Archive for June, 2010

The One that Started it All..

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

This is the (very real) toy I refer to as “Patient Zero”. It’s the original toy that infected me with the bug that resulted in Evil Meatball Vs Cat!, and also holds the highest position in the toy weirdness category. It’s not so much that Larami decided to make a Planet of the Apes flashlight. Because, like so many cheap rack toys, the company would stamp the name of whatever license they had acquired on whatever toys they happened to make. Many a strange and illogical item has resulted from this. No, it’s because they decided to actually call this oddity “Monkey Shines”.

Allow me to geek out here: In “Escape from the Planet of the Apes”, the third installment of the series, we learn that the word “monkey” is offensive to the apes. If you notice, the sticker on the flashlight itself bears the image from the “Escape..” movie poster. That’s just crazy wrong!

Thanks to Plaid Stallions for the image.

Shrinking plastic, growing numbers!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

We’d like to take a minute to express our thanks to Plaid Stallions for featuring our site! We’ve seen a big surge in visitors, and we hope they all become regulars!

Now, on to today’s nifty find…

Before Lawrence Tureaud (Mr. T to you and me) became a viable licensing property unto himself, he was a movie star. In this movie he played a Washington D.C. cab driver (no way, right?) named Samson, and this classic Shrink-Dinks set lets you shrink his larger-than-life image to one-third its original size. Blasphemy, I say! Anyway, this R-Rated outing didn’t fare well as a kid’s toy, so they ended up licensing one of T’s later ventures with success. Discovered at Berin’s Hardware in Forest View, IL.

Ignorance of the Law

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I think every school had a copy of this game back in the day. It was a great way to learn about all the varied archaic, wacky state laws that might trip you up while traveling. The object is keep your record clean while committing seemingly harmless tasks determined by randomly drawn cards. Do you go through with it, or not? Guess correctly and score points! Can you legally drive with that many people in a car in Wisconsin? Is that particular sexual act allowed in Georgia? Better be sure! This true classic comes to us from Kidz Kare Daycare in Mashpee, MA.

A (False) Sense of Accomplishment

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Mondrian’s work, but I don’t think replicating it in paint-by-number fashion would actually fulfill one’s artistic desires. Still, it’s immensely easier to complete than the one we posted a while back. And if you’ve seen the Georges Seurat version, you know that would take some serious patience. This set was found at Anni’s Thrift Store in Viola, NY.