One of my earliest “Vintage Toy Finds” as a kid was digging through the back part of “Pinnochio’s Toys” around 1980, the 1970s were alive and well there, Mego Planet of the Apes play sets, Big Jim dolls,  Aurora models and this oddity. At nine, I had no concept of who Flip Wilson was, his show ended when I was four and my mom just said “Oh, he was funny”.

 So I was sort of confused by this doll of a cross dressing man. At the time, I would have no idea the significance of this piece, one of the bigger releases from a company called Shindana.

About The Author

AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Meatball on November 10, 2010

    I STILL have one of these! The voice mechanism doesn't work, but it's still very cool. Plus, I'm old enough to remember Flip Wilson. 🙂

  • rob! on November 11, 2010

    What. the. hell.

  • Umbratikus on November 11, 2010

    Hey, I had one of these, too. I was in, like, 2nd grade. My parents did watch the Flip Wilson show, so I knew who he was, but I don't remember if I started paying attention to the show because I had this or the other way around. My favorite thing he said, well, that Geraldine said was, "I smell a rat, and its coming from YOUR direction."

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