Category:
Toys

Juvenile Offender

Throw the book at her!

Source.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 21, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Crime, Toys, Children, 1930s, Postal Services

Midge, Barbie & Ken



After learning "the three of them go everywhere together," the occasion of a masked ball tips it over into EYES WIDE SHUT territory.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Sexuality, Toys, 1960s

Remco Monkey Gun

Nerf missiles? For wimps!



Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 15, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Destruction, Toys, 1960s, Weapons

Playskool Play ‘n’ Learn Computer

Same hardware that took Apollo to the moon!



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 01, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Toys, Computers, 1970s

Marvelous Milking Cow

With "pretend milk"!

More details

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 04, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Toys, Cows, 1970s

Hardcore Toilet for Wrestling Action Figures

It's a miniature toilet (3 inches tall) intended as an accessory for WWE Wrestling Action Figures. The product description notes: "Lids goes up and down and top lids is removable like a real toilet... Perfect for all past and present wrestling figures!"

I guess even action figures need to use a toilet every now and then.

Available on Amazon for $13.99.


via Worst Things for Sale

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 01, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Bathrooms, Toys

Sound Bites

Interesting concept, as a gimmick. Though it seems like an impractical way to listen to music, and an expensive way to have a lollipop. No wonder it's no longer being made.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 30, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Toys, 1990s

Oobi

Parker [Brothers] identifies as its "wildest failure" a game called Oobi, which it trotted out in 1971. This was billed as "the new message medium." It consisted of an egg-shaped hollow container on which was printed these words:

"I contain a message to another human being. Please further my journey an inch, a foot or a mile. Add a note, if you wish. Then help me to the next nice person like yourself."

Parker was so high on Oobi that it instituted special security measures to keep competitors from stealing the idea. Development went forward under the code name, "Project O." The game was introduced on the West Coast with an artful television commercial declaring, "Oobi means love."
Sales were weak but Parker didn't believe it. Oobi was moved into the Southeast. Then Parker got the message: The public hated Oobi.

The Dayton Journal Herald - Jan 2, 1974

More info: Oobi Land!, wikipedia

Atlanta Constitution - Aug 1, 1971





image source: eBay

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 01, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys, 1970s

Baby Jesus Doll

A legendary flop in the toy industry. It was brought out in 1958 by the Ideal Toy Company, which was the same company that invented the teddy bear in 1903 and introduced the Rubik's Cube in the 1980s.

The story goes that the company president, Ben Michtom, got the idea for it after visiting the Pope. From the NY Post:

Under the leadership of Morris’ son, Ben, Ideal expanded to produce the Shirley Temple Doll; the first black baby doll; Betsy Wetsy; and one major flop, a baby Jesus doll, which had the Catholic Church’s blessing.

“What a bomb,” exclaimed [Paula] Michtom. “Being Jewish, [the family] didn’t understand that no one was going to buy the toy. No one was going to have their children playing with the Christ child.”

Even the kids in the ad for it look pretty disinterested in the thing.



Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 13, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Religion, Toys, 1950s

Giant long-legged teddy bear

There's something weird about long legs on a teddy bear. Especially on a giant teddy bear. It makes it look too close to human.

This long-legged aberration is on sale at Amazon for $109.99.

image via reddit



Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 07, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Toys

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