Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Hey, hey, hey! It's Fat Albert!
Awful name - Just awful. Can you imagine? People come up to you, "Hi, I'm Tim Drake." You respond, "Oh, hey, I'm Fat Albert!" Where do you go with a conversation from there? Because Tim's probably going to give an awkward, "Oh...Nice to meet you," then point somewhere behind you, and say, "I'm needed over there...ish."
Poor attempts at humor aside, Fat Albert is definitely a staple in the terms of iconic cartoon characters. The character and his gang are all the brain children of Bill Cosby - Though most of you probably already knew that. The original show premiered in 1972, and ran through 1985 for a whopping 110 episodes as well as four specials. As to why the show ended after it's eight season run, well, that's probably because by 1984 Mr. Cosby was gearing up season 2 of his instant success The Cosby show on NBC. Let's just assume he really didn't have a lot of free time at this point anymore.
Over the past several decades, Fat Albert and the gang have had their share of toys, but none were as fabulously designed as Sababa Toy's 2005 line. Unfortunately for the newly developed toy manufacturer, the general public didn't necessarily care about them.
Why create a line based on Fat Albert in 2005, when the show hadn't been produced since 1985, and though still in syndication was in few and far between blocks? That's answer is the 2004 Fat Albert movie starring Keenan Thompson - Which in truth wasn't terrible.
With an all new feature length film finding a fairly strong foothold in the box office, it kind of made sense to try and spark some interest in the original renditions of the characters. Again though - It didn't pay off. The end result was a very small line of just four figures - Far from FA's full cast of compadres.
These days Sababa Toys is still producing items here and there, but they tend to stay out of the action figure game. Their niche is more geared towards manufacturing wholesale licensed merchandise such as a Nintendo themed Uno set. Sadly, the majority of it isn't all that impressive.
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