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My Collection: The Toys
Wayne "Tintin" James
Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile No.
Do I have toys? Sure, I have a few.
At first I really did just have a few. On the plains of southeast Colorado,
in the 1960s, they were hard to find. Also, at that time, I doubt that
I looked very hard. It was not until after I got out of the navy that I
started watching for anything besides the books. In the late 1970s my toys
fit on a single shelf. I do not remember what was first, but near the beginning
I found the Tarzan bubble blowing snake with a bottle of liquid soap. This
find is still in the original blister pack and has never been opened, but
all the soap has evaporated from the plastic bottle. How did that happen?
Most of my older toys were obtained from garage sales, the hucksters at
Dum-dums and ECOF conventions, little out of the way shops, and flea markets
(both in the U.S. and Belgium). However, one I distinctly remember picking
up in 1980. I came to Colorado Springs to interview for a job. Before leaving
Colorado Springs, I stopped at K-Mart to pick up something for my sons.
As I was looking through the toy section I came across a Tarzan Poster
Pen Set (1979) which I picked up for me. (Yes, I remembered to get toys
for my sons also.) My older toys, pre-Trendmasters (1996), include:
Aurora rubber Tarzan (three inches tall) in a yelling
pose from the 1967 "Tarzan King of the Jungle" set.
Aurora plastic Tarzan model (kit #181) with comic
Craft House "Tarzan Fast Dry Paint by Number" (1979)
which I have painted. (I know! I know! But it was fun.)
DISJORSA-CE rubber Tarzan (four inches tall) standing,
with Cheetah on the ground by his feet (1995).
Imperial Toy Corp. "Tarzan Bubble Blowing Snake."
Tarzan Poster Pen Set (1979)
Some of the toys I have found do not even mention Tarzan, but
they do use an illustration of a white man in a animal skin loin cloth.
So who else would it be? Some of these toys are:
Kinder egg toy with a jungle man in leopard skin
swinging on vine over a lion's head.
Vo Toys hunting knife with sheath.
Jungle man with a blue monkey.
Jungle man in leopard loin cloth with a black panther
and a short silver spear.
Two PEZ BON BONS plus Body Parts which is a jungle
man in a leopard skin with a knife (looks pretty good in a Fred Flintstone
PEZ ~ further below).
Jungle Master Archery Playset
Kinder egg toy
I thought I had really struck gold when Dakin Toys' merchandise
from "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" hit the markets
around 1984. I managed to pick up the three following "Tarzan King of the
Apes" toys as well as some coloring and activity books and some story books
Large adult Tarzan with knife and rope
Adult Tarzan (4 inch) with knife and rope
Young Tarzan (4 inch) with Kala and rope
It was not until after "Tarzan: The Epic Adventures" that I really started
my collection. There used to be a discount store, in Colorado Springs,
that carried these action figures for only a few dollars each. I managed
to pick up most of the figures in the black packaging. Later the company
started using green packaging and came out with a few that I had to add
to my collection. I do not know if they were new or I just missed them
in the black packaging. (About half of these make noise.) My Trendmasters
Toys (1996-97) include:
I also have a some fairly new toys from Barcelona Universal Models that
are based on Tarzan, but not Disney's Tarzan. These are small plastic figures,
like the little green toy soldiers.
Action Figures (6 inch): John Carter of Mars, Kerchak,
King Kerchak Evil Cyber Ape, Nolach the Kaldane, Numa the Golden Lion,
Tars Tarkas the Green Martian, Tarzan City of Gold, Tarzan Dino Armored,
Tarzan of Mars, and Tarzan the Hunter.
Action figures (14 inch): Tarzan of Lord of the Jungle,
Double figure sets: Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter,
Harbenite Tarzan vs. the Mahar, John Carter vs. O Mad Zad, Tarzan of Mars
vs. the Plantman.
Micro Action Sets: Tarzan At Earth's Core, Tarzan
Conqueror of Mars, and Tarzan Lord of the Jungle
Tarzan "King of Apples" (sic) BUM3000
Tarzan "King of Animals" BUM3001
However, the biggest section of my toys is associated with
Disney's Tarzan of course. In this area, of toy collecting, we have also
been assisted in our efforts by friends in England and The Netherlands.
Tarzan started out with his own line of toys, Disney's Tarzan. He then
moved into the group known as Disney Adventurers. This group included characters
from Peter Pan, Hercules, Tarzan, and Aladdin. Now he has moved to Disney
Heroes. I do not know who makes up this group, but I do know that Peter
Pan and Tarzan are in it. The number of Disney Tarzan toys in in our collection
is too large to list every individual one here, but some of the highlights
of our Disney Tarzan toy collection are:
figures: four, six, and 10 1/2 inch
Markers and Rub-ons
and porcelain figures
on Ice Tarzan action figures
- Tarzan wrapped in a python to put in water
Happy Meal toys from 1999, 2000, and 2002
and Tarzan, Terk, and Tantor straws
and Friends Playset
Toy - Electronic Talking Bank (Terk and band)
figures: four and 11 1/2 inch
figure: six inch Tarzan with spear launching cannon (see
blue box, next to Terk, in the Trendmaster picture above)
Games were even harder than toys for me to find in the 1970s. I remember
glancing up at the games, on a shelf in my comic book store in Livermore,
California in the late 1970s, and then doing a double take. Up there, on
that shelf, was a "John Carter, Warlord of Mars" role playing game from
SPI! Even after I had the clerk get it down for me I had trouble believing
it. This was the first game I had seen, that was based on an ERB character,
and it was mine for $19.95. Later I came across the Milton Bradley Tarzan
board game (1984). Of course, since 1999, there have been numerous games
out there, mostly based on Disney's version of Tarzan. We even picked up
an electronic Disney's Tarzan game in Belgium. It is just a small travel
game to keep children (of all ages) occupied during a trip. It runs on
two AA batteries and can make very annoying noises, as we found out when
we were asked to turn the sound off on a return flight from Paris, France.
Fortunately the sound "can" be turned off, so we were able to continue
playing. My games include:
ColorForms Tarzan Cartoon
Fun king-size card game
Families card game (Netherlands)
card game (Belgium)
Tree Top Chase 3-D Game
Brothers Disney Edition Monopoly
Brothers Disney Edition Sorry!
Brothers Disney Trivial Pursuit
It! Disney version DVD game
12 cubes (puzzle blocks)
Electronic hand held Disney's Tarzan game
Idaho Center for the Book:
Idaho Authors Card Game
Milton Bradley (1984)
Tarzan Picture Puzzle #2628
- Lex Barker
Although they are not toys per se, this is the section in which I choose
to include trading cards with an ERB theme. My cards are mostly those of
well known artists who have done illustrations for ERB stories, but there
are some based on Disney's Tarzan and I have the set based on "Tarzan,
the Ape Man" (1981). Unless noted by listing individual numbers, I have
the complete sets of the standard cards, and any chase cards that are ERB
related. (In some cases I may not have all the chase cards if they were
not ERB related.)
Chris Achilleos: #6 from
1992 and set from 1994
Clyde Caldwell: #60, 61
Colossal Cards I: 11, 14
Colossal Cards II: 17, 19,
Richard Corben: #54 from
Frank Frazetta: 1991 and
1993 and Best of Frazetta 1996
Richard Hescox: 1993
Joe Jusko: ERB Colossal
sets I, II
Joe Jusko: ERB 1994 and
1995 and an uncut sheet of MS1-MS6
Masters of Fantasy metal
David Mattingly: 1995
Ron Miller: "Firebrands"
San Julian: #42 from 1994
Barclay Shaw: 1995
William Stout: I(1993),
Album Stickers (which are still on their cards, not in the album)
Treasures featuring Donald
Treasures featuring Mickey
Treasures featuring Pooh
(UK) 3-D cards
"Here's Bo" 198
Joe Jusko: an uncut sheet of MS1-MS6
I have a few more items, in my collection, that I feel will be of interest
to many of you, so in the next chapter I will cover items that are very
special to me. Some are limited edition and some are "one of a kind" so
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