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Treasure Chest of Terrible Toys: Foreign Knock-Off Toys 2

12 Nov

November 12, 2016

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Hello again fellow consumer of toys most elegant! In years previously past, Blog Fellow of the Moist and Tepid has presented selections designed to elevate and fun. This is true even now in common era. Applaud and delight as Editor Staff present anew the badly translated of toys foreign and odd.

Item First of Honor- Here we display item of possible edible quality. Souperman!

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Item Second of Next- More Superman! Superman Fly for Truth! Superman use Saddle of Justice! Superman Ride Horse of Know What For?

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Superheroic Man ride horse of night color! Lasso and steed! New!

Item Third After Next- Superhero make you totem of respect when given to children for present or tolerate!

superheroIt possibly good toy!

Item Fourth Not The Last- More super power, maybe for ladies or use of funtime at night.

supercockLadies pleasure of excitement! Head attach!

Item Five of Awesome Gods- Spader-Man selection of five battle for right and against for justice minus evil. Bendable!

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Spader-Man Red and Blue! Spader-Man Red! Spader-Man Blue! Color of toy to stimulate and pretend! From the new! Bonus!

Item Last in List- From movies of budget with people to be seen.

franstromersFranstromers Franstrom from robot to other robot! Sell for two dollars in one dollar store!

For other selections maybe enjoy other link here to see more and know: Foreign Knock-Off Toys Part 1

 

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Recorded History

30 Aug

August 30, 2016

I grew up in the days before VCR’s were common. And that really dates me since a lot of my younger readers who have TiVo or any kind of digital recorders may never have had a VCR. But at one point it just wasn’t common to have any kind of home television recording device. They existed in the 70’s but they weren’t cheap or in every home.

As a kid, I had a black + white TV in my bedroom, and that dates me too. Even then B+W TV’s were on the way out and color sets were soon all you’d find. It was an old set.

This was around 1979 or so. I was young and I was just becoming a Star Trek fan. (How did that happen? Read here.) Problem was, the show aired on WPIX channel 11 late at night. I’m not sure, but it aired at 11:00 or even later, and for a kid like me, that was past my bedtime. Even though there was a  TV right near my bed, I knew Mom or Dad would see the light under my door or hear the sound so watching the show wasn’t an option. But I came up with a work around.

Dad had a portable cassette recorder and I put it next to the TV speaker, turned down the sound, and adjusted the picture so the screen was all black. That way I recorded the Trek audio and eventually I had three or four shows in my meager collection, audio only. I’d listen to them late at night.

See how old it is? It has a leather case and a carry strap!

See how old it is? It has a leather case and a carry strap!

Flash forward to today. DVD, Netflix, Hulu, and more. If you want to see (let alone hear) an episode of Star Trek it is at your fingertips. And the other night I put on Netflix and found a particular episode of Star Trek, one I haven’t seen in a few years, at least.

Kirk, Spock and Co. beam down to a planet where Spock gets infected by alien spores and his emotions are released. He falls in love and refuses to leave the planet. It’s not a bad episode but certainly not one of the best. Middle of the road, I’d say. It’s memorable for Spock falling in love but also for McCoy speaking in a slow Southern drawl.

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But it is very special to me since it was one of the shows I taped on that old recorder of Dad’s. Both the recorder and the tape are long, long gone. So just for the heck of it, to relive some of my youth, late at night I after I got into bed the other night I took out my tablet and played This Side of Paradise. Without the picture. Just the audio. The same way I listened to this episode back in the late 70’s.

It isn’t a great line, and not a memorable piece of dialogue, but I would be lying if I didn’t get a thrill hearing the head of the planet’s lost colony introduce himself to Jim Kirk.

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I have a clear and distinct memory of lying in my childhood bed in my family’s old apartment listening to that scene. And for the next 50 minutes or so, while I may have been lying in my 2016 bed, I was also lying in my 1979 bed, in my 1979 home, and I felt every bit the kid I was then.

I suppose there’s a point here about technology, or childhood, or whatever you may have read into this. For me, the only point is that it’s a damn shame I had to grow up.

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