crew's adventures have spilled over into several spin-offs. The
first was The New
Adventures of Gilligan, a Saturday morning animated cartoon based on the
original series that ran for three years starting in 1974. With the
exception of Tina Louise (Ginger) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann), the original cast
members gave voice to their cartoon counterparts. A made-for-TV movie, Rescue from Gilligan's Island, aired in
1978. All of the original cast except for Tina Louise (who was
replaced by Judith Baldwin) reprised their roles. The movie was moderately successful, and inspired two other made-for-TV movies,
The Castaways on Gilliganís Island (1979), and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilliganís Island (1981).
While the latter two plummeted in the ratings, they contained an
interesting concept Ė returning to Gilligan's Island to open a resort for
visitors. Had the program succeeded,
creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz planned on a weekly series
where celebrity guests would stay at the resort, a similar premise to other hit
TV shows of the time, The Love Boat and Fantasy
Island. The last Gilliganís
Island spin-off came in 1982, when the crew returned to animation and became
lost in space during the course of Gilliganís
Despite their overwhelming fascination with Gilliganís Island, fans and collector's have been disappointed by the surprising lack of Island memorabilia that was produced. Memorabilia from the original TV show literally can be counted on one hand. Whitman Publishing produced two items, a 128-page coloring book in 1965 and a storybook in 1966. The coloring book, which features Gilligan on the cover with all seven castaways illustrated throughout, is very difficult to find in any condition. Uncovering an uncolored one can set a collector back more than $100. The storybook, a 210-page hardcover based on the series, has a photo of Gilligan on the front. It is easier to find, thus has a lower value in the $30-$40 range.
Gilligan Island trading cards
are the most valuable items to collect.
Produced by Topps in 1965, the 55-card set includes
mini-movie scenes on the each back of each card. When
the cards are put in order and fanned, two separate movie scenes are created.
Each card sells for $10-$15 today. A
reprint of this set was produced recently, and sells for about $25.
Numbered and limited to 2,500 sets, the reprints include an
additional card sporting the original wrapper design.
other items complete the small batch of vintage commodities Ė a board game and
an 8 x 10-inch
writing tablet featuring a photo of Gilligan and The Skipper. Produced by Game Gems in 1965,
the board game is highly coveted by collectors, and is worth more than
graphics include the likes of Gilligan, Mr. Howell and The Skipper floating in a
The New Adventures of Gilligan came ashore, so did a
few more toys. The first was a 1972
board game that included a pop-up display.
Creating the visage of an island, it comes complete with a bamboo hut and palm
tree. Players race around the board
in attempt to be the first to find their way back to the hut.
Itís not difficult to find, and usually sells for less than $50.
A 1975 Dip Dots Paint and Design Book is one of the most
elusive pieces. The
20-page booklet includes line art drawings of the cartoon cast and comes enclosed
in a colorful box with water color paints and a brush.
The last item based on the cartoon was the Gilliganís
Floating Island Playset. Produced by Playskool in 1977,
the boxed set includes a plastic figural island
along with three soft vinyl figures of Mary Ann, The Skipper and Gilligan.
the growing demand for vintage collectibles, a few manufactures have decided to
produce new Gilliganís Island
memorabilia. The first came in 1992
when Presents created 9Ĺ-inch figures of Gilligan and
In 1997 Exclusive Toy Products designed two more versions of the two mates
along with The Professor. Unlike
Presentsí hard plastic figures, these 9-inch dolls have soft vinyl heads and
come in attractively designed boxes with accessories. Other recent items include a Nintendo game, a word
magnet set by Fridge Fun, a 2 x 3-foot poster of Gilligan and The Skipper, an
arcade pinball game, a video collection series from Columbia House, T-shirts,
sweatshirts and a baseball cap.
The latest addition to the Gilliganís Island collection is the 1998 trading card set by Dart Flipcards, Inc. The 72 photo-card set includes scenes from the original series, publicity stills, and a cartoon and movie card. In addition, six different lenticular cards that create 3-D images are randomly inserted into the packs. Mail-away offers include a six-card Dream Sequence set and a collectorís binder to hold the cards. Basic card sets are currently selling for $10-15. Grab this piece of the Island before it washes away with the other collectibles!