Updated: Dec 27, 2022
Muffin Card Game
First Published: 1951 c., Pepys Series Games, Castell Brothers Ltd. St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Neville Main
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
There 2 numbered Muffin cards and 1 each of 12 other numbered cards. There are also 4 each of 7 unnumbered cards plus 2 Peregrine Penguin cards.
Muffin Cards; Muffin, Louise the Lamb, Willie the Worm, Oswald the Ostrich, Peter the Pup, Sally the Seal, Grace the Giraffe, Molly the Gog and Wally the Gog.
Muffin Cards: Doris the Mouse & Morris the Morris, Poppy the Parrot, Otto the Octopus, Sam the Scarecrow, Katie the Kangaroo, Muffin Thinking, Muffin's Snowman, Muffin Learns to Cook.
Muffin in Disguise, Muffin Flying, Muffin Hiking, Muffin Sailing, Peregrine Penguin.
Produced by Pepys to tap into the popularity of Muffin the Mule as a TV character, the game is an early example of a TV "spin-off". There are more details about the game and its background on World of Playing Cards. For information about the Muffin Syndicate (see box top below) and other early TV tie-in products Teletronic have an excellent feature that also helps to firm up the publication date for the game to circa 1951.
And if you need a quick reminder of the theme tune:
Game & Version Details
Muffin - Card Back
Muffin - Rules Front
Muffin - Rules Back
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Muffin Rules - Front (Pink) Variation from another pack
Muffin Rules - Back (Pink) Variation from another pack
Woodland Happy Families
Muffin - Box Back
Muffin - Box Top
Muffin - Box Side Left
Muffin - Box Base
Muffin - Box Side Right
Muffin - Box Back With Flap