Continuing the “Casper 4 Jigsaw Puzzles”, today we have Nightmare the Galloping Ghost. Notice that the UPC is on the back of this puzzle, it is on the front of the Ghostly Trio variant. They both claim to have been made in Hong Kong. Different factories? Different presses at the same factory? There is no way to know. In any case, JA-RU used the same part number and same UPC for all of the variants.
Continuing the push to exhibit one hundred, I have decided to resume my focus on the wonderful rack toys from JA-RU. Today we have a special exhibit, because in addition to having the toy sealed, I also have some of the bills loose. I do not know if I have every denomination contained in the set, nor do I know how many of each denomination are included. I have included scans of the seven different bills I have. The image is the same front and back. The paper the bills are printed on is very thin, so there is some image bleed on the scans of the bills, sorry. If you do decide to print them, the bills are two and one-half inches high by six inches wide (2.5″H x 6″W). The scans are correctly sized, so turn off scaling or set scaling to 100%.
Hot and humid today, glad I am inside with the air conditioner blasting! Continuing the Harvey Mercheum tribute to summer, today we have what is probably the most common of inflatable toys, a beach ball. This particular one, from the unnamed company in Taiwan, depicts our friend Casper. Seeing this item makes me wonder if they made a Richie Rich version…
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: