Punch The Monkey!

Posted by Joe on May 9, 2011 in Advertising, Joe's Collection, Plush, Toys

One evening while procrastinating on the internet (no surprise there) I came across this blog post over at Operation: Write where blogger “Jaybird” reminisces about spending hours playing the “Punch the Monkey” game at the now defunct Treeloot.com to try to win the fabulous Plush Monkey prize.

I too, spent many hours fighting this evil tree, spending hours just to get to the mini-game only to get the same result.

Aww, Friend

I spent some time trying to track down a playable copy of the minigame, just so you could understand what one had to go through, but alas, even the Internet Archive hated that monkey..

After countless clicks, and days upon days of playing (no cash either by the way..) I finally scored enough hits on the Monkey to beat the game!

Sixty-Eight weeks later (It was over ten years ago, it certainly felt like that long) This arrived in my mailbox!


and yes.. it really did take me eight months to find it..

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Mr. Clean

Posted by Joe on Jul 17, 2009 in Advertising, Joe's Collection, Toys

This is the start of (what I hope to be) a weekly spotlight on a cool toy from my vast collection.  It might be something odd, rare, supercool, or just whatever I happen to have loaded onto my camera..

Today’s falls under the ‘odd’ category, and while I don’t think anyone would have purchased this item for a child, there certainly isn’t enough merchandise out there related to advertising characters! (a lot of what’s out there was never actually released for sale, and gifted to employees, given away through mail-in offers, etc. which makes most advertising characters worth a lot)

Mr. Clean debuted in 1958 and within six months his product became the best-selling household cleaner on the market.  He is now known worldwide for his cleaning products, so when looking for something to spotlight, this was obviously my first choice.

Manufactured in 2000 by The Noveltoy company.  Mr. Clean was limited to only 100,000 pieces produced (and is numbered on the front of the box)  Sadly it looks like the company went out of business before they could produce any other cool Mr. Clean merchandise.

Fun Fact: Mr. Clean’s first name is Veritably (which was chosen as the winner of a 1962 “Name Mr. Clean” Contest)

Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime
And grease in just a minute
Mr. Clean will clean your whole house
And everything that’s in it

Mr. Clean Action Figure by Noveltoy.  Produced in 2000.  Limited Edition 03061 of 100,000 UPC 814047001599

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