Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Target Pick Your Pack, the first 6, are now part of my collection.

These first showed up on Ebay right after Memorial Day, the first 6 packs from the Target Pick Your Pack series. The seller wanted $3000 for a buy in now price and started an auction with a 99 cent opening bid. I was the high bidder at $43 but the reserve was much more than that. The seller relisted them at $1500 for a buy it now and an auction with the starting bid set at $375. The week passed but there was no one willing to bite. For his third listing, the seller took a gamble. 99 cent opening bid, no reserve. I patiently watch the auction till the last few moments. With only a few seconds left and the high bid at about $32, I placed my bid of $90. Turned out I didn't need to go that high, I won the auction at $41.27. They now belong to me, I have been looking for these for a long time.

Here they are on my desk. This leaves only 3 more boxes that I need to have the complete Pick Your Pack series. I still need Awesome Autumn, Spring Fling and Summertime. The wait for those to show up some day on Ebay continues. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

4 new color names released.

Crayola recently release a new set of scented twistables crayons, Silly Scents. The set includes 4 new color names, 6 are carry overs from the Silly Scents from the 90's and 2 are current names. The new names are Beach, Fruit Punch, Green Apple and Root Beer. Although new to Crayola, they have been used by other manufacturers.

Colors are beach, blueberry, cherry, coconut, cotton candy, fruit punch, grape, green apple, lemon, licorice, orange and root beer.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Back in February I posted about 2 new additions to the Target Pick Your Pack series here. I have acquired 4 more packs in the series. This makes a total of 6 new packs. There is allegedly 2 other new packs out there but no one has posted any proof yet. One of the new packs also contains the recently retired dandelion crayon too.

Aero Fetch! contains bittersweet, brick red, cadet blue, copper, denim, fern, fuzzy wuzzy, goldenrod, mauvelous, mountain meadow, plum, raw sienna, sepia, tan, timberwolf, and yellow orange.

Ballerina Twirl contains almond, apricot, blush, canary, carnation pink, cornflower, inchworm, lavender, melon, piggy pink, pink sherbert, periwinkle, spring green, wisteria, and 2 unnamed glitter crayons.

Mermaid Tales contains b'dazzled, Caribbean green, cerise, cerulean, cotton candy, gold fusion, manatee, metallic seaweed, peach, purple mountain's majesty, salmon, sea green, sheen green, shimmering blush, yellow and 1 unnamed glitter crayon.

Treasure, Ahoy! contains antique brass, aquamarine, asparagus, black, burnt orange, dandelion, eggplant, forest green, maroon, metallic sunburst, navy blue, scarlet, silver, sonic silver, tumbleweed, and white.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Crayola announced that a replacement for dandelion is coming. It will be a newly discovered shade of blue. There is a contest to name the new shade of blue, it can be found here. I worked on 20 possible names, only 2 of them had not been previously submitted. Good luck naming the new color.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Crayola retires the color dandelion.

Crayola announced on March 30th that the color dandelion would be retired from their lineup. It was a fairly recent addition, it was introduce with 7 other new colors back in 1990. Crayola has stated a new color will be added to the basic 120 color palette. No indication was given of the new color or when it would become available.

The sad apart about this is there are some people out their that think all the dandelion crayons are going to disappear overnight. There are listing on Ebay asking ridiculous prices for dandelion crayons. $950 for a used crayon, $1000 for a new box of 24 that just happens to contain a dandelion crayon. There are 10 or 12 others, the prices are still stupid. There are still millions of boxes of crayons on the store shelves with a dandelion crayon inside. These aren't going anywhere till they are sold. Some think that just because a color is no longer made it must be valuable. Not really. An example is the color flesh. There are still thousands of flesh crayons out there, Crayola made millions of them. It will be many many years before flesh become "rare".

Monday, February 20, 2017

New Crayola crayons at Target

Stopped by my local Target today and found 2 new boxes of Crayola crayons. The back lists them as part of the Pick-Your-Pack series, there is no markings on the front like previous versions. I also noticed the paperboard used for the boxes is thinner than previous boxes of Crayola crayons. There was an empty hook between these two suggesting there may be a third box.

This is the Bubblesaurus package. It contains banana mania, brown, chestnut, desert sand, gray, green, green yellow, macaroni & cheese, olive green, pacific blue, purple heart, shadow, sunset orange, tropical rain forest, wild blue yonder and wild strawberry.

This is the Sparkle Party! package. It contains dandelion, jungle green, mahogany, mango tango, razzmatazz, royal purple, turquoise blue, vivid tangerine and 8 unnamed Glitter crayons.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I am going to post some information about the number 72 boxes of crayons sold by Crayola. There is some confusion about when specific boxes were sold and I hope this helps. This post is a response to an Ebay seller that is selling a number 72 set and claiming it's from 1958. I pointed out to the seller that the set was actually from the late 60's, his response was I didn't know what I was talking about. The seller claimed the booklet with the crayons was dated 1958 so the crayons were from 1958. The booklets are copyrighted 1958, this is true of all the booklets included in the number 72 sets through the early 70's. Book stores sell lots of brand new books with copyrights from years ago.

This is the first number 72 from about 1958 or 1959. Not many were made, they are rather difficult to find. It contains 72 crayons but only 64 colors, that is all Crayola made at the time. Addition black, blue and red crayons were added to make 72.

This is the second version of the number 72, it was sold from 1960 to 1962. This is the first set with the booklet copyrighted 1958.

This is the third box, similar to the second with a bigger window. It was sold from 1963 to 1966.

This is the fourth box in the series. Gone is the window, it also reflects the updated packaging used by Crayola at the time. Still only 64 colors, it was sold from 1967 to 1972.

The fifth box in the series finally went to 72 different colors with the addition of the 8 new fluorescent color introduced by Crayola in 1972. One can also tell if the set is an early or late version of this series. The fluorescent crayons in the early version had black wrappers, in the later versions the fluorescent crayons had colored wrappers. This was also the last number 72 to included the coloring booklet. This set was sold through 1976.

Crayola made some changes for the number 72 set in 1974. Instead of the paper slots to hold the crayons, this set came with three boxes of 24 crayons and 4 plastic stands for the crayons. A new 16 page project booklet replaced the previous booklet. This sixth version of the number 72 was sold from 1974 to 1978. Sales of this set overlapped the previous set.

This is seventh and final version of the number 72 set. It's basically the same as the previous set, just a new box design. This set was sold from 1979 to 1984 when Crayola upped the number of crayons to it's largest set to 96.  72 crayon sets after this set came in a plastic crayon holder and were no longer referred as the number 72 set.

I current own 5 of the 72 sets, I don't have the first or last set. 3 of them are unopened too. I would like to thank Ed Welter for much of the information used in this post. Visit his site here.