Weird Universe


The Great Garloo

How many toy trains sets were destroyed by Garloo? Although his fearsomeness is somewhat weakened by his receiving a smooch from the little girl.

In color!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Fictional Monsters

Weird 1915 Kite


What was this home handyman in Popular Mechanics smoking?

Original plans here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 21, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Recreation, Toys, Surrealism, Children, 1910's, Face and Facial Expressions, Fictional Monsters

Santa Claus’s Punch & Judy

Santa Claus finally brings the puppet ultra-violence to Xmas that the holiday has traditionally lacked.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 07, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Puppets and Automatons, Toys, 1940's

Toy Hand Grenade


"I'm deeply sorry, Mrs Jones, but the SWAT team had no way of knowing little Tommy wasn't holding a real grenade before they opened fire."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 25, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Toys, Comics, 1950's, Weapons

Marching Mickey, Dancing Donald

"He needs your help to march!" Worst excuse for playtime ever.

These ugly dolls were not Disney's brightest moment.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 16, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Toys, Cartoons, 1970's

Johnny Seven O.M.A. Gun

Wow. Able to give the parents of 2013 seven kinds of frenzied PC headaches with one toy!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 14, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Guns, Toys, Advertising, Children, 1960's

Lego Art

Legos aren't just for kids anymore.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Oct 14, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Toys

History of the Cootie Game

According to wikipedia, the Cootie Game was so popular, selling millions of copies, that it's now considered a symbol for the baby boomer generation. But as a Gen-Xer, I grew up without any knowledge of this classic.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 12, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Toys


Check out the other 19 inappropriate toys.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Oct 02, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Toys



How could Weird Universe not do a feature on a line of model kits dubbed "Weird-ohs"...?

This blog features a good writeup on them.


Here's a period ad from BOYS LIFE.


And the horrifying reality of the finished product. Buy yours now through the link below!

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