From statues to dolls, and Christmas tree ornaments to finger puppets - the images of the Stooges have been immortalized in various collectible form.
These fluffy, squishy material dolls
were produced by the Collins company in 1982. The likeness is
supposed to be of Moe, Larry, and Curly (go figure!). They are
machine washable and dryable making them the perfect toy for
children. For today's collector, a set of these dolls would fetch
RAFM Co., a Cambridge Ontario Canada
company has long been producing lead-based historical and fantasy
miniatures. Their RAL PARTHA series is just one of the many they
produce. One in this series in particular, number 01-105, is a
"Three Headed Troll" - with the heads of none other
than the Three Stooges. This piece was made in 1979, and has been
out of production from the manufacturer for several years, and is
believed to be fairly rare (see related note
from Ral Partha ). It was acquired at the Three Stooges
Convention several years ago for $15.00.
In 1980, Esco products produced statues
of Moe, Larry, and Curly. They are very well detailed. They stand
about 18 inches tall, and weigh about five pounds each. They
originally sold for $33.00.
The 1990's saw
these two sets of small action figures appear in local video and
collectible stores. They are each about 4 inches tall and are
still available for about $4.00 each.
In 1988, the Presents company, a
division of Hamilton Gifts, produced a set of three Stooge dolls.
These soft bodies dolls stand about 14 inches tall and come
complete with a stand to keep them up. New, they ran
approximately $35.00 each.
Later, in 1990,
Presents produced a set of Christmas Tree ornaments (left). The
following year, finger puppets of the boys (right) were produced.
Both are still generally available.
In 1992, Stand-ups Centric Corp out of
Hollywood, CA created cardboard standups of the Stooges. All
dressed in fireman's clothes, they stand 17 inches tall. About
$15.00 will get you a set.
What Stooge figures collection would be
complete without Moe, Curly, and Larry pencil heads. These blue
pencils with head figure toppers were produced in 1991. They have
the words "Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk" down the side. About $2.00
each at your favorite collectibles store.
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