This is my dog Matilda's other favorite toy, another tsum-tsum. It's Donald Duck, but we just call it "Duck Baby" and it's usually upside down on the floor somewhere. Duck Baby is covered in hair and dried saliva but I left that out of his portrait. After all, the job of a portrait painter is to make the sitter look ideal.
My dog Matilda loves toys. Every time I go out, even if it's not to the pet store, she expects me to bring her one, but I don't always do it. If I did, my house would be stuffed to the rafters with them. She has a couple of favorites, and this is one of them. It's based on the Disney line of people toys known as "tsum tsum." The term is derived from the Japanese verb "tsumu" which means "to stack" because one is supposed to stack them on top of one another. Matilda doesn't bother.
We call this toy "Lion Baby" but he's really Simba from "The Lion King." We call all her toys "something" baby. She always makes sure to have one in her mouth whenever anyone comes in the front door.
"Ooh-ooh, I heard it through the grapevine!" The year was 1984; the singers were the California Raisins. A group of groovy, sun-glass-wearing raisins took the country by storm with their advertisements for the California Raisin Growers Association, and of course with their Claymation Christmas Special, wherein they gave a swinging, soulful rendition of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Like most American families, we collected the Raisins memorabilia and toys. This hip little guy is one of them.
This Captain James T. Kirk action figure is one of seven action figures sold together in Playmate's Classic Star Trek Crew Bridge Set. The set itself is just flimsy cardboard, and serves as packaging for the action figures; you can't actually play with it. We still have the box, but it's not in sell-it-on-eBay condition--not that we would.
I have to say I'm not happy with this drawing, but I'm putting it up anyway. The head is too big, one of the hands is too small, I couldn't get the proper perspective on the communicator, and the cross-hatching is too busy. I think it looks less like an action figure and more like a marionette from The Thunderbirds. It may not be very cute, but it is kinda funny-looking.
"I know you are, but what am I?"
This is just one of this talking Pee-wee doll's phrases. Trouble is that the playback mechanism is all wonky and at hyper-speed so Pee-wee sounds like one of The Chimpunks.
"Hey everybody, gather round.
To hear a truly groovy, funky sound.
I don't mean maybe.
Just check out Chicky Baby."
"Wish? Did somebody say 'Wish'?" Jambi only granted one wish per day per person. There was no getting greedy with him, although Pee-wee tried once when he wished he knew what to wish for. Jambi may not be the cutest member of Pee-wee's Playhouse, but he's certainly the most colorful. "All hail Jambi!"
Pterri was probably the youngest of Pee-wee Herman's family. He was very sensitive and afraid of thunderstorms. Kind of like a pet dog. I love Pterri.
The Kenner line of @therealghostbusters toys came out in 1986. That's probably when we bought them, which means this Ecto 1 is thirty-two years old. Both doors have come off and gone missing, and I'm not sure where the swivel chair for the roof is, either. @profksergeev will verify that these were well-played-with toys.
A Daily Cute
A cute new drawing