The Kids Dig The Doo-Wop…

Goodnight sweetheart, well it's time to my day job as Head of Children's Programming...

Goodnight sweetheart, well it’s time to go…to my day job as Head of Children’s Programming…

I am convinced that Bowzer from Sha Na Na was the head of children’s programming for every network in the 80’s…well at the very least he had to have been in charge of cartoon theme songs. Don’t believe me? Check out the inordinate amount of doo-woppin’ that was going on…

Seriously…what in the bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang ba ba ding a dong ding was going on?

The Fonz is a fan of Jason Liebig

Happy Days Fonz Pinball Table

At every thrift store and antique mall I visit, I always search every nook and cranny to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I found this gem hiding in a back area that I had almost missed. The seller had just finished cleaning it up and had put a price tag on it moments before I stuck my head around the corner.

These Fonz-branded pinball tables were made by Coleco and sold in the mid-70s. While they were mostly plastic and of course scaled down in size from real pinball tables, what kid wouldn’t want to hang out with the Fonz while playing the silver ball?

Happy Days Action Figures

While out and about, I recently ran across a complete set of Happy Days action figures.

I hate when I run across something “new”, thinking that it’s “old”.

The giveaway, of course, was the URL written on the back of the packaging.

Over at you can find not only these figures, but lots of other classic 8″ figures as well (for about the same price than I found them at the antique mall).

Wishing Happy Days Were Here Again

If I made a list of top five favorite sitcoms of all time, Happy Days would be on that list. It may not be recognized for snappy writing but I think it’s the sitcom that is the most fun. It’s certainly iconic.

After the recent post of Happy Days memorabilia photos I started kicking myself for never owning a single Happy Days item back when the show aired on prime-time television. While a lot of collectibles were release during the 1970s, like paper dolls, lunch boxes, puzzles and board games. However, the best was the Mego toy line. It was simple, small and managable. By sticking with Fonzie, Richie, Ralph and Potsie as the only action figures, Mego was able to have the core group of the Happy Days gang on the market.

The retro-style releases from the mid-2000s from Classic TV Toys had these four characters plus variants and others from the show like Chachi, Joanie and Al. I’m not sure these additional characters would have sold well back in the 1970s.

In addition to the action figures Mego released two vehicles. The main vehicle in the Mego line was a working version of Fonzie’s Motorcycle. Since this vehicle was integral to the character it made perfect sense for it to be a toy for the action figure. The Evel Knievel toy line had proven that a toy motorcycle could be successful.

The next vehicle available for the Mego action figure line was Fonzie’s Jalopy. Any fan of Happy Days knows that this is Ralph Malph’s car not Fonzie’s. However, I understand needing to use Fonzie’s name to brand the toys.

Then to complete the Mego toy line was a playset of Fonzie’s Garage. I don’t understand why Fonzie’s Garage was the choice for a playset. Arnold’s Drive-In makes more sense. That setting was shown more than Fonzie’s garage ever was.

A second runner-up to the Mego toy line are the Happy Days pinball machine and video game. You wouldn’t think Happy Days would lend itself to any type of arcade experience but here are two. Granted the pinball machine is one of those produced for home use rather than the arcade.

Anyone of age ever own any Happy Days merchandise? How about a lunchbox, coloring book, paperback novel, or collector glass?

Happy Days Collectibles – 1976 to 2011

John Tenuto, sent me a link to his wonderful Happy Days Collectibles photo group on Flickr the other day and I was instantly brought back to my days in front of the tube watching this show. The group has 52 photos of collectibles ranging from dolls to autographed photos. Flickr is a great way for people to share their collections online, so I encourage everyone to pop over and check out the Happy Days memories.

Photo All rights reserved by John Tenuto