Item/Description: Vintage 1987 Dakin “Santa Phase Opus” penguin character from “Bloom County” comic strip by Berke Breathed hand-crafted stuffed animal plush toy 15-4540.
***Not only is the original label still sewn into the body of this adorable Christmas holidays-themed, Santa Claus hat & Scottish/Scotch plaid formal bowtie (bow tie)-wearing fellow, but his hang tag is also still attached, along with the connector which attaches his flippers to his back side, so that his hands remain adorably clasped behind his back. One can always detach this if it is your preference to allow his hands to instead hang freely at his sides.
Hang tag wording delightfully states: “A FEW NOTES ABOUT THIS SPECIES....You are holding a scientifically accurate replica of OPII BIGGUS SHNOZOLUS, or, ‘The Common Hefty-nosed Penguin.’
The range of this majestic seabird includes most of Antarctica and eastern Argentina, although they have been known to hop a cab and slip up to Iowa for a wild weekend.
The food of the Hefty-nosed Penguin includes herring, halibut, young sardines, small assorted South Atlantic schooling fish and POP TARTS.
Nesting season is early June. Mating behavior is, as yet, still a mystery since the Hefty-nosed Penguin is a discreet, if not easily embarrassed animal.
When not feeding or caring for their young, the species will enjoy skinny-dipping, long hot baths, reminiscing about the 1960s, foot massages and listening to old MOODY BLUES records late at night with the lights out.
Being fairly liberal minded, the Hefty-nosed Penguin would, as a group, all be driving used Volvos if they could reach the pedals.
Their taste in television, by the way, is atrocious and merits no further elaboration here.
In conclusion, the Hefty-nosed Penguin is a gentle bird...easily influenced and overly sensitive. With their pleasant disposition and generally optimistic nature, the species is a welcome member of the WILD KINGDOM, even if they do eat crackers in bed.”
Age/Period: Vintage - 1987 (1980s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin:
*Hang tag information: In addition to care/cleaning instructions, tag is marked “Dakin - R. Dakin & Company, San Francisco, CA - Product of Korea” AND “Opus. 1982 The Washington Post Writers Group. 15-4540 OPUS™ Santa Phase Opus ™ from Bloom County by Berke Breathed”.
*Sewn label states: “1987 The Washington Post Writers Group - Dakin & Co. San Francisco, CA - Product of Korea...”
Material(s)/Format: Plush, stuffed animal with, according to labels, “All new materials - contents: polyester”.
Size/Measurements: Approximately 12 ½”H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Overall condition is near mint!
*Plush toy is like new, exhibiting no fur loss, rips/tears or color fading, and exuding NO odors.
*Hang tag remains in good, completely intact condition and still attached to doll, though it does evince some paper handling wear.
*Sewn label remains in excellent condition and still securely attached to toy.
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