I promptly bought up the whole set on eBay for Che for Christmas that year, and they've been a favorite of his ever since. He was loathe to remove them from their never-opened packaging, but he really wanted to display them, and I'm glad he did. They were on display in our house in Austin but they've been in a box since we moved here, although he plans to dig them out this weekend and put them back out. Each figure, except for Max and Goat Boy, is about 6" tall, so the whole scene does take up a bit of room. I think they're going in our "game room" (aka dining room, which is occupied by a pool table - sigh).
In any event, my dear friend Emily, who apparently paid attention when she visited us in Austin (and has probably been around Che when he's been wearing his favorite Max and company t-shirt), sent us these wonderful nesting dolls from Russia for Christmas:
Che's eyes lit up like a little kid's when he saw them. The pictures don't do them justice, but they are fabulous. The artist that painted them is so incredibly talented - they are a spot on replica of Max and his friends. And just for fun, I took a close-up of each of the dolls.
Tzippy and Moishe:
Max and Bernard:
And my favorite, Max sailing in his boat:
Em, if you're reading this, thanks again - you rock.