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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Mystery Stand-Ups

This collection of Mystery Stand-Ups was sent in by our newest F.O.A.M. member Delmar Osborne!

I call them "Mystery Stand-Ups" because I've never seen them before and don't know when or where they hail from. These are from Delmar's personal collection, and he sent me the pic asking if I could identify them, but I can't!

What's unusual about this set was the inclusion of Aqualad, definitely not a character you saw on merchandise very much in the 1970s and 80s:
(Delmar apologizes for the incorrect coloring; a combo of his being color-blind and a Crayola-inspired prank by his sister)

Anyone ever seen these before? Is this the whole set? Who made them, and when? Questions, questions!

Thanks for the pic Delmar, and welcome to F.O.A.M.!


Russell said...

ooh, ooh, I know, I know, Mr. Kottteeer!!!

These are from Colorforms or PlayDo or some such company. They came in a kind of big box like the Super Friends Colorform set you've seen around.
I think this was the whole set because it was based off the late 60s filmation cartoons (hence the inclusion of Superboy and Aqualad, two staples of said cartoons).
I bought mine at Sears in the mid-70s and kept Aquaman and Aqualad for years...in fact, I think I still have them with my stuff in Japan.

Hope that helps a little...

Wings1295 said...

Very interesting. Would have loved these as a kid!

Joe Huber said...

I had these also. I do believe that they were either Colorforms or CraftHouse (a now defunct company). Sadly mine have gone the way of the dodo along with my Super Friends Shrinky Dinks and T-Shirt Painting kit.

Earth 2 Chris said...

I remember seeing those...somewhere. I think in a book. or comic ad or something.

Lots of classic DC art there. I see a lot of Murphy Anderson, and possibly Curt Swan on most of the pencils (definitely on Superman), Infantino on Flash...wow!!!


Kemple said...

I have these mint in the box, got them from ebay a while back but I also had them as a kid too. They pop up from time to time. They are definitely made by Colorforms...they came out in 1975.

HollyH said...

I could SWEAR that I had these. Early 70s, definitely. But I don't have complete memories of them. The Superman and the Aquaman are the ones that feel most familiar to me, that and a kind of weird sense-memory of using the little half-circle cross-pieces to make them stand up. I even kind of feel like I remember feeling annoyed that Aquaman wasn't a single figure, but rather was riding the seahorse. (I mean, it was cool that they included the seahorse, but at the same time, it made him less like a "doll" than the single figures.)

It's either that, or I am remembering ANOTHER similar set of stand-ups. (Or I'm just conflating the set of stand-ups in my memory with other items related to the Superfriends show, like the paint-by-numbers I had and wrecked with my young lack of motor-control...)

Delmar Osborne (Titansfan) said...

awesome. I was hoping some people would have some knowledge of these. Kemple is there anyway to get a pic of the package from you. I'd love to find another set of these. I might be able to color them the right color this time. :o)

Doug said...

TOTAL flashback! I completely forgot I had these at some point! If I remember correctly, they were wipe-offs, which meant you could color them again and again. Sheesh. How I forgot about these is beyond me. . .

Jamdin said...

I used to have these too and had a lot of fun recoloring them with crayons. Then I messed up and used markers, which did not wipe off. Alas, mine are long gone.