Humphrey B Bear Collection

Humphrey B Bear Collection VintageHere is a round-up of only some of the Humphrey’s I’ve collected over the years.
I ‘ve started to describe below each one, the era, maker, valuation, etc. Valuations for Members Only.
NB : Price is an indication Only as Demand fluctuates & trends.
Ranging from Good Cond to Ex Cond¬† indicates price fetched…..
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Page 1st Published : Jul 28, 2013 @ 08:42

Humphrey B Bear Vintage

Humphrey Bear Collecting

Humphrey B. Bear is the most recognized of all Australian Children’s television characters from across many generations. Humphrey is all Australian, and first appeared on television in May 1965 in South Australia.

As with Mr Squiggle Collectibles, there is a lot of misconceptions about year of manufacture and what is collectible or highly desired, so I thought I would run through the difference between a lot of them, there is photos, prices for members.

Most Humphreys, in all shapes, sizes and promotional items are now collectible because Humphrey ceases to exist on television. Humphrey B Bear was made insolvent by administrators since the company behind him, Banksia Productions, wound up in early 2009.
In February 2013, entrepreneur Shane Yeend bought the rights to the famous bear, which means we ‘could’ see more of him… May 27 2015 rumour has it that Humphrey is likely to come back as an animated TV show.

Firstly, many people think that because the tag has ¬© Southern Tv Corp 1965, that this was the year of manufacture of the plush toy they are selling. This, in most cases, is not true, it’s simply just when the Humphrey B Bear product was copyrighted period. The year is ‘usually’ noted on the tag. Humphrey B Bear WITH a readable swing tag, adds value.

The first caricature of Humphrey B Bear was first made by an immigrant to Australia named Leo J Sterne, and are probably the rarer of all Humphreys made. House of Metti in South Australia started making Humphrey plush and plastic, including night lights around the 1960’s., these also have become increasingly desirable, and the most collectible.

Southern Television owned the rights, and Banksia Productions, Classic Toys, Mattel and Croner are some of the manufacturers who had the rights to produce caricatures. Humphrey has been made in an array of looks, shapes and sizes, the largest I know of being 1 metre high, (pictured in gallery).
Condition, rarity and demand determine the price of Humphrey B Bear. On E-Bay especially, there is many folk who think that the Humphrey they have is scarce or rare and will tell you so, however I suggest you research the Humphrey B Bear you are looking for to add to your collection and don’t necessarily buy the first you see, depending on price of course, as the more desirable ones do come up periodically and good things come to those who wait!

I have around 50 Humphrey B Bear display items in my Australian Children’s Television collection, that started many years ago and now I am re-fining the collection and adding others I don’t have.
Smallest in the collection is 10 cms tall, up to I metre, and the oldest a LJ Sterne. I have 2 ‘House of Metti’ rubber squeak toys, one a darker brown than the other, and the spots on the vest are a different colour, & both stamped underneath. The stamp is not that visible to the eye at first or second glance, you may need glasses or magnifying glass to see it more clearly.

Humphrey was used by Bank of SA often to promote their Bank.
The ones pictured sell for around $ 5 – 15

The most important thing I believe when collecting anything is to get what you like yourself, make sure the condition is good and all the bits are there and it is sure to add value over the years. With Humphrey, that means tie, hat, jacket.

These are just some photos of the styles of Humphrey, some of the Humphreys photographed may not be complete, the two plush on their own are missing ties. Enjoy!

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Mr Squiggle Plush Toy 1960-70’s

Mr Squiggle

One of the longest playing children’s television shows in Australia’s history… Mr Squiggle! The man from the Moon with his trusty “Rocket”! Space travel, ufo’s, ray guns etc was big with kids toys in the 60’s, so Mr Squiggle was very fitting for that era watched by many baby boomers and beyond.

Norman Hetherington was the creator and master behind Mr Squiggle, the blackboard drawing man from the moon!

Mr Squiggle has never returned to television from the moon for many years, and now that Norman Hetherington has sadly passed, Mr Squiggle will surely be no more…. that I know of anyway, he may make a come back in a few years in these modern days!.

There seems to be some confusion about Mr Squiggle the toy character (plush toy). Many people have only recently taken a huge interest in Squiggle, Hetherington’s death has most likely been the catalyst. Not long ago on e-bay he didnt fetch a good price, but now more want him, the competition bidding has stepped up a notch some reaching $100.00, pending condition, vintage etc!

The pictured Mr Squiggle (above right) is one of the originals ever made, and at the time of production had a patent pending with Hetherington’s and ABC’s authority. The other smaller Mr Squiggle is “Lil Mr Squiggle” from just not long after the patent pending version, a pocket size Squiggle

Kidz Biz made a Mr Squiggle in the 1990’s which is distinctively different from the 1960-70’s version, especially the eyes which are now plastic button style. ( see photos). Colors are one difference, 1990’s version pencil doesn’t have black lines, his feet are more curled, hands are more defined, bow is not as big, neck has ridges and extends.

I would really like to find a Bill Steamshovel, another character from the children’s television show from ABC. I’m not sure if they made one at all, I thought of creating one to go with my Squiggle collection.

Hope that helps those in the market for buying a Mr Squiggle for their collection.

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