ToysBulletin.com takes a look back at one of the best selling toys from the 50s.
Occasionally, Toys Bulletin likes to do a nostalgic review of a toy or game from years past. Today, we are going to take a brief look at the world of Davy Crockett.
Davy Crockett, born in 1786, was a noted frontiersman in the 1800s, and most famous for helping defend the Alamo, where he died in 1836. But in the 1950s, his fame grew to even greater heights. “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter,” starring Fess Parker, premiered on ABC’s “Disneyland” TV show on December 15, 1954. It was an instant hit. That first show was quickly followed by “Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” on January 26, 1955 and then “Davy Crockett at the Alamo” on February 23, 1955. After all three episodes, of what was considered to be TV’s first mini-series, had aired, the Crockett phenomenon grew to epic proportions, and Walt Disney himself could not believe his good fortune. Seeing the success of the series, he immediately capitalized on the show by licensing the distribution and sale of all kinds of Davy Crockett paraphernalia. It seemed that every kid in the country had watched the shows, and everyone wanted a “coonskin” cap, a Crockett rifle (which Davy named Old Betsy), or maybe the biggest prize of all a “Leather Fringed Jacket.” The line of toys and other merchandise quickly included outfits for girls, games, plastic play sets, lunchboxes, furniture, pillows, bedspreads, tents, records, boots and lots more. The list would rival the volume of Star Wars toys available today.