|HB characters copyright relevant owner|
Perhaps I have a tendency to over-analyse things, but the numerical order of characters on the boxes of Wade's Yogi Bear And Friends porcelain figure series raises an interesting question in my mind. As most of you will know, Yogi started life as part of the Huckleberry Hound Show before becoming so popular that he was given his own programme. Early merchandise usually reflects his origins by having him accompanied by Huck and Mr. Jinks (also part of Huck's show), whereas later merchandise has him accompanied by Boo Boo and Cindy Bear.
|The three Wade porcelain figures in numerical order|
The Marx walking toy has Yogi and Huck together, and the Combex night-light has Yogi and Huck standing on either side of a TV screen featuring Mr. Jinks' face. The Wade porcelain figures are Huck, Mr. Jinks, and Yogi, but the series is called Yogi Bear And Friends, not Huckleberry Hound And Friends, as the numerical order would indicate it should be called. Might this have been the original intention, before Yogi's soaring star status made him a surer bet? Or was it simply because Yogi's name fitted the space on the box lid better than Huckleberry Hound's? (Neither reason is mutually exclusive of course - maybe it was both.)
|The Marx Toys 'walker'|
However, it could be that the numbers simply reflect a 'saving the best for last' approach, which is maybe why Yogi is listed as No. 3 instead of No. 1. The box art certainly gives the impression that Yogi is meant to be the 'main man', so, like I said, perhaps I'm attaching too much significance to the numerical sequence in which the characters are listed. However, I'd have thought Yogi would've been automatically accorded the No. 1 spot to better reflect his star status.
|The Combex night-light|
Any thoughts, Crivvies - apart from me being bonkers and getting too immersed in trivialities? Could there have been a last minute change to the name of Wade's series because Yogi had eclipsed Huck by this time, or was it simply a case that no one was even bothering about such inconsequential matters? Incidentally, the three figures are fairly easy to obtain on ebay (and other places), but it's rare to see them boxed and with their original white card 'inlays'*. (Yet another 'first' for Crivens!)
|Similar to the Combex night-light above, eh?|
*Any occasional boxed ones you'll be lucky to see are usually missing the inlays, with the figures being wrapped in tissue paper. Sellers often neglect to mention the inlays are missing, but some may be unaware they even existed, while others likely just don't want you to know that the boxes are incomplete.
Update: I'm so used to seeing the Screen Gems illo (above) that accompanied most Huck, Yogi, and Mr. Jinks merchandise (annuals, comic albums, etc.) that I ignored it on the top-side of the box. Does the 'Huckleberry Hound And Friends' trade mark indicate the Wade series original name? Perhaps not, as this panel also appeared in Yogi Bear books, but it's interesting to consider, eh?