NEW ANDY PANDA AND OSWALD

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Who says they don’t make ‘em like they used to? Everything old is new again… Over at Ain’t It Cool News they’ve got some nice pics from the N.Y. Licensing Show of a new vinyl toy of Oswald Rabbit (above, left), displayed at the Disney Booth. I’m still trying to figure out what rights Disney got to Oswald. In addition to the 26 Disney silent cartoons, they also got the merchandising rights. I assume that Universal still owns the Lantz and Winkler Oswald films… which pretty much dooms them to obscurity forever.Speaking of Lantz, Electric Tiki continues to make some great mini statues and maquettes of classic characters. This Andy Panda (above right) is based on Dick Lundy’s 1946 cartoon, The Wacky Weed, though the design is styled after Freddy Moore’s later model. And take a look at this mini-maquette of the early, psychotic Woody Woodpecker! I’m ordering mine today.(Thanks, Thad)