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Christina
12-06-2011, 03:33 AM
So I'm trying to prove my husband wrong. He thinks that the all-knowing FSU won't be able to help me. I'm trying to identify this character bank. I think it looks like old-school Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, but I'll be darned if I can find anything else online that looks like this (http://i852.photobucket.com/albums/ab83/Chredd1234/Ebay112011004.jpg).

It's marked 1971, Play Pal Plastics Inc. I've googled it and googled it and I know this company made Disney piggy banks, but this doesn't look like any Disney character I know.

Yes, I'm putting it on ebay, and I'm being shameless about picking y'all's brains:slinkaway:

agalisgv
12-06-2011, 03:57 AM
It looks like Grover from Sesame Street to me

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=KAn&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1440&bih=710&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=pHMByJlz5ZHYWM:&imgrefurl=http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/File:Grover_sesame_place_plush.jpg&docid=Z6kdT3dJfG9wwM&imgurl=http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110405000452/muppet/images/4/4d/Grover_sesame_place_plush.jpg&w=667&h=894&ei=BJLdTvLpD-jHsQLPoNnyBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=551&vpy=317&dur=149&hovh=260&hovw=194&tx=134&ty=177&sig=102912695006641608499&page=2&tbnh=153&tbnw=114&start=22&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:22

Southpaw
12-06-2011, 04:01 AM
That's what I was thinking - Grover.

agalisgv
12-06-2011, 04:02 AM
::high fives Southpaw::

We know our Sesame Street stuff :smokin:

znachki
12-06-2011, 04:03 AM
I don't think it's Grover. It's teasing my mind, but I can't quite pull it out.....

can you take another pictudure from a lower angle?

Southpaw
12-06-2011, 04:05 AM
It's definitely not Cookie Monster, he wouldn't be carrying a flower.

But Grover would.

Prancer
12-06-2011, 04:10 AM
Another vote for Grover.

skatemomaz
12-06-2011, 04:11 AM
I was thinking Grover, but there isn't a big pink nose, and the eyes are wrong.

numbers123
12-06-2011, 04:17 AM
I searched online for sesame street character banks. Only one that looks remotely like it is a cookie monster one. But not identical. Lots of references to bank savings/financial institutions teaching finances to kids so perhaps a special one developed for a particular bank?

Matryeshka
12-06-2011, 04:21 AM
It's not a character. It was a promotional set for Traveler's Insurance bank. They didn't have names.

I think the whole purpose was to scare people into putting money into a bank instead of those things.

my little pony
12-06-2011, 04:21 AM
someone else had the same question last year

http://www.icedteaandsarcasm.com/2010/11/found-at-parents-house-cookie-monster.html

per wikipedia, before grover had a pink nose, he had a red nose and greenish brown fur

znachki
12-06-2011, 04:24 AM
I don't think that the folks at either Henson of CTW would've let one of their characters be done so poorly, and I don't think that Playpal would've done such a poor job either. I keep seeing a Sat am kids show in my brain, but can't quite get a handle on it. The flower in the stomach is a clue, because I think that there were several different characters kind of like it.

Southpaw
12-06-2011, 04:33 AM
I don't think that the folks at either Henson of CTW would've let one of their characters be done so poorly, and I don't think that Playpal would've done such a poor job either.

I dunno, I kind of remember tons of crap like this when I was a kid that kinda-sorta looked like familiar characters. Just enough to make them feel like the characters, but not enough to provoke the payment of licensing fees. Not that I knew anything about licensing fees back then. I was very young and innocent and knew nothing about IP lawyers.

Prancer
12-06-2011, 04:35 AM
It's not a character. It was a promotional set for Traveler's Insurance bank. They didn't have names.

I think the whole purpose was to scare people into putting money into a bank instead of those things.

It is a rather unattractive object. :shuffle:


I dunno, I kind of remember tons of crap like this when I was a kid that kinda-sorta looked like familiar characters. Just enough to make them feel like the characters, but not enough to provoke the payment of licensing fees.

You got the fake Barbies, too, huh?

agalisgv
12-06-2011, 04:40 AM
just curious, but is it really necessary to identify the character for an online auction? you could say it bears a resemblance to grover or cookie monster, but you aren't sure if it's really an official version of a sesame street character.