Sunday, April 15, 2018

30 Days 30 Posts: Day 7

Day 7: TOYS!

or "YouTube clips and a lot of rambling"

The topic for the day is: What were your favorite childhood toys?

Here we go.

G.I. Joe

Almost all of my friends were into G.I. Joe. What is there to say? Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow were the coolest. Cobra always had the better looking figures. I cannot remember what I did with my figures but I know I still have an unopened Firefly figure somewhere.

Is it just me or does the blurring of their faces make it really creepy?

Zartan was cool because his skin changed color in the sun! I think I got Zartan in some sort of trade with a friend and didn't have the Chameleon or his mask which was a bummer. I also had his brother Zandar who changed color in the sun too.

I was really into the whole Serpentor thing at first. I remember reading the G.I. Joe Marvel comic issue #49 over and over and over. A year later though, by the time G.I. Joe: The Movie came out, I was pretty much over G.I. Joe and toys in general. I also remember the G.I. Joe movie really bumming me out when I saw it. My focus was about to switch from toys to video games at that point anyway. #NintendoLife


Like G.I. Joe, almost every friend of mine was into Transformers. I probably had more Transformers than G.I. Joe figures and absolutely no recollection of what ever happened to them.

I know I had some, if not all, of the Constructicons.

I know I had some of the Insecticons too. Well, I know I had Bombshell for sure.

My two biggest Transformer scores when begging for toys were Jetfire and Shockwave. I think Jetfire was $29.99 or something which might as well have been a million dollars when I was a kid. Thanks Mom!!!

Like G.I. Joe: The Movie, Transformers: The Movie left me kind of bummed out when I was a kid. Playing with toys was becoming passé. Soon it was all about rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser and running around Hyrule killing Octoroks.


M.U.S.C.L.E. (or "Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere") were two inch tall outlandish professional wrestling rubber figures. I never had the M.U.S.C.L.E. "Battlin' Belt"  or board game but I had the "Hard Knockin' Rockin' Ring". It was kind of like Rock'em Sock'em Robots...except worse. It was total crap. Oh well. 🤣 
One of the cool things about M.U.S.C.L.E. was that they sold multi-pack trashcans in opaque packaging. A picture of the "trash can" multi-pack can be seen here. Like Mystery Minis today, you never knew what figures you were going to get. 

Bonus M.U.S.C.L.E. stuff:
Mental Floss article: A Brief History of M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures

Well, that will do it for today! 

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