Saturday, October 18, 2014

Doctor Who Showbags

I was looking at one of our photos from the Sydney Royal Easter Show. And I got excited because the photo is of showbags, and it came to my brain that there must be Doctor Who showbags.

I went to look at the list of showbags and was quite disappointed to see no Doctor Who there.

Why is that? Is Doctor Who less popular in Australia than I imagined?  Or do they only do licensed characters that would appeal to very young children?

I'm going to look at what they do have in terms of popular culture/licensed characters....

There's Abby Cadabby, Adventure Time, Angry Birds, Barbie, Batman, Ben 10, Betty Boop, Care Bears, Despicable Me, Diego, Disney Princess, Disney Fairies, Disney Planes, Doc McStuffins, Domo, Dora, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Furby, Green Lantern, H20, Hello Kitty, How to Train Your Dragons, Jake and the Neverland Pirates Bag, Justice League, Little Miss, Loony Toones, Transformers, Mickey Mouse Club, Minnie Mouse, Monster High, Octonauts, Pac-man, Peppa-Pig,  Pokemon, Phineas and Ferb, Scooby Doo, Sesame Street, Skylanders, Smurfs, Smurfette, Sofia, Sons of Anarchy, SpongeBob, Ninja Turtles, Muppets, The Regular Show, The Wiggles, Thomas the Tank Engine, Thundercats, Transformers, and Spiderman.

I guess all those things are more popular than Doctor Who in Australia. Or they're more popular with the people who buy showbags. At first I was leaning towards believing my hypothesis that showbags are geared towards young children. And most of the things I listed are for young children. But there are several showbags I didn't list...well, because I was only listing popular culture character types.  Several of the ones I didn't list are geared towards teens and adults—sports stuff, beauty stuff, music stuff, etc.

Maybe it's not about how popular something is, and it's more about whether the company is willing to provide the material for the bags. Maybe some kind of deal needs to be made between the BBC and the showbag company, and one of the parties isn't interested.

I'm wondering if there are Doctor Who showbags at other shows in Australia. Though I did Google before and the only thing I found was this 1978 showbag.  Oh! There's also a 1982 one. I didn't see that before.

There might have been others, and they're just not featured on the internet.

Well, whatever the reason there is for not having Doctor Who showbags, I definitely think the world would be better if things changed and Doctor Who showbags became a reality.