Mar 8, 2013

Flipper Toys

When I was a kid in the 1960s, the Saturday or Sunday night tv series Flipper (1964-67) was a great source of beefcake, about two boys, their Dad, and a dolphin in the Florida Everglades. I thought Sandy (Luke Halpin) was too skinny, but Bud (Tommy Norden) had a bodybuilder's physique, and Dad (Brian Kelly) was nicely built, with a hairy chest.

Unfortunately, the Flipper toys usually emphasized the dolphin rather than the beefcake, and the figures at the edge of the picture were bizarrely drawn.

For example, this Flipper lunch box: what is that liquid shimmering on the two boys who look nothing like Bud and Sandy?  They look like contestants in  a greased pig contest.

 And this tie-in novel: why are both the redhead and the blond, who are drawn as several years older than Bud and Sandy, facing away from the viewer?  So we can't tell that they're stand-ins?

This puzzle depicts Bud as somewhat less muscular than on tv, and with the face of an elderly grandmother.

The Flipper comic book series lasted for only three issues.  They all had nice photo covers, but even as a kid, I thought the artwork inside inept.

f you wanted to see the real Bud, Sandy, and Porter Ricks, not a crazy artist's rendition, you had to wait for the show to be rerun.

See also: Sandy Ricks in Trouble


  1. I believe "Flipper" was on Saturday night and Luke Halpin was a heart (and another part) throb of mine.

    BTW just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have promoted it on FB and will eventually on my blog Focus On The Rainbow.

    Presuming you and I are both in the boomer range it's great to look back at the stuff we grew up with and putting a gay (or Bi in my case) spin on things.

    1. It was on Saturday night during its initial run (1964-67), but I don't really remember it. I don't remember much before 1966. But later in the 1960s, I watched on Sunday nights just before we had to leave for church, probably local reruns.

  2. According to "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present", Flipper aired on Saturday nights from September 1964 until September 1967, then was on Sunday nights from January 1968 'til September of that year.

  3. Oh how I wish Flipper was on reruns like other TV shows of the time! I may have to find some sets on DVD to get my Sandy Ricks fix!


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