I was driving in Hollywood last week when I saw Snoopy lying on the road.
That is, the toy pictured above had been tossed on the street in front of a garbage can. Now I'm not generally a fan of picking crap off the street. But I am a fan of (1) Peanuts, (2) toys, and (3) free stuff.
Even from my car, I recognized this version of Snoopy as his 60's/70's incarnation, making it a vintage toy. I doubled back and rescued the dog.
Upon closer inspection, Snoopy was in remarkably good shape. No dings or dents, and the paint job was mostly intact. Imprinted on the bottom of his left foot was: © 1958, 66 UNITED FEATURE SYND and the logo of the manufacturer (either "KTC" or "KTE").
I could only find one online reference to this particular toy; an toy store says it's from 1969 and is charging $45 for theirs.
But there's no way my new favorite toy is ending up on eBay. It found me for a reason, and it's staying with me.
Up next: The restoration effort begins!