Tuesday, July 05, 2011
This edition of Cool Stuff begins with this Spider-Man Lite Writer produced by Larami! I can't say I quite get the appeal of a pen with a built-in light, but someone must've liked it!
From 1979, here's the Magic-Catch game featuring Spider-Man! I guess the idea was to produce a variation on the "safe ball darts" thing...
From the "Weird toy ideas featuring a superhero" file, here's a Spidey Magnifying Glass! What I find most amusing is how the card art was deliberately designed to fool the buyer into thinking this magnifying glass made things HUGE!
I remember seeing this Spidey "mechanical arm" in the stores when it came out... and I still don't quite get why someone thought this was a good Spider-Man item. Maybe if they'd sold it as a Plastic Man or Mr. Fantastic "stretched arm" kind of thing, it would've worked for me!
A mini-gallery of Mexican bootleg Spidey merchandise! I have to laugh at the stickers for the parachuting Spidey, myself!
Here's two different Spidey mirrors from the 1970s, the later from 1978! Now, the first of these is obviously functional... but the second? Has to be purely decorative... and that's assuming it was actually a manufactured item, and not just how someone decorated their own personal mirror (perhaps using some of the stickers produced in that era).
Combine the 1970s popularity of Spider-Man as well as the popularity of CB Radio, and here's what you get! I kind of have my doubts it worked all that well, myself...
This mug-bowl-placemat gift set that you could color and re-color is the first of today's Spider-Man items that I think is seriously cool, and would have loved to have had... even if they felt Spidey couldn't carry it all himself, and had to add Captain America and the Hulk to some of the stuff!
This Spidey origin poster from 1980 was part of a series that I think may have been a fast food tie-in, but I can't say for sure!
Yes, that's a Spider-Man paddle ball set... worthy of inclusion here just because of the silliness of the altered stat art of Spidey and the Hulk to make it appear they were playing it!
A trio of Spidey patches, the latter from 1979!
Pencil by numbers instead of paint by numbers? How did I not see this when it came out?
Spidey Projector Gun! I kind of wish I could get one of these to see how well it projected...
That's one HUGE Spidey puffy sticker!
A nice gallery of original art for some Spider-Man puzzles! Anyone want to hazard a guess as to the artists? I believe Joe Sinnott produced some of these.
Spidey Figural Head Radio!
My son Tristan would LOVE to have these items in his back-to-school supplies!
He'd love these shoelaces on his sneakers, too!
We'll finish off the Spidey stuff next time, and probably get a few other items in, too!