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Lakeside superflex gumby moc nos cases

i was asked a question again at gumbyland about how to identify an original lakeside gumby bendy toy, so i thought i'd answer here so people who search can refer to it in the future ~

Gumby lakeside bendy nos

first of all, if you want to be certain you're getting an original lakeside gumby or pokey bendy from the 60's, you can look for one 'on card' (still in the original package) but i've seen these go on ebay for $75+, so be prepared to battle other bidders.. these are nos: a new old stock superflex bendy fresh out of an old unopened lakeside case ~

Lakeside superflex gumby moc nos

here's pokey, you can click on the photos to see the larger size ~

Lakeside superflex pokey moc nos

these 2 had some real wear so i was able to snag them for under $20 each ~

Gumby pokey lakeside bendy toys

an original gumby or pokey bendy feels different than the more modern ones, the rubber is.. well, rubbery-er.. lol, less smooth, & pokey is a dark red. pokey gets orangier & they get more plastic feeling in the later versions. gumby's eyes are smaller, his headbump is pointier & his thumbs are prominent. there's a 60's date on the back and usually 'lakeside ind. inc. made in hong kong'..

Lakeside gumby & pokey bendy toys

mark ~

Lakeside gumby mark

another ~

Lakeside gumby bendy   Lakeside gumby bendy back

Lakeside pokeys
pokey has a little 'smile mark' on the bendy & the bitty..

Jeep set lakeside bendys
these original lakeside bendys came with the jeep playset & are almost identical to the packaged ones.. 

Jeep gumby back lakeside
the identifying mark on the back ~

Vintage lakeside pokey bendy 1965

this pokey has a lakeside ind inc. 1965 marking ~

Vintage lakeside pokey bendy 1965 x

original lakeside bittys follow much the same pattern ~

Lakeside gumby bitty

Lakeside gumbitty   Lakeside gumbitty back

then there are the jesco versions that came in the 70's & 80's ~ also made in hong kong..

Jesco gumbys

jesco bittys ~

Jesco bittys   Jesco bittys back

jesco became trendmasters in the late 80's ~ gumby's headbump became smaller, his thumbs stubbier, pokey's mane is now up over the front of his forehead & his eyes are blue ~

Gumby trendmasters bendys

Gumby trendmasters bendys back
made in china..

in the 90's jesco/trendmasters transitioned to the prema toy co. ~

Gumby jesco to prema    Gumby jesco to prema back
toys will have both company marks on the back..

Jesco prema gumby bittys   Jesco prema gumby bittys back

slightly smaller than most bendys is the applause version, he is a different shade of green & looks off to his left ~

Prema gumby bendys   Prema gumby bendys back

prema/applause ~ identifying mark is on gumby's right foot ~ made in china..

Mystery gumby x

same with the bitty version ~

Mystery gumby 3

from 1989, he's a tad taller than other bitties at 3 1/2" tall ~

Mystery gumby 1

i've found the applause toys to be less common ~

Gumby trendmasters prema bendys
there are bittys, bendys & giant bendys ~

 Prema pokey bittys
& pokey's pupils are black again ~

other contemporary makers include the nj croce co. & playskool (ri) ~

Gumby anniversary bendy

50th anniversary bendys ~

Pokey anniversary bendy

60th anniversary collector's edition gumby ~

60th anniversary gumby bendy 7

2016 pokey looks a shade redder ~

Gumby the 60s dvd set volume 1 pokey

playskool bittys ~

Playskool gumby pokey bittys   Playskool gumby pokey bittys back

there are lookalikes that are often keychains, kid's meal prizes or game pieces, sometimes by 'sher stuff', 'applause'' or 'art clokey' ~

Gumby other

i call these my mystery gumbys, i don't know whether they are originals or counterfeit or what, but they are super-rubbery & have no identifying markings, almost like they're homemade. the bittys may have been coin-machine prizes?

Counterfeit gumbys

update ~ check out the comments here! as it turns out, these unmarked bendies may actually be the rare 1964/1965 original clokey productions released early superflex bendies? ~ thanks, gumboflexo!

    Counterfeit gumbys back

another one ~

Vintage lakeside gumby bendy 1965 x

he's a little beat up ~

Vintage lakeside gumby bendy 1965

saving possibly the best for last ~

Early gumbys

here are some great examples of gumby rares ~

Rare unmarked early gumby 1

this is a nice vintage rubbery gumby that looks like the first lakeside superflex toys but has no marking at all ~

Rare unmarked early gumby x

& rarest is this pre-lakeside gumby from 1964 ~

Gtc gumby 2

he was made by the gumby toy company by art clokey before all the others, found in the la area ~

Gtc gumby

as you can see by the tiny gtc mark on the back of his left foot ~

Gtc gumby x

g.t.c. & a copyright c in circle above ~

Rare gumby toy company superflex bendy toy

this is not even going into all the side characters that are available ~

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see also: gumby bendys & bittys & pokey bendys & bittys

disclaimer ~ these are just my best observations as someone who has been collecting gumby stuff for a long time, so if you note any mistakes or can add anything to this guide, feel free to let me know. for now, i hope this helps..

have a gumby day!
ghost & toxic

UPDATE!! Clarification from Joe Clokey ~

Great Blog Bren!

Here's the different bendables over the years:

1964-1968 60's shape Gumby. First a Run by Gumby Toy Company, and then all the rest by Lakeside toy Co. licensed by Clokey Productions. This, and all bendables were designed by Art.

1976 - A special "Super-Flex". This had a unique shape were Art combined the 60's design of the body and made Gumby's bump and face more like the '57 gumby. This is the most rare bendable, except for the run before Lakeside.

mid 70s - Jesco makes a run, the first of which look like the 60's gumby's, I think they used the old lakeside molds, then by the late 70's the new more modern design was produced and sold through the early 80's.

80's - I have to do some checking on this, but I think Playschool made some bendables, then by the mid 80's NJ Croce started making them. The modern shaped gumby is what these are like.

90s - Trendmasters makes the bendables.

Late 90's to present - NJ Croce makes the bendables.

2005/6 - Prema Toy (Clokey Productions) designs a 50th anniversary retro Gumby Bendable with a shape like the 60's Gumby character and a blister card with that period in ode to.

Soon to come a new 60th anniversary bendable made from the '57 Gumby mold. The first time ever!

relevant link

update: fellow gumby collector gumboflexo, who has commented here in the past, sent me this great lineup of various gumby models starting with the 1964/65 clokey/lakeside and the basic lakeside styles through 1973 (a few are missing because they are still mint in packaging :) ~

Vintage Gumby Superflex

check out the subtle differences over the years, i'm fond of the slightly wider eyed version in the middle, which is the one i have at the top of this post :) anyone feel free to share information here, please leave comments regarding molds & models, markings etc as we still don't have a definitive list of all the old bendys that were available.. 

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