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The Most Gruesome Toy Ever

The Most Gruesome Toy Ever Well, maybe not, but Retrocrush does make a good argument for this Aurora Monster Model kit of the Girl Victim. Check out the comic book ad, featuring Vampirella and Frankenstein's monster. Do kids still play with monster dolls and monster models, or have they been shelved as un-PC? Never had the models, but as a girl in the '70s, I loved my cousin's monster dolls (uh, action figures?). (Link via Cruel Site of the Day.)
posted by GaelFC on Jul 12, 2002 - 16 comments

 

History of U.S. Armies in Uniform

History of U.S. Armies in Uniform From His Majesty’s First Independent Company of American Rangers, Colonial America, 1747 to Special Operations, Tora Bora, Afghanistan, 2002. Although this site is very interesting from a historical perspective, I like it because it contains what must be the coolest Action Man collection in existence.
posted by RobertLoch on Jul 3, 2002 - 2 comments

Create your own Monopoly Game

Create your own Monopoly Game Surely the perfect customised gift? You can change the name of the game, the theme, the name of the properties/stations, and also the rules. Apparently it uses a 'What You See Is What You Get Realtime Interface', which allows users to personalise the game completely to their requirements, and then print out and proof the new design. What I find most interesting about this product offering is that the whole process is completely automated. Once you've designed and ordered your customised game, it goes straight to print/production, and is then sent out to you. No human intervention is required. This appears to me to be pretty ground breaking stuff (well in the Toy World anyway), or am I just way behind the times? (via the Ecademy discussion list)
posted by RobertLoch on Jun 28, 2002 - 28 comments

Proof that someone, somewhere will make an action figure out of anything: Porn star action figures (complete with dancer pole!), eminem action figures (complete with chainsaw?), and Jeffrey Dahmer. eek.
posted by mathowie on Jun 16, 2002 - 22 comments

Mr. Clean Action Figure

Mr. Clean Action Figure More proof that you can buy anything online. Better hurry, only 100,000 numbered Mr. Clean Action Figures are available. o_0
posted by lheiskell on Jun 13, 2002 - 5 comments

The Internet Pinball Database

The Internet Pinball Database has shots of backglasses, playing tables, and promotional flyers for just about every pinball machine ever created. I loved pinball. Now, it seems impossible to find a machine to play on. Back when I worked at a local pizza shop, we had a rotation of some great machines. I really enjoyed the Addams Family, Star Wars, Lethal Weapon 3 (which i remember as being really easy), and especially the Twilight Zone game, with the special white power ball. A walk down memory lane that served me well. Find a place near you to play some pinball here. Or, you could just go pro.
posted by Ufez Jones on Jun 12, 2002 - 34 comments

M.U.S.C.L.E. Revisited.

M.U.S.C.L.E. Revisited. I used to collect all of these pink plastic wrestling figures and now i-mockery has finished the big task of giving names and profiles to all of the original figures. 233 to be exact. Great retro memories for me on this one. Some really bizarre (ie: "Klondular the Barnacle Muncher "), yet extremely funny descriptions for some of these figures. There's also a Mr. Blocky tribute in there. I always hated him though since he made one of the prongs in my ring snap off. He was just too fat.
posted by kingmissile on May 4, 2002 - 9 comments

Remote controlled rock 'em sock 'em Transformers from Japan.

Remote controlled rock 'em sock 'em Transformers from Japan. Check out the quicktime movies, and read the safety disclaimer:

Please be aware that DF01 will make sudden abrupt movements that may frighten children and pets. It also has capabilities to shoot ammunition such as rubber pellets and therefore should be aimed in a responsible manner. Finally, numerous parts of the DF01 can and will fly off during combat.

Do not taunt happy-fun ball. Link via core77.
posted by machaus on Apr 6, 2002 - 11 comments

Skeletor and Gang:

Skeletor and Gang: What is it about the combination of stop-motion animation, He-Man action figures, and sped-up heavy metal that makes me laugh until I hurt? "Skeletor, Mantenna and Grizzlor are having a party! Oh no! Moss-Man attacks! Defend us Squeeze!"
posted by emptybowl on Apr 5, 2002 - 7 comments

Lego-lovers

Lego-lovers beware...because this is fun to play with. (I haven't seen this link before, but if it's a double-post, my apologies. I live in fear of making a double-post)
posted by Badmichelle on Mar 28, 2002 - 20 comments

2 hours of Playstation vs. 2 hours with a good Book

2 hours of Playstation vs. 2 hours with a good Book If true, (big if given source) life as a parent just got more complicted. Maybe our children's toys really do need to be "smart" .
posted by Voyageman on Mar 19, 2002 - 43 comments

During my day's aimless surfing I was feeling a mite wistful, and it did my heart a load of good to stumble on the internet home of Funny Face mugs. I also found the Mr. Men and Little Miss Club. Both of these bits of pop culture were objects of devotion to me as a tyke. Looking at the sweet simplicity of the products today, it amazes me how easy it was to invest plastic mugs and simple line drawings with meaning and personality. I wish there was a place for them in today's Kiddie Kulture which seems to be about filling in all the blanks before the kids get to use there imaginations.
posted by jonmc on Feb 24, 2002 - 7 comments

Teddy Bears to watch you

Teddy Bears to watch you While other countries are banning teddy bears from Children's hospital rooms, Japan is putting digital high tech teddy bears that will watch you and inform doctors when you need help.
posted by AsiaInsider on Feb 21, 2002 - 5 comments

Lego Shannanigans!

Lego Shannanigans! Lego that solves the rubik's cube, the towers of hanoi, is a vision command enabled, four-shot rotary cannon but probably still really hurts when you step on a single block.
posted by Spoon on Feb 13, 2002 - 7 comments

Enduring Freedom: The action figures

Enduring Freedom: The action figures Hong Kong hobbyists collect action figures with an intensity that in Japan would be labled Otaku-like. These action figures are more than toys, they are miniature replicas of real and modern weapons. Now you can buy your Covert CIA Agent Jones action figure and direct Long Range Airstrikes at home.
posted by AsiaInsider on Feb 8, 2002 - 5 comments

Is your toy as cool as the Ad Guy?

Is your toy as cool as the Ad Guy?
posted by raaka on Jan 19, 2002 - 3 comments

I'll always love my Beanie Babies.

I'll always love my Beanie Babies. I don't care if I did lose money. The decadent nineties have come to a close. The world is in upheaval. And a simple barterer of velveteen cutsies can't even love his stuffed animals properly.
posted by crasspastor on Jan 16, 2002 - 9 comments

Semi-famous Seattle artist Jim Woodring, author of Frank (zipped pdf comic), has created some nifty toys for Japanese vending machines (flash, click red sphere -> products -> jim woodring).
posted by skwm on Jan 15, 2002 - 5 comments

New type of RC plane going for around $100

New type of RC plane going for around $100 They're electric as opposed to gas powered, lighter than their gas powered cousins, and a fraction of the cost. I've always wanted to get into RC planes, but the cost was prohibitive until now.
posted by skallas on Dec 21, 2001 - 11 comments

I know what I'm buying this year.

I know what I'm buying this year. Reverend Rose of the Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford, CT has released his annual Warped Toy List. "A variety of toy stores and discount chains are visited on a monthly basis by members of the Grace Church Warped Toy Committee, in order to track what sort of toys are being offered for children ... Only the very worst, most psychologically dangerous and most offensive toys are selected."
posted by MegoSteve on Nov 27, 2001 - 37 comments

Barbie's Hot!

Barbie's Hot! Though they claim they have no interest in mass production, I can say right now that I'd buy this Barbie. Woo!
posted by dwivian on Nov 16, 2001 - 24 comments

Get your Enduring Freedom Trading cards!

Get your Enduring Freedom Trading cards! Topps releases a new series "documenting America's greatest challenge". But don't worry, they didn't include any "disturbing images from national newscasts". Will Wizards of the Coast be next?
posted by kaefer on Nov 6, 2001 - 32 comments

Battle Over Blocks

Battle Over Blocks
These essays offer a thoughtful insight into the Lego bricks we grew up with, and how the toys have changed with the times to reflect an absence of creativity in our society. Features Jeff Bates, cofounder of slashdot.
posted by johnjreeve on Oct 29, 2001 - 25 comments

Maori challenge Lego to stop using Maori words for its toys

Maori challenge Lego to stop using Maori words for its toys Certain Maori objected to what they claimed was Lego's inappropriate use of Maori words, and the way Lego's Bionicle game mixed together strands of many cultures. So what's next? No syncretic philosophy/art? Although I suppose marketing Jesus or Mohammed or Buddha as crappy plastic superheroes might cause a little stir.
posted by phartizan on Oct 29, 2001 - 44 comments

Sand Castle Central!

Sand Castle Central! "Your on-line source for all things sand sculpture, including free tips for beginners, information on the best sand carving tools, updated contest and master sculptor information, related links and lots of photos." - i'm off to the beach now...
posted by semper on Oct 10, 2001 - 3 comments

Heroes by James

Heroes by James - James doesn't like the some of the action fugres he buys, so he modifies them to get what he wants. Check out the Hulk and Iron Man figures. Pretty nice.
posted by plinth on Sep 4, 2001 - 6 comments

Lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade -

Lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade - Monty Python dolls^H^H^H^H^Haction figures to go on sale. As noted before I have a penchant for obscure toys. Clearly, they've nailed my demographic. Wish I had the cash to spend on them, though. [via Fark]
posted by plinth on Jun 15, 2001 - 13 comments

Two dildos and a butt plug... That'll be $1300

Two dildos and a butt plug... That'll be $1300
Is this bluring the lines between sex toys and fine art a little further or has the adult toy industry decided to cater to the rich? Sexnology creates adult toys with an expensive new twist, they are made of Borosylicate glass. Of course, these toys look as cool as the $200+ price tag would indicate.
posted by DragonBoy on Jun 3, 2001 - 14 comments

Ken, of Barbie and Ken has turned 40.

Ken, of Barbie and Ken has turned 40. To mark the occasion, Mattel is releasing a hot, young, 20 year old secretary, that Ken is having an affair with, and a Porsche 911. (to complete the whole midlife crisis thing you see.)
posted by tiaka on Mar 15, 2001 - 3 comments

Farewell, e-Toys...

Farewell, e-Toys... Your former hijack victims offer you a moment of silence...
posted by EricBrooksDotCom on Mar 8, 2001 - 6 comments

BRIDGE BUILDER

BRIDGE BUILDER : It's fun for a girl and a boy! A downloadable demo of a pretty cool but geeky bridge building simulator. Each level, you're given the task of spanning a gap using limited materials. Your goal is to build a bridge not only strong enough to stand under its own weight, but to also support the weight of a train crossing over it.

There is no right way to build a bridge, but there is a lot of wrong ways.

System Requirements: 200 MHz or faster CPU, Windows 95/98/00/NT, Direct X version 6 or later, Keyboard recommended, OpenGL video card and drivers

posted by crunchland on Mar 6, 2001 - 22 comments

12 inches of ho smackin' attitude!

12 inches of ho smackin' attitude! Who's yo daddy? Caution: Link goes to a quicktime movie. On a side note, has anyone ever heard of the movie Blood Dolls? That's one scary looking toy.
posted by Jeremy on Mar 2, 2001 - 1 comment

The Jesus Christ Superstore

The Jesus Christ Superstore (supposedly) sells action figures, modeled after Jesus, the Pope, Buddha, Krishna, and more. "Putting the fun back into fundamentalism and the laughter into sectarian slaughter." (Yeah, it's a novelty link. But it's a good one.)
posted by waxpancake on Mar 1, 2001 - 5 comments

The New Transformers Are Coming!

The New Transformers Are Coming!
posted by honkzilla on Feb 12, 2001 - 12 comments

I can't believe no one has posted this... but if I had a cool ten-grand, this set of Generation One Transformers would definitely be mine.
posted by hobbes on Jan 26, 2001 - 13 comments

It looks like LEGO has licensed Eric Harshbarger's Pixelego Mosaic program. The cool part? You upload an image to the Lego servers, and they send you "building instruction, a mounting panel, a wall hanger and 1,936 bricks to build [the] mosaic"
posted by alan on Jan 16, 2001 - 9 comments

Play with yourself anytime you like...

Play with yourself anytime you like... I don't know why, but I find myself wondering if I could afford the $250 or more they're asking for one of these. I can think of a thousand fun things I could do with a 'me' action figure (via Thirteen Labs).
posted by Markb on Jan 5, 2001 - 12 comments

Etoys to lay off 70% of its workforce

Etoys to lay off 70% of its workforce in their never ending quest for profitability. Does it really take 1,000 employees to run an e-commerce site? I hope not, since there will only be 300 left after today. I imagine most of those employees were in the fulfillment end of the business.
posted by mathowie on Jan 4, 2001 - 13 comments

Very soon,Etch-A-Sketch will just be made in China and not in the States.
posted by gluechunk on Dec 13, 2000 - 3 comments

The Fireland.com Blind Dialog contest.

The Fireland.com Blind Dialog contest. This is a hilarious contest. And how can you resist putting an entry in, when the grand prize is a Lego Ninja Fire Fortress?
posted by Succa on Oct 30, 2000 - 1 comment

Nostalgic time-wasting.

Nostalgic time-wasting. Anyone else getting misty-eyed?
posted by solistrato on Oct 25, 2000 - 9 comments

Yesterday I went to a local Comic Book Store here in Houston, Texas. I was looking for the hard to find 'Death Row Marv' figure that recently made the news across the nation. After I asked to see the figure (it was kept behind the counter) and dicided that the price was right, the sales person asked me if I was a policeman. I told him I was not and asked why. He told me that the Death Row Marv figure is very popular with the Houston Police Department. The officers like to have them on their desks and in their squad cars - scary huh?
posted by DragonBoy on Sep 10, 2000 - 3 comments

One part "a long time ago", another part "a galaxy far away"

One part "a long time ago", another part "a galaxy far away" Ever wonder where the Imperial troops went to wind donw on the Death Star? The Death Star Disco of course.
posted by DragonBoy on Aug 31, 2000 - 1 comment

Buy your kid a new doll you cheap bastards!

Buy your kid a new doll you cheap bastards! - Apparently barbie dolls and other plastic toys made in the 1950's have recently been found to secrete a sticky chemical film that could cause developmental problems in children.
posted by Nyarlathotep on Aug 24, 2000 - 4 comments

Death Row Marv

Death Row Marv lets kids play at being executioners.
posted by crawdad on Aug 11, 2000 - 2 comments

This is just sick and wrong.

This is just sick and wrong. Convention Barbie? Do you really want to support a party with lame merchandising tie-ins like this? Sidenote: does this make Bush pro-Mattel and anti-Matt L?
posted by mathowie on Aug 2, 2000 - 8 comments

I'd have given my right arm for this when I was 6.

I'd have given my right arm for this when I was 6. Of course, in 1959 there was no such thing as this. (A lot of research scientists would have given portions of their anatomies for this in 1959; this thing is comfortably more powerful than an IBM 7090, which was state of the art then. I think it cotains more disk space than existed in the world in 1959.)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jul 29, 2000 - 14 comments

Not that we need to give Mattel any more press, but I found gothic Barbie and Ken, Addams gig or no, to be très étrange. (Oh Tish! That's French! You know that drives me to further acts of kitschy assimilation!)
posted by jason on Jul 10, 2000 - 4 comments

The man who came up with the Etch-A-Sketch died. So sad. *shake* *shake* *shake* Gone, but not forgotten.
posted by mathowie on Jun 13, 2000 - 9 comments

Hey, kids! Be the first one on your block to own one of these!

Hey, kids! Be the first one on your block to own one of these! Your very own fully-automatic gatling BB-gun!
posted by Steven Den Beste on May 28, 2000 - 7 comments

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