Friday, June 18, 2010

Blast from the Past #309: Frog characters for Playmates

I found this page with these two sketches in that same sketchbook from whence came "Blast from the Past" numbers 305, 306 and 307. It's not dated, but it's probably from the late 1980's.

Neither of these characters ever made it to the toy line, as far as I recall. -- PL


  1. lol, a fitting post considering the recent frog encounter you had lol.

  2. I love the genteel one. He's reminiscent of Kenneth Grahame's Mr. Toad.

    If he doesn't have a name I'd like to christen him Reginald.

    - Austin V

  3. Are you sure the one on the top isn't Genghis Frog?

  4. Yeah, the top one does resemble the Genghis Frog figure quite a bit. Same costume, the sunglasses, and similar stance. Different proportions though.


  5. These posts are always of particular interest to me, as a toy collector and designer. I think it's really cool that Playmates was receptive to your ideas for the line (even if they took 20 years, in the case of vac-metal Fugitoid). I love all these designs that you, Ryan, and Dooney submitted that didn't see production.

    Also, I agree with the other posters, the top one bears a very strong resemblance to Genghis Frog.

  6. The top one is Genghis! At least what would become Genghis I bet!
    The bottom one is Mr. Toad!

  7. "MrColinP said...
    Are you sure the one on the top isn't Genghis Frog?"

    In all honesty, I don't know. I suppose it is possible that in some way this sketch inspired the creation of "Genghis Frog", but I really can't say for sure... and I prefer not to take credit without that certainty. -- PL