About 25 years ago I used to visit the local Wakefield Car Boot Sale here in West Yorkshire. It was the first real place I started to look for vintage toys.
As it was the beginning of me catching the toy bug I was excited as hell. I used to buy all sorts of old toys in those days. It all helped me learn. One such oddment was a hard plastic caterpillar wearing a hat. It would have been around 1991 when I found him in a box of He-Man figures.
I never found out anything more about this caterpillar until I saw the very same one last week mint and carded in Toys R Us! That's a quarter of a century later!
Turns out it's a birthday candle holder and not really a toy after all. Sometimes cake decorations seem to straddle between the two genres and the best example is of course our chums the LP astronauts, both cake toppers and vintage toy spacemen in one.
So here is the caterpillar I saw this month in a German branch of Toys R Us:
It now joins the a long list of mystery toys I've found which are no longer mysteries.
Have you got a mystery toy readers?