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Furbys were the hottest selling toy for Christmas 1998. Resembling a giant furry owl with rabbit ears they were created by Dave Hampton and Caleb Chung and prodcued by Tiger Electronics who bought the rights to the designs. click for more
Pictured left: The famous FAO Schwarz Bejeweled Furby (Limited Edition of 5) was released in 1999 – the most expensive furby ever with a price tag of $100,000. The furby feature removable jewelry (tiara, necklace, earrings, bracelets) by designer Sydney Mobell. Crafted with platinum and 18K gold, and adorned with 156 genuine gemstones including diamonds, rubies, blue sapphires and emeralds.
The first Smurfs appeared in 1958 and celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2008. They were characters in a series entitled “Johan and Pirlouit”, drawn by their creator Peyo (Pierre Culliford). The first actual figurines appeared some seven years later in 1965. Since then they have attracted interest from collectors all around the world. click for more
Pictured right is the special 40th Anniversary boxed set released in 1998, and features a rock band and stage. The figures were also available individually, but the colouring of the costumes differs. The Smurfs in the limited edition boxed set all have silver clothing.
During the 1950s and 60s, puppets seemed particularly popular; many children’s television programmes featured string puppets, and their somewhat wobbly, jerky action added to their charm. Glove puppets and ventriloquist’s dummies also appeared on many shows. Today’s more sophisticated audiences tend to be presented with computer-animated or stop-motion films, and the string puppet is now a poor relative. click for more
Pictured left: Pelham Puppet Thunderbirds Parker and Brains, strings badly tangled, otherwise Good Plus. Sold for £100, Vectis Auctions, Februray 10th 2009
The Mego Corporation was a toy company that dominated the action figure toy market during most of the 1970s. The Mego Corporation was founded in the early 1950s by David Abrams and was mostly known prior to 1971 as a producer of dime store toys. Starting in 1971, Under the direction of David Abram’s son Martin, Mego began purchasing license rights to a variety of successful motion pictures, television programs, and comic books, and started producing lines for Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and the Wizard of Oz. Mego used various licensed Marvel and D.C. superhero characters to create their World’s Greatest Superhero line, which became their most successful toy line. They also produced an original character, Action Jackson, an unsuccessful competitor of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe. click for more
Pictured right: Mego Alan Verdon from Planet of the Apes
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