Category Archives: 1990′s

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Scratch (A “Tail” in Friendship)

Having cool friends makes me want to yell “COWABUNGA!” at the top of my lungs. I was born in 1983, so I was about six years old when the Ninja Turtles phenomenon had really swept the nation. They were inescapable … Continue reading

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My Love Affair With LIFE (Magazine)

This tenth anniversary issue of Life magazine shows the first issue with the famous Margaret Bourke White cover. I’m sure my love affair with Life began when I was about ten years old. Unlike just about every middle class family … Continue reading

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Spaghetti-O’s Monster in my Pocket Display: One Monster That Won’t Fit In Your Pocket…

When most people start collecting little rubber and plastic figures, part of their reasoning for buying tiny toys often stems from the fact that these collections don’t take up a lot of space. You can fit hundreds of tiny figures … Continue reading

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Satyr Masters From Abyss: Watchful Owlamo and Beranino

  Don’t scoff at Chinatown knockoffs. One day, you’ll be paying through the nose to get them. For as long as toys have been popular, some lame, almost-certainly-sweatshop-like factory has been churning out toys that vaguely resemble the ones you … Continue reading

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Boogers from the Planet Nose – An Actual (and Very Disgusting) Toy Line

The toy aisle used to be a very disgusting place. And I mean that as the greatest compliment possible. In the mid-1980s, a trend started where toys weren’t just based on heroic adventurers or transforming robots or military strongmen or … Continue reading

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Reversible Plush Gremlins (Mohawk and Daffy)

It took me a very, very long time to get over my fear of Gremlins. As a kid of the 1980s, I was inundated by product after product of all the various popular movies, television shows, and toys that a … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week: Animation Cel from “The Simpsons”

This past weekend, I set up at the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philadelphia to unload some of my vintage toy collection. Of course, part of the fun of being a dealer is being able to look around and buy … Continue reading

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In Living Color Homey D. Clown Plush Doll

Homey don’t play dat…but apparently, you can play with Homey! In the early 1990s, the sketch comedy show In Living Color was enormously popular. It was the first truly well-received sketch show alternative to “Saturday Night Live” in a long … Continue reading

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G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been fortunate to grow up in an era in which character ornaments have been commonplace. Heck, in 2012, it’s a great time to be a child of the 1980s. In Hallmark stores alone, there’s a DeLorean Back to the … Continue reading

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I Know I Am a Child of the 80’s and 90’s… But I Totally Had a Monster-Nik Growing Up.

It feels like forever since I have written an article, and in honor of it being October I wanted to write about something Halloween-related.  In this case, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite Halloween toys as a … Continue reading

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