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2009/74/1 Puggle soft toy in a bag, red / blue, synthetic textile / plastic / metal, Mattel Toys, United States of America, c. 1983. Click to enlarge.

Puggle soft toy in bag by Mattel Toys

Made
Puggles are the young of Australian marsupials: platypus and echidnas. Soft toys based on them were part of a range of toys and literature that were sold in toy shops in the early 1980s, and then at a chain of themed gift-shops/children's party facilities in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America, that immersed children in a mythical world set in the Australian bush. The gift shops were called The Lost Forests, and they were located across New South Wales, Victoria, Melbourne, …

Summary

Object No.

2009/74/1

Object Statement

Puggle soft toy in a bag, red / blue, synthetic textile / plastic / metal, Mattel Toys, United States of America, c. 1983

Physical Description

Soft toy, Puggle in a bag, cloth / plastic / metal, made by Mattel Toys, United States of America, c. 1983

The Puggle is covered in soft, red cloth. Two plastic buttons represent the eyes, and plastic whiskers are sewn into the snout. The Puggle is filled with small synthetic beans to give it shape.

The sleeping bag is made from soft, blue fabric. It has a hole cut into one side, reinforced with a metal ring. When placed in the sleeping bag, the Puggle's snout can be pulled through the hole. A red cloth tie is present - it has been removed from the top hemming of the sleeping bag.

Dimensions

Height

180 mm

Width

130 mm

Depth

120 mm

Production

Notes

This toy was manufactured in the United States of America by Mattel Toys, c. 1983. The Puggle is a character in a series of books called 'Puggle Tales' written by the late Australian rocker Billy Thorpe and guitarist Tony Barber. Thorpe and Barber consulted for Mattel toys on the design of Puggles toys.

History

Notes

This Puggle soft toy was given to the donor when she was in her late teens. She was at a stage in life when she could appreciate the cuteness of the toy, but was too old to actually play with the toy. Although the Puggle was displayed on a shelf with other toys of the donor's childhood, it remained in good condition - having never really been handled in the manner a younger child would.

The donor gifted the toy, along with other objects from her childhood, to the Powerhouse Museum in 2009.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Nicole Balmer, 2009

Acquisition Date

14 September 2009

Cite this Object

Harvard

Puggle soft toy in bag by Mattel Toys 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/398501>

Wikipedia

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