Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introducing Kenner's 1975 Dave Club Scout

Dave Cub Scout by Kenner, 1975 arrived in January 2010, NRFB, still attached to box liner.

Dave is not a newly-arrived doll. After discovering I had not documented his January 2010 purchase in photos, his first photo shoot took place yesterday.  Those photos are the purpose of this blog.

Dave's 2010 cost of $32, his retail value, and other pertinent information were entered on row 11 of the 2010 page of my doll inventory Excel workbook, as shown below in a filtered screen snapshot:




As indicated under the description column, Dave is a 9-inch articulated action figure/doll dressed in full official Cub Scout uniform.  The colorful box graphics include images of Dave on the front and back of the front-side flap, on both side panels, and on the back.


In this image on the lower right front and side, Dave holds a metal bucket and Craig, the other Cub Scout, holds gathered wood.  The boys are preparing to set up camp.
The back panel includes a large image of Dave.  In-box images of the four scouts in this line are below Dave's larger image.  They are Steve Scout (Caucasian), Bob Scout (African American), Craig Cub (Caucasian), and Dave Cub.

An outdoors scene with a diverse group of scouts setting up a camp site creates the left side panel and back-of-front-flap graphics.

I appreciate the individuality Kenner created for each scout and cub in this series.  Certainly using the same names for the scouts and same names for the cubs would have defrayed costs. In addition to their own unique names, each figure's name is printed on its box.  That required additional cost to the company as well.  What was customary for doll companies to provide in the past is a rarity in today's market.


After removing Dave from the box (still attached to the box liner), I discovered his 16-page Cub Scouting & You booklet printed on newsprint.   I took photos of the booklet cover and four of the pages.  (Click or stretch, if necessary, for a better view of these below.)

The booklet cover features an illustration of Craig and Dave.



Steve Scout, Bob Scout, Dave Cub, and Craig Cub are illustrated above, left.

Accessories and uniforms for all four scouts were sold separately, as indicated above, left.

Drummer Boy was Dave's separately sold, Historic American Series uniform.  It included drum and strap, drum sticks, boots, knickers, jacket, shoulder pouch, and tri-corner hat.  Frontier (a fringed buckskin-like jacket and pants, moccasins, coon skin hat, belt, and Flintlock rifle) was Bob's Historic American Series extra uniform.  Patriot and Out West were the names of Craig and Steve's extra uniforms.  Patriot included shirt, knickers, vest, boots, tri-corner hat, and Flintlock rifle.  The booklet describes Steve's extra western uniform as:  shirt, jeans, belt, cowboy boots, neckerchief, cowboy hat, and rope lariat.

Before returning the booklet and Dave to his box, Bob Scout paid him a brief visit wherein the two engaged in the following brief dialogue.

Bob:  Little Man, do you think she's ever going to free you from this box?

Dave:  No.  I think I'll be strapped in forever.  You're lucky she found you without a box or you'd probably be stuck inside too.


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12 comments:

  1. Aww! He's so cute. Kenner had a great idea with those scouts. By then other than GI Joe and some male dolls from Chips (I think it was) there were few dolls for boys- or girls- who wanted more adventurous figures. Did they also make Girl Guides?
    I was wondering, when you leave a doll in a box, do you have to put acid-free paper around it to protect the doll from degrading chemicals?

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  2. Hi Maricha,

    I don't believe Kenner made girl guides or scouts. Other companies did. Effanbee was one company that made scout dolls. I have a Girl Scout, Brownie, and Blue Bird by Effanbee. See them here.

    I don't use acid-free paper for any of my dolls. It might be wise to do so, but I haven't had any problems thus far. The NRFB dolls are on shelves.

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    1. Wow! I discover so much about dolls on your blog :-)
      These two posts are so interesting.

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    2. Thanks again, Maricha! I hope the discoveries will continue.

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  3. LOL, I feel a little bad for him after his conversation with Bob.

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    1. Yes, he's one of the many unlucky ones that I have chosen not to disturb fro their manufactured state.

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  4. Dave is so cute, and he and Bob look so cute together. I'm feeling a little sorry for Dave stuck in that box. :)

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    1. You ladies are making me feel a twinge of guilt.

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  5. Free Dave, free Dave! That is what the dolls here are chanting after they saw this post! Poor little fella, he wants out! LOL!

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    1. Oh my, Phyllis, your dolls are making my guilt over Dave's imprisonment rise. Please assure them that he'll be okay.

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  6. Wow, how cool it is to see this Dave, the Boy Scout. I'm on the fence about him getting detached from the box, he just so perfect. My Silkie want to come out of their boxes but I just can't do it,lol.

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    1. Thank you for understanding, Brini. Bob (the Boy Scout) broke his neck by my allowing him to fall off a shelf more times than once. He has been since repaired but he will never be the same. I would be devastated if something like that happened to Dave if I were to remove him from his box. Just knowing I have him (and I "could" remove him if I desired) works for me.

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