Mickey’s 60th Anniversary Gumball Machine

Mickey. An Anniversary. And gumballs. How could this post get any better? Well, what if I add pictures?

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Or, what if I added gumballs?

Mickey made his big screen debut as Steamboat Willie in 1928 and then did a few other things before reaching his big 60th Anniversary in 1988. Of course, Disney wanted to make a big promotional thing out of this milestone, so they put the mouse in a tux and…

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… rolled out lots of themed merchandise!

I haven’t collected many pieces from this promotion because I don’t like the logo or Mickey in a tux all that much. It felt very 80’s (running shoes with a tux?) and so now looks very dated (pastels much?)

Mickey 60 Logo

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Made by Superior Toy and copyrighted in 1987

If you look closely you’ll see that something is missing from the above stamping. We have ‘Made In’ but not a country! There is a bump following ‘in’ (which you can’t see in the picture) but no wording. A mystery as to why no point of origin was included.

My father picked this gumball machine up for me and then I needed a place to put it. Some time earlier I had purchased a Disney movie display stand which was missing its center piece from the top canopy. And so:

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It may not dispense popcorn, but…

Mickey is now pushing 90 and so in just a few shorts years we will have a whole new batch of anniversary merchandise. I wonder what he’ll wear for that one?

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