Topfair were amongst the very first licensees to get
onboard the Aardman train. Best of the bunch was one
of their earliest pieces, the splendidly illogical "Wrong
Trousers Desk Tidy". They also brought us 8 handsome
figurines and 2 stylish moneyboxes.
Collectors could easily confuse these with the Vivid
those came to us properly boxed and labelled,
whereas Topfair's beauties lacked any additional packaging
Boots was the first company to stock the Topfair range.
Indeed, for a time, they seemed to be something of an
exclusive range. However, several figures later found
their way into independent stores. Maybe these firms
got their hands on some of Boots' old stock? It's
nightmare to ascertain what's what.
Topfair may also have been the folks behind Boots
range. But alas for us, there are simply
no identifying labels on the figures, so we can only
speculate for now...
Wallace & Gromit Desk Tidy
This incongruous creation stood 8 inches high, and
was fashioned after those infamous "Wrong
Though it was billed as a desk tidy, it served very little
function at all, being simply a paperclip holder. A little
packet of coloured paperclips sat on top of the statue.
Gromit Money Box
Another 8 inch high creation, handsomely sculpted,
and sporting a slot in the back for your pennies, and
a stopper beneath for their retrieval.
Shaun Money Box
Again, another beautiful money holder.
These were top quality figures, standing up to 4 inches
high. Wallace and Gromit were first, with Feathers,
Wendolene, Preston and Shaun joined the line. "Wallace
Window Cleaner" and "Gromit with Raised
Ears" were the
For some reason, Feathers wasn't identified by his name.
Topfair billed him simply as "Penguin". Here's
Gromit with Raised Ears
Wallace Window Cleaner
Shaun the Sheep