If you have never heard of Mecki, you may be surprised to learn how famous he is in Germany. I remember an organ-grinder doll on Captain Kangaroo when I was a tiny child. He must have been Mecki, the hedgehog doll made famous by the German Steiff toy company. The first time I went to Germany, I saw a familiar-looking hedgehog in a store window, which must also have been Mecki. It wasn't until I went to Rothenburg years later that I came home with my Mecki doll.
I still didn't know who he was until I began to research the strange little character on the Internet. He is as well known in Germany as Mickey Mouse is in the US. There is much written about Mecki. He was actually developed as the star of a Puppentrickfilm, a sort of stop-action movie in the 1940's. He became more popular after WWII when he and his wife Micki, and children Macki and Mucki became mascots for the German magazine HÖR ZU. They were made into toys by the Steiff company, and new ones are still popular today (at very high prices.)
My little family (above) includes Mecki from the gorgeous town of Rothenburg, Germany, and his mail-order bride who obviously had a rough life. I also have two sets of children-- Macki, the son, and Mucki, the daughter. One pair came from a German lady living in Canada who said they had been in a box since her childhood. I like the fact that all of my dolls, with the exception of Mecki, were played with by little German children.