I've always liked Pinocchio, even before I became a puppeteer. The Disney Pinocchio movie was one of the first incarnations of Pinocchio that I recall watching or reading about. There is also the stop-motion Rankin-Bass TV show "The New Adventures of Pinocchio" that I enjoyed as a kid.
However, I didn't start collecting Pinocchio toys and books until I was in my late 20's so this collection isn't as crazy as my Muppet memorabilia collection, or my Mego doll collection, but I have managed to find a few neat things which I think are worthy of being featured on a blog. Eventually I'll post pictures of all of my Pinocchio collectibles here, but for now I've posted a few items just to get things started...
Pinocchio, Walt Disney Productions, animated movie, 1940
The animated Pinocchio movie by Walt Disney established what has arguably become the most well known version of Pinocchio in modern pop culture. It's quite remarkable actually, that 75 plus years after it's debut the Disney film is still so well known. There are many, many versions of Pinocchio that have come and gone in that time, however Disney's Pinocchio is such a well done film that it has remained relevant for generations.
Below are some Disney Pinocchio items from my collection:
Pinocchio 5 inch bendy figure (Above left) I bought this at a flea market in 2013. It looks like it says PAI MFG Co. Ltd. on the back but the letters are quite small so I can't quite make them out. Unfortunately there's no date. Based on the way it's painted this toy looks like it could have been made between 1970 and 2013.
The matching Jiminy Cricket push puppet from this set has a Caucasian face instead of a green face, which is a bit odd, especially as he's standing on a green base which proves that they had green plastic available. Pinocchio's shorts are also green. Regardless, these are awesome vintage push puppets and I'm glad to have them in my collection.
Many thanks to Kevin for contacting me with some info about this puppet! He has a Mint in Mint Box copy of this Pinocchio and it looks awesome! I'm sooooo jealous!
Pinocchio 10 inch doll by Applause, 1990's