Thursday, 11 May 2017
RIDICULOUS REPOST: ARREST ME OFFICER! I USED TO PUNCH YOGI BEAR ON A REGULAR BASIS (UPDATED)...
Bought the above leaflet via ebay recently for a couple of quid. It's the instructions for the YOGI 'PUNCH' BEAR, the one advertised in the special offer below, and which I owned as a child. I've got the promotional leaflet and the instructions, so hopefully it won't be too long before I finally re-acquire an inflatable Yogi himself. (No, Melvin, it's not that kind of inflatable - behave yourself. Tsk! Tsk!)
It's amazing what you find out long after the fact. Case in point: When I was three or four, I remember my father inflating a YOGI BEAR figure while sitting on the back step at the side of the house. (Yeah, the 'back' door was at the side of the house - go figger!) I had what seemed like loads of Yogi merchandise when I was young. In that house alone, I had a MARX Yogi on a scooter, a cardboard Yogi Hallowe'en mask, a pair of Yogi slippers (with little Yogi heads on the toes) and the above inflatable Yogi. (I also had a Marx Yogi & Huck ramp walker about this time, but I may not have got that until we'd moved to our next house, I'm not sure.)
I loved punching the bejabbers out of my inflatable Yogi (in an affectionate way, of course), but no longer remember exactly what happened to him. I have a vague idea that he sprung a leak and was discreetly disposed of, but I probably wasn't told of his fate at the time. I recall my dad putting sand in the base to weigh him down on the day that Yogi first arrived, but I never knew where he'd come from - until now that is. (Confusingly, note that the instructions say not to use water to weigh Yogi down, yet the promotional leaflet says that water can be used.) I recently bought this very flyer, which reveals that the punch toy was a special offer from FAIRY SNOW and associated washing powders - so, over 50 years later, I at last know where one of my best boyhood buddies originated. Now if only I could find a replacement. Anyone know where I can get one? If so, I'll let you have the first punch.
Did anyone else have an inflatable Yogi when they were a kid? (No - an inflatable sheep doesn't count, you perv!) Then leave your reminiscences in the comments section.
And below is an inflatable Yogi, though whether it's the same make as the one I had, I couldn't say.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, May 11, 2017