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The Goblin was, I'm pretty sure inspired by Stripe of Gremlins. I believe he may have put "goblin" on the back to avoid linkage with the movie for the above reasons.
Of course Jim loved the Gremlin movie. I remember for me, it was a personal favorite when he made it, so I actually bought it immediately to make sure I got one.
There were only a few made, as test pieces mainly. He may have sold a hand full. What I love about this one and the Warrior mug is the detail. You can tell when it's a first or second run by the detail. Each successive casting takes a little of the detail out of the molds. He may have made only one or two molds for the goblin, warrior, and others of the more rare items.
I remember he had rows of molds on benches for his more popular and sale-able items. Often he would sell them to visitors, passerby and local shops. Added by Mark Daley from San Jose, Ca. on 10/23/2010