December 28, 2012

SECRET SQUIRREL FIGURE

Secret Squirrel was a Hanna Barbera cartoon spy, who made his debut during the spy boom in 1965. Voiced by veteran actor Mel Blanc, the character was packaged with Atom Ant and other shorts until 1968. Known as Agent 000, he got his missions from Double-Q (voiced by Paul Frees) of the International Sneaky Service. Secret's assistant was Morocco Mole, voiced in Peter Lorre-style by Frees. Secret Squirrel made a brief comeback with new adventures in 1993's Super Secret Squirrel. The design of Secret Squirrel took on the classic conventions of the private eye and wartime spy characters of the past. Like Lancelot Link, another animal/spy for children's programming, he rejected the jet-setting, suave fashions of James Bond and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for easily understood spy symbols: the trench-coat and fedora. Warner Brothers and Jazwares teamed up a while back to create a series of posable toys based on classic Hanna-Barbera characters, including The Flintstones and The Jetsons. The series included this nifty Secret Squirrel figure, complete with camera and pistol! Toys R Us currently has a number of these figures on their shelves at close-out prices. Happy Hunting!

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