Friday, October 17, 2008

Give-A-Show-Like Products!

OK, one more day before I post the checklist for the next Give-A-Show set...

The Give-A-Show Projector wasn't the only toy of its kind; it wasn't even the first one!

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Here's the Flashy Flickers toy, which used King Features characters and a filmstrip format.

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While Chad Valley had the Disney license for the UK, in the USA, it was the Magna-Slide people who produced these slides featuring the Disney characters!

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I don't know if the Magnajector pictured above is related to the Magna-Slides.

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Disney Give-A-Show-like slides were also produced by Sawyers Tru-Vue, which seems to have some relationship to the View-Master people... Pictured above is a set I won! The Tru-Vue slides were much smaller - about 1/4 to 1/3 the size of the Give-A-Show slide area!

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And here's the Fortuna slide projectors, which were a knock-off by a Hong Kong company, also known as Spectrum outside the UK, I think. These were also scaled-down from the Kenner product!

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Here's another model of the Fortuna projector!

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And just for comparison, here's a knock-of of the View-Master Projector, which may hav been made by the same people!

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Here's an item going way back... if you've been a follow of my blog "Random Acts of Geekery," you've seen the "movie viewer" type toys, which came with a strip of film you'd feed through, and then look through a view-finder to watch. The above projector used similar film, and I'd say it's definitely a precursor to the Give-A-Show Projector!

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This is the oldest item similar to the Give-A-Show Projector I've seen... it's a 1935 Dux Kino, and I don't know if the 1935 is the year it was produced or a model number of some kind!

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I don't know if this is a knock-off or actually licensed, but that projector design looks awfully close to Kenner's original design!

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Just because Kenner discontinued the Give-A-Show Projector in the early 1980s doesn't mean other company couldn't do similar products! This Bandai toy from Japan certainly seems to use similar principles!

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As I said, Kenner may have discontinued the Give-A-Show, but copies of it continue to pop up here and there! Look at this refill pack above... that's definitely the Give-A-Show format, and when I find a photo of the projector that went with it, that should look familiar too!

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