Do any of you watch Toy Hunter on Travel Channel? I do! While I am not a big fan of the “reality television” format, I enjoy looking at some of the toys Jordan finds. Judging by some of the comments he has made, I would say that Jordan and I are very close in age. And while no Harvey items have been featured on the show yet, maybe some day…
One of the things I struggled with in setting up the Harvey Mercheum was the logo. I am not a graphic designer, so it was a challenge for me to come up with something simple yet distinctive. I did not want to use any copyrighted characters or material from Harvey, I needed something original. For the final product, I drew inspiration from the comics without actually copying anything from them.
I found a reference to the Richie Rich Old Timer Car on ToyNfo.com The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia, and added a link on the Larami Corporation Manufacturer page. There is no mention of the different variants, but it is nice to see a Harvey item acknowledged.
While I was editing the Larami Corporation Manufacturer page, I also added a brief history as supplied by Wikipedia, a link to Plaid Stallions Larami Rack Toys page, and a link to Battlestar Wiki’s Larami Corp page (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine). The Battlestar Wiki page is mentioned again in this post:
The early 1980’s were a good time for Richie Rich merchandise. Today I present to you the first of a series of non-poseable figures made by Dimensions for Children (DFC) in 1981. DFC was best known for large playsets of molded figures. To my knowledge, these figures are the only items DFC ever produced for Harvey.
Snapback hats are very collectible, although typically by sports fans. In 1997, Harvey had a snapback made with embroidered patches of some of their characters. The company that made the hats, Colosseum Athletics, Inc., is still in business, but does not seem to make hats any longer.
The seller had two of these for sale, I wish I had bought both. I would have cut the tag off one and worn it to comic conventions!
Today is Free Comic Book Day! This is a very good day for comic book fans. I’ll be off visiting my friendly local comic shops and seeing what they got. Not every store gets every free comic book, so sometimes it takes several stops to get what I want.
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already since Ape Entertainment released the Richie Rich/Kung Fu Panda flip book for FCBD.