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The father of the Hoptimist babies, Hans Gustav Ehrenreich trained as a cabinetmaker and was known for his wildly imaginative and creative approach to the everyday. A forever tinkerer, in 1969 he introduced a happy, boingy, infectious spring figure, the first of many bright, harmonious, meant-to-be-gifted creations that became a huge success and earned their place in the Danish design canon – file under: cute. And hop to it!

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What's cooler than a classic and retro Danish toy, meant to be gifted and to spread joy (like Hello Kitty, who was born in Japan around the same time), that's springy and special, fashioned in smooth wood meant to last for a long, long time? One that's ready for a black tie afair! This one's called the Groom but it could be Marlene Dietrich. Up to you. One thing's for cretain, nothing brings a smile like party time!

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