Elephant Memories

Elephant  (Loxodonta africana or Elephas maximus). I have quite a lot of games with an elephant on the cover and I know many more in collector friends' collections. To me, the obvious choice would be a Memory or Pairs game but, in fact, I have seen very few of those myself. The popularity of elephant covers is quite high, mainly to do with two characters very well known to the public, Benjamin Blümchen and Dumbo.

Benjamin Blümchen is a favourite character in Germany in particular. He was created in stories by Elfie Donnelly but really became a star when the stories were used in an animated television show, produced by Kiddinx Studios in Berlin. For some reason, he has become the most used fictional character on games that feature road safety advice aimed at children. They have themes like how to be safe on pavements, on bicycles, on croosing roads, reading road signs and so on.

Dumbo, the elephant made into a star by Walt Disney in a 1941 film. I bet no-one reading these words has never heard of Dumbo, the young elephant who can fly by using his oversized ears as wings. A bit of useless trivia for you - the film is only 64 minutes long making it the shortest Disney feature film.

First some Benjamin covers, followed by Dumbo, then some other card games (including my favourite elephant cover published by Amigo) and finally some board games.

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Berufs Quartett 
(ASS)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Einkaufs Quartett 
(ASS)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Ferien Quartett 
(Schmidt)

Benjamin Blümchen 
(FX Schmid)

Benjamin Blümchen 
(FX Schmid)

Benjamin Blümchen:
Big Mini Würfel 
(Schmidt)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Gib 8 
(Schmidt)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Sicher im Straßenverkehr 
(KidFun)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Sicher mit dem Fahrad 
(Schmidt)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Sicher mit dem Fahrad 
(Schmidt)

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Sicher zu Fuß 
(Blatz)

Bemjamin Blümchen: 
Sicher zu Fuss 
(Schmidt)
 

Benjamin Blümchen: 
Spielzeit 
(KidFun)
 

Dumbo 
(Heraclio Fournier) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Dumbo 
(Pepys)

Dumbo 
(Pepys)
 

Walt Disney Festival 
(Unknown Spanish publisher)
 

Allons zo Zoo 
(Dagobert) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Animal Snap 
(Falcon) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Animal Snap 
(Spears) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Animal Snap 
(Tower Press)

 

Dieren 
(Eldorado)

Dieren uit de 
Hele Wereld 
(Wereld Natuur Fonds)

MY FAVOURITE IMAGE! 

Der Elefant im 
Porzellanladen 
(Amigo)

Meli Melo des Animaux 
(Dagobert) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Mijn 1st Kwartet 
(HEMA)

Playtime Snap 
(Tower Press) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Tiere aus aller Welt 
(FX Schmid)

Trumpet's Card Game 
(Arrow) 

Artist: Roger Hargreaves, 
the creator of the Mr Men 
characters) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Zoo (Southern Cross) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts

Zoo Snap 
(John Adams) 

Image courtesy of 
Rex Pitts
 

Elefantenparade 
(Ravensburger)

Jumbo's Jolly Trunk Game 
(Fleetway) 
Game inside the 
1984 Playhour Annual

Wild Life 
(Ravensburger)

Lustiges Leiterspiel 
(Unknown Publisher)

Bilder-Lotto 
(Unknown Publisher)

Alphabet Lotto 
(Orchard Toys)
 

OK I know
 the creature isn't 
strictly an elephant 
but it probably is the 
great, great, 
(a million more greats) 
grandfather of an elephant!
 

 

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A few more Elephant games that come to mind...

Bombay by Ystari - very cute elephant figures
Bombay Bazaar - elephant trunk tile laying
Doh-Nutters - Elephant masks with big trunks for the players to wear
Trampelpfad - Wooden elephants collect logs around a track

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