“Don’t make a monkey out of me”
The cute thumb-sucking plush monkey called Monchhichi was created by the Japanese Sekiguchi Corporation in 1974. The doll came in male and female form with a wide range of clothing and accessories available. Other characters included two Grandparents, a Policeman, a Guardsman, and the “Friends of” series such as Kitty-boo the cat, Hoppy-boo the rabbit, Larry-boo the lamb and Honey-boo the bear.
In the UK and US the doll was renamed Chic-a-boo. In France as Kiki, in Italy Mon Cicci, in Denmark Mon Chhichi then later Bølle, in Hungary Moncsicsi, and in Spain as Virkiki. As well as dolls, Monchhichi also appeared in a number of TV series, music recordings, and household items, including a range of special pencil toppers given away in French washing powder packs – which we will take a look at later in this post.
KIKI Pencil Toppers
KIKI 45 RPM record
1981 advert for the record
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Based on American daredevil stuntman Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, the Evel Knievel toyline was released by the Ideal toy company and became one of the most popular toys sold throughout the 1970s. The line featured an Evel Knievel poseable figure with outfits, accessories, play-sets and a wide range of impressive stunt bikes and vehicles.
Ol’ Blue-eyes is back, and he has Big Ben caps galore. Free with issue 1, 1984. Don’t be bashful!
In other vintage news…
It wasn’t just Ben offering goodies in the 70s and 80s for Marvel readers. Ever seen Hulk flying a kite? Want one? An Aer-O-Bat Stunt Kite that is?
The Polaroid… instant photographic proof… instant regret! How do I delete? Don’t worry, it’s old-school, you can just tear it in half… then quarters… and so on…
Nutella, 1981. The ad roughly translates as “Hunting season for the butterflies is open!” This wasn’t an invitation to go blasting insects all over the beautiful French countryside with a shotgun – just a play on words that encouraged Nutella lovers to look out for special jar promotions of butterflies of the world images.
A cool trio of toys from GIFTS 4 U, 1978. Mercedes Sonic Control Car, Starsky and Hutch car, Batman and Superman Bop Bags…
Get your Palitoy Action Man figures behind the controls of some of the best vehicles around!
Brush up on your World War II comic book German and English sayings with this Airfix ad featuring two iconic war planes.
Read Red Dagger and, er, brush up on your World War II comic book German and English sayings!
Read Doctor Who Magazine and Weekly.
Read Filles Magazine!
The Fastest Goal. Smiths Football Crazy Crunchy Snacks Fascinating Facts File No 93.
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A REAL AMERICAN HERO
G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. The original 1964 line featured 12 inch figures. In 1982 the brand was relaunched in a 3¾-inch scale along with vehicles, play-sets and accessories. As well as action figures, G.I. Joe had its own comic book and an animated TV series. The brand also appeared on numerous video game titles and products such as posters, games and clothing.