|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',Napoleon Solo, as played by Robert Vaughn.)
|Mata Hari,Lancelot Link, and commander Darwin.|
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!|
My doll has a replaced right arm.
|"Taxi!" It's not the original, but it comes in pretty handy when he needs to hail a cab.|
The right arm on these dolls is occasionally missing, or at least broken off. The arm originally had a spring loaded mechanism which allowed the arm to raise, and shoot the cap firing pistol that came with the doll.Those were the days, weren't they? Dolls came with guns, and the guns actually fired and could blow your hand off. Now that's what I call fun!
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:Napoleon Solo and April Dancer. The series was originally to be called "Ian Fleming's Solo".While the Napoleon 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 Napoleon'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!