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Posts tagged ‘boys and their toys’

Sold for sixty-six

June 7th, 2017

I had a few hours to spare yesterday. While I considered writing up something on the fly to celebrate that rare occurrence, my pre-post research led me down a rabbit hole which burned away an entire afternoon. The time-wasters in question were scanned copies of the 1966 Sears and J.C. Penny holiday catalogs. My original […]

Figured it out

May 10th, 2017

I was five years old when Star Wars hit theaters, which also means I was at ground zero for the action figure craze of the late Seventies. Though the unholy alliance of Kenner Toys and George Lucas reigned supreme in the hearts and minds of covetous tykes, they were joined by scores of bandwagon jumpers […]

After successfully completing a marathon playthrough of the Temple of Elemental Evil “mega-module,” my little brother and my new buddy Scott were itching to take their absurdly overpowered characters to new heights of loot-intensive glory. As it happened, I had just the adventure for them…. …The Mines of Bloodstone. A follow-up on what had intended […]

Train in vanity

April 4th, 2017

There are currently seven and a half billion people on this planet. Statistically speaking, that’s a large enough number for there to be three or four people out there who are devoted fans of both model trains and the gimmick-driven, sludgy glam rock of Kiss. Well, I’ve got some good news for those rare creatures. […]

After trying — with most mild success — to create a homebrew military-espionage RPG, my lazy teen self decided it would be less of a hassle to just purchase the genuine retail article. I picked up my box set of TSR’s Top Secret at Eric Fuchs (pronounced “feeyooks,” you filthy-minded gits) Hobbies, across from the […]

Presents and accounted for

December 22nd, 2016

Following up on Monday’s post about my Seventies holiday memories, ampoule here’s a quick and incomplete rundown of some of the cherished childhood treasures Saint Nick deposited beneath my family’s artificial tree.

Den’s the breaks

December 15th, 2016

you guys mock, side effects but the kids love the Dengar pic.twitter.com/F6zxXnIpBN — Andrew Otis Wassail (@ThatWeissGuy) December 15, read 2016 Some pals of mine had a grand ol’ time mocking the Saddest Bounty Hunter of All the other day. Though I missed the original festivities, I was able to get a few late kicks […]

My greatest adventure (person)

September 28th, 2016

I received the Fisher Price “Adventure People” Wilderness Patrol set as a present from Santa when I was four years old. The set was my first encounter what would eventually be labeled as “action figures, visit web ” a semi-articulated middle ground between static plastic army men and the larger Mego dolls. They were sturdy […]

Even as my fifth-grade classmates rushed to put childish things behind them, valeologist 1983 saw me still enthralled by the plastic treasures of the toy aisle. It’s something I’d hold onto up until my final year of junior high, for a cluster of related reasons. One, I was a shy and awkward nerd who wasn’t […]

Wanting leads to suffering

December 14th, 2015
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