The new Ad Icons: Smokey the Bear Pop! Vinyl Figures are here! Taking a break from preventing forest fires in the U.S. to relax in your collection. Smokey was created by German born, American artist Albert Staehle in collaberation with the U.S. Forestry Service , in 1944, with the purpose of preventing 9/10 wildfires, as 9/10 wildfires are human-caused. Figure measures about 3 3/4 inches tall and comes packaged in a window display box.