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Lesney Muffin the Mule



Muffin the Mule was Lesneys first TV related model as the puppet was the star of his own BBC childrens TV show which was naturally called "Muffin the Mule", The contract to produce the Muffin puppet was owned by Moko who approached Lesney to make the puppet for them,
Lesney made a ten piece muffin which consisted of the two halves of the head & neck, the two halves of the body, the rear legs and the two piece front legs, The model was fully articulated and it was suspended on four strings which had die cast finger rings at the ends.
Muffin was painted white with a red saddle and harness and was liberally trimmed with black paint to the hooves, ears sholders, mane and eyes and with a touch of gold trim to the saddle and the harness to set it off,
It was packaged in a white box illustrated in red yellow & black which like the model made no mention of Lesney but it did have Moko because they had put up the funds for this model to be produced.
By all accounts the model was a very good seller and many were sold but the project came to a sudden and unexpected halt in 1955 when the presenter of the TV show Anette Mills died and the TV show was shelved.
Although Muffin was not a wheeled model like most Lesney toys he is still sought after by Lesney collectors, It is not that hard to find but mint and boxed Muffins are few and far between so fetch high prices.


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Lot 113 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Moko Muffin the Mule - white and black body, red and gold harness, original strings - Excellent in Good box. Estimate: 120-140 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 80


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Lot 682 Matchbox Toys - July 11th, 2006 Lesney Moko Muffin the Mule Finger Puppet complete with original finger rings - Good Plus in generally Good Plus all card box - still a nice example. Estimate: 180-220 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 160

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Lot 3339 Matchbox Magic 15 - May 17th, 2006 Matchbox early Lesney "Muffin the Mule" Finger Puppet - Good in Fair but complete box (lid tape repaired). Estimate: 130 -150 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 90


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Lot 809 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Early Lesney "Muffin the Mule" finger puppet - off white, black, red, gold trim - Excellent Plus in Excellent lift off lid Moko picture box. Estimate: 200 -260 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 360

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Lot 939 Vectis USA - December 8th, 2005 Moko. Early Lesney Toy: white Muffin the Mule w/puppet strings to operate issued 1951 (chips). (1) Lot Condition: C. Box Condition: U Estimate: 60 -75 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 50

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Lot 858 Early Lesney & Moko Toys - September 6th, 2005 Moko Muffin the Mule Finger Puppet complete with original finger rings - Good Plus in generally Good Plus all card box. Still a nice example. Estimate: 200 -240 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 200

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Lot 401 Early Lesney Toys - September 8th, 1999 "Muffin the Mule" - presentable C - complete with four brass finger rings - in D to E box Estimate: 80 - 100 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 90