Garbage Pail Kids

Garbage Pail Kids

If anyone in this world can appreciate the classless, tasteless, and downright disgusting humor of this world, it’s children. While gas may strain a marriage, it brings mirth to a classroom. While boogers are a taboo subject among adult circles, they can be found under desks and on the back of school bus seats everywhere. If it’s grosser than gross, chances are, kids wanna hear about it. Continue reading...

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Few people made a more profound impact on the Saturday mornings of the 70s than the creative duo of Sid and Marty Krofft. They whisked us off to one magical locale after another with such offerings as H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos and Lidsville. In 1973, a floating piece of seaweed inspired the pair to create a series a little closer to home. Breaking with their surrealistic style, they set their new show at a southern California beach, and called it Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Continue reading...

Matchbox

Matchbox

One might think that a delightful collection of scale model cars would be something that a child would want to lovingly protect from harm. Something about a car, however, brings out a more sadistic side to kids. Try as they might, they can’t help being lured into a world of fantastic car crashes and death-defying stunts - paint scratches be damned. Probably no other toy has consistently faced the abuse that Matchbox cars have been put through; an impromptu demolition derby is just too enticing to pass up. But for over fifty years, these little die-cast metal beauties have won the hearts of kids everywhere and somehow a small portion have survived unscathed enough to be coveted by collectors everywhere. Continue reading...

The Brady Bunch Hour

The Brady Bunch Hour

For seemingly any popular entertainer in the 70s who could sing and dance a little, perhaps even pull off some sketch comedy, their fate was clear – variety show! Tony Orlando, Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Andy Williams: they all had them. And if they could do it, so could those lovable moppets, the Brady Bunch, stars of their very own variety series, The Brady Bunch Hour. Thanks to a well-received special produced by The Krofft brothers (Sid and Marty, that is), The Brady Bunch Hour was given the go ahead and made its debut in 1977. The entire groovy gang was there with the exception of Eve Plumb, who played Jan on the series. She said “thanks, but […] Continue reading...

C3P0s cereal

C3P0s Cereal

The year was 1984, and humanity had already been treated to a trilogy of science fiction films that would become one of the genres most successful franchises ever, Star Wars. With a marketing machine in full stride, it was no wonder that, alongside all the toys, posters, comics, sleeping bags, lunchboxes, etc., the breakfast cereal aisles of the nation would want to get in on the action. With everyone’s favorite droid serving as friendly pitchman, C3P0s traveled from a galaxy far, far away to the breakfast tables of Earth. Continue reading...

Necco Sweethearts candy

Sweethearts

Every time Valentine's Day rolls around, the adults of the world exchange flowers and elaborate boxes of chocolate with their loved ones. Kids, on the other hand, have always preferred those little heart-shaped candies with the somewhat chalky flavor, each emblazoned with a short message such as "Be Mine" or "Kiss Me". That's right, we're talking about Sweethearts, a beloved confection that has always been happy to do the talking when you were too shy to verbally profess your love. Continue reading...

Mr. Machine

Mr. Machine

Children have long been fascinated with taking things apart and (hopefully) putting them back together again. Let a kid get their hands on a few of dad’s tools, and it is almost a certainty that they will start disassembling anything that lay in their path. Nothing is safe, from their own toys to their parent’s household appliances. Noting this particular universal fondness, Ideal Toys created the perfect plaything in 1960, a mechanical buddy, ready to be un-built and put back together again at will. His name was Mr. Machine. Continue reading...

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

It was just about impossible to be a kid in the 70s and not know who Evel Knievel was. He was the iconic folk hero of a generation that grew up a little too late to catch the space race or Daniel Boone. Eyes were transfixed to television sets everywhere each time he would put on his helmet and propel his motorcycle towards a ramp that would send him flying over cars, buses, fountains, canyons, and anything else that seemed to have a need to be jumped over. Of course, part of the allure of these spectacles was that Mr. Knieval didn’t always make the most graceful landing. Continue reading...