Category:
Toys

Coleco Electric Football Game

Was there ever a stupider toy?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 30, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Sports, Toys, 1970s

The Art of the Brick

A recent comment about erecting a Lego statue reminded me of something I saw a while ago, but forgot to pass on to WU.

Nathan Sawaya won a competition for the Lego Master Model Builder title in 2004, and went on to work for Lego itself. Later he decided to open his own art studio, one where all the sculptures and pictures are made out of the ubiquitous little plastic bricks. Many of his creations, such as Blue pictured below with Sawaya himself, can be seen on his studio's web-site, The Art of the Brick.

My personal favourite, though, is the Lego Han Solo in Carbonite.

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Sat Jun 06, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Toys, Surrealism

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 2

On May 21st 2008 Wii Fit came out. Ever since then there's been a lot of sites saying this is Nintendo's first exercising game. It's not. Back in 1986 a game in Japan came out called Family Trainer and in 1988 it was released in North America as Family Fun Fitness. It didn't use a small mat like Wii Fit did, instead it used a mat that looks like an early version of Dance Dance Revolution called the NES Power Pad.


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Due to lack of interest from players and developers most of the games never made it out of Japan.

Posted By: phantomspy1 - Fri May 29, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys

Human Hamster Balls

All future arguments on WU shall be settled by TRIAL VIA GIANT HUMAN HAMSTER SPHERES! Participants may purchase spheres here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 09, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Games, Toys

Follies of the Mad Men #59

What exactly was the name of that toy again?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 20, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Toys, 1970s

Plush Uterus Choking Hazard

Warning! If you bought your kid this stuffed uterus, you better return it. The uterus has been determined to be unsafe:

The ovaries may be pulled off
and become a choking hazard,
Keep away from children.

For the love of God, just keep the uterus away from the kids!!! (via Consumerist)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 24, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Toys

The Force Trainer

The Force Trainer, coming out later this year from Uncle Milton toys, reads your brain activity via a wireless headset, and then translates your brain waves into physical action. Namely, it activates a fan which raises or lowers a ball inside a tube.

Boring! They've gone with the wrong movie. If they were coming out with the Stephen King Firestarter Trainer, that would have been interesting.

At the very least, they should have included the ability to activate Jedi Force Lightning.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 20, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Toys

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #17

And as Captain Beaky sails off toward the Island of Antique Toys, we bid farewell to this survey of a time slightly less commercialized and more innocent than the present day. No Bratz Dolls, no Guitar Hero, no Mattel Mind-Controllers, no iPods preloaded with episodes of Hannah Montana. What will the next 35 years bring? Stay tuned!

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 14, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #16

"Your eyes won't believe what your hands have done!" How incredibly accurate is this statement, as the tagline for so very many of the perps who parade across WEIRD UNIVERSE.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 13, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #15

A toy that can be blamed for fostering the notion that every kid is possessed of equal artistic ability.

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Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 12, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

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