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Gumby and Friends
By Euphrates
Gumby Art Clokey first introduced his claymation star on the Howdy Doody show, in 1956. In 1964, while Gumby's star was shining it's brightest, Lakeside released its line of Pokey and Gumby toys, including the famous bendy figures, and the much sought after jeep. Whitman came on board later, with books, and then Chemotoy joined up, with it's Gumby Modeling Clay. Gumby and the gang (Pokey, the Blockheads, Farmer Glenn, Prickle, Goo and the rest) managed to keep children entertained, until 1967, when the show ceased production.

Gumby's popularity suffered during the '70s, but his career was given new life by Eddie Murphy's impersonation on Saturday Night Live. Eddie may not have been the only SNL star influenced by our hero, SNL's Mr. Bill, had a very simliar voice and character. By the late '80s, and well into the '90s, companies like Jesco, Hallmark, Lewco, Applause, Premma/Remco/Ace Novelty, Playskool, Trendmasters and Clay Art, were all on the bendy-bandwagon, making everything from Gumby phones to Gumby cookie-cutters.

Gumby has staying power. A real star. What other character-inspired-toy has been on store shelves off and on for over 40 years? I suppose the Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barabara cartoon characters have had a pretty good life, but Pokey and Gumby weren't cartoons. They were real, well, clumps of clay.

Partial List of Gumby Collectibles

AM/FM Radio
Astronaut Costume - Lakeside
Banks
Beanie Figures
Boxers
Bumper Sticker
Cap
Car
Cloth Doll - Remco
Coffee Cup
Coloring Book
Colorforms
Comics
Cookie Cutter
Cookie Jar
Cowboy Costume - Lakeside
Doctor Costume - Lakeside
Electric Drawing Set - Lakeside
Eraserse - Lakeside
Earrings
Freeze Pops
Friendship Buttons
Fireman Costume - Lakeside
Gumball Prizes
Halloween Costume
Handpuppets - Lakeside
Jack in the Box - Lakeside
Jacket
Jeep - Plastic - Lakeside
Keychains
Knight Adventure Costume - Lakeside
Lunchbox
Mini-Pokey and Gumby - Lakeside
Mirror
Modeling Clay
Ornaments
Patches
Pencil Box - Lakeside
Pencil Holder - Lakeside
Pins
Playful Trails Game - Lakeside
Play Money
Plush Figures
Rings
Salt and Pepper Shaker
Set of 4 Costumes - spaceman, fireman, policeman, soldier - Lakeside
Shrinky Dinks
Slide Puzzle - Lakeside
Slippers
Soaky
Soldier Adventure Costume - Lakeside (HTF)
Stick Horse - Lakeside
Sunglasses
T-Shirts
Tatoos - Fleer
Telephone
Tie
Toothbrush
Tumblers
VHS Tapes
Western Marshall Set - Lakeside
Windup - Lakeside

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