Archive for the ‘Meatball’ Category

Style Trekkin’

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

When this motion picture based on the immortal TV series hit the theaters, it wasn’t the blockbuster they had hoped for (but it’s sequels were, for the most part). But, one element really clicked with fans, and that was Lt. Ilia, played by the late Persis Khambatta. Toy companies tried to make her into a fashion doll, and even went so far as creating this perplexing toy. Maybe it was for the hairstyling-challenged, who knows. At least it came with the Ilia probe’s nifty sensor crystal, even though they felt the need to give it a very 70’s name change. Discovered at the Lamden’s Hardware in Ludington, WI.

Benoit Mandelbrot 1924-2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

In honor of the passing of pioneering mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, we present a complete set of this groundbreaking comic series, including the special issue focusing on the character inspired by him. It’s too bad they’re not in better shape, because in this condition they’re only worth (wait for it)… a fractal of their mint value! Ok, ok, we’ll accept your groans and boos, but no more throwing broken beer bottles, please. This collection is on loan from a private collector in Springfield, IL.

Someone Needs a Time Out

Monday, October 11th, 2010

One would assume this variation on a popular talking doll served the purpose of learning to be tolerant towards bullies and obnoxious brats, but most likely it resulted in toy destruction and long lasting resentment. A life lesson, nonetheless. It’s not as annoying as “Violent Violet”, a doll that would actually strike you with considerable force and then apologize. Luckily that never made it to production. Found at the Daws rummage sale in Crab Orchard, IL.

RIP Stephen J. Cannell

Monday, October 4th, 2010

We took a week off, but we’re back in time for the Halloween season. With the passing of legendary writer and producer of 70’s and 80’s TV Stephen J. Cannell, we felt this costume was fitting tribute based on his award winning series starring James Garner. If it only came with an answering machine, it would be perfect. I think they used the mask for some of Garner’s other films and shows, keep an eye out for new posts about that. This was found at the Burkitts’ rummage sale in Millwood, SC.

Eat Out More Often

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Thankfully this is a commemorative plate for decorative purposes only. The last thing you’d want a plate dedicated to this Gore Vidal-penned, Bob Guccione-produced semi-mainstream porn film to do is touch your food. Still, it’s an attractive and statement-making set of crockery. This plate depicts Caligula’s entrance to the orgy. We hope to find the others as time goes on. Check your attics and basements, people! This titillating tribute was discovered at Otto’s Antiques in Hempstead, TX.

The Power of Consumerism Compels You!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

People have falsely accused iconic marketing images like Hello Kitty of being the product of satanic endeavors, but in this case I’m pretty sure it’s true. These little demonic hamsters are everywhere, and kids are just scooping them up. Did anyone notice the extensive power requirements to run them? I’m just sayin’ keep the holy water handy. By the way, do you think they asked Linda Blair for an endorsement? Although they can be found everywhere, this is one turned up at the St. Vincent’s Swap Meet in Corydon, KY.

Artificially Flavored, I Hope

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

If you think about it, you’ll see the story here. Lesbian couple and ice cream entrepreneurs Bon & Jorry decided to celebrate the conception of their first child through artificial insemination with a new ice cream flavor, a spin-off of their popular Cake Batter. The unfortunate twist? They didn’t consult Urban Dictionary before deciding on the name. Let’s hope the child has better luck. Found at the O’Call Mini-Mart in Savoy, MA.

Shaggy and Scooby I could understand, but..

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Reality trumps fiction once again! Just when you thought real toys couldn’t get any weirder, along comes this. Iconic cartoon characters suckin’ on tar sticks!? Blasphemy, but true!! Even though these cheap knock-off toys are unlicensed, they bear a perfect resemblance to our Hannah Barbera favorites. Actually, according to the contents of those little cigarettes, it might explain why Huckleberry Hound was so laid back and why Yogi Bear was always hungry. I wonder..

Accept No Substitutes!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Today we visit our dusty, neglected Toy Rack for a rather obvious licensing venture. Rather than put his face on a pizza box, Fats decided to endorse his literal namesake. And for all you domino players that thought you were doin’ it right, take heed, posers! These are OFFICIAL dominoes! Found at Nea’s Drug Store in (where else) New Orleans, LA.

It’s Not For FaceTime..

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Ernest Walton and John Cockroft didn’t even dream of blowing up two major cities in Japan when they split the atom, and I’m sure that Andrey Ternovskiy didn’t intend for his own creation to turn into a 24 hour a day sausage fest either. But, the cat’s out of the bag. This magazine ad obviously intends to cash in on the roulette style chat phenomenon by allowing guys to do what they do on these sites while on the go. Pretty handy, don’t you think? Found in a trash bin at the Villa Coffee House in Saddle Rock, NY.