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Pee Wee Herman "Wherefore art thou, Pee?" By Euphrates
Pee Wee was like David Lee Roth; you either loved him or you hated him.
For those of us who loved the campy character and the swell Playhouse
shows, he is greatly missed. For those of us who loved Pee Wee and
love toys, read on!
In 1987/1988, Matchbox made figures based on Pee Wee's Playhouse and Pee Wee Herman movies. The Playhouse figures are about 6 inches tall with crude articulation but great likenesses. The movie figures are plush and much taller including a 17-inch mute and 17-inch talking Pee Wee.
The toys have a retro feel to them. The talking Pee Wee uses a pullstring rather than a chip. Many of the 6-inch figures are windups. Even the packaging for the Playhouse features a small boy playing with the set who looks like he is right out of the early '60s!
The Matchbox vinyl Playhouse is my personal favorite from the line. The color and design are stunning, and a bunch of the features of the TV Playhouse were faithfully replicated like
the talking floor
The figures and accessories, although not very poseable, still look great in the house.
Here is a list of the Matchbox releases and some of the other Pee Wee related collectibles that I have seen:
Pee Wee Toys by Matchbox
Other Pee Wee Collectibles
These toys were dumped by stores after Pee Wee's alter-ego's incident. The toys were marked down to "get-'em-outa-here" prices. Despite this, the Pee Wee market is quite healthy today with many of the carded figures going for $15-$35. The Miss Yvonne is one of the hardest to find and regularly brings $45-$50.