There were 25 regular fridge magnets made by Giftware,
and one limited edition.
For a while, the regular editions were mounted upon
"Wrong Trousers" yellow packaging, then "Close
green packaging took over, before a generic blue
design was brought in. Here's the complete range:
Shaun the Sheep
The Wrong Trousers The
on the Train Gromit in
Wallace in Armchair Cyberdog
on the Train Shaun in Treacle
Penguin with Slippers Sheep
Gromit in Raincoat Gromit
Gromit in Kennel Wallace
on Motorbike The
in Big Apple
how the company refer to "the Penguin" in
their titling, as opposed to "Feathers"!
you're tracking down the set you'll note that the
original "Motorbike" magnet features Wallace and
driving at us, face on. "Motorbike 2" features
driving past at an angle. The difference isn't all that
most interesting of these regular editions was
the "Lost in Big Apple" Yellow Cab design. This
celebrated the famous news story concerning the
loss of two original Wallace and Gromit figures, whilst
Nick Park was on a promotional tour of the States.
It also seemed to be a little harder to find in stores.
THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE VISIT
The most desirable of all Giftware's magnets was the
This was a limited edition created to celebrate Nick Park's
CBE, and it depicted Wallace and Gromit in top hat and tails,
bound for the Palace in their motorbike and side-car.
Only 500 of these were made available via Aardman's
store in 1998. They cost £2.49 each
(+ shipping). Of course, they were all snapped up
very quickly, and hence sold out long ago!
Notice how Gromit is holding a copy of "The Sun".
This tabloid has always had a particularly close
relationship with Aardman...
As Giftware's range grew, editions were grouped together
in packs of 4. Just like the single pieces, the packaging
varied between "Wrong Trousers" yellow packaging,
"Close Shave" green packaging, until the collection was
repackaged in blue as 6 separate packs, containing 24
of the regular edition magnets.
Here are those final 6 sets:
Wendolene, Shaun the Sheep,
Gromit Knitting, W&G on Motorbike
Penguin on the Train, Gromit on the Train,
W&G Porthole, Wallace Head
Gromit in Raincoat, Wallace in Armchair,
The Wrong Trousers, Pilfering Penguin
Cyberdog, Shaun in Treacle,
The Scarecrow, Gromit in the Aircraft
The Clock Cleaner,Gromit with Bowl,
Penguin with Slippers, Gromit in Kennel
Motorbike 2, Sheep Wash,
Wallace with Sheep, W&G Cameo
Funnily enough, the missing magnet was that
"Lost in Big Appple" edition!
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