Monday, February 27, 2017

Doctor Dolittle (Mattel)



Doctor Dolittle
Mattel
1967

Doctor Dolittle began his fictional career in the 1920 "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting. His love for animals results in a menagerie of household pets that scare off his human clientele. This leads to his inevitable loss of wealth. However, after learning to speak to animals from his parrot, he takes up a veterinary practice.

Since then, Dolittle has had many adventures in the pages of books, and on the small and big screen. One of his most famous iterations was the 1967 live action film which featured Rex Harrison as Dolittle.

It would be this iteration that the 1967 Mattel line would be based on. Unfortunately for fans, it was short lived. The series features just one character - Doctor Doolittle, and one creature, his Pushmi-Pullyu.

Doctor Dolittle

For those looking to purchase this figure mint in the package, be sure it has its cellophane wrap. The wrap is incredibly fragile, and as such, finding one in true mint condition can prove difficult, but not impossible.

There were two versions of the Pushmi-Pullyu. One features a pack in of the Doctor Dolittle figure, while the other is just the animal.



For its age, it's surprising that the figure of Doctor Dolittle is neither rare nor valuable. Sealed in the box versions have sold for as little as $15.00, with the highest being no more than $30.00. The Pushmi-Pullyu is a little harder to come by, and sealed with the figure can sell for as much as $150.00. The individual creature sells for around $30.00.

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2 comments:

  1. I find it interesting that they made the parrot fuzzy to give the impression of feathers, rather than molded plastic. the furry pushmi-pullyu is also interesting. I don't necessarily want to own one, but I would love to see one up close

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