***IN ADDITION TO THIS marvelous Kamar “Bulldog” stuffed toy, WE ALSO HAVE AVAILABLE FOR SEPARATE PURCHASE a companion Kamar “Mouse” toy. Should you wish to purchase them both (or any other items), shipping is always discounted for multiple purchases that can be safely packaged together, such as these! Just contact us in advance of purchase for invoice shipping price adjustment .***
Item/Description: Too-precious-for words, vintage 1967 Kamar Japan velvet plush stuffed animal big-eyed/sad-eyed bulldog toy-doll
***As hard as he tries, this funnily “ferocious” fellow just can’t pull off a fierce expression, despite the underbite protrusion of his lower fangs, and with the posable wire armature inside his ears beneath his plush surface flexed “just so”, this delightfully darling critter comes across more like an adorable “pity puppy” than an angry attack dog.
Excerpted from Research Information: In 1948, Pascale Kamar (better known as PK), born April 1, 1923 in Jerusalem (in what was then Palestine), a one-time clarinetist and bandleader, immigrated to Southern California and established a small import-export business before trying his hand at toy designing.
Kamar proceeded to create one of the most innovative, high-quality toy companies in America with his partner in both business and life, wife Astrid, and under his direction, Kamar® toys were sold in 36 nations and in all 50 states.
Best known for its creation and manufacture of the 1982 stuffed toy version of the movie character E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, one of the most successful licensed toy products ever, and its early-1963 J.F.K. (President John F. Kennedy) doll, Kamar continued to design and manufacture these toys for over three decades. Pascal Kamar’s son, Christopher, estimates that his father was responsible for the design of approximately 30,000 stuffed toys over the course of those 30 years.
The very first toy that Kamar designed was a furry, wiry elf-like creature with beady eyes that he called Hexter. According to son, Christopher, “It was so successful that he designed another and another, and he became strictly the Geppetto of toy designing.” Kamar’s greatest happiness, in fact, was derived from creating his own original designs.
For Kamar, the perfect name was key to the plush-animal birthing process, whether it was ‘Tamale’ the dog or ‘Sierra’ the bear. ‘The more time he spent with them, the closer he got to a name," his son said. "Finally, he'd have a couple of martinis and come to a decision.”
So special, unique and spectacular were Kamar’s designs that even Walt Disney included dolls manufactured by Kamar as surfers in the Hawaiian section of ‘It's a Small World’ attraction at Disneyland, after which time Kamar was privileged to count Walt Disney as a personal friend.
In 1991, after more than 30 years traveling the world in the toy business, Kamar retired from the business, and son Christopher left the company as well, at which time Kamar International closed its doors.
However, in 2006, subsequent to the passing of Pascale Kamar, Christopher Kamar's inherited love for toys called him back to his family roots and the doors of the 2nd generation, Kamar Innovation, were opened. exhibiting the same commitment to innovation, quality and safety.
Christopher and his wife and business partner, Joy, introduced a brand new line of plush toys for 2008, Skoodlez, to target a new generation of children desiring more interactive toy experiences, yet still sparked with the innovative brilliance from a self-made toymaker respected by his industry and loved by millions.
Age/Period: Vintage - 1967
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Original sewn body tag/label reads “©1967 Kamar® Made in Japan”
Material(s)/Format: Entire toy is covered with a velvet/velveteen exterior surface, and interior of contain wiring.
Size/Measurements: Just over 5"H x approximately 5 5/8"L
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Near mint without packaging.