Wednesday, December 3, 2008

An Introduction

Hello all, my name is Jack. Recently, Jon and Matthew allowed me to become a contributor to the Misce-looney-ous blog, after having a bit of an extended absence from Golden Age Cartoons. I am going to use this as an opportunity to post pictures of some of my own Looney Tune collectibles, as well as other items of interest. I have never in my life posted on a blog, so this is very new. For my first post, I have a pair of metal figures I purchased several years ago. Both are from the 1940's and were manufactured by the Moss Metal Company. Moss made a series of Looney Tune and Merrie Melodie banks, planters, and pencil holders using six characters: Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Sniffles, Beaky Buzzard, and Porky. The banks and holders were always in the form of tree trunks, barrels, and wash-basins.

The two I own depict Bugs and Daffy standing next to tree trunks. Bugs' tree, being squatty, seems to be a planter originally. All of the paint on it is original, but Bugs unfortunately had broken off of the base (which is why I snagged it for cheap). Daffy's tree, being taller, makes for a nice pencil holder. While the metal was in better shape, all of the paint was gone from it, save for the stump, so I repainted Daffy and the green base.

The figures tend to go for a lot of money on ebay, so I was lucky to find these two. I have a special fondness for Looney Tune merchandise made when the cartoons themselves were new.

As a final note, one of the advantages to the Bugs figure having separated from the base is that I can pose Bugs and Daffy together:
Thanks for reading!

6 comments:

Bubbashelby said...

Welcome! Those are sweet figures/displays! Looking forward to seeing more of your collection.

Nic Kramer said...

Welcome back, Jack!

Harley Green said...

Welcome Jack, and thank you for your interesting partecipation to the blog! :)
These Daffy+ Bugs figures still keep the charm of the antiques WB merchandise!

Matthew Hunter said...

What did you use to repaint Daffy, Jack? Acrylic paint? If you hadn't mentioned it, I'd have sworn that was the original paint!

Thad said...

Whoa, killer handiwork. Nice to see you've put your skill to good use.

Jack Tatay said...

Thanks for the compliments, and yeah, it was acrylic. There were small trace amounts of paint still on the figure, so I mixed different yellows and oranges together to try and match it.

I often hear that it's best to leave antiques alone, but it was in bad enough shape that it would never have been worth much anyway. I get way more personal enjoyment from it being painted rather than it being a dull grey metal color.

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