Here's a short guide on how we restored this early Marx "Blame-Its" figurine.
Most collectors have heard of the Marx "Nutty Mads" line of figures produced in the early to mid sixties. These were hard plastic figurines that were inspired by various Mad Magazine comic figures and also the "Rat Fink" figure made popular by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who licensed his designs into model kits produced by Revell. The styles eventually evolved into another line of Model Kits by Hawk called "Weird-Ohs", which depicted many of the Marx Figures. The concepts met with great success, and Marx expanded the line into several offshoots, including the "Weird-Ohs" series, the "Blame-Its" series and the "Cartoon Soldiers" series (better known as the "Nutty Generals"). The latter two series are quite hard to find in good condition, and while most original Nutty Mad figures go for under $20, the Blame-Its figures will usually sell in the $35 to $55 range if in original condition. If you find any of these early Marx 6" figures, be sure to check the base. The original Marx figures are embossed with the Marx Logo. Marx was sold in 1972 and many of these figures were reproduced later in Mexico, however they do not have the Marx logo. The originals are what are sought after and hold the value.
So we were pleased last weekend to find this "I Didn't Paint It" Marx Blame-Its Figure at a local flea market for a couple bucks. It was very poorly painted, but otherwise in pretty good shape with an intact sign post (these are usually broken of chewed off).