Closing out the exhibits for the first year of operation of the Harvey Mercheum, I would like to present my favorite rack toy. The reason it is my favorite is that, rather than taking the easy route and making the ticket folder from “Rich Airlines”, JA-RU opted to use a real airline, in this case Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am. Pan Am went out of business three years later.
I completely missed posting on National Jewel Day this month, and I still have not scanned my sticker packs to begin my series of posts on stickers, but today I am going to post a very cute item that is not a toy or game. It is a lamp shade, with a metal clip in the middle to fit over a light bulb. It would not work with today’s CFL bulbs, but I would have been very happy to have this in my room as a child, and if I ever find a Richie Rich version, I will make it work somehow!
As I mentioned previously, the items that sparked my interest in photographing and documenting as many examples of Richie Rich (and later all Harvey) merchandise as possible were the Larami Old Timer Cars. Larami used the same part number for all the variants, making it more difficult to determine how many variants were made. For example, if the four I have found were numbered 1, 3, 4 and 5, that would be strong evidence that a variant numbered 2 was produced. Of course then the question would remain whether there was a number 6…
The winner of the first TBU (Toy Bloggers United) contest has been announced! Chris Mapp, AKA Stunt Zombie, has until March 5, 2015 at 2:00PM Eastern time to claim the prize on The Toy Box, otherwise another name will be selected. Congratulations Chris, and thanks again to the other contributors: Action Figure Barbecue, Cool and Collected and Toyriffic.
UPDATE: Chris has claimed his prize, the contest is officially over. Thanks again to everyone who participated!
Here in Harvey land, I am continuing to have fun with the wonderful rack toys Larami produced under license. Tonight I am featuring the Watch and Rings set, which I have only seen the one copy of that I purchased, and which I have not seen any other rack toy sharing molds with. Enjoy!