Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Halfpipe Ötzi

This troglodyte is a Kinder surprise from 2003. They were advertised as "Die Ötzis," a reference to a mummy nicknamed Ötzi found in the Ötztal Alps in Austria/Italy. This particular dude is named Halfpipe and rides the same model board as Tweety Bird. This dude is cruising with some pretty heavy style, hands clasps behind his back and bare feet pointing forward.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Goofy IV

Goofy returns for his 4th appearance and 3rd in figure form. His previous appearances include a PVC figure, a bendy figure and a pin. This time Goofy seams to be standing on a stationary board while tipping his hat. All in all a rather boring pose but perhaps he's rolling and is just that smooth. No date on this guy but I would guess late '90s or early '00s.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Snoopy VI

It's great to be an expert. Snoopy appears here for the 6th time here solo (and he has 2 more appearances as part of a Peanuts set). He definitely wears the crown for most skateboard-related merchandise pumped out. This time Snoopy is riding on the side of a milk glass mug. It's dated 1958 but that is just the character - I'm not sure when this mug is actually from.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Yellow M&M II

Yellow M&M makes his 2nd appearance on BPA, this time as a floundering keychain. This was part of a sports series from 2000 that also including a surfing Red, rollerblading Green and snowboarding Blue. All the other M&Ms seem to be handling their respective endeavors with a fair amount of competence but Yellow can't seem to get his act together here. He faired a bit better in his previous appearance as a large dispenser. Other M&M appearances include Green, Red and Blue.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trifari Pin

Trifari is a brand that makes all sorts of costume jewelry, including this unusual skateboarder pin. I know nothing more about this. He's in a bit of an unusual stance - I guess he's going downhill but has some weird foot placement, almost like he is riding backwards (not fakie, just pointing his feet back).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Daffy Duck

It's hard to believe but this is Daffy's first appearance on BPA. There have been a lot of ducks posted here, including Daffy's protégé Plucky, but this is the first time the duck himself has graced this blog. He's appears here in PVC figure form, wearing an unusual purple polkadot shirt along with elbow & knee pads but no helmet. He's from 1990 and was made by Comics Spain, a defunct company that produced a lot of figures, including Tom & Jerry, Tom & Snoopy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dubble Bubble

I found this dude on a package of Dubble Bubble gum in the dollar store. Apparently this dude's name is Pud, and he once appeared in a Bazooka Joe like comic. It looks like he's gone through a fair amount of changes over the years but has yet to make the jump to the creepy 3D mascot that most companies are opting for now. Previous gum mascots on BPA: Léo.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Bunny

Happy Easter! This rabbit was made in 2012 by a Easter Unlimited. He's riding an unnecessarily oversized board but looks alright doing it. Not sure what the 21 on his shirt signifies. I picked this dude up at a yard sale a bit ago for a few cents and he's been chilling in the "not cool enough for the shelf" bin. Previous Easter themed posts: The Easter Beagle and E.B.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Alfred J. Kwak

Alfred J. Kwak is a duck from a Dutch comic that was turned into a Dutch, German & Japanese cartoon show that aired from '89-'91. He's fairly unknown in the US (I had never heard of him until I found these figures). His girlfriend is named Winnie and speaks Afrikaans. I got a little curious after getting these figures so I found a couple of English dubbed episodes on YouTube. The first episode showed Alfred being born and seemed to be geared to a younger audience. The next episode I watched was where Alfred first meets Winnie. The story begins on a train where Winnie's family is illegally entering the country after fleeing apartheid in their native land (from white geese). Alfred learns how unfair their homeland is and offers them refuge at his house while they figure out how to become citizens. He then has to pay off a blackmailing 5 tentacled octopus (pentopus?) so that Winnie's family won't get deported. This all seems a bit heavy for a cartoon geared towards younger children. I then watched a series of episodes where Alfred's grade school chum (a half crow/half thrush) becomes irate at the current king. He is a crow version of Hitler although he dresses a bit like Napoleon. He forms a political party which gains enough support that they put all dissidents in jail and force the king into exile. Alfred winds up in jail but escapes and then hatches a pretty crazy scheme to bankrupt the fascist party. Alfred winds up dealing with some pretty heavy stuff for being a guy who's always smiling. Anywho, these figures were made in 1990 in West Germany.