Over the years there have been
several examples of character viewers, sometimes referred to as 'Face'
viewers. These are all based around the Model L. Some examples, such as
the Batman and Casper models were produced as promotions for films and others were
only available from particular locations.
Mickey Mouse Character Face
Viewer, also from 1989, 2 variants.
The USA model is shown below and is based around the
Model L viewer.
The two variations of the Mickey Face
viewer. The one on the left was the USA version, based on the Model L
viewer, the one on the right, with squarer glasses, was the European
version, based on the European Model 10 (also known as the
Model J) viewer.
Casper manufactured by Tyco.
The face is made
from vacuum moulded plastic and is a lot thinner than on other models
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Viewer by Tyco. (1995-96) and
"Big Bird" Character Face Viewer
from 1989 based around the Model L
A Tyco Batman Viewer from 1995,
once again based on a Model L viewer (Stock No. 2501)
Casper and Batman Viewers in their
original boxes. Both were supplied with a three reel set
This viewer was
manufactured for Six Flags Theme Parks Inc in the USA in 1995. The viewer
is a TYCO Model L. These viewers were only available at the six parks in
Texas, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis, Jackson, Los Angeles and Chicago and
are extremely rare and although they are only modelled on a Tyco Model L,
they always fetch high prices when they become available for sale.
The HULK Viewer
Set from 1980
This viewer is a step away from the Character
viewers shown above in as much as the 'face' was not intended to
remain attached to the GAF Model J, even though the card packaging to
which the viewer is attached is stapled to the mask itself (which has an
elastic headband). So this is a viewer set, rather than a 'Face' viewer
in the truest sense.
The product was sold in 1980 and did not prove
popular at the time, resulting in only a limited number being produced. This has resulted in this set becoming an extremely
collectable item, as well as being almost impossible to find. It is sought after both by View-Master and Marvel Comic collectors alike.
The mask itself is made from very thin vacuum
moulded plastic and is very lightweight in construction. The viewer is a
standard red Model J. The reels included with the set are BJ261/2/3 (the
'B' signifies Belgium)