Tuesday, August 29, 2017

POP Goes the Culture...with a Giveaway!

Character: Hank McCall
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author: Barbara Early

Hank McCall here.

Some of the items that fly off the shelves of Well Played, our vintage toyshop, are toys, games, and action figures inspired by TV and movie characters--and other aspects of popular culture. What was pop culture at the time now inspires a dramatic sense of nostalgia, making these original toys a favorite with collectors--or even non-collectors who recall them with delight.

I thought I'd share a few favorites.

Gumby is a perpetual favorite. In this shot he's being photobombed by ET, Annie, and the Abominable Snowman from Rudolph. Dolls, figurines, and action figures exist for almost every popular movie and television show. Often the popular characters were produced in greater number, and are easier finds--and less expensive than their rarer counterparts. 



I wonder if this Hoss Cartwright figure, or rather "Full Action Man" was originally part of a set.














Vehicles are also popular. Who remembers Evel Knievel?








Or this talking car inspired by Dragnet. Sadly, it doesn't say, "Just the facts, ma'am."







Musicians are also well represented. This lunchbox is guaranteed to make you "come on, get happy." Or at least worth a smile.






This unlicensed set probably made intellectual property rights attorneys grimace. Despite the uncanny resemblance, this group is called "The Swingers." And apparently they're also know for singing "Yeah, yeah, yeah, which is printed all over the box."





And if that's put you in a musical mood, why not belt out a song with Donny and Marie on your own disco amplifier?










Giveaway: 

Did you have a favorite toy related to a pop culture franchise? Or what television show, movie, or musical group do you think should have a related toy?

Comment below, including your email address in a spam-safe format [Myname (at) provider (dot) com], and one person will win their choice of a Death of a Toy Soldier (in their choice of format) OR an advance paperback copy of Murder on the Toy Town Express. This contest runs until September 5th.

Death of a Toy Soldier is currently available in hardcover or as an e-book. The paperback version releases September 12th. 

Murder on the Toy Town Express releases October 10th.

43 comments:

  1. I used to like The Monkees toys.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. amy guillaume lindermanAugust 29, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    I watch Partridge Family re-runs every afternoon, lol. shows were so much better back then.

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  3. amy guillaume lindermanAugust 29, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    I watch Partridge Family re-runs every afternoon, lol. shows were so much better back then. aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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  4. Mickey mouse toys from the mickey mouse club! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  5. This is very interesting since some of these toys I was unaware of and many were when I was young during the 1950's. I pine for those days. I never had these but love the vintage aspect. Lassie toys. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. A Charlie's Angels toy would have been wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I had a few Star Wars toys and a Strawberry Shortcake lunch box. I used to play with an Adaams Family board game left over from my aunt and uncle at my grandparents' house. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. When I was little, Winky Dink was very popular. You could order the special film to put over your TV screen and a special crayon to write on it! bobwiesmann at gmail dot com.

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  9. I think lunch boxes were my tribute to the pop culture -- a Disney school bus carrying all the characters, Barbie, Scooby Doo, etc... Although I think my favorite one was a U.S. Mailbox lunch box! We also went the Gumby and Pokey route -- I liked Gumby the best because he bent a lot better than Pokey. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of Death of a Toy Soldier! bobandcelia at sbcglobal dot net ~

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  10. Great memories here! My 3rd cousin did the casting for "The Partridge Family" along with other classics from the'60's through the '80's, so I am a bit biased. Would love to get Murder On The Toy Town Express - loved Toy Soldier!mergatroid1@verizon.net

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  11. cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net
    Death of A Toy Soldier

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  12. Each year there was a new must have lunch box.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  13. I would love to have some of the vintage lunch boxes with the Partridge Family, and Roy Rogers etc. just fun to look at...thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  14. I had a Rudolph the red nosed reindeer toy when I was quite young.It had small nubs for antlers like young male deer. My older cousin thought I'd hurt myself and broke them off. patwalkerp(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Star Wars toys

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  16. I had a Snoopy lunchbox as a kid. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I still fondly remember my Scooby Doo lunch box!!! I was still using it in sixth grade, although most of my peers were brown-bagging. lbowser333 at gmail dot com

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  18. Seinfeld is my favorite show. Don't know what kind of toys would fit in there tho. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. What a trip down memory lane! I was always thrilled to get a lunch box with some popular show character on it.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I really liked the Flintstones. Still have a Flintstones lunch box. Really enjoyed "Death of a Toy Soldier", looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I really liked the Flintstones. Still have a Flintstones lunch box. Really enjoyed "Death of a Toy Soldier", looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I loved my Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins game! It even came with fake fangs! Thank you for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. PS: My book choice would be Murder on the Toy Town Express, thank you barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. We didn't have TV until I was in high school and then they didn't have tie-ins. I want a Lt. Kenda t-shirt!

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  25. I would have to say that my pop culture toy loves were my new kids on the block dolls and my dads Six Million dollar man action figure. I used to make them date Barbie. Ken was so jealous. Murder on the Toy Town Express would be my pick. Utaker555 (at)gmail (dot) com

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  26. I don't really have a favorite pop culture toy, but I remember the old lunchboxes. I think I had a Strawberry Shortcake one and a Scooby Doo one at different points. mbradeen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. I had a Gumby, and I had a Josie and the Pussycats lunchbox (that I hated, and it was already used when I got it). I liked my Gumby, but I never really knew what to do with it. A later lunchbox was better--a Snoopy lunchbox shaped like a rounded yellow Snoopy house. So very, very cool!

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  28. I'm not sure if there were Brady Bunch toys, probably were, but that would have been groovy.

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  29. I was gifted a Mary Kay BARBIE doll. I didn't actually own any pop culture toys but I always loved Charlie Brown's Gang including Snoopy. When I got older and had a Christmas tree, I bought Charlie Brown ornaments and I also had a figurine that had the whole gang on it including the sparse Christmas tree.

    gheruska44(at)gmail(dot)com (Ginger Heruska)

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  30. Enjoyed the first book and would like to win Murder on the Toy Town Express!

    rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  31. We had lunch boxes with The Flintstones & the Batman TV show characters. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. I had snoopy windup musical stuffed toy loved it and still have it. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at)yahoo (dot) com

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  33. I had more pop culture books - Mod Squad, Partridge family, than books. cheers (at) marjimManor (dot) com

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  34. I can't think of anything that I have or would like to have that has to do with pop culture. I did like the Flintstones and Jetsons and still do. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  35. I have an original Mickey Mouse watch. Although it doesn't run, I figure it's got to be worth something. I have an Annie doll, too. Not sure how old it is since I rescued it. I love all the older items relating to the television shows I watched as a child. They bring back great memories. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I liked the jelly glasses from cartoons ( I know it's not a toy). But I enjoyed drinking my milk from them.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  37. I was a big fan of Mod Squad, I'm not sure if there were toys though.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  38. I have barbie's. Had an original only with black hair but she was stolen from a display I had set up to sell crocheted barbie clothes.My mom knitted a dress for her with pick up sticks. Still have some nice memories and some of the clothes. I make fancier type clothes for them now but not so often. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  39. I had things related to The Man from Uncle! Now - how about Twin Peaks?

    teabird17 (at) yahoo ** dot ** com

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  40. I have several of the Charlie Brown ornaments and a few Maxine (Crabby Lady) items, such as ornaments, a mug and a couple other things. dbahn(at)iw.net

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  41. I loved Mrs.Beasley from Family Affair. I also had the dolls from the Sound of Music. I remember those jelly glasses! I was always begging my mom for them. Haha. A lot of fun memories here. cristinaalaska(@)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I always wanted a toy from Lassie or one of the other tv shows that i heard about but I lived in a abusive foster home and tv was not allowed. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  43. Long time ago Gumbo had a show on tv. I remember watching with my brother and sister. I love to win anything! vboudreau57@gmail.com. Veronica

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