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.
Vehicles are also popular. Who remembers Evel Knievel?
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?
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?
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