There have been several ranges of Wombles soft toys over the past four decades. The classic BBC TV series spawned a wide selection of merchandise including cuddly toys – from Pedigree in the 1970s through to Rainbow Toys in 1990.
Then the Wombles were relaunched in 1998 for the new ITV series, with slightly different outfits and some additional characters, leading to a vast new range of spinoff products. More recent toys have continued to use these designs – for example, Orinoco now has a black band around his hat, Bungo and Wellington wear shirts, and Madame Cholet’s apron and hat are yellow instead of plain white.
This is my collection of Wombles cuddly toys. The older items are second-hand, while many from 1998 onwards were bought brand new.
* Talking Orinoco (Rainbow Toys) says: “Is it teatime yet, Madame Cholet?” / “I’m not fast asleep!” / “Oh I am glad I worked so hard to tidy this up!” / “Do you know, I don’t feel very hungry any more.” / “Oh, Wellington, oh thank you!” / “Daisy buns, my favourites!”
* Talking Uncle Bulgaria (Rainbow Toys) says: “Tidy up this dreadful rubbish!” / “We Wombles do so much to keep everything clean.” / “I intend to take drastic action.” / “Jump to it, young Wombles!” / “Why don’t you lend us a paw?”
For more toys, see Gill’s collection in the Womble Burrow.