Michael’s Pets Bubbles the Chimp toy

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2015-06-26 10:40:21

The Michael’s Pets Bubbles the Chimp toy is a plush stuffed toy based on Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee Bubbles.

 

Background

Michael Jackson’s love of animals and menagerie of pets was well documented, and in 1986 a range of toys was released by the manufacturer Ideal. Called ‘Michael’s Pets’, the toys were co-created by Jackson himself and a portion of each sale was donated to a children’s charity.

The range was based on many of the real-life pets kept by Jackson at the Neverland Ranch. These were:

  • Bubble the Chimp
  • Cool Bear (based on Jackson himself)
  • Jabbar the Giraffe
  • Jeannine the Ostrich
  • Louie the Llama
  • Spanky the Dog
  • Mr Bill the Security Dog
  • Suzie the Bunny
  • Uncle Tookie the Frog
  • Muscles the Snake

Each of the toys worn a different outfit, and came with an audio cassette tape with the ‘voice’ of the animal telling a story and singing songs.

The Ideal Michael’s Pets Bubbles the Chimp toy

The Bubbles toy measures 12” tall, and is dressed in a blue uniform similar to that of a pilot. This includes a blue jacket with gold buttons and trim, a white shirt, blue tie and a white captain’s hat with the official MJ crest.

How much is a Michael’s Pets Bubbles the Chimp toy worth?

The toys in the Michael’s Pets range are fairly rare and sought after by collectors, although Bubbles is probably the most common as he was the most well-known of all the pets in real life.

Toys in good condition, still displayed in their original packaging and complete with their entire outfits and cassette tapes can sell for around $40 - $60 on auction sites such as eBay.

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