Post by countzackula on Oct 30, 2014 8:34:45 GMT -6
Okay, here goes...I had two...well, between me and my brothers we had two or MAYBE three of these back in the 80s. I say that because my memory is a tad fuzzy. I could not remember the name of these for the life of me until I happened across an eBay auction and my memory was reopened once more! I love a good visual memory cue, don't you? At any rate, that seller kinda wanted a lot for one lone figure...even after I made a couple offers. No offense to said seller. One can ask whatever price they please for their own property. At the very least, I had a name and a manufacturer to go on. I tried a search and was only able to come up with a Japanese collector's website with some carded photos.
Later...I once again stumbled across an eBay auction with two of these critters for a MUCH cheaper price...MUCH cheaper. That's more like it! I'm usually an opener of toys, but in some rare cases, I keep 'em packaged. These, I'm keeping in the packs for now due to the awesomeness of the card art. That, and being a one-time owner of these, I KNOW they do NOT stand up very well.
I believe it was my brother that owned the standing one...hard to remember. I know we had the sitting/splitting one too and maybe the lying one. As you can see, there are SIX made. I hope to find all, preferably loose.
Made by Pastime Toys in 1986. Basically these guys are like a cross between a frog and a sea slug. Made of solid painted soft plastic. The name is kind of a play on "polywog". There ya go!
Here’s a look at the three Poly-Ogs that I have. I never tried to get all six of them. I remember buying just one when I first saw them on sale (can’t remember when that was) and got the other two mail-order from that wacky Archie McPhee company in October 1989. McPhee probably bought up the remainders from Pastime and sold them through their catalog for $1.50 each. The problem was that orders were filled randomly, so you never knew which figures you would get. I tacked on two Poly-Ogs to a large order of other stuff and got a duplicate of the one I already had, although the color scheme was completely different! Note that the colors of my loose duplicate are rather faded after being displayed in the sunlight for a few decades!