Friday, October 01, 2010

Teeny Tinykins

These are some of the best mouth theories I have seen on toys.


Some pretty appealing eyes too.






We used to get these toys for free in Colgate toothpaste and Lipton's Tea. The tea would stain your teeth and the toothpaste would clean the stains. These tiny little toys would reward the never ending cycle of tooth destruction and renewal.

They also sometimes sold huge bags stuffed full of Teeny Tinykins from every cartoon studio. I'd swear there was a commercial for that too, but can't find it anywhere.

14 comments:

RooniMan said...

Ranger Smith's mouth is a bit questionable and confusing.

Stephen Worth said...

I remember Tinikins and Disnekins coming as sets in little cardboard boxes that looked like little stages. These things go for a fortune on bay now.

Naomi said...

The stuff of nightmares - Ranger Smith has that "Don't run away, I promise I won't hurt you.." look on his face, and Betty Rubble bears more than a passing resemblance to Susan Boyle. How come I only ever got crappy bicycle reflectors in my cereal?

Roberto Severino said...

Benny the Ball looks like had a bad accident on his mouth.

Shawn Dickinson said...

I always thought they were painted by blind people.

J C Roberts said...

I knew I recognised these from the tease images. It's been decades since I've seen any but the Flintstones ones, though. I still have all those, the Barney & Betty same as seen here. There was also a random policeman and fireman in the Flintstones set. I was thinking of posting a shot online to link to, but figured it probably wouldn't get looked at.

Always makes me sad to think how many HB toys we had as kids that got lost over time. Green-haired rubber Barney, the Kellogs vinyl face stuffed Huck, Yogi & Boo Boo. Kids don't always think about their toys gaining collector's value one day.

David said...

This past summer my wife and I went to the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum (http://www.barkermuseum.com/) in Connecticut and they have a complete set of these in the display box. Sure wish I owned them! A picture of it is near the end of the post...click on it to super-size it.

http://david-wasting-paper.blogspot.com/2010/06/barker-character-comic-and-cartoon.html

Ron Ferdinand said...

Got the whole Top Cat TV Tinykins set, including Officer Dibble, on Ebay a couple of years ago, still in their boxes, no less. When I received them in the mail, my first feeling was disappointment at the 'imprecise' paint job. But they still brought back a LOT of great memories!

Niki said...

These are kinda, not fun.

Guy Cx said...

Damn, look at Ranger Smith and Benny the Ball...

"It's ZOMBIE TIME in CARTOONLAND!!!"

Severin said...

Do you have any more thoughts on bridging the gap between caricatures and cartoons? A while back you were working up to that topic, and I was wondering if you were still making progress. I've been re-reading your old blog posts on caricatures for this big commission I'm working on. Thank you for those, by the way!

Corax said...

Oh my god, Christmas has come early. These are fantastic. That face belongs to Betty? I laughed so hard I think I sprained something.

These are absolutely the best things ever. I wish toys that splendiferous were easier to find now. At least, without the worries of lead paint and paying jacked-up bootleg prices.

Elana Pritchard said...

I love your tooth destruction and renewal paragraph. Very inspiring.

Andrés Sanhueza said...

Here's a photo of a bootleg Sylvester & Tweety ride where the latter has a similar mouth:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdur/2428850308/