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TV Jones "The Lovable Pup" By Euphrates
TV Jones was a barking poodle made by Remco in 1966. TV Jones and his meowing-friend Pussy Meow each
stood about 9-inches tall (the other Playmates were smaller) with movable legs and rooted hair.
They were packaged in a plastic red and blue and pink and blue televisions.
You could buy 4 different carded outfits for TV Jones and 4 for Pussy Meow. There were also seperate carded outfits available made to fit Helen Hippo, Patsy Panda and Ellie Elephant. I have seen several of the carded accessories for Pussy Meow for sale on the web, but not the clothing sets for TV Jones. These appear to be more of a challenge to find than the others.
TV Jones and his playmates are very hard to find, especially with their clothes, shoes/boots (they each needed four!) and other accessories. The popular Mr. and Mrs. Mouse are almost always missing their nightclothes and tails. TV and Pussy Meow regularly fetch $50-$75 with their TVs. The rest of the Playmates frequently sell for $50-$100 and carded accessory sets for $20-$30. Expect to pay $150-$300 for TV's hard to find yellow car.
There were several similarities between TV Jones and Hasbro's Peteena line. Both Peteena and TV Joes were born in 1966 and both were poodles with a nose for fashion. Also, the Pussy Meow clothing set names and contents were very similar to Peteena's. I can't even begin to speculate as to why two successful toy companies would both choose to market poodle/fashion toys in the same year. The most unfortunate similarity is that at the time, neither line was very popular.
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