I was going to continue my tribute to summer with another inflatable toy, but I am very pleased to announce that I received five guest exhibits contributed by new friend of the Mercheum Jim Rash. I have said before how a number of pieces of Harvey comics merchandise would appeal to a variety of collectors, and today’s exhibits are proof. Jim is a long-time collector of vinyl figures. He and photographer Jameson Scott published a book about them, Cartoon Figural Toys.
Sorry for not posting last weekend, but my father passed away. The man that supported me in this hobby, and read every Richie Rich comic book alongside me, is gone. It still does not seem possible.
This Wednesday, June 21st, is the summer solstice, the first day of summer. To celebrate, today I am featuring another inflatable toy. This one is a pool toy depicting Casper and some of his friends, enjoy!
I am back from my trip, and finally ready to start posting exhibits again! I had posted the Casper Inflatable Chair back in February of 2015, and mentioned how I was looking to own the Richie Rich version. Since then, I was able to acquire one, still bagged, and it is today’s exhibit:
As promised, today’s exhibit is the only Easter-themed item in the permanent collection. Over the years, Harvey licensed a number of holiday-themed dolls. We have already seen two, the Christmas-themed “Happy Houday!” doll and the Valentine’s Day-themed “Can’t Buy Me Love” doll. Today we have Richie carrying a large carrot and wearing rabbit ears and an ugly jacket. I am guessing it is supposed to be a rabbit costume. Perhaps it was too warm for him to wear a fursuit? There is one other holiday-themed doll in the permanent collection, hopefully I will post it later this year. In the meantime, here’s Richie and his unfortunate choice of outerwear:
Today I am exhibiting the the last of the three sticker boards that are in the permanent collection, and the last that I know exist. This is one set of items that would not upset me to find out that there were others. The artwork is so colorful, and yet slightly crazed and off-model. I really do want to open them up and play with them. Maybe some day I will find a used one for sale cheap somewhere and buy it for that purpose.
Today’s exhibit is the second of the three sticker boards that I am aware of. I am very surprised to note that this is the first exhibit featuring Little Dot! Also of note is that this is the only one of the three in the permanent collection that has the text “DISTRIBUTED EXCLUSIVELY BY SMC INTERNATIONAL INC, N.Y. N.Y.” on the back of the cardboard hanger.
I love the bright, colorful graphics on this board, and it is hard to resist the temptation to rip it open and let Richie’s friends have a day at the circus!
I realized it has been a long time since I posted an exhibit of an item of “questionable” origin. I would like to remind everyone that the purpose of the Harvey Mercheum is to feature merchandise depicting Harvey characters, not to decide whether royalties were paid or should have been paid on the sale of said merchandise. Regardless of whether today’s exhibit is a “bootleg”, or unlicensed, product or not, it is certainly one of the items that I would love to rip open and play with!
Sorry for not posting last weekend. I had really intended to, but got sick. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Not a great start to the year, it’s March already and this will be the third exhibit. I am going to have to try to do better.
I was going to post something different today, but posting the Larami Old Timer Cars to the new Harvey Mercheum Facebook page made me nostalgic for rack toys. I have not had time to take pictures in a while, so I went through my backlog and found something I thought I had already posted, one of the scarcer items in the permanent collection. Today we examine the Richie Rich Sunglasses by Larami!