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From Mr. D: The figure you have was sold by the name of "Whiffle". It was a "stand alone " project in that it was not a part of any series of characters nor was it in any of the Maher Catalogs. We sold it via a small sell-sheet insert (right).The date of 1983 would seem to be correct.
As I recall, Whiffle came about as a result of a conversation I had with Craig about vent figure's mouths that "turn in their own groove" (as some call it). This is when the shape of the face along side the mouth is perfectly circular with the mouth axle positioned in what would be the center if the mouth went full circle. By placing a ball into the clay as he sculpted the face, Whiffle was created, beginning with his mouth! He was the first of the Lovik figures created with this feature. A number of others followed, but memories of Whiffle's "birth" have always warmed my heart.