1030 – JC Penney Holiday Catalog
A dreamy book with wishes of play and memory. Also He-Man gets a vote for best bathtime bud.
- A half rear-ended pitch
- Equestrian-based toys (EBT)
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast
- Knight Rider
- Muppet Babies
Notable Talking Points:
- Thoughts that make you go, “Ruh Roh”
- He-Man was good for the bathtub
- Man, it was a binary era
Episode 1030 – JC Penney Holiday Catalog
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and my patron peeps, you ready to play with some toys, patron peeps? Play with toys on pages. It’s time for Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing? Trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do or could do if you so choose to is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press play. I’m gonna do the rest. What I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake, whether that’s thoughts you’re thinking about, feelings, anything you’re feeling physically or emotionally…so, thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, so stuff coming up for you you’re thinking about, you’re feeling, or you’re physically experiencing, or it could be other stuff; anticipation, work, clocks ticking, I don’t know.
You know, any…whatever’s keeping you awake; temperature changes…oh, boy. Humidity changes, all those things. It could be something else, but whatever it is, I’d like to take your mind off of that. What I’m gonna do or what I, again, propose to do is create a safe place by sending my voice across the deep, dark night. I’m gonna use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones. Oh, so creaky are my dulcet tones that you say, what is this I’m listening to? So, creaky, dulcet tones, pointless meanders, superfluous tangents. So, I’m gonna go off-topic, get mixed up, then forget what I was saying, then say a bunch of words that may not sound like they make any sense or are connected, then I’ll go try and make a point, then I’ll come back. I’ll say wait a second, what did I…? I can’t remember. What was I supposed to say next?
That’s pretty much what the whole show is like, just so you know right up front, and even this part of the show. I’ve seen recently a few different people who were waiting for it to get started. This is a show within a show. The kinda…show is kinda already started. But yeah, the show is here to keep you company while you fall asleep. But here’s the…here’s a couple things that are hard, if you’re new, to get used to, which is totally normal. Of course, getting used to a sleep podcast at all…if you’re anything like me, you might be doubtful or skeptical. So, I’m glad you’re here. It’s also just that this podcast is just not for everybody. Maybe it’s the structure of the show. Maybe it’s my creaky, dulcet tones, or my pointless meanders, or my superfluous tangents, or just my personality.
It may not work for you, but most regular listeners, they’ve said over the past seven, eight years I’ve been making this show, hey, it takes a few tries to get used to the show and even recently as today, as someone said; you know, I listened to the show four years ago. I said oh, that’s not good. Then a friend recommended it and then I went back. I said oh, okay, right; it’s kinda…it’s good. It’s so not good, it’s good. It’s like a lukewarm beverage, really. Sleep With Me; the lukewarm beverages…beverage of podcasts, ‘cause you say only in very specific circumstances with very specific beverages are you gonna be like, give me…oh boy, give me a lukewarm glass of that good stuff. I’d be hard-pressed to think very many. I’d say, something that has honey in it and herbal botanicals.
When I’m not…when I’m record…well, here’s a great place to…when you want to take care of your creaky, dulcet tones, room-temperature drinks are the best. They really are — for recording a podcast — the best. Not too hot, not too cold. So yeah, like a Bengal Spice. That’s a great one for recording a sleep podcast, and I’m…Bengal Spice iced tea or hot tea you’ve let reach room temperature. Oh, boy. I’ll take it eight days a week. Bengal Spice at room temperature, please. If I was on the Enterprise…and Picard would say I’m sorry, you have to give…and I say what, you don’t got…? You don’t have brand-name things? They say well, it’s the future. I say okay, well, I don’t know what to order, then. Could I have a…whatever you’re doing? Like, the holo-drink version of that at room temperature, please.
Oh, what is room temperature? I say okay, never mind. Never mind, I’ll get back to my sleep podcast I make. So, this podcast can…is not for everybody. You could always go to sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou to find other options, but for most people it ends up working for, it still took two or three tries. So, not exactly great news, but we’re not dealing with regular, daytime stuff here. I’m here trying to help you fall asleep. Actually, those are the other two things; this is a podcast, which I think you probably already figured out, you don’t really listen to it. It’s more here as background noise you kinda listen to, like a TV in a room two rooms over when it’s not getting on your nerves, like when you would be away in the summertime on a vacation or something.
Or maybe your windows are open and somebody’s listening two apartments over, but you’re chilling and you’re just listening and you can’t quite hear what they’re watching. You say, it sounds like it has a laugh track, or it sounds like it has some sort of running motors. It might be a race…it’s either a movie with race cars or a laugh track. Here’s something; I…’cause I almost said raff track. How come…remember, there was the space Casper coast-to-coast show. Here’s something, free idea for a multinational corporation to take…please compensate me, but how about a Scooby-Doo…how about giving Scooby-Doo his own talk show? It might only be good for one episode. The Rooby-Doo…what was I talking about, though? I went off way…oh, I’m someone you don’t really listen to. There you go.
I mean, that just proves the point. You say Scoots, that idea comes up every decade and the show gets canceled either in pre-production or after one or two episodes. I’d say you’re right. I guess it would be…I don’t…yeah, ‘cause I don’t know who would interview people ‘cause it would be…it would get monotonous. No offense, Scooby, but you…you’re…yeah, it would be…you’re right; it would be…that’s the kinda creative constraint I love, though, if it’s prepaid, by the way. You know, if you’re willing to part with a few hundred million dollars for an idea that’s probably half-rear-ended, I…that’s the kinda creative constraint I could work on for your company if you have the rights to that. Oh, but where was I? Oh, yeah, don’t really listen to me. You say, what kind of big ideas does Scoots come up with?
Well, half…you got kinda ideas that would make somebody say rut-roh. Yeah, a kinda idea that Scooby and Shaggy would come up with together after they bonked heads trying to reach for the same Scooby Snack. But what was my point? Oh, don’t really listen to me. Also, I’m not really here to put you to sleep; I’m only here to keep you company while you fall asleep. I’m here to be your bore-friend, your bore-bae, your bore-cuz…I’m here just to be your bore-buddy or your bore-bestie, and that’s the most important part of the show, kinda of. Whether you’re awake or asleep, I give you plenty of time to fall asleep. That’s why the shows are over an hour, so you don’t have to worry about that. But even if you can’t sleep, I’m gonna be here for you. That’s really, really, really important to me.
I’m not even here in any serious way. I’m just here goofing around. But I know how it feels. That’s why I make the show. I usually say this at the end, but the reason I make this show is ‘cause I know how it feels in the deep, dark night, and I want to help, and I also believe you deserve a good night’s sleep. Your sleep is important. That’s why I make the show. That’s why it’s important to me. That’s why the show comes out twice a week instead of twice a month, because I want you to…then you could…that’s why, because your sleep and your rest is important, and if your life’s better, that’s the most wonderful thing that could ever happen — other than my daughter Sophia — in my life, is helping you. So…or, well, and also getting…they say Scoots, here’s…where should we deposit that check for the Ruby-Roo Show?
Oh, it’s been cancel…sorry, don’t deposit that. Okay, so, I’ll make the show…oh, structure; that’s the other thing that for new listeners…that’s kind of important to give you a heads-up, but you really gotta experience it a few times, too. This show has a very specific structure, and part of that is that so the show can be free for anybody that wants it, and so it can come out on a regular basis, and so it eases you into bedtime so that it’s not some quick, gimmicky fix to help you fall asleep. It’s more your bedtime companion. So, the show starts off with a greeting; friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, so I hope you feel seen and welcomed in. Then there’s support for listeners, then there’s support for the podcast, then there’s an intro which is part of the show.
This is the one that people…they say, why is it so long, the intro? When’s the show get started? I say well, it’s kinda part of the show. I mean, when else am I gonna talk about these wild ideas that pop in my head that make no sense that you don’t need to listen to? So, the intro is a chance for me to try to introduce the podcast ineffectively, get distracted in a way, but also just get you familiar with who you’re dealing with. That’s why it takes a couple times to get used to. The podcast is not for everybody, but that’s a good thing in the sense of I hope…if it’s not for you, I really hope you find something. But it…if it is for you, it’s like oh, I never knew this was the home I was looking for…the TV show I was looking for.
I never thought why…while I would have thought that watching Scooby and Shaggy interview people at 3:30 in the morning would be entertaining at that time and that period in my life, I didn’t expect it. Sleep With Me is kinda like that. When you’re here, you say…and you say oh, okay, now I get that that’s beyond my grasp. I like it. Oh, the intro is just part of that. I guess I was try…I guess I went a little too highfalutin there. But the intro also doesn’t just introduce the podcast; it introduces you every single night to bedtime in an easy way, a slow…so, and I’ve read…I got a couple e-mails, like people that said hey, I’ve been trying out all this different stuff; drawing at bedtime, playing the show while I brush my teeth, hooking, knitting, yarning…I don’t know what other…I don’t know what the other one is.
Needlepoint, cross-stitch, doodling, or just stretching or just lying in bed and getting comfortable. That’s why the intro goes on and on and on, because for me, there’s no falling asleep fast. Falling asleep fast is like a fifteen to twenty-five-minute process because I gotta unwind first and have a little distance from the day and from myself. That’s what this podcast is here to give you. Now, there is 3% of people that start the show around twenty minutes. There’s no real way to give you an exact time to skip ahead, so you could get story-only episodes on Patreon. The intro just goes on and on and on, but it’s here to ease you into bedtime. But yeah, some people skip it, but a lot of people realize oh, this is part of my bedtime routine now. I start the show, I get ready for bed, start to chill out.
Then at the end of the intro is business, and then after the business is the story. Tonight it’ll be looking at a toy catalog for the holiday season of toys I always…a couple toys I had, a lot of toys I wasn’t sure if I ever had or played with. It’s a little bit…it’s detail…it’s a lot of detail and then just looking through a toy catalog and my thoughts about it. Something you could sleep to, I guess. So, there’s that, and then there’s thank-yous at the end. So, that’s the structure of the show. You heard why I make the show. I made it for you, hopefully you, if it works for you. So, give it a few tries. I’m really glad you’re here. I really work hard, I really yearn and I strive, and I really hope I can help you fall asleep. Thank you again for coming by, and here’s a couple of ways I’m able to do this for you for free twice a week.
Alright everybody, this is Scoots here and so, this is something we’ve done a…or, I’ve recorded a couple episodes. I think one came out, but this is…the first two were supposed to be what hopefully this episode would be, which was a quest to find maybe a toy catalog that I looked at when I was a kid. I’ve been excited about these catalog episodes ‘cause it’s really…offers us a little bit different pace. I did want to clarify…in the other episodes, I explain what a catalog is. Before you could search for stuff on the internet, you had to page through paper pictures. But it was also a form of marketing. Sometimes there’s a lot of complicated feelings, right, with consumerism and marketing and those things.
But I did want to focus on one thing that’s not…that’s more in the gray area which is…there’s anticipation…there’s part of the marketing process where you say okay, I’m not so sure about that, but there’s also something about it, especially as a kid, the…there’s some things you would like that you know you’re not gonna get or you know you can’t have everything. I don’t know, even as a kid, the catalogs allowed you…at least for me, because I was a person that lived a lot of times in fantasy, to…there was a element of FOMO for it, but there was also a element of reality. It’s like okay, I’m never gonna have all of these action figures or whatever. While I would like this toy and I was exposed as I was preparing for this episode for one of the most wild…I said, wild toy…adventure toys I’d ever…I said, I forgot that even existed.
I didn’t check yet at the cost of it, but it was just something I would never get. I don’t even know if I had space for it. Maybe some kid I hung out with did have it. But I don’t know; there was also something pleasurable and joyful of looking through the catalogs. Or maybe you say okay, Scoots, this is gonna be in your…forty years from now, this will be a scene in your movie where people will look at it and feel sympathy for you. I say well, I’m not so sure. I think you know what I’m talking about. You say oh boy, look at that thing. Yeah, and I think it’s a gray area. Yeah, there’s something you could say okay, there’s some positive aspects of it, there’s some not-positive aspects, but this is somewhere in-between. So, I don’t know. It’s just been on my mind and I’m excited about it.
So, the first thing I found…so, I was looking up stuff from like, 8…in the 80s, early to mid-80s. I’ll link to all the websites I found. The first thing I found is this 1983 JCPenney Adventures in Toyland catalog. I found this on plaidstallions.com. I’ll link to it. But it’s just a comic book. It’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten pages. It’s drawings, which normally I would say this is not for me, because as a kid, I liked to see…there was something about this process. So, the people working on the design of these layouts; the photographers and the set designers, they put a lot of work into…and also getting kids to act, but also they would set the toys up in action positions. For me, that was all part of the big process. So, this is more cartoon versions of toys, but so, I’m gonna read through it.
I’ll try to quote and paraphrase. So, the first page, it says JCPenney’s Adventures in Toyland. It has Twirly Curls Barbie saying hi, Santa. She’s only $9.99 with accessories. There’s also My First Barbie. Four mix-and-matches…four mix-and-match outfits for $7.99. I don’t see that Barbie there, though. There’s four Barbies but it doesn’t say…then there’s Dream Date Santa. Glamorous Dress and Angel Face Barbie. Oh, boy. So, some of these you say…you look back and you say, I don’t know about that. Those were both $9.99, though. I guess with inflation, that’s like $30, so it seems like $9.99 is a great deal. But I mean, I don’t know anything about inflation, but I’m just making a number up. They’re in Santa’s sleigh. He’s saying okay, let’s go see all the great toys and games we’ve got. So, that’s Page 1. Page 2 was Charmkins.
Not familiar with these Charmkins, so I guess my sister didn’t play…for it. They come in a music-type box. It’s a house. Colorful, floral center…scented friends that I can wear. So, maybe there was competing brands. Maybe I remember these. $1.99 each. The Charmkins Collector’s Jewelry Assortment; $3.49. I’m Lady Slipper; it’s a ballerina music box watch. Wrist carousel ballerina dancer; $4.99. Charmkins Twosome, Johnny Jump-Up, and Lazy Dazy. That’s a boy riding a rocking horse or…it looks like $2.99. Again, these are drawings. Charmkins carry case; $7.99. That one looks like some sort of elven farmer. Then the Charmkins dollhouse fold-up pretty case; $19.99. Comes with two playmates, too. So, that’s Charmkins. Then…oh, My Little Pony. Still going strong.
Again, I think this was a mistake ‘cause these ponies do not look as good as the toy ponies. No offense to the person that drew them; they just…it’s funny that they just don’t have the same…their hair looks limp and stuff. I don’t know. Pretty Parlour. It doesn’t say My Ponies. Maybe this is some sort of copy version. My Pretty Parlour has everything to groom; brush, saddle, bridle. $11.99. That’s Blossom talking. Minty, Bluebell, Butterscotch, Cotton Candy. Oh yeah, whoa, my name is Shuzzle. I’m part of Hasbro’s stable of My Little Ponies. Comb our long hair. You might want to get all six of us. We all come with our own ribbon and comb. How come these ones are $3.99? What’s the difference? Oh, maybe My Pretty Parlour comes with all those ones? I don’t know.
Then the Show Stable has everything we need to really horse around. It comes with plus one Pretty Pony and our pet dog, Twinkle. Okay, next page is Legos, it looks like. Yeah, Lego…space, surface explorer; $7.99. A lift-off space system vehicle with three space patrol people; $4.99. Supply station; $19.99. Then go down to Playgo Town. There’s different vehicles that’d be used in running a town; $4.99. Then the universal building set; $14.99. There’s even a windmill on display. What is this here? Construx…so, this is Lego’s competitor. Then it looks like we have some Fisher-Price stuff. Maybe this is all Fisher-Price. Construx set is a sealand adventure. It’s like some sort of boat you’d play with in the tub; $5.99. Looks pretty fun. Then a…from Fisher-Price; construct a building system. Oh, yeah. $3.99.
Comes with a construction man. The action vehicle set for con…oh no, this is just…Fisher-Price action vehicle set. It’s still a Construx…oh, I remember these ones, though. Oh, okay; Construx is different than Legos. We had this. We didn’t have this particular set, but we definitely had Construx, ‘cause I recognize the blue. They were put together. It was a bit like a girder…it was a girder system. Not garters or girder…girdles, but girders. I don’t know if this was my…I mean, I remember playing with these and — also, don’t listen to me, kids — putting them in my mouth, which you should never do. I mean, it wasn’t a toy I played with a lot, but so, I don’t know if it was mine or one of my siblings’. But the action vehicle set was $7.99. Drag racing set; $3.99. Then we get into more Fisher-Price toy toys on the same ad.
The Alpha Star trailer goes forward, stops with the push of a button. Space cruiser and a friend from outer space for $24.99. Uses D batteries. Then bright blocks and more from Fisher-Price. That’s like a wooden block set; $8.99. Then fill ‘er up; Gas & Go Center has neat, wind-up operation. Includes tools and oil can. $13.99. Then we’re into Return of the Jedi. These prices are wild. Like I said, I always fantasized about getting a Gramarian guard. I can’t believe the pricing. I guess though, with…considering the cost at the time, you’re talking…so, there’s a Jabba the Hutt play set with a tail. Comes with its pet. Doesn’t come with the Rancor, I don’t think. $14.99. Figures not included. I mean, Jabba the Hutt, obviously comes with it on his throne. Then there’s a Y-wing…approaching target and can fire stuff and a laser.
$21.99. Needs C batteries, two of them. Then a stormtrooper on a speeder bike; $6.99. Blow-apart assembly. I remember that. Then Return of the Jedi Ewok village play set; $19.99. Then all the figures; they have a…Ewok, Luke from Return of the Jedi, Lando in a…Lando, an undercover character. That was one of the cooler characters. $2.99. Gramarian guards, Jabba’s interpreter, and a stormtrooper from the Ewok planet. Okay, then He-Man. Again, another set of toys I never got into. ‘Cause you kinda chose, though I don’t know if anybody in my family…we had a few He-Man…He-Man was good for the bathtub. You wanted to take a bath with somebody, take a bath with He-Man. I definitely remember playing with some He-Man toys, but probably also the price point.
I mean, He-Man was bigger and more expensive. So, there’s…He-Man was also known as the Master of the Universe. Maybe that was another reason. Castle Graystall…$26.99. It’s eighteen inches. Rumor has it there’s levels that hold things, secret doors, laser cannon, power sword. The siege is on. Then one…point dread with my Talon Fighter. That’s He-Man’s rival who I can’t…I don’t think I can say his name. $16.99. His fighter looks like a bird. It’s even holding something in its talons. Then, who’s this? Panther battle cat. Figure not included. There is a figure riding on its back. He-Man’s sidekick. It comes with armor. Victory will be mine. $5.99. Then He-Man’s vehicle was known as the Attack Track. I thought this was cool. I mean, I didn’t play with it, but it had these interesting wheels. That was $16.99.
Needs two C batteries. Figure not included. Then He-Man, heroic warriors; $4.99. Five-and-a-half inches tall. Or the villain’s the same price; $4.99. So, that’s a little He-Man action. Then GI Joe, which I did play with. GI Joe and the Commander, we’ll call him. There was a chopper…but again, this is hard to look at because it’s drawings, so I can’t really identify any of this stuff. I don’t think we had the chopper. That was with Wild Bill. $12.99. Then there was a sky-striker jet. We may have…my brother may have had that. $19.99. There’s a tank; twelve…this is like, hey kids, be…let’s get…learn to love the military industrial complex early. It’s a combination of industrial toy production and the military complex. I said, I’m all-in. You’re…well, I was 40% in.
I played with Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, Auto…whatever those…GoBots, Fisher-Price, and ran…other random toys all together. And Legos and other stuff if…okay, this is a motorized battle tank. Two D batteries. That’s $21.99. Troop transport amphibious character can hold up to twenty-eight people; $12.99. I thought that was cool. Then there’s a Jeep; $8.99. That’s it? $8.99? Wow. Then these GI Joes are not expensive; they’re a scuba diver, sweeper, Arctic, medic, marine, Cobra Commander Destro, Major Bud…oh, Commander, Destro, Major Bud, just a regular old trooper. Those are all $3.49 which I guess, again, is like $12, so…oh, Big Wheels and roller skates here. So, Radio Flyer…red wagon; $29.99. Then a metal tricycle; $24.99.
AMF trike, fiery red…then you get…then a knight vroom…get…this is Kit. Ready for a Knight Rider Power Cycle. So, this was a plastic tricycle. They were considered cooler for some reason, because I guess ‘cause plastic was the coolest thing back then. It comes with a instrument panel, motor sound; $224.99. I think I know somebody that had one of those. There was no actual electronics on it. Then a Masters of the Universe Mighty Cycle with dragon detailing; $24.99. Then there was fireball roller skates, urethane wheels; $18.99, and then a Smurf roller derby Smurf skate. $12.99. Then Vetrex; this is electronics. I never heard of this thing. Vetrex has exciting cartridges for everybody. Oh, maybe they go with some other thing. I don’t know if Vetrex was a thing. Pole position…Star Wars scramble; $29.95.
Melody master animation; $29.99. Crazy coaster 3D; $29.99. But yeah, this was some sort of system. It never made it, I guess. Vetrex computer system puts action on your screen. Laser-sharp graphics, better than TV. $89.95. The controller with a 360-degree joystick; $34.95. A light pen with a Artmaster cartridge; $34.95. Then a 3D-imager. 3D action in full color with 3D game; $44.95. This was by the General Consumer Electronics company. So, that’s it for that catalog. Then we’re gonna look at the 1985 Sears Wishbook. Maybe we started looking…I don’t know if this was when we started looking at it before and then never got to the toys. But just to give you a idea what this catalog is…so, I have it from one of these catalog control companies. It has 647 full-color pages. I mean, that’s like…that’s everything.
I just saw a Glo Worm. So, it starts off…now, a few hundred pages are for adults and clothes and boring stuff. Consumer electronics…Page 25 has a TV. Right now I’m just looking at the thumbnails. Pajamas go through Page 70, maybe even further. Then casual wear, jewelry…this is kinda what we went through…kids’ clothes, winter clothes. Wow, I’m having flashbacks, man. Catalog flashback; it’s worse than any other flashback I’ve had from other stuff. Catalog flashback, man. Can’t take it. Then stuff for your game room, exercise equipment, sleeping bags…I remember us going through the sleeping bags. Then we’re getting into electronics, toys…I guess we should make this plunge here right around…let’s go in at Page 445. I can’t see what it is, so…oh, it’s a DC superhero play set. This is 1985.
Oh yeah, I remember; this was…that must have been an animated show on then. It has…says, superheroes to the rescue. Comes with Hall of Justice play sets; $27.99. Figures are $4.99 in color-rich plastic. Four-and-a-half inches tall. Supermobile…but I didn’t play with any of this stuff. Wait, some of these characters…oh, new at Sears; Inspector Gadget. $14.99. Comes with a bunch of stuff, too. Push a button, a hand pops out. Push another button, spring-loaded legs extend. Real trench coat and all accessories included. Let’s just see who else we have, any famous…I have not — at the time I’m recording this — watched a Zack Snyder cut. I keep trying to talk my daughter into it. You get the Penguin, the Joker…who’s this Eleven? I don’t know. Eleven’s somebody…it looks like they have a built-in typewriter built into their villain.
Kalibak, Boulder, superpowers vehicle. So, those are DC. Then robots; oh, boy. I used to dream about this thing. I forgot all about it. The Omnibot 2000. I used to always want one of these. Let’s see how much they are. Wow, five hundred bucks. $449.99. The Omnibot can bring you things, serve drinks…it was just a remote-control car with a remote-control arm like I talked about on the last one. Then they have Max Steel; $499. Then Omnibot, just regular; that’s $229. Then Chatbot…Chatbot, whoa boy. Listen to this one. This one’s only sixty bucks. Chatbot records and delivers thirty seconds of messages and brings back an answer. So, this was like a drop-in on one of those speakers. It was like a tape recorder that you could tape something and then say hey, come to dinner.
They’d say hey, coming back. Never saw a commercial for that that I remember. But the Omnibot that’s $449…flashing eyes, moving head, seven-day, 24-hour timer. Rechargeable battery. Comes with a charging unit. Then Max Steel; you could guide him to bring you a snack, play music, wake you up, or play games. He has a 140-word vocabulary. Max Steel does not…I would not…I definitely…Omnibot, maybe. Oh, and they have another page of cheaper robots. Oh, I also remember this one; there was a bird robot. Hootbot is a bird. That’s $14.99. Flapping wings, tapping feet. Waddles away on the ground. Maybe we had that one? Then a few other ones. Then some sort of…I don’t know if those were by Legos. They had Lego robots…or if they were another company. Can’t quite read the writing.
Oh, then GoBots. So, GoBots were a cheaper version of Transformers. They were all-plastic. They didn’t have any metal. I had a definite…they also had a TV show. That’s all I really remember about them. I watched both shows. Oh yeah, I had this one. It was…I think I…me and my brother had a few of these ones on this page here. So, they were less expensive, so you…actually, maybe some of them were metal. Diecast, they used to call that. Let’s see. Well, they had…the GoBot headquarters was only $24.99. Then Zod; $16.99. That thing must be huge if it’s $16.99. I don’t see it, though. What number is that? Number 2. I don’t see it on…oh. That thing’s $16.99? It must be out of scale, then. I don’t know. Now I can see why these GoBots didn’t…then you had a pop-up one, another one; $8.99.
They had some serious names, too. Carrying case; $6.99. All these ones are not…they’re up to no good. I was like, wait a second, I had that one. Okay, then we’re on…oh, this is more GoBots. Oh, I think the GoBots could also go together. That was one thing I dreamed of. I never got to that point. So, that was the difference, I think, between GoBots…GoBots said hey, let’s take all these ideas…’cause there was Voltron at the time who was the defender of the universe. So, GoBots, I think…you could make a GoBot…all the GoBots could fit together — if you bought enough of them — into a giant robot. Friendly power warrior set; twenty…four connecting power suits into one awesome power warrior. $29.99. The puzzler turns into six separate GoBots. $26.99.
Command center…wow, there’s GoBots that turn into binoculars. I actually had a bot when I was too old, again, a Transformer that would transform into a…what do you call it? A microscope. I don’t know…and it worked, I think. But yeah, this was…I don’t know which company came first, to be honest. I’d have to watch it to see, ‘cause probably…they say oh no; GoBots was first Transformers. I say okay, fair enough. I didn’t know. Okay, here’s Transformers which are robots in disguise. They had a couple watches. The Autobot defense base; $39.95. Then Transformers watches were $15. Thrust, Dirge, Grimlock…Grimlock was a famous one. Oh, those were the Dinobots. Slag and Swoop; those were $12.99. We didn’t have any of those three, but we definitely…oh yeah, so here we go.
There was ones that played tapes and music. That was another one I wanted. Optimus Prime was the leader. $24…$23.99. Kinda wanted Optimus Prime just ‘cause he was…he got on my nerves, but…triple-changing ones, Blitzwing; $11.99, or Astrotrain, $11.99. Where’s…oh, Corvette and Inferno; those were $9.99. Where’s 9 and 10? Oh, radio…Autobot radio communicator; $19.99. I think those…you could play tapes, or maybe they were fake tapes, but they look pretty cool. They look like cassette players. Or maybe they just changed into those ones. You can always go on the ride at…where’s Starscream? 4 and 5. Oh, those…Thrust and Dirge. I may have had one of those two. I may have had Dirge. No…oh yeah, no. We got onto more…I had…oh boy, this one I had; fourteen. I definitely had that one.
I don’t see the price on it, though. Maybe it was on the other page? It was a…it had purple. Also had a train or…oh, yeah, these were the ones that triple-changed. It could change from a plane to a Autobot to a tank. Then I think my brother had one; it changes from a train into a space shuttle. I guess the Autobots could do the same thing as the GoBots and go into one big thing. Oh, here’s the one that could change into a…18. Oh, and I think one of my brothers had 20. Wow, a lot of these we had. So, this must have been the year I was playing with a lot of them. So, let’s go through this a little bit more. Triple-changer…those were like forest friends. Those were $19.99. Borgon…yeah, $16. Oh no, that’s 23. A dolphin; a machine dolphin. $39.99. Arayga. Where’s 18? I guess I gotta go back one page.
Let’s just look up 14, 15, and 18. Maybe that page isn’t there, though. Oh yeah, here we go. 14; Blitzwing. Yeah, maybe that’s the one I had, and Astrotrain my brother had. But yeah, the Autobot microscope. That was only $13.99. I bought that one with my own money, I think. So, Devastator; $34.99. What the heck is that one? Devastator. Oh, maybe that’s…I don’t know which one that was, but…20 was one, two, three, four, five, six construction vehicles that then you could make into a big robot. I remember somebody had that and we played with it. Then there was a couple ones that, yeah, turned…this must have been the year. This was a good year. Thanks, mom and dad. 1985, I guess. Then Voltron, here we go, right in there.
Voltron had…Voltron and…now, I didn’t play with any Voltron toys but I watched the show. Voltron…you could buy Voltron…come apart to five lions. $34.99. Could also buy them separately for $7.99. Voltron castle; $49.99. So, Voltron…Mighty Morphin and Voltron are similar. There’s other…there’s a lot of different things of this version. Voltron Force, which can each fit into its own lion. Those were $15.99 I think for everybody, or each one? Remote-controlled Voltron lion, a giant one. It was forty bucks. The Deluxe Voltron III; $69.99. That was from Matchbox. 12…Voltron one…so, you get…I guess you could get different models of Voltron. I remember they…yeah, they’d come out with different ones at different times. What I liked about Voltron was the show was way more out-there, some of the other stuff.
This…toys I don’t remember. Sec…Warriors of Symbion. Never heard of it. Oh, well, no; take that back. They were like toy puppets. I don’t remember the show, but I remember some of the toys had puppets. So, I remember that part. Hyve…H-Y-V-E house…from across the galaxy orbits Symbion, home of the Secataurs. Forest friends and humans work together. Now you can experience this strange world, the Hyve and its inhabitants. So, yeah, there was…the house was $47 and then some of the other things were different prices. I just remember…I don’t remember anything about it other than those puppet toys. Okay, here we go. This is the most…no offense to any kids that had this, ‘cause I’m definitely jealous; this is the biggest toy thing I’ve ever seen. I’m guessing…let’s just take a guess. It’s $99.99.
It’s a GI Joe aircraft carrier. It’s bigger than the boy in the picture, so I want to see how much that is. There’s a couple other GI Joe things. It’s on the next page, though, I guess; prices. Okay, here it is. Oh boy, I was…ten dollars more than I guessed. New at Sears; the GI Joe aircraft carrier is over seven-and-a-half feet long. Comes with a fuel trailer, towing vehicle, rester cable, hook, elevator, sound system, and more. Comes apart for easy storage. $109.99. Then the toy I wanted is on this page…that I bought…this was something I bought for myself ‘cause it was just more expensive than other stuff. It was $24.99; the hovercraft. That was…I just wanted to play with that in the bathtub. There was also a…what’s that one? Hydrofoil. $18.99. Bridge layer…I don’t think we had that, but I remember…maybe my cousin had that.
$14.99. Crimson twins; they were cool. They had a cool character arc. $3.99. Snowcat…my brother had that, I think. $9.99. Maybe a couple years before that. Six-pack of figures; $19.99. What else we got? Helicopter…oh, here’s one that’s on sale; 20. The Bigfoot vehicle with eight-wheel drive. It looks like it was just never popular. $4.99. Yeah, so they had some remote-control stuff that looks like it was not as popular. They have a second shot of the back…oh, this must have been a two-page spread. That’s why. So, they show all the stuff that came with the thing. It doesn’t come with a jet though, I don’t think, which is kinda…oh yeah, if you want the jet, the jet…if you wanted that, it was $29.99. So, that’s kinda like…would stink if you had the aircraft carrier but you didn’t have any aircraft.
Oh yeah, then they have the ship. But what…7…number 7; did I have that toy? So yeah, we’d acquire these toys between…somewhere between when I was sixteen and six. Platform that…yeah, their jet; $9.99. A two-speed thing…oh yeah, that $9.99…maybe we had that. Like I said, I played with a lot of these toys through the commercials and these catalogs. Then they have the He-Man stuff. Oh, some of this looks interesting to me. Looks like they have some sort of very surreal…number 9 we’re gonna have to look up ‘cause it’s very, very surreal. Also, number 15 ‘cause it’s the two-page spread. So, I’m gonna go to the next page here. Whoa, and number 18. He-Man…I wasn’t into it that much, but it was kinda trippy. 27; deluxe vinyl carrying case. I already forgot the numbers I was supposed to remember.
So, they had He-Man’s house…was $29.99. Oh, then this one…is that 9? Bridge tunnels…this one was a special mountain. It comes with a rebate so you could get $4 off. $44.99. Then they had different vehicles. They were like, ten to twenty bucks. Then another one, another building. Oh boy, there’s some trippy characters here, man. $28.99 for the Zone. This must have been a reboot after they took…like, this seems like a different crew. Oh wait, yeah, number 22. Let’s see who some of these people are. Oh yeah, there was Grizzler, Leech, Hordak, ThunderPunch, MODOK, Mantena…Mantena looks pretty cool. 24…interchangeable. There’s also…just when…oh…the 26…oh yeah, they even had…He-Man’s enemy had something to take on the beach. They had adventure books.
Hardback, 48 illustrated pages with $1 rebate. Those books were $5.99 each. Also had a challenge Hot Wheels loop-de-loop; 20…number 28. How much is that? $9.99. Twenty-inch tunnel, jump panels, vehicle. One of my brothers was into Hot Wheels; Daniel, I think. Okay, then we get into the Jedi stuff. Very similar to what we looked at earlier. But some stuff we didn’t see, so we have…8 through 14. Oh, this…oh, 1 through 7; let’s start with that. Jabba; that was $9.99. Sears exclusive was a Jabba play set. It does not include Jabba, I don’t think. That was $7.99. Then the Rebo Band, Sy Snootles in the Rebo Band…Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, and their instruments. That’s on sale, too, for $6.99. Your friend and the Rancor, $9.99. TIE Interceptor…no way. That’s $9.99 with laser lights and sounds.
wing Fighter with the TIE Interceptor is only $9.99. That is wild. Maybe this was after this thing had peaked. B-wing Fighter; $9.99. Imperial shuttle; $27.99. I guess then the next page…oh, then there’s other ones; Mask and…I don’t see the toys yet, but I don’t remember…Wheeled Warriors I don’t remember, and the toys are on the next page, so I’ll have to see if I remember any of those. They’re all around $8. Then Mask, M-A-S-K. I remember this. Illusion is another thing. Mini comic books. Some sort of…I think they’re Transformers that…I don’t know. I think it was a show for like, a season or two. It was meant to compete with GI Joe. Yeah, I remember some of these toys. There’s a gas station that transforms into a base, and regular vehicles that transform that like…oh, you thought I was just driving down the street?
Nope. I work for…you know. I work for the military industrial complex. Okay, then what do we got here? Some remote-control vehicles. We don’t have prices yet. We’ll get there, though. Remote-control vehicles were mostly not great gifts ‘cause they…there was one great one that I’ll tell a story to…about one day, but…wow, they’re expensive; $50, most of them. Some of those you couldn’t even…there was a Firebird; $19.99. Some of them you could control all the directions, but other ones you had…you could only make them go forward or backwards. Yeah. I don’t know, I didn’t…we had remote-control vehicles some Christmases, or some toys, but I don’t know. I like to play with toys, not con…like, make stories, obviously. That’s how I got here. There’s a lot of them, though.
They must have been…or battery-powered vehicles. Oh, then we’re getting into…are these…? What are those called, Micro Machines, or what have we got here? Road Mates. $8.99. Road Mates transport, Road Mates mini-vehicles. So, these were power…whatever those things were called; Micro Machines, but they were called Road Mates. Oh, Penny Power; I remember these ones. These were things you put a penny in the back and you pulled them backwards and then they would drive. I didn’t have any of these, I don’t think, but they were $8.99. Road Mates and Penny Power. So, I remember those. Okay, then yeah, I guess Road Mates are very similar to Hot Wheels. 25-car collector set; $14.99. Then there was three-wheeling gripping cycles.
Those were like…those don’t have anything to do with anything else on that page. Road Mates parking garage. We had something like this, one of my brothers. Again, my childhood…because my youngest brother was nine years younger than me, I still played with toys. So, yeah, then a bunch of different vehicles. Then Tonka Trucks; now, Tonka Trucks were…they were gifts that would last. I mean, they were things that would last years and years and years. We also had one of the…one or two of these at our house, one I’m not seeing that definitely lasted like, fifteen to twenty years. So, let’s see what we got. So, there’s the Mighty Crane. We didn’t have that one. That was $25. Load Master; $14.99. Mighty Dump; I…we definitely had the…we’ve had the Mighty Dump our whole lives. You get a $2 rebate.
$17.99 to start. The Load Master; the same thing. Mighty Loader…Mighty Dump…oh, Mighty Dump. You’d be sitting in the sandbox playing with your Mighty Dump and you might have even done that yourself. Got other ones…oh, there’s a Knight Rider 2000. Where’s that one? Let’s see here. Front-loader; $27.99. That’s a good thing for a grandparent to buy, a Tonka Truck, ‘cause then it would last literally…oh, there it is; a string-controlled Kit. Kit would speak when you pull his string. Plays six pre-recorded messages. $29.99. Amazing. Then we had more…or, no; that’s the same page. I’m trying to get past…let’s get out of this. Then there was RC cars or stock car racing, more stock cars. How much is one…? Oh, train sets, even. There was a Transformer train set? Wow, $150.
So, these are real train sets, too. Remote-control planes…oh, remote-control cars. I’m looking for one particular remote-control car just in case I see it. But I don’t think it…come in until…let’s see. Cessna, sky rally, grasshopper…yeah, they didn’t have it yet, I don’t think. Then kinda building kits. Oh, there’s a rock tumbler. How much did the rock tumbler cost? $14.99. $19.99 with…if you get it with a refill kit. We definitely had a rock tumbler, but we got it at a…oh, they also had the metal detector, the basic one. I think we got one of those from RadioShack one year. $24.99 at Sears. I do want to get into some of these…see if I can find that Glo Worm. Then there was science kits. Cool…those are always cool gifts. Globes…learning things…where’s the My Little Pony’s Bible on tape?
But when you’re done playing with your W-A-R-based toys, kids, after you check out your globe, have a Bible on tape. Huh, they really do keep these…this is a binary era, man. I’m having trouble getting through…okay, so here we go; we’re getting into Barbies here. I don’t have a ton of time, so I’m gonna try to figure out what toys I played with. I mean, I definitely played with a decent amount of Barbies. My sister had them. I particularly thought Barbies were cool because they had, like…they had rubber flesh. Let’s see, just cost-wise…everything’s in the same thing…ballpark. Let’s see what that is; Barbie family car. $19.99. That’s on sale. 11…Barbie’s Loving Home; $24.99. Oh, what’s that? Barbie…number 3. How much does that cost? Riviera Cycle; that’s a Barbie scooter. $7.99. Friction-powered. Doll not included.
Barbie Corvette was only $4.99. Whoa, Barbie and Oscar de la Renta. Or maybe it’s just the clothes? Yeah. $10. Wow. Fashion Expression Barbies…yeah, then a lot of different accessory kits. Wow, a lot of them. Holy cow. 25 kit…25 Halloween…wow. This…let’s see, no place like home. The Fashion Mansion was $49.99. Shopping mall play set; $19.99. Oh, this thing was cool. I definitely would have liked this; Barbie Dream House. Six rooms with furniture as a A-frame. Maybe…I don’t know…I don’t think we had it, but I remember seeing it somewhere. Can see some of the doors. That was $104. Yeah, so we definitely didn’t have it. Then they had some Barbie pool sets. Oh yeah, I remember this one, number 7; Barbie’s Bubbling Spa. Realistic bubbles and sounds with a pump. $7.99. I remember that.
I remember…I think I played with it, so I don’t know if my sister had it or somebody else. I may have played with a lot of these toys right in the store. There’s like, gym sets…oh, then Cabbage Patches. Cabbage Patch show pony; $27.99. I never had a Cabbage Patch Kid. There was one day where you got to bring them to school. But I can see why; I mean, I don’t think…my sister had one, maybe. $16.99; is that how much Cabbage Patch…or that’s just how much their clothes are? They had their own play sets, but nothing really super appealing to me. I wanted to see how much Glo Worm was. My brother had a Glo Worm. Looks like they had other type of Cabbage Patch Kids, Cabbage Patch couch, Cabbage Patch rocking chair. Oh boy, here’s what my brother had…oh no, he didn’t have My Buddy, but he had the generic My Buddy.
But My Buddy was really popular. 23-inch tall doll, stuffed body, vinyl face. Guaranteed to remain a toy and not gain sentience. $27.99. More Cabbage Patch stuff. Holy cow. I wonder how much Cabbage…wow, even more. I guess it was really popular for a few years where it was like, people were waiting in line and stuff, right? Oh, Rainbow Brite. I remember her. Wow. Rainbow Brite has a full-page spread. Definitely remember Rainbow Brite. Oh, wow, Rainbow Brite had a bunch of furniture, too. Rainbow Brites were around thirteen to fifteen bucks, or bigger ones were $20. Champ, Flutter, Spark, Poise, Delight…and they had Lala Orange, Buddy Blue, Canary Yellow, IQ Sprite, Shy Violet, Romero, Lucky. But yeah, they have Rainbow Brite furniture. Then Golden Girl and Princess Power.
I think one of these was kinda similar to He-Man. It looks like they had a pretty cool castle. Then some sort of robotic cat. Electronic toys…electronics…oh, Pound Puppies. My sister had a Pound Puppy. Let’s see which one…I don’t remember which one she had. Maybe number 6 was a bulldog. $19.99. Pound Puppy, you’re the one for me. Also outfits. I thought we could finish it with a Glo Worm ‘cause Glo Worm’s a goodnight friend. Then Care Bears. Care Bears were around $17 to $22. This was even when they had the Care Bear Cousins, I think, which were non-bear friends of the Care Bears. Care Bear Cousins, yeah. $17.99. They said…somebody was like, the Care Bears need a reboot. Said, how about non-bears that care? Then there was the Wuzzles. I remember buying a Wuzzle for my brother one year.
So, they must have had a pretty long run. Maybe it was a Wuzzle. It rolled up. Wuzzles looked like they were a copy of the Care Bears, but they came with a book. But yeah, it could have been this year. Then…oh, Muppet Babies, Sesame Street, some Mickey stuff, then straight dollhouses like you would put together yourself, then some equestrian-based toys there, then a pass…round up a passel of ponies. There was tons of My Little Pony stuff. Let’s just run through…Confetti, Flutterbye, Tickle, Trickles, Starflower, Pinwheel, Glory, Moondancer, Firefly, Surprise, Flashprance, Ponylove, Pom-Pom Party, Snow Angel, Sun and Fun, Sunday Stroll. Okay, let’s get here…let’s…we gotta find this Glo Worm. I know it was in there somewhere.
More of My Little Pony, then…oh, different dolls you could put makeup and things on, fake kitchens; $44.99. That’s always good. My little brother had one, a fake kitchen. I may have even had one that I forgot about, but…it was always like having that somewhere. Wow, they had a lot of different ones, some that are serious. We didn’t have a basement. Oh, this one I always wanted. We never had this. I think we…no, I think we bought this at a…I remember thinking this would change our life, but I think we bought one at a garage sale. It’s the Frosty the Snowman sno-cone maker. It was $9.99. But I don’t know what it actually did to make sno-cones. I think that’s why we never got it. Then that’s why it was for sale at a garage sale. Then more kitchen and cleaning stuff.
There’s a boy vacuuming, there’s even a coffee maker with fake coffee or something. Blender, different fake kitchen stuff…oh, then you have these Easy Bake Oven-type things. How much do they go for? Oh, $26.99, but then if you get the bake set, it’s extra…and the mixes and stuff. 62-bake…piece bake set. Twelve cakes, sixteen cupcakes, two pans of brownies; $19.99. So, there’s different degrees of…that was the Micro Bake Oven. Sewing machines…my daughter was…took sewing lessons. That was a Christmas gift one year. Then little desks, table and chairs for those children that want those. Now I keep hitting the wrong button. Different…yeah, furniture for your room. I mean, if we don’t see this thing soon, I’m gonna…I mean, you say Scoots, this was the longest episode ever. Yeah.
Make it and bake it things; these were like, you could make your own…sun-catchers; $19.99 to start. I don’t know if we had that, but I remember seeing it. Wow, music drum set, guitars, keyboards…oh, here’s a Fisher-Price…Fisher-Price is the…$39.99 for the Fisher-Price…the really good…with…you could get a $4 rebate, though, for the Fisher-Price record player. Then they had one with a radio. It was $59.99. That was the best one. I guess there was another one, too. Oh no, that was a Sears one. Okay, then different tape sets with different stuff, camera, View-Masters…those are things we’ll…we’ll talk about those one day. Different walkie-talkie sets, then early karaoke things and microphones and stuff. I don’t know if any of that ever worked, but I…we didn’t have any of it. Different TV and VHS things.
Says let your TV do the storytelling. Oh yeah, VHS Golden Books…oh, Speak & Spell and Speak & Read. Speak & Math. Those were from the ET movie. Then fake computer learning stuff, talkATRON. Don’t bring that into your home. That’s what I’m here for. Dial-a-Teacher, Whiz Kid…I remember this. Maybe this was another thing we bought at a garage sale, because then you only have like, half the parts or it doesn’t even work. You buy it at the garage sale; you’re like, let’s get it home and try it out. Yeah, other type…learning-type devices. A few pages of them. Oh, then actual, real books. Little House on the Prairie collection; $18.95. Volume of fairy tales, then books on tape. Wow, they even sold comic books back then. 13…30-pack of Marvel comic books; $9.99. Wow. I had no idea.
Then board games…but yeah, I’m trying to find this Glo Worm. Maybe I’ll just do it this way here; I’m going through the…what are these things called? Maybe I just imagined it. You say Scoots, Glo Worm didn’t come out ‘til 1989. I say oh, well, no wonder. No, there it is; Page 552. We were almost there if I would have practiced some more patience. But we’ll finish this up. Glo Worm is your goodnight friend. They say joyful friends. They have a whole page. There was the Huggable Glo Worm and Glo Worm Glimmer, and Musical Glo Worm Glimmer with…that glimmer with happiness when you squeeze their tummies. My brother kinda had this thing. It was $9.99. Soft, machine-washable. It was like a nightlight you could hug. Now, the musical one, you definitely didn’t want that; $13.99. But the regular Glo Worm, your goodnight friend, at $9.99.
Then I’m sure somebody said well, you gotta get more toys than that. You can’t make your billions with just…so, they tried other stuff that didn’t work. There was a Glo Worm…pop goes the Glo Worm. Terrible…you say okay, now that you’re comfortable sleeping with this thing, we’re gonna make it into that pop-goes-the-weasel thing. Then there was a Glo Worm wishing well, kinda like a Tummy Time toy for babies. $6.99. Then a stacking glow game. So, I guess they were like well, let’s get the babies into it early, even though I think Glo Worm was more of a toddler…sleeping in your bed thing. Then a Glo Worm Crawler; $6.99. So, I don’t know. That’s a little bit…oh, then there’s more Glo Worm-type baby toys. But yeah, there’s a little bit more. You can always look in there yourself. Oh, it looks like…yeah, they invented some sort of Glo Worm companions at some point, Glo Friends. So, yeah, that’s a little bit of the holiday…a thirst, I guess, but in a good way look-back at the 1985 Sears Christmas book. Thanks, everybody.
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