Saturday, August 10, 2013
Small caged Boglin by Arco
Back in the late '80s, when yours truly was a tyke and Boglins could still be found resting their lovably ugly mugs on toy store shelves, I got the little guy pictured above. At Toys R Us, I believe. I remember wanting a Boglin so badly--and at some point I did get one of the standard rubbery hand puppet varieties as well--but I think I liked this mini caged Boglin just as much as I liked the real deal.
Mini Boglins that were sold in the U.K., either. Instead, it's slightly larger than a Mini Boglin and made of a less rubbery plastic, plus has articulated arms and painted details. Its markings include a few different names, including Arco, Seven Towns Ltd., and Clarke, Trotto and Mass. There has been speculation that it may not even be a Boglin at all, as you can see in this thread I posted about him over at LittleRubberGuys.com. Personally, I'd put money on it being an official Boglins item, since it looks exactly like a Boglin and I have a vague memory of it being sold as such (for some reason I kind of remember the name "Pet Boglin," but it's totally possible I could just be making that up). Beyond that, I couldn't tell you exactly what the particular line of these caged Boglins was named, or how many different figures it included.
Speaking of caged, that's part of what makes this guy so cool. How great is it that he comes with a chain and a little plastic cage that snaps shut, so you can keep him contained from wreaking havoc when you have your back turned? I also love the expression mine has. He sort of looks dazed and confused.
And that's about the extent of my knowledge about this toy. I'd love to find out more details about the line. I'd especially like to see a packaged example of one of these Boglins.
Have any of you out there ever encountered a Boglin of this variety?