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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!
Here's the Flashy Flickers toy, which used King Features characters and a filmstrip format.
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!
I don't know if the Magnajector pictured above is related to the Magna-Slides.
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!
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!
Here's another model of the Fortuna projector!
And just for comparison, here's a knock-of of the View-Master Projector, which may hav been made by the same people!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
...I've got a thing or two to get off my chest, so bear with me.
If you're a collector of Give-A-Show Projectors, you've probably gone onto eBay a time or two to try and find items that are missing in your collection -- heck, I check it pretty much daily! -- and I'm sure there's been a few times when you've seen the starting bid or buy it now price on an item and thought, "Who the heck would pay that much for that thing?"
I'm guessing nobody is willing to pay those prices, and the reason I say that is because -- as I said -- I check eBay reguarlly, and ever since I started collecting, I've seen some items listed (especially in eBay Stores) for about as long as I've been collecting, all with ridiculously high prices, and they're not being sold.
Like, for example, a Bionic Woman Give-a--Show set with an asking price of $99. That is an obscene amount of money to ask, especially when there's another one listed for half that price (not that I'm planning to pay that much, either... I think $30 would be my top price, and that's only if shipping is $10 or less).
And then there's the people selling individual slides... Now, I can *almost* see asking $3 for a single slide strip, because if that's all your missing in your set, it might be worth it. Almost. I've only bought one single strip on eBay, and that was $1.00 for a Frankenstein Jr. strip with reasonable shipping.
But how about $10 for one strip, especially one that I have as part of a complete set I bought with package for $30 including shipping? It's ridiculous.
Don't even get me started on some of the other prices I've seen... in July, someone listed a 1981 Scooby-Doo set with beat-up box with a starting bid of $100. And the Star Wars sets, especially the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi-related ones, routinely ask for $250 or more.
Even if I won the lottery, I wouldn't pay that much for a single Give-A-Show Projector set. Not even the Chad Valley Planet of the Apes set only sold in the UK (That one, I might go $100 tops on, but that would be only if, as I implied, I won the lottery).
So, if you're a collector, even if you have money to waste, please don't fall for those overinflated prices. Even if that's the one item you need for a complete collection. Be patient, wait for someone else to list it at a more reasonable price.
These four slidestrips were designed to be used with the special Kaleidoscope lenses provided with this 1963 set. Since I don't have a complete set with both lenses, and don't have any way at hand to simulate the effect, you'll just have to settle for this for the time being!