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.
Archive for August, 2010
We’d like to take this opportunity to direct you to our Facebook page, which contains a few pics you won’t see here. In an epic moment of inspiration, we decided to call them “Facebook Exclusives”. So hop on over (and click that “like” button if you haven’t already) and check out the latest pic, which happens to be an inside view of a previously posted item.
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.
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.
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.
Leave it to the Swedish to embody bodily functions in cute plush fashion. This modern (and very real) example of toy weirdness rates seriously high on the bizarro scale. What would one possibly do with these? Take a leak? Where would you take it? Maybe you could drop the other one off at the pool? Total wackiness.
(We originally made a mistake on the country of origin, thanks NR!)
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.
If there’s anything that time truly does, it’s that it makes more and more simple words and phrases into sexual innuendos. Here’s a perfect example of an actual, published children’s book whose title went from innocent to indecent for no real reason other than the evolution of American slang over time. The same thing would have happened if it was the story of a dragon who was a carpet layer, and used adhesive carpet that had to licked on the back in order to stick. Ok, that’s a stretch, but you see my point. By the way, if you’re assuming this book is out of print, guess again! They did, however, change the title to “Muffin Dragon”.
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.
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.