Archive for April, 2010

Prehistoric Communication

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I’m pretty sure cavemen didn’t grunt into electronic devices of any kind, but seeing Korg himself wielding a walkie talkie so naturally makes me think otherwise. Either way, I’m sure kids had a lot of fun grunting orders to each other with these while planning attacks on imaginary mastodons. Wait a minute, where would cave men get batteries? I’m reminded of a quote from John K.’s blog:

This timestream paradox comes to us from a private collector in Buckingham, FL.

Just Say “No way, man”

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I have fond memories of the show Rumpus Room, but those who had this trippin’ little book might not remember so clearly. This isn’t the first book we’ve found to feature such activity, but it is certainly the first to feature a stoned insect on the cover. Man, I’m getting the munchies just reading it! We picked this one up at the Carl rummage sale in Exeter, ME.

The Secret Word for Today is “Meat”!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I’ve seen some unusual promotional tie-ins, but this one is rather unfortunate. Who knew that right after this Paul Reubens would be caught jerky-ing his own beef? Apparently Jack didn’t. Still, for the chance to win Pee-Wee’s bowtie, I’d choke down a lot of meat (the secret word! scream really loud, kids!). This far-beyond-its-expiration-date snack comes from a private collector in Decatur, IL.

Bada-Bing! Family Time Fun!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Here’s another target set, but this time without darts (it would have to come with like 300 of them if it did). No, this time you just get to spray James Caan’s Sonny Corleone with fake blood. What fun! All we need now is a Connie Rizzi punching bag. But, that would be in poor taste, wouldn’t it? This piece (no pun intended) was found at Gemstone Books in Anchorage, AK.

Monopoly Money?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

We all know Microsoft has a proverbial license to print money, but this product is a bit obvious. I don’t mean to take a jab at Bill Gates’ creativity.. Maybe he just had these printed up as giveaways for his minions.. uh.. I mean fans. I’m sure he sent a case to Steve Jobs either way. Thanks to Flora’s Gifts in Green River, UT for this stash of cash.

Another Record for Streep

Monday, April 19th, 2010

If you like super-condensed stories with glossed-over horrific details that make Cliff’s Notes look like Tolstoy’s War and Peace, then the 45 RPM record of this Oscar winning Meryl Streep movie is right up your alley. It’s too bad they couldn’t get Meryl herself to do the voice, but it’s just as well, as this platter didn’t break any sales records. This rare scratch-free copy comes to us courtesy of the Huntingdon, Quebec (Canada) chapter of the “Streep Club” Meryl Streep Fan Society.

I Wanted One, But They’re All Gone..

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Yes, I should have jumped on this one the day it came out. But, at least we have a photo of this little game of revenge. With only three targets and three darts, you have to be accurate, you have to be sure. Of course, when you can just stand the targets back up again after shooting them, did you really accomplish anything? Photo courtesy of a private collector in Bedford, England.

I Think An “A” is Missing

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Hey kids, let’s hit the Toy Rack again for a quick grammar quiz: When does “out” and “in” mean the same thing? When you’re “selling out” and “cashing in”! Although, honestly, if I squirted out 8 little sproglets I might be looking to pimp myself out for diaper money, too. But, the famous “Octomom” was just looking to spread some joy at baby showers with these little plastic rugrats, I’m sure.

Well, That’s Three More Than..

Monday, April 12th, 2010

No. I’m not gonna go there. Even cheap rack toys sometimes manage to get licensed, and it’s often a “stamp the name on whatever we make” deal. This company made toy guns that shoot plastic balls, Lance wanted a little more exposure, and voil√†. No puns, irony, or crude humor intended. Right. This piece of modern kiddie warfare was purchased at the Dollar Bonanza in Elkhorn, NE.

The Original “Mr. T”

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Before Laurence Tureaud, there was Trouble Man! Robert Hooks starred as the dude to call when your back’s to the wall. Since these Fisher Price film cartridges didn’t feature sound, you just had to imagine your own funky ’70’s soundtrack. Discovered at the Value Hardware store in Otisville, NY.