Archive for the ‘Meatball’ Category

No Worries! He’s Already Dead.

Monday, September 6th, 2010

One might think this variation on a classic would be easier since the welfare of the “patient” isn’t an issue. But, the challenge lies in getting the internal organs out without damaging them (ie. touching the sides) to determine the cause of death. Morbid future-forensic scientists could really get a kick out of dissecting someone who’s kicked. They really missed the boat by not licensing the television show Quincy, M.E. but apparently it was tied up at the time with toys like this one. Found at Reif’s Hardware in Boyette, FL.

Bump(er) and Grind

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

We love pinball here at Evil Meatball Vs Cat! and rare machines are a special treat. Take this one for example, based on the 1974 West German sex romp originally titled “Ach jodel mir noch einen”. Don’t expect any kinky gameplay, it was basically a standard pinball table, but at the same time don’t expect to find it at your local Chuck E. Cheese’s either. This “R”-cade classic is owned by a collector in Herrin, IL.

You CAN Judge This Book by its Cover!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The truth about fiction is.. well.. it’s fiction. It doesn’t happen. And, in the case of this vintage pulp novel, it never will. But, that seems to be the point of such stories. For example, in real life, playing croquet never leads anywhere interesting, much less the direction these racy yarns do. However, lately it seems that golf does. Who knew? Picked up at the Snyder rummage sale in Beaver, UT.

The Ultimate Driving Game!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

When this new hand held cartridge-programmable game system hit the market in 1989, they started licensing everything they could transform into a game, whether it made sense or not. This game, based on the 1989 Best Picture Oscar winner, is a perfect example. You could play as Morgan Freeman’s or Jessica Tandy’s character (pretty innovative at the time) and basically bore yourself to death. Not all great movies make great video games. This 8-bit oddity drove in from the Game Xchange in North Hodge, LA.

Bathroom Stains

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Minions of the post/neo-punk era would have wet themselves (ironically) in excitement over this bathroom rug set featuring a young Diane Lane decked out as Corrine “3rd Degree” Burns. Although this movie was never widely shown and has yet to see a video release, late night airings on MTV and USA’s Night Flight created a cult following that lead to this failed licensing endeavor. The world needs more punk related bathroom items, don’t ya think? This page was torn from a 1984 Canadian Christmas catalog.

You’ve Got a Date with a Dalek!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A lot of kids wanted to be a traveling companion of that famous Time Lord, but this board game tie-in combining educational and sci-fi themes aimed at young girls just didn’t fly back in 70’s. One of the oddities of its gameplay was that you could only “travel” to the past, and not the future. But then again, what other game allowed you to get a date with that ladies’ man of a founding father Benjamin Franklin? Finding one complete is tough, but even the “secret door” alone brings in the bucks at your typical toy show. This Gallifreyan delight comes to us from a private collector in Barrhead, Scotland.

One Small Stretch for Man..

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Among the strangest of celebrity dolls lies this expandable spaceman, for no other reason than sharing a name with the original creation. I wonder how Neil feels being immortalized as a corn-syrup-filled sideshow attraction? Anyway, stretch dolls were the bomb-diggity back in the day, whether they made sense or not. It’s sure better than the other Armstrong toy in our collection. On a side note, there’s an urban legend that a Stretch Louis Armstrong exists, but we have yet to see it. This orbital oddity is on loan from the Eastern Florida Space Enthusiasts Club in Cocoa West, FL.

Over the Rainbeaux

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Many celebrities such as Farrah Fawcett and Cher were immortalized as plastic hairstyling busts, so why not 70’s sensation Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith? Oh yeah, it’s probably because she starred in softcore adult films. Nonetheless, the profits she might have received from this proposed toy might have given her a chance at better (and longer) life. Let’s all remember her the way she was, and continue to enjoy her films in the spirit they were intended. On loan from a private collector in Craigsville, VA.

On the Fritz

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Back in the day, most adults thought cartoons were for kids, but this one changed all that. Ralph Bakshi’s film based on Robert Crumb’s irreverent characters was the first animated film to garner an “X” rating. And, while Fritz was bouncing from bed to bed on screen, kids almost had the chance to bounce around on Fritz! Luckily this hopping bouncy toy never made it beyond the prototype stage. This one of a kind piece is part of a private collection housed in Reno, NV.

Falling Bridges

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Parachute toys have a history of not making much sense, but this one came so close! If they had only realized that Lloyd Bridges’ character was a diver of the scuba (not sky) variety. At least they didn’t weigh him down with those pesky air tanks. They did, however, forget his hairy chest! I guess that’s hard to reproduce in plastic. This off-chute was discovered at Check’s Drug in Mayo, FL.