Shaggy and Scooby I could understand, but..

September 15th, 2010

Reality trumps fiction once again! Just when you thought real toys couldn’t get any weirder, along comes this. Iconic cartoon characters suckin’ on tar sticks!? Blasphemy, but true!! Even though these cheap knock-off toys are unlicensed, they bear a perfect resemblance to our Hannah Barbera favorites. Actually, according to the contents of those little cigarettes, it might explain why Huckleberry Hound was so laid back and why Yogi Bear was always hungry. I wonder..

Accept No Substitutes!

September 13th, 2010

Today we visit our dusty, neglected Toy Rack for a rather obvious licensing venture. Rather than put his face on a pizza box, Fats decided to endorse his literal namesake. And for all you domino players that thought you were doin’ it right, take heed, posers! These are OFFICIAL dominoes! Found at Nea’s Drug Store in (where else) New Orleans, LA.

It’s Not For FaceTime..

September 11th, 2010

Ernest Walton and John Cockroft didn’t even dream of blowing up two major cities in Japan when they split the atom, and I’m sure that Andrey Ternovskiy didn’t intend for his own creation to turn into a 24 hour a day sausage fest either. But, the cat’s out of the bag. This magazine ad obviously intends to cash in on the roulette style chat phenomenon by allowing guys to do what they do on these sites while on the go. Pretty handy, don’t you think? Found in a trash bin at the Villa Coffee House in Saddle Rock, NY.

Epic Toy Weirdness

September 8th, 2010

Dear, oh dear, where to begin. First, let me assure you this is a real toy, despite the fact it’s a big bowl of wrong any way you look at it. Is it that the word “Pedo” is in the name, or that the cartoon boy on the package looks like he’s being attacked by one? Even more obvious is the shape and color scheme of the toy itself. Do we even need to go there? I don’t think so. Surprisingly, similar toys with the same name are out there (but in much less disturbing designs). FYI: Yes, we did notice the “action lines” in the illustration that make it look like it’s vibrating. We decided not go there either.

No Worries! He’s Already Dead.

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

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.

Biohazard? More Like Bio-Licious!

September 1st, 2010

Here’s a real item for which the manufacturer caught some serious flack. A Jurassic Park lunchbox? Innocent enough.. Until you see the Thermos! If they had made that biohazard label a little more cheesy and a little less ominous and realistic, maybe it would have had less chance of encouraging kids to dig around for snacks in the sharps container the next time they visit the clinic. For added effect, why not put your sandwiches in matching “specimen bags”? This piece is a part of the official Evil Meatball Vs Cat! collection.

You CAN Judge This Book by its Cover!

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.

Visit our Book of Face

August 27th, 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.

The Ultimate Driving Game!

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.