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Throwback Thursday: Some figures from my childhood in East Germany. The mechanic and fireman are similar to Playmobil, having hands that can grab accessories.

The others are just made from gum. A ship captain & a police man at the left, at the right a taylor (from the fairytale?) & a robber and the two guys in the middle are Moritz and Max from the Wilhelm Busch Max & Moritz comics. No idea if they are known outside of Germany: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_and_Moritz

With all those figures, I have no idea who the maker is, where are they from or if there are more, but I have known them all my childhood. I actually also had several of these mice, everyone called them Mickeymouse but at the time I had no idea why! That picture is from the net, not mine. No idea where mine are. I had white, yellow, brown and green.

[livejournal.com profile] hamsterwoman Are these the same mice we once talked about?

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Date: 2017-04-27 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hamsterwoman.livejournal.com
YES, they are the same mice, I'm pretty sure! (They were called Mickeymouse in Russia, too, when, of course, we had never seen the real Mickey Mouse.) That was the first thing I noticed about this post :D

The figures in the middle, the characters, look really neat! I don't think we had anything like that, but I would've loved playing with them if we had. (Still jealous my son got to grow up with action figures of favorite characters, and random "people", and I didn't...)

Date: 2017-04-27 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dieastra.livejournal.com
That's so funny that we lived kilometres apart and in different times even and yet can talk the same stuff! That's time travel! LOL

I guess the other kids might have actually known about the real Mickey, we were able to watch Western TV when on vacation (or even just living up the hills in Dresden), but I literally had no idea. I also once made a huge fool out of myself with some other figures - that my mother had brought from Hungary when she was there as a teenager, and she called them Franz and Adelheid, as the people she visited were named like that. Then someone told me that this actually is Fred Firestone and Wilma. I insisted that no, they are Franz and Adelheid! D'oh! LOL

Yes, I actually like those figures as well! They're tiny, only about 2,3" and a bit random - two professions, two fairytales and two comic characters. I once tried to find if there are more, they sell lots of GDR stuff on Ebay, but everyone only had the same like me. I mean, it would make sense to have more characters in the lines?

I don't remember playing much with them, but I often looked at them and studied the details. Like I did with my rubber Indians and Cowboys. Early signs of a figure collector ;)

Date: 2017-04-27 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekslave.livejournal.com
Yeah, those first two look like Playmobile toys, like ones I used to play with.

Stacey

Date: 2017-04-28 09:08 am (UTC)
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They're awesome!

I had Lego as a kid, and i loved playing with that. Still have it in our shed (I wouldn't let my parents get rid of it XD).

Date: 2017-04-28 09:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumfelga.livejournal.com
None of those toys look any familiar to me, but it's amazing you still have them.

Date: 2017-04-28 10:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] owensheart.livejournal.com
these are lovely, I collect vintage toys and have some from my childhood also, I also have a Youtube channel where I show and review my toys.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnJicuYTH5z2lcfSGpOCkCw

If yo fancy having a look.

Date: 2017-05-09 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharp2799.livejournal.com
Mickey Mouse used to look like this! I've seen the old, OLD cartoons and he gradually changed.

Date: 2017-05-09 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dieastra.livejournal.com
But in East Germany, all things from the West were frowned on. Officially we were not supposed to watch their TV or wear their clothes. I did get some used clothes from my aunt and it was fine, but if there had been the American flag on it or something it might have been trouble.

Also, as funny as this sounds, we were not supposed to bring plastic bags into school. We did not have plastic bags, not like you do get for free everywhere now. And often they had advertising of Western brands on them. So if we used them, we were supposed to turn the inside out to hide it. Everyone wanted those plastic bags, it was cool to have them. Really stupid! Now I fully agree to get rid of them and let people bring their own bags. Better for the environment. East Germany definitely did not throw so many things away.

So, the question is, if this is supposed to be the real Mickey Mouse, how did it come to our neck of the woods? I think more likely it is a knock-off, just like the fake Playmobil figures or also the fake LEGO I had.

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