Posts Tagged ‘ toys ’

DOCTOR DREADFUL

Looks gross, tastes great!

Doctor Dreadful is a children’s toy involving the creation of confectionery of viscous consistencies, lurid colors or in molds in the shapes of animals. It is produced by Umagine.

Based on the principle eat everything you make, it’s pretty much a boy’s version of an easy bake oven.

Products include:

  • Organ Grinder (crank up delicious juicy goo-filled Zombie organs)
  • Spider Eggs (lays hundreds of edible spider eggs, devour them before they hatch)
  • Zombie Lab (brew bubbly brains and watch as your Zombie barfs a delicious drink)
  • Stomach Churner (pour out foamy belly brew and mix up tomach acids)
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DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION

Ahhh the original DDR! Remember when it only cost $2 to play?

Dance Dance Revolution (abbreviated DDR) is a music video game series produced by Konami. Introduced in Japan in 1998 then released in North America and Europe in 1999,

DDR is the pioneering series of the rhythm and dance genre in video games. Players stand on a “dance platform” or stage and hit colored arrows laid out in a cross with their feet to musical and visual cues.

Players are judged by how well they time their dance to the patterns presented to them and are allowed to choose more music to play to if they receive a passing score.

Dance Dance Revolution has been given much critical acclaim for its originality and stamina in the video game market. There have been dozens of arcade-based releases across several countries and hundreds of home video game console releases.

The series has promoted a music library of original songs produced by Konami’s in-house artists and an eclectic set of licensed music from many different genres.

 

My favorite tracks were “Butterfly” and “Boom Boom Dollar” prolly because they were on basic mode and I can actually finish the whole song without failing.

One time I was at the arcades dancing to “Bumblebee” and it was too hardcore for me I fell off the platform. Soo embarassing especially when you have an audience.

I was smart enough to know that I don’t have the co-ordination to even attempt “Paranoia.”

ROLLERBLADES

Probably my only form of physical acitivity besides walking to the mailbox.

In-line skates (often called Rollerblades after the popular trade name) are a type of roller skates. Unlike quad skates which have two front and two rear wheels, inline skates have two, three, four, or five wheels arranged in a single line. Some in-line skates, especially those for recreation have a ‘stop’ or ‘brake’ which is used to slow down while skating.

The modern style of  blades was developed as a substitute for ice skates, for use by a Russian athlete training on solid ground for Olympic long track speed skating events.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rollerblade Inc. a company founded by Scott and Brennan Olson in Minneapolis, Minnesota widely promoted in-line skating. They were so successful that their trademarked name Rollerblade became synonymous with inline skates.

They came in the most fluorescent and hideous colours but at least you were visible to passing cars.

Once I got my bearings and learnt the basics of the in-line craze I started practicing donuts in the drive way and after I mastered that it was attempting to skate backwards.

Let’s just say thanks Dad for getting me that geeky helmet and those knee, arm and wrist pads came in quite handy!

PIKACHU

“I choose you, Pikachu!” [throws Pokéball]

Pikachu is a species of Pokémon creature from the Pokémon media franchise (a collection of video games, anime, manga, books and trading cards). Within the world of the Pokémon, Pikachu is often found in houses, forests, plains and occasionally near mountains, islands, and electrical sources.

As an electric-type monster, Pikachu can store electricity in its cheeks and release it in lightning-based attacks.

Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, largely because he is the central character and regarded as the official mascot. He has become an icon of the 90s and Japanese culture in recent years.

Pokémon is an animated series based on the popular electronic toy “Pocket Monster” in which children raise an electronic monster and train it to fight other monsters. In this show, Satoshi and his monster, Pikachu travel the land hoping to improve their skills and eventually become the grand champions.

Move over Hello Kitty cos this little guy was the new marketer’s dream! Pikachu’s face was plastered on every piece of merchandise you can think of… from lunch boxes to key chains.

Somehow (against my will) I was dragged to watch the movie adaptation of Pokémon in ’97, one word – painful.

I was so irritated by Pika’s voice (squeaks more rather) that I kept trying to zone out.

The only glimmer of hope was anticipating S2M’s “Don’t Say You Love Me” which (fingers crossed) would play during the end credits.

FURBY

It was the must-have toy of 1998,  Furbies were electronic robotic toys resembling a cross between a hamster and an owl.

Furbies were the first successful attempt to produce and sell a domestically aimed robot.

A newly purchased Furby starts out speaking entirely Furbish, the unique language that all Furbies use but are programmed to speak less Furbish as they gradually start using English.

English is learned automatically and no matter what culture they are nurtured in they learn English.

When first released, Furbies retailed for about US$35 and flew off the shelves. The demand was high which drove the holiday season sale price to over US$100.

Was Furby worth his buck? His vocab had a total of nearly 200 Furbish/English words and with some parents so desperate to please their kids they forked out as high as $300 (that’s a $1.50 a word)

When I was a kid, all I wanted for Christmas was a Hulk action figurine instead I got a Barbie doll painted green. I spit on that $300.

SLAP BANDS

Oh snap… I mean Slap!

The ultimate retro accessory Slap Bands or Slap Bracelets are made of layered, felxible stainless steel bistable spring bands within a designer fabric or plastic covered.

The bracelet can be straightened out, creating tension within the springy metal bands. The straightened bracelet is then slapped against your forearm causing the bands to spring back into a curve that wraps around the wrist securing the bracelet on the wearer.

Invented by Wisconsin teacher Stuart Anders and sold under the brand name “Slap Wrap” the bracelet became a popular fad among children and tweens in the early 90s.

Several schools banned the bracelet following reports of injuries stemming from improper use.

SUPER SOAKER

Super Soaker is a brand of recreational water gun first sold in 1990 by Larami, the first ever of its kind was called the Super Soaker 50 (originally called the Power Drencher).

The first Super Soaker blasters utilized manually pressurized air to shoot water with greater power, range and accuracy than conventional squirt guns.

They were popular for many years – the brand was further popularized in the by Michael Jackson declaring it was one of his favorite toys.

 

 

Water fight! Aren’t we lucky to have grown up in the water weaponry revolution.

The long Summer days when you’d divide into teams with the other neighborhood kids and play drench wars.

The only con was running for cover when you needed a re-fill but then the relief of hearing the hissing sound the Super Soaker makes when you pump it.

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