Going seeing early cartoons growing up and being puzzled by Betty Boop. Why was she so popular? She's black & white and her voice is funny. While i got older and commenced to understand "sex appeal" was, it developed a a bit more sense. In the end Betty Boop is voluptuous and knows it. Her outfits are created to showcase cleavage. In reality, she appeared topless (except for a lei) in a cartoon. Pretty hot stuff, eh?
Well, it it became decidedly hot stuff for 1932. Until that period over time, cartoons ended up, generally, tame. Betty, with her curves and her big eyes set another tone. Other female cartoon characters, Olive Oyl and Minnie Mouse especially, were practically stick figures. Same with it any wonder that males, on the watch's screen and off, were gaga about her?
The cartoon were built with a resurgence within the 1980s, which probably explains a few of the appeal that today's collectors have for that figurines. In the early 80s i felt like she was everywhere -- on bags and belts, towels and t-shirts, so that as figurines.
The figurine choices massive. There are hundreds of different Betty Boop figurines. Just about the most popular lines is the Calendar Girl collection. You will find them, used and new, on Amazon. They may be inexpensive at (usually) $15. There are several limited edition figurines out there and that i bet, with the 80th anniversary coming, that there is a whole bevy of special figurines to mark the occasion.
The figurines certainly are a popular gift for ladies named "Betty", so a number of the collectors I know appeared to have become collectors almost in self defense purposes! It's funny to imagine, but it's true. One woman I understand (and yes, her name is Betty) has what she calls her "Room of Boop" to carry all the items.
Betty Boop figurines illustrate a seminal aspect of figurine collecting -- we own a little bit of history when we possess a figurine. She's a bit of American film background and she lives in your home. This is a pretty cool thing, whenever you think about it.