|This is not his original outfit, but an amazing recreation.In other words, I managed to find him a black turtle neck and black pants,similar to what he came in.|
|Those are some pretty intense eyes! His hair should have some yellow paint, but it's missing most of it.|
The doll was one of two from the series, made by Gilbert in 1965.
|Here you can see his neck markings, (which don't say 'Gilbert' at all!),and what's left of his yellow hair paint.|
The other doll was the actual 'Man From Uncle',Napolean Solo, as played by Robert Vaughn.)
|Mata Hari,Lancelot Link, and commander Darwin.|
The Man From Uncle was a spy series.(You may have often read me say how I grew up loving spies.) 'Uncle',which stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, was the agency Napolean worked for. And if that name sounds a little forced,well, it was. It was only thought up after they had already named the agency 'Uncle',and had planned to leave it unexplained. The idea was that people couple assume it meant 'Uncle Sam',or referred to the United Nations. But the show's legal department began to worry they might get in trouble for using U.N. without permission, and an explanation for the name was added.
The doll even came with a child sized 'UNCLE' Id card and badge.
|That's actually snow on his sleeve.|
|More snow on his chest...and a bunch of fuzz balls.I really need to shave his shirt.|
|I feel sorry for the poor, confused little guy trying to bloom already!|
|"Taxi!" It's not the original, but it comes in pretty handy when he needs to hail a cab.|
Spy shows were very popular in the 60's, what with the Cold War and all.The Man From Uncle was the first American series to take advantage of the success of the James Bond films. Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was actually involved in the concept,and suggested two characters:Napolean Solo and April Dancer. The series was originally to be called "Ian Fleming's Solo".While the Napolean character was used, April Dancer was saved for the (short lived) Girl From Uncle series, starring Stephanie Powers as April, and Noel Harrison, (son of actor Rex Harrison) as her sidekick.
Illya wasn't originally intended to be a regular character, but fan reaction to his appearance in an episode was so strong,he was added as Napolean's partner,on loan from Russia.
|Although he was played by a Scottish actor.|
|You are kidding me.|
If my internet will cooperate,they'll be another doll tomorrow,so see you then!