Category Archives: Ben

Skateboard Smack-Ups Manny Manhole

I think I tried skateboarding about twice in my life. There’s an old adage about how if you don’t succeed, well, by golly, you just pick yourself up and try again. Not me. I couldn’t get the hang of it … Continue reading

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Solitaire for Two (I’m talking about Rock Lords again)

As I detailed in 2012’s Snarlie Narlie entry, I’m a big fan of Tonka’s Rock Lords toys. It’s a collection I’ve been slowly chipping away at for several years, but in recent years, my collection has grown by leaps and … Continue reading

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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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Mortimer Ichabod Marker from Bill Cosby’s Picture Pages

A few years ago, for some reason, I got slightly obsessed with Bill Cosby. America’s number one funnyman and TV dad has to be one of the most recognizable figures on the planet, and while he occasionally says something controversial … 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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Silverhawks Copper Kidd Animation Cel

Over the years, I’ve been able to add a few animation cels to my collection. I find them fascinating just because, to me, they are far more than just artwork. These cels are literally what brought a cartoon to life. … 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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