Friday, September 30, 2016

#727 SCHLEICH – FERDY PVC FIGURES (1986)


Ferdy is a not so popular cartoon aired in Spain at the end of the 80s. The series tells the adventures of an ant named Ferdy (Ferdinand) and a few of his friends: a ladybug, a spider and several insects.

The series is a co-production of Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom, and it was aired for the first time in 1984. It is based on several books written by the Czechoslovak author Ondrej Sekora and whose main character is Ferda Mravenec (which translated something like: Ferda, the Ant). The series knew a certain success in many European countries, but also in far away countries like Iran or Indonesia.



Since the series was also aired in Germany, Schleich made 6 different figures from the show. All are marked with the copyright from 1986, but some are made in Germany and other in Portugal. Probably the figures made in Portugal have another earlier version made in Germany, like it happened with the Smurfs (see #543).



From the six characters made by Schleich 3 are easily recognisable, but to the other three I cannot give the proper names. Maybe some friend out there can help me?
  • Ferdy (Ant)
  • Gwendoline/Laura (Ladybug)
  • Arambula (Spider)
  • Sniffy (Bug/dog?)
  • Gobbler (Green Bug?)
  • Woody (Brown Bug?)


Of course there were other characters in the TV series, but these were the only manufactured. It would have been quite cool to have the grasshopper, but I guess the cast for this figure is technically complicated with its long legs.



I could buy the complete set at once for a reasonable price. It is not one of the series I like most from my childhood days, but still something I watched every now and then, when it was on TV.
FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: FERDY, GWENDOLINE, ARAMBULA, WOODY, GOBBLER and SNIFFY
  • Year: 1986
  • Company: Schleich (Germany)
  • Size of the figures: Around 5 cm

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