A single new artist produced all twenty-four sets in this series; let's call him "D" for convenience.
Note that the copyright date on the cards is 1970; this clearly refers to the copyright of the concept of Mini-Toons, which were first produced in that year, & not to the date of publication. The copyright date on the transfer sheets is 1971.
The serial numbers cover the range GK81 to GK104.
Interestingly, many of the sets we have seen are an earlier printing than the others, & disingenuously ask you to "collect all 24 titles" — when, of course, there are 48.
No.27 "Down on the Farm" features the "24 titles" back, & is also the only set which we haven't got unused — although I've made an effort to deal with that problem!
Most of the Mini-Toons shown below share the same back cover, but No.48 "Trials of Strength" is from a different printing to show you another variation: send in twelve used transfer sheets & you will get two Fun Doodles for free (well, for 10p, anyway)!
Whereas the first twenty-four Mini-Toons placed their transfers in the slot in the card, some printings of the next twenty-four added a staple — shown here, inside & out — to ensure the sheet didn't go missing. This was a mixed blessing, as of course it meant holes in the background — & the danger of holes damaging a transfer figure.
No.27 is the odd one out: the only one we don't have unused. However, I've tried my best to fix that!
Here's the used background we have in the SPLAT Scan Archives:
And here is an anonymous contributor's photo of an unused background, which unfortunately we couldn't obtain for scanning:
Then, using a badly-damaged fragment of one third of an uncut sheet (which if complete, would contain all twenty-four of this batch of Mini-Toons), I was able to reconstruct nearly all of the unused sheet. It's at bottom right in this image:
The fragment was missing two-and-a-half transfer figures, but by hunting around I was able to recreate the damaged frog & the misogynistic figure at bottom right, here:
Unfortunately, the final figure (bottom left) which shows a pair of feet — presumably to go in the pond — was too damaged on all the images I was able to find to be able to show it to you properly.
So: to be clear; all the upper transfer figures are completely authentic. The bottom two figures are recreations based on a variety of used sets.
Still — better than nothing!
Picture Credit: The SPLAT Scan Archives, with thanks to Joe Robinson
© Tom Vinelott 2023