. “Iron Mike” will make an Albuquerque appearance in a miniaturized form for his new cartoon and a scavenger hunt.
Looking back at Mike Tyson’s history, the boxer’s 16 first round knock-out victories and his trouble with the law is what comes to mind for many. However, Tyson’s latest role has a lot of people in Albuquerque surprised.
“Oh that’s awesome,” said TJ Sanchez while looking at a photo of Tyson’s likeness.
“Mike Tyson?! No!!” said another man in disbelief while looking at the same Tyson photo.
The photo that has people shocked and laughing is of a small characture of Tyson, made into a statue that’s now about to go hiding in Albuquerque.
“I want one,” said Sanchez.
“Mystery mini statue!” said Max MacLennan while looking at the photo.
The hiding of the Tyson mini-statue is all part of a scavenger hunt associated with the boxer that all has to do with a brand new role he’s taking on TV.
Tyson voices a caricature of himself in a new cartoon called “Mike Tyson Mysteries.” The cartoon premieres on the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” brand of programming on Monday, October 27.
“The premise of the show has Mike Tyson in the animated version of himself, really leading up a mystery gang and their job is to solve mysteries,” said Jim Babcock, vice president of consumer marketing for “Adult Swim.”
In order to promote the show, Babcock and Adult Swim are hiding the two-foot tall mini-statues in Albuquerque and nine other U.S. cities on Saturday, October 25, Sunday, October 26 and Monday, October 27.
Nine of the statues will go up for grabs in all, but if you want to find one, you’ll have to look online.
“You go to AreMysteriesReal.com and you’re prompted to find the local scavenger hunt near you,” said Babcock.
“As they answer them they’ll get closer and closer to the actual location of the statues, and then when they get that final clue, they have to get them all right,” said Babcock. “They’ll find out exactly where it is and they’ll have to go down to the location, find the proper person in the Mike Tyson Mystery Team jumpsuit and then look for the Mike Tyson mini statue.”
So why Albuquerque? The channel says it’s because of Albuquerque’s people.
“So we always get a great turnout in Albuquerque and frankly the folks in Albuquerque have always been really friendly and open to working with us, so we like to go where we’ve got great friends,” said Babcock.
If you want to take part in the scavenger hunt you have to be 18 or older.