Hooks :: Plush

"They hug and cling to almost anything... especially you!"

Hooks were produced by Mattel in 1987-88. They were plush animals with long, curly arms, legs, ears etc which could hook around things and came in three sizes.

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"Meet Trunk the elephant, leader of the Hooks and his three lovable friends. They love to hug and be hugged! Their favourite place to hang is around a child's shoulders or arms. Kanga Ruth kangaroo has her own special pouch, while Ditto Bird parrot comes in bright colours. Deer Me reindeer has colourful hook antlers."

There were four large Hooks, measuring 12 to 14 inches high and each came with a sixteen page storybook. There was also at least one colour variation produced too.

Deer Me [Reindeer] Trunk [Elephant]

Kanga Ruth [Kangaroo] Ditto Bird [Parrot]

Colour Variations

Pet Hooks

"Three wild animal favourites with a new twist! Dixie Bear, Melodee Monkey and LeRoy Lion plush pets have hook arms, legs, ears - even hook tails! They're cling-happy friends who love to hang on you! Hook them on your arm and carry them everywhere... they're portable pets. Or hook them on your bedpost to decorate your room! About 8" tall in bright colours and a soft, furry feel."

There were actually four medium sized Pet Hooks, measuring about 8 to 10 inches high or long. The elephant can be seen in the publicity shot above but wasn't mentioned for some reason. If anyone knows its correct name please contact me!

Dixie Bear LeRoy Lion

Melodee Monkey Elephant

Lil' Hooks

They're furry, they're fun! They're clingy and swingy! Six colourful animals small enough to go everywhere. Hook them to your wrist for a bracelet. Or hook them together for a fun necklace! Hook them on your backpack and take them along. Wherever you are, that's where they want to be."

There were six small Lil' Hooks, measuring about 5 1/2 inches high.

There also appear to have been at least two colour variations produced, with slightly different coloured hooks.

Big Cheese [Mouse] Chicky Baby [Bird] Chugga Bug [Bug]

Curly Squirly [Squirrel] Lollie Hop [Rabbit] Sneaky Snail [Snail]

Colour Variations

There also appear to have been at least two colour variations produced, with slightly different coloured hooks.

Big Cheese Chugga Bug

Other Hooks

These three Hooks must have been later additions as they weren't mentioned in the 1988 Mattel catalogue. They are quite different from all the other hooks so maybe they had their own group name too. If anyone knows their correct names or any other information please contact me!

Fox Raccoon Skunk

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