Posts Tagged ‘toys’

We’re No. 1 (and No. 2)!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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(We originally made a mistake on the country of origin, thanks NR!)

One Small Stretch for Man..

Monday, August 16th, 2010

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.

Over the Rainbeaux

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

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.

On the Fritz

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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.

Falling Bridges

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Parachute toys have a history of not making much sense, but this one came so close! If they had only realized that Lloyd Bridges’ character was a diver of the scuba (not sky) variety. At least they didn’t weigh him down with those pesky air tanks. They did, however, forget his hairy chest! I guess that’s hard to reproduce in plastic. This off-chute was discovered at Check’s Drug in Mayo, FL.

One to Phone Home About

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Yes, this is real, for I indeed had one myself. While most of us simply enjoyed flipping each other the extra-terrestrial bird with it, it’s obvious now that there were other possibilities unbeknownst to our fragile, innocent minds at the time. Once again, the product approval process fails spectacularly! BTW, this isn’t the first time we’ve reported on a phallic finger.


Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Who knew iron filings made good whiskers until this classic toy came along? Both Democrats and Republicans had fun creating unique disguises for President Clinton, some more flattering than the examples on the card I’m sure. They should make one for every president! Wouldn’t you just love to give ol’ Millard Filmore a big pair of mutton chops? This polarized presidential portrait hails from the Souvenir Supershop in Washington, D.C.

A Different Nursery Rhyme

Monday, July 26th, 2010

This vintage wind-up musical television tells the story of Richard Nixon’s “great fall” in lenticular animated style! Infants and toddlers could learn a valuable lesson from this little gem, while little girls could fawn over Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman to their heart’s content. I think they should have made a tape recorder instead, don’t you? Found at the Baxter rummage sale in Sharpsburg, KY.

For Preschool Carnivores..

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

They could have called this an “Eat ‘n Say”! Nonetheless, it’s important for youngsters to learn where delicious meats come from, and this toy was their ticket to knowledge. Just point the arrow and pull the string.. Well, actually, we don’t know what sounds it made, as this one is broken. Was it the sound of a sizzling grill, the grinding of a meat saw through bones, or just the sounds of the animals meeting their demise at the slaughterhouse? Whichever it is, if you’re still hungry after learning the truth about meat, then congratulations! You’re officially a carnivore. And yes, we noticed they left out venison. Found at the Stop ‘n Swap Flea Market in Yuma, AZ.

So, what are you wearing? Saddle Oxfords? Hot.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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I love educational toys that teach kids skills which can lead to gainful employment. With this playset young ladies could learn a job that’s been around almost as long as telephones, and has turned into a million dollar industry. Isn’t capitalism great? Found at the Goodspirit Donation Center in Silverton, OR.