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Wearable Jonny Quest Items
Jonny Quest decoder ring from P.F. Flyers (B.F. Goodrich)
In 1964-65, during Jonny's initial prime-time run, P.F. Flyers ran a promotion that included a TV commercial
featuring our hero rescuing Race Bannon from the side of an erupting volcano, with
the help of their trusty magic decoder rings (and their P.F. Flyer shoes, of course).
All you had to do to get your own ring was buy the shoes, and send for the ring!
Pretty cool stuff! Even though the ads said "just like Jonny Quest uses on his TV
show" this was a pure marketing ploy, as the ring never was seen on an actual episode.
Of course, that didn't stop kids (including myself) from pestering our parents endlessly
until we got the ring (oh, yeah, and a new pair of nice white sneakers, too). I
do remember getting the ring (you had to send away for it) and using the letter
wheels to write secret messages (mostly to myself; I don't think any of my friends
had one). The top opened up to reveal a secret compartment.
See more info and images, including a
look at the instructions that came with the ring, and some advertising item images.
A storyboard of screen
captures from the commercial. (Thanks to Bob Perman!)
And here are the actual layouts
for the commercial!
The image on the left is from the Van Eaton Galleries
. They were asking (at the time) $US 95 for the item; other watches from the same edition
appeared for a time on auction sites like eBay, typicallyselling for $US 40-45.
The image on the right is from the collection of Dan Johnson. Click on image to see a larger image of the watch inside its
collector case which looked like a TV entertainment center. This watch was a limited
production item; only 2,500 were made.
Limited Edition Turner Jonny Quest Watch
This Jonny Quest Limited Edition watch has a rotating clock face that
from clock face to a
raised metal depiction of Jonny Quest and his dog Bandit
The clock face
has a three dimensional radial design located in the center of the
dial that changes as you move the clock face. Leather band. Judging from the
back of the watch
this item was specially produced by Turner, possibly for an
employee-recognition ceremony or similar presentation gift.
Another Jonny Quest Watch
We think these neckties were sold in the Hanna-Barbera Employee Store in the 1990s.
This was purchased in a Warner Bros. store in the fall of 1998; copyright 1996, made in China.
Jonny Quest and Bandit keychain, pin
Silver-plated keychain features Jonny and Bandit in classic kneeling and pointing
pose. Figure part measures 2 inches tall by 1 & 1/4 inch wide. Pin is same pose,
about 1-1/2 inches tall and wide, manufactured in 1993 by Zanti, Ltd., now discontinued.
Comico Jonny Quest logo pin
About 1-3/8 inches long, 1986 Comico. The logo is the same as that which appeared
on the comic books
About 1 inch long, 1987 Hanna-Barbera. (Thanks to Curt
Wiederhoeft for pointing out that this was available in 1987, not 1997 as had previously
Team Jonny Quest pin and stickers
There were also three "Team Jonny Quest" stickers each about 2-1/2 inches square.
(courtesy Scotty Phillips)
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