by Adam Riske
Just today I was shopping for presents for my niece and nephew’s birthdays at Target when I stumbled upon a ridiculous (yet somewhat logical) piece of movie merchandise: the Now You See Me 2 Magic Case with 150 tricks. To those of you who have seen either or both of the Now You See Me movies, this is especially ludicrous because those movies have like zip, zero, no “real” magic in them. It’s all computer-generated nonsense. That got me thinking about some of my favorite movie toys from when I was growing up. Here’s a sample:
Masters of the Universe was probably the first time I learned about negotiating. I had a neighbor who lived across the street who also collected the Masters of the Universe stickers for the sticker album as well and I would always try to make trades with him for the stickers I needed and he was almost always inflexible. Some 5 year-olds just want to watch the world burn! I don’t think I finished collecting all of the stickers I needed for this sticker book and this is one of my life’s biggest failures.
5. Batman 1989 Remote-Control Batmobile: Chanukah 1989 was all about Batman toys. I got a lot of them, including the Batwing and a bunch of the action figures. The prize jewel of my collection was my remote control Batmobile. I took it to the top of the stairs and drove it down the stairs. The thing broke. That’s when I learned that heroes have their limits.
What are some toys from 1980s movies that you owned as a kid and were all about?
Coming Next Week: Hot Merch! (1990s Edition)