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06/02/10 4:03 PM ET

Mickey Mouse statues arrive in SoCal

All-Star-themed versions of icon displayed in 36 locations

In celebration of All-Star Week festivities, Major League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products began populating key locations throughout Southern California with 36 varieties of MLB-themed Mickey Mouse statues on Wednesday.

The statues are being placed in "high-profile areas" throughout Anaheim, Los Angeles and surrounding areas in Southern California, including Angel Stadium, Anaheim City Hall, Downtown Disney, the Kodak and El Capitan Theatres, L.A. Live and the Hollywood Walk of Fame area, according to a league-issued news release.

"Mickey Mouse just may be the most popular and most photographed All-Star this summer!" Anaheim City Mayor Curt Pringle said in a statement.

The statues, commissioned in conjunction with MLB licensee Forever Collectibles, are decorated with graphics featuring each of the 30 Major League clubs as well as four All-Star designs, and an American League and a National League design.

Each statue is 7 1/2 feet tall and weighs 989 pounds.

"Major League Baseball is excited to bring the 2010 All-Star Game to Anaheim, and we want fans all throughout Southern California to feel like they are a part of the entire experience," MLB senior vice president of licensing Howard Smith said in a statement. "As an iconic figure, Mickey Mouse is the ideal ambassador to connect fans with the premiere sporting event of the summer."

MLB All-Star Week festivities will take place July 9-13 in Anaheim.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.