Monday, July 04, 2016
Cool Stuff: Looney Tunes, Lost in Space, Lord of the Rings, Man from UNCLE, and more!
For my readers in the USA, happy Independence Day, and try not to blow any appendages off setting off fireworks! International readers, happy Monday (assuming any Monday can be happy... tonight will actually be my "Wednesday," since I work Saturday through Wednesday nights). Let's see what cool stuff I have for you to look at today!
Looks like we're starting off with some Looney Tunes collectibles this time around, beginning with these three Bugs Bunny costumes. As you can see, the earlier one was a bit more deluxe, what with the hood and ears.
Next up, this vintage Bugs Bunny guitar! As you can see, this was more or less a standard toy guitar for the era. Supposedly, you could "tune" this up, but if I recall correctly, the plastic strings were all the same gauge, so there wasn't any way you could properly tune it to make any kind of musical sound with it, just noise (besides that, there are only four strings, making this more of a ukulele anyway). Bugs' eyes look weird, but I think that's because you could turn the crank to play a music box, and his pupils would move back and forth.
This next Bugs item is kind of unusual for me to post, given it's a cloth picture book. I've been known to post covers of coloring and activity books as well as kids books, but this is clearly intended for toddlers, not that they'd necessarily know who the heck these characters are!
Here's another Looney Tunes costume, this one being Daffy Duck, although the mask looks much more like the much later Tiny Toon Adventures Plucky Duck!
Maybe it's because the mask is kind of squished, but I think the mask of this Foghorn Leghorn costume looks more like Fred Flintstone!
Porky Pig charm!
Next up, here's a very old Porky Pig coloring book. Note that this one has the earlier version of Porky, before he was redesigned (and teamed up with Daffy or Sylvester most of the time, no longer able to carry a cartoon on his own).
Speaking of Porky, here's a vintage Halloween costume of him!
On to some Road Runner stuff! First we have this foreign edition of Presto-Magix featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, evidently more based on the cartoons than the Whitman comics version.
This Frame-Tray puzzle is clearly based on the Whitman version of the Road Runner, making him only vaguely recognizable!
This vintage Road Runner costume has a mask that more resembles Kenner's "Gooney Bird" mascot than the original cartoon character! Yeah, beaks are hard to pull off with those old plastic masks...
...which is even more evident with this vintage Tweety costume!
Despite the characters being softened up a lot by Whitman in their licensed stuff, these children's books are always charming to me.
These Looney Tunes sheets are great, but I'd never be able to talk my wife into letting me put them on our bed!
Very cute Sylvester and Tweety figures! I believe these were by Dakin.
A classic Bugs Bunny talking alarm clock here! Talking alarm clocks were pretty popular for a while there, but they'll never make a comeback as long as every kid these days has a smartphone that they can use any sound file as an alarm for... unless someone comes up with some major innovation, anyway! How about a Darth Vader talking alarm clock that, if you hit the snooze button, after nine minutes he hits you with his lightsaber?
Here's a neat bunch of Looney Tunes coloring and activity books!
I'd love to find this vintage Bugs Bunny record at a yard sale some day, especially since Mel Blanc did the voices (something that would happen less and less often as time passed).
Mattel really kicked ass when it came to talking plush toys! Along with Bugs here, they did Bozo the Clown, and probably a dozen others.
Here's another talking Bugs Bunny toy, this one would move his head as he talked. I used to have one of these a long time ago, I must've sold it at a toy show or on eBay.
I like this vintage Looney Tunes pennant, even though most of the characters are badly-done tracings of standard licensed artwork.
Road Runner game!
Before they were producing Batman everything (with Spider-Man and the Hulk following close behind with the same stuff), AHI had the Lost in Space license, and while they were great at producing rack toys based on the Robot, I don't believe this saucer gun looked much like anything they used on the show!
The same thing goes with these "walkie talkies", I'm pretty darn sure they did the exact same toys with different colored plastic and different stickers for a lot of their licenses (although I don't recall seeing anything like this from their Planet of the Apes line).
You should've known I'd have an Argentina LIS toy sooner or later, eh? Here's one of those puzzle block things. This was made long after the show was off the air and just in syndication!
Here's some different Robot toys, one from Japan, one from Remco (one of the few times they made a licensed toy that resembled anything from the licensed show), and one from AHI! You may recall that Remco was a subsidiary of AHI, which is odd, since their toys were usually more expensive items sold in boxes, while AHI's stuff was cheap rack toys.
Lord of the Rings puzzle, showing that exciting scene where the hobbits are sleeping around a dying campfire! Seriously, of all the scenes in Bakshi's animated movie, this was the one they chose to make a puzzle of???
Man From UNCLE board game!
Man From UNCLE books!
Man From UNCLE card game!
Our last item is something that, based on the cover, looked much cooler than it turned out to be! It's a catalog for what appears to be flicker stickers. As you can see, there was a vast range of characters included here. I'm not 100% certain what "Marinelandia" was, as even though it seems obvious that it's "Marine Land," what that has to do with these is beyond my comprehension this morning!