Monday M*A*S*H Discussions offers fans the opportunity to offer their opinions on a wide variety of topics relating to M*A*S*H. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. My hope is these discussion posts will continue to elicit comments in the weeks and months after they’re initially published. Have a suggestion about something you think might be worth discussing? Let me know and maybe it will become my next Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topic.
Today’s topic: Do you collect M*A*S*H memorabilia?
Toys and Books and Plates, Oh My!
20th Century Fox issued more than 500 licenses to companies to produce M*A*S*H items. There’s a M*A*S*H vodka dispensing system, M*A*S*H bed sheets, M*A*S*H puzzles, M*A*S*H post cards, M*A*S*H pins, M*A*S*H beer, and M*A*S*H pajamas. There’s even a M*A*S*H model train.
During the 1970s, however, there were only a handful of items available for fans to purchase. In 1975, Durham Industries released two action figures (Hawkeye and Hot Lips) as well as a toy helicopter and motorcycle. For some unknown reason, 20th Century Fox waited until the early 1980s–when M*A*S*H was winding down–to start churning out memorabilia.
I’m a collector of various things, including comic books, TV tie-in novels, and the occasional pressed penny. I have a modest number of items relating to M*A*S*H but I don’t consider myself a true collector of M*A*S*H memorabilia. I have a number of books about the series, a complete set of trading cards, a t-shirt, and some CBS promotional material. Plus, the Martinis & Medicine complete series DVD set. Perhaps I’ll share my collection in another post.
Are you a M*A*S*H memorabilia collector? Do you have a room in your house dedicated to M*A*S*H items? Do you scour eBay daily looking for deals? Or are you happy just watching the show without owning anything M*A*S*H-related?
Hit the comments with your thoughts.