Teletubbies

Teletubbies

“Over the hills and far away, Teletubbies come to play.” It was a British Invasion of another sort, when a new fab four arrived on American shores after finding much success in their home country of England. This time around, however, the moptop hairdos were absent, replaced by geometrical antennae, as well as far more colorful (and furry) attire. And, while this description might fit a typical 80s glam band, instead it is about a quartet of four lovable and nonsensical creatures called Teletubbies. Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport created Teletubbies in 1997, a children’s show which targeted the youngest set of television viewers, the preschoolers. The idea was to help boost confidence and diminish anxiety as their future school […] Continue reading...

Snik Snak candy bar

Snik Snak

First introduced by Mars in the mid-60s, Snik Snak bars were once the primary rival of the similarly-titled Hershey concoction, the Kit Kat bar (which arrived on the market first.) But for fans of the long-extinct candy, there was really never any comparison. Continue reading...

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...