I remember seeing early cartoons maturing and being undecided about Betty Boop. Why was she quite popular? She's black & white and her voice is funny. While i got older and started to understand what "sex appeal" was, it developed a a bit more sense. After all Betty Boop is voluptuous and knows it. Her outfits are designed to showcase cleavage. In fact, 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 with time, cartoons have been, typically, tame. Betty, together with her curves and her big eyes set an alternative tone. Other female cartoon characters, Olive Oyl and Minnie Mouse most notably, were practically stick figures. So is it any wonder that males, on screen and off, were gaga about her?
The cartoon had a resurgence within the 1980s, which probably explains some of the appeal that today's collectors have for the figurines. In the early 80s i felt like she was everywhere -- on bags and belts, towels and t-shirts, so when figurines.
The figurine choices are massive. You will find hundreds of different Betty Boop figurines. Just about the most popular lines is the Calendar Girl collection. You'll find them, new and used, on Amazon. They are reasonably priced at (usually) $15. There are a few exclusive edition figurines on the market and i also bet, with the 80th anniversary coming up, that there will be a whole bevy of special figurines to mark the occasion.
The figurines really are a popular gift for women named "Betty", so a few of the collectors I understand did actually are becoming collectors almost in self-defense! It is funny to visualize, but it is true. One woman I understand (and yes, her name is Betty) has what she calls her "Room of Boop" to carry all of the items.
Betty Boop figurines illustrate a seminal aspect of figurine collecting -- we possess a little bit of history once we own a figurine. She's a piece of American film background she resides in your home. It's a pretty cool thing, whenever you think it over.