Toys by the Australian agency, Jakas, are highly regarded as collectables on the Australian market.
They started manufacturing in 1954, and these earliest teddies are fairly uncommon. All of the joints have been moveable, with glass eyes and constructed from mohair. Kapok was used because the stuffing.
By the Sixties artificial fur and plastic joints and eyes have been in use. Costs for the toys have been subsequently lowered, as these supplies have been cheaper than the normal ones.
The distinctive Jakas teddy, with outstretched arms and typical embroidered face, was launched within the Sixties. Unjointed, they did bend on the hips, so as to have the ability to sit. An in depth vary of toys have been additionally made, all with the everyday face and included canines, bunnies, and poodles. A wheeled vary of animals comparable to bears and horses was made in each a pre-walker and a walker dimension. Teddies have been made in lots of sizes, typically mild brown probably the most well-known being Large Ted. Pyjama circumstances have been additionally fashionable!
As did Pleasure Toys, Jakas couldn’t compete with the inflow of cheaper Asian toys from the Seventies onwards, although it did cut back the standard and prices, in an try to remain in enterprise. Within the Nineteen Nineties Jakas was compelled to shut its doorways.
The early Jakas bears are normally not labelled. These from the Sixties say ‘Jakas Toys. Wash In Lukewarm Lux’. Later ones merely say ‘Jakas Toys’
The very earliest mohair teddies can fetch as much as $1000. Seventies artificial ones, although, might be purchased for as little as $20.