Archive for June, 2010

Give Shirley MacLaine Enough Rope..

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

This could easily be called “Did they even see the movie? Pt 3″. It looks like they saw the word “children” and assumed a jump rope would be appropriate. The end of this 1961 film (also starring Audrey Hepburn) would prove otherwise. Here’s a hint: If this toy were based on the play, it would be a gun. This rarity was discovered at Little Miss Muffet’s Consignments in Kermit, TX.

Spread Eagle

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Safety scissors may reduce physical injury to our children, but who was in charge of preventing emotional injury when they came up with this!? Our beloved Wonder Woman spreading her legs like a harlot with every snip? It just ain’t right, I tells ya. This very real piece of superhero history, now a permanent part of the Evil Meatball Vs Cat! collection, was acquired from the Super Museum in Metropolis, IL.

(Van) Patten Pending..

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I’m almost certain this figure resulted from a failed licensing venture with “Eight is Enough” combined with leftover Robin Hood figures. Regardless, this may be the only Dick Van Patten action figure in existence. Too bad this Mel Brooks-penned TV series didn’t last, or we might have had a (very pre-Alias) Ron Rifkin figure as well! This excellent condition prototype in on loan from a private collector in Middletown, DE.

Is this how the Cylons started?

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Don’t think toys were cool in 1918? Trying finding an android today that will cook your dinner for a reasonable price! Practically equivalent to witchcraft in its time, this über-creepy little robot was surely the inspiration for every killer doll story since. Luckily, no working examples survive today, thanks to being remarkably fragile (or having been destroyed by angry mobs with torches and pitchforks).

No, It’s a Movie.. About Radio.. Ahh, Forget it.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I would hope the makers of this radio eventually figured out why it didn’t sell as well as they’d wished. I mean, it’s an FM radio based on the 1978 film “FM”, and all they did was put the movie logo on it. So, it didn’t really stand out from any other FM radio. If they wanted it to fly off the shelves, they should have slapped a picture of Martin Mull as the dreamy Eric Swan on it! This little caveman iPod was discovered at Uetter’s Consignments in Parkers Prairie, MN.

Handy Man-slaughter

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Take stroll over to the Toy Rack and check out a rather obvious but still highly inappropriate offering based on the mega-gruesome 70’s slasher film. I can only imagine that the power tools weren’t included to save money (after all, it’s just a rack toy), but still, a hammer and chisel can certainly dish out the destruction if used properly.  Ski mask sold separately!

He’s Too Hot To Handle!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

In its original incarnation, this toy required the use of a real spud (it’s true!), so one would suppose that this is the next logical step. Of course, if you didn’t want to risk burning yourself on a real baked potato (since the set didn’t include oven mitts), you could always just use a ball of foil instead. This piece comes to us from a private collector in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

Metropolis 2010, Pt. 2 – Toy Weirdness

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

We continue with our spotty, biased coverage of the 2010 Superman Celebration! Since the SuperMuseum houses one of the largest collections of Superman memorabilia, naturally it also contains enough examples of toy weirdness to start another website. Here are a few examples:

Many manufacturers have produced toys of characters on wheeled vehicles that have no need whatsoever of wheeled vehicles, but this one is definitely the Cadillac of it’s genre. That’s one fancy bike, Supes!

According to this vintage Ben Cooper costume, Superman as a toddler was only able to break through rope. Later, he obviously graduated to chains, and posed for new publicity photos.

The SuperMuseum even has knock-off toys in its collection. This particularly pathetic attempt to replicate the Man of Steel not only features some horrid package art, it also includes a handgun as an accessory. Brilliant. Perhaps it’s for throwing at Supes after you run out of ammo to make him duck. I loved it when George Reeves would do that.

Don’t turn this cereal box over, or you’ll see Superman’s Dangle-Dandies. That’s all I have to say about that.

And there you have it! Actually, if you keep an eye on our Facebook page you’ll see a few more pics in the near future. And, we actually acquired a new piece for our collection, which we’ll be featuring soon. Back to normal tomorrow!

Metropolis 2010, Pt. 1 – The Costumes

Monday, June 14th, 2010

We just returned from the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, and we have some great photos to share! We’re going to break it down into two posts, starting today with costumes and ending tomorrow with toy weirdness (of course). Up, up, and away!

It’s all about the Man of Steel in Metropolis, but here’s Steel himself. Now, this is a mostly outdoor event. The heat index was near the London Broil setting, and the humidity made it like a sauna. Imagine what these costumers suffered through for a little geek respect! Well, they have ours.

Speaking of temperatures,  this guy picked the wrong day to dress up as Captain Cold! I bet he wished that his freeze ray gun actually worked. In fact, everyone who attended the event wished that it did.

Now here’s a guy who know how pick a costume for a hot day! Dressed as Marvel Comics’ Hercules, he can show off that chest carpet AND remain cool at the same time. He’s gonna have some weird tan lines, though.

Hey, it’s “The Mini Thor”! This kid was great, he struck a pose and everything. He looks like he just stepped out the Superhero Squad!

I’m sure you’ve always been told to stay away from Poison Ivy. Screw that noise!

Now, we all know that Superman IV: The Quest for Peace wasn’t the best film, but this guy’s Nuclear Man costume is absolutely cheese-tastic! He’s missing his long silver fingernails, but we’ll forgive him (this time).

Tune in tomorrow for part 2, where we’ll explore what toy weirdness lurks in the Super-Museum!

Last Train to Wrongsville, Pt 2

Friday, June 11th, 2010

It’s not often that we see a rare prototype of something never produced. And to find something related to this never released 1972 Jerry Lewis project at all is amazing. If you haven’t heard of this film, I’m not surprised, take a look at this site for almost all the info that exists on it. I can’t imagine that anyone would want to prance around as Helmut Doork for Halloween, but this costume would have given those rare few who did the chance to do so. FYI, harmonica not included.