Not your average pencil sharpener?

As you well know, I am a devoted collector of toys. Of course I use the word “toy” in the loosest sense of the word and over the years have written about coin banks, radios, spray bottles, pens and even a telephone or two. Today’s post continues the trend of picking items that fall a little outside of the parameters of what would traditionally be called a toy. Time for some pencil sharpeners.

Check these out.

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It’s Huckleberry Hound, star of numerous Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

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At a little over 2″ tall this piece has a nice density and feels as though it is made from some kind of ceramic. My guess is that it is a composite material as it lacks the super smooth surface feel that porcelain would have. If tapped though it does have a glassy sound to it.

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Quick Draw McGraw is a perennial selection in any set of figures from this era.

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As you can see, the paint job is fairly crude but given the actual size it looks surprisingly good in person.

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This guy is a little more uncommon and I am guessing it is Punkin’ Puss who, with Mushmouse, originally appeared as a segment on the Magilla Gorilla Show.

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Speaking of our favorite animated ape.

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Here is Magilla himself, he may actually be my favorite from this set of six.

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Another favorite is this one.

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Peter Potamus!

Here I think he looks like one of the numerous hippo characters from the Richard Scarry series of kids books that I adored so much as a child.

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Last and by no means least is an old favorite of mine.

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As a kid Top Cat was easily one of my most enjoyed cartoons and given the limited quantity of T.C. merchandise I try to snag it whenever I see it.

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There are no specific markings on any of these pieces, except the ubiquitous “Made in China” label, so if I had to guess I would say that these are not licensed at all. Yes folks that means bootleg which also means that these were probably never produced in large quantities therefore adding to the overall rarity.

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The set I purchased came in this box with each character stored safe and sound in his own little compartment.

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The cover to the box is quite generic and confirms for me the bootleg nature of these pieces. I have no idea if it was original to the set but I can’t see why not.

No one I know was able to shed any further light on the story behind this set. My guess is that they are from the late sixties, maybe the early seventies, and if I had to estimate their value I would put them in my shop at $15-20 each depending on the character or say $100 for the set.

A nice find indeed.

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4 comments

  1. The Goog /

    Nice set! Although T.C. looks like he’s put on a bit of weight. Great characters, I would have loved to have these on my desk, no let me rephrase that, I would love to have these on my desk.

  2. Garth /

    Those are odd but very cool. I once had a Quick Draw McGraw pencil sharpener (he has the perfect name for one) but mine was a rubbery plastic.

  3. Gary /

    Good mix of characters. Favorites of course are TC and Magilla.

  4. Mathew /

    For whatever reason, I like the way all the figures are boxed up. Cool way to display them.

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