Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Evolution of Bobs Big boy logo and collectables

Newly acquired Big Boy Bank from 1999 made by Funko, who produced these souvenirs from '99 to 2003. This was the first job by the founder of the company, Mike Becker. The second figure is from the 1970's by the "Marriott Corporation", which must be the parent company of the restaurant chain.

Other toymakers have tried, but Funko makes the best Big Boy stuff. They also have a Freddy Big Boy bobblehead - merging the Big Boy mascot and the Funko Mascot together.

The original store and Bob Wian, inventor of "The Big Boy" double decker cheezeboiger.
The new restaurant at the original store location, now changed into the Los Angeles "Googie" style architecture

Bob's Big Boy menu 1
The original Big Boy got a job at the restaurant and was
soon immortalized with this early logo for the restaurant 

Dave Frisch bought the rights to open his own francise of Big Boy restaurants from Bob Wian in 1946, starting with his first restaurant called the mainliner in Cincinnati, Ohio

Bob's Big Boy logo ran through a different evolution than the Frisch's Big Boy. 

Bob's Big Boy, Baker, CA Bob's Big Boy


Abandoned store mascots
Furry eyebrows

Collectable Figures

Skinny and Chubby Big Boy toy figures, matchbooks and seasoning salt

Tiny Two inch BIG BOY Doll 1984 Figure Toy Figurine RARE collectable Bobs Frischs action Box Room
Tiny Two inch BIG BOY Doll 1984 Figure Toy Figurine RARE [ugly] collectable Bobs Frischs

New Monsters University Posters - Disney Prequel

'Monsters University' Plot Details Revealed by Billy Crystal -

And look for 3 characters from the prequel as action figures made by Funko Pop Vinyl.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hanna Barbera Funko Wacky Wobbler checklist - collecting toys

Hanna Barbera Contest winner announced

Last week I had the second giveaway (in a series of five) on the Funko Funatics bulletin board called the Everyone Needs Hanna Barbera Wobbler Contest. We announced the contest here last week, and there was a guess for nearly every HB character Funko has made into a Wacky Wobbler toy figure. Congrats to TulaBug for guessing Dick Dastardly and Muttley.

List of 36 Hanna Barbera Wacky Wobblers made by Funko
  • Astro
  • Atom Ant
  • Baba Looey
  • Barney Rubble
  • Betty Rubble with Bamm Bamm
  • Bingo (Banana Splits)
  • Boo Boo Bear
  • Captain Caveman
  • Dick Dastardly
  • Dino
  • Drooper
  • Elroy Jetson
  • Fleegle
  • Fred Flintstone
  • George Jetson
  • Hong Kong Phooey
  • Huckleberry Hound
  • Jabberjaw
  • Jerry (the Mouse)
  • Magilla Gorilla
  • Morocco Mole
  • Muttley
  • Quick Draw McGraw / El Kabong
  • Ricochet Rabbit
  • Rosie the Robot
  • Secret Squirrel
  • Snagglepuss
  • Snork
  • Squiddly Diddly
  • The Great Gazoo
  • Tom (and Jerry)
  • Top Cat
  • Touche Turtle
  • Wally Gator
  • Wilma with Pebbles
  • Yogi Bear
Of all the characters, Huckleberry Hound has a special place in the hearts of Funko artists and fans. Funko has created at least 33 variants of Huckleberry Hound in limited editions with Glow in The Dark GITD and Metallic paint finish Exclusive and Chase figures. (I'll share photos of the new jewels that will be added to the collection when the package is delivered).

Check out a new Toy Collecting Glossary for more information and examples of action figure toy terminology that you see on eBay and online bulletin boards for toy collectors.

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