Item/Description: 20th anniversary Garfield & Pooky “Best Friends” musical collector’s edition
1998 “20 Years of Garfield Party On!” stuffed animals plush toys set in original box.
This charming two-in-one plush toys set sweetly depicts Garfield the cat holding his best friend Pooky the Teddy Bear in his arms. It commemorates the 20th anniversary of the creation of Jim Davis’ beloved and world famous comic strip character “Garfield.”
A medallion hangs from a white ribbon around Garfield’s neck, in the style of an Olympics “Gold Medal.” It reads “Special 20 Years of Garfield Edition.”
Garfield’s musical sound is activated by pressing in the area where the red paper label is attached to the inside of his left paw. He plays one instrumental music box-style of song (we have been unable to identify the name of the tune played).
***Recommended for 3 Years & Up (the “Child Safety Warning” is contained on the red paper label affixed to the inside of his left paw, and reads: “Squeeze Me Here. Remove Before Given to Child.”
Age/Period: 1998 (1990s)
*Garfield was created in 1978 (1970s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin:
*Medallion hanging from Garfield’s neck states: “Special 20 Years of Garfield Edition”.
*Original hang tag information reads: “Garfield © Paws. Best Friends. Fine Toy Co., Ltd. Korea Headquarters... 1978 Paws.
The bond between a child and a plush doll is a very special thing. Every time I see a tattered and worn doll, I marvel at all the loving it took to make it that way.
The Garfield Plush Program is very important to me. I’d love to put a plush Garfield in the arms of every child in the world!
I’ve retained the Fine Toy Company to manufacture the Garfield dolls.
We are using only the highest quality materials and Garfield has never been so cute and cuddly.
The tactile relationship we develop with a plush doll spawns an affection that can’t be duplicated or repeated.
Enjoy! Jim Davis”
*Sewn-on Label information reads: “Manufactured by Fine Toy Co., Ltd. C.P.O. Box 4244 Seoul, Korea...1978 Paws...Made in China”.
*Box info reads: “20 Years of Garfield, Party On! Musical Garfield Collector’s Edition.”
Material(s)/Format: Plush stuffed toy material. Tag reads “All New Materials Polyester Fiber”.
*Garfield measures 10"H;
*Pooky measures 5 1/2"H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: New old stock!
*Plush toys duo of Garfield & Pooky (Pookie) are pristine, “new old stock” condition.
*The box is in very good-to-excellent condition. It remains fully intact, opens with ease, closes securely, and exhibits no holes in either the plastic “window” or the cardboard body. Some clear tape is present on the top side of the box and overlaps the edge where the lid of the box inserts itself into the interior of the box. On the lower area of the front of the box, the red portion which reads “Musical Garfield Collector’s Edition” is partially bent forward, shows some creasing in the cardboard, and some of the gray cardboard is showing. On the lower area where the front of the box meets up with the side of the box there is some creasing in the cardboard, and a nominal indentation in the box on its side area.
Excerpted Online Research Information About“Garfield” (attributed to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield_(character) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield ): “Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since June 19, 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield (named after Davis's grandfather); his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Arbuckle's dog, Odie. As of 2007, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.
Though this is never mentioned in print, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis, according to the television special Garfield Goes Hollywood. Common themes in the strip include Garfield's laziness, obsessive eating, and hatred of Mondays and diets. The strip's focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie; recurring minor characters appear as well.
Originally created with the intentions to "come up with a good, marketable character," Garfield has spawned merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action films and three CGI animated direct-to-video movies. Part of the strip's broad appeal is due to its lack of social or political commentary; though this was Davis's original intention, he also admitted that his "grasp of politics isn't strong," remarking that, for many years, he thought "OPEC was a denture adhesive."
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