Have you ever seen one of these guys out in the wild? Well, if you do come across one, be sure to grab the sucker because he is worth quite a bit to collectors. This is the Nauga Monster, produced in the 60’s to promote Naugahyde furniture, of all things. Uniroyal developed the character, and went on to produce a series of these dolls to promote their Naugahyde brand of synthetic vinyl.
They ran ads that stated their furniture was made from the skin of a mythical creature known as the “Nauga.” Nauga’s could shed their skin and did not need to be slaughtered like other animals. PETA would be pleased.
You can find these critters in many different colors and sizes, but watch out for fakes and reproductions, since they aren’t too complicated to reproduce. One easy way to determine whether you are holding the real deal is to check for the Naugahyde stamp on the back, which looks like this:
I was fortunate to find this guy at a yard sale, and bought him for a buck.
I had no idea what he was, and the seller obviously didn’t know either. The doll was so clean, I assumed it was a modern ugly doll or something, but he was pretty cool, so he rode home in the trunk.
After a quick Google search, I was happy to find that these were highly sought after collector items. I figured someone else would be happier with him than I would be, and I also have never been opposed to making a tidy profit, so I sold him on eBay for $132.50. Not a bad investment.
I still have thoughts of him running free in a field somewhere. Have you ever seen a Nauga wandering around your town? Catch him if you can!