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Posts tagged ‘boys and their toys’

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

Nobody’s Favorite: Null and zoid

September 30th, 2015

Armagideon Time’s 10th (?!?) Annual Halloween Countdown starts tomorrow, sickness but I thought I’d take a break from my preparatory crypt-rummaging to squeak out a quick installment of this (sadly neglected as of late) litany of funnybookdom’s lost and the damned. This week we’re returning to the bottomless advertainment abyss of 1980s toy tie-ins with […]

Chopped and bruised

August 4th, 2015

The stripped-down, page foam-padded BMX aesthetic was in full ascendancy during the peak of my childhood cycling adventures, but there were still plenty of banana-seat baroque holdovers rolling around the old neighborhood. Few still adhered to their original configurations. The fiddly bits and fancy gizmos favored by 1970s bike manufacturers were more marketing stunt than […]

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