Wednesday, January 30, 2013


It may come as no surprise to you that I love toys. They take me back to my childhood and inspire me. I love to have them around me in my studio. Alright, so maybe I play with them when no one's around, but that's beside the point.

Here's the shelf right above my drafting table. As you can see, there are a few robots and 2 figures in old fashion deep sea diving suits. What can be cooler than that? Creature From the Black Lagoon and Werewolf Pez dispensers, that's what!

Here's a blurry close up of a trippy psychedelic toy I had in the late 60's/early 70's. Did it have some sort of weird effect on me as an adult? You bet!

This is the creepiest toy I own. But to be fair, he never once tried to put a pillow over my face when I was sleeping (okay, maybe once). I've removed his batteries, yet he still plays those little cymbals in the middle of the night. Clang. Clang. Clang.

The good thing about being an adult is that you can waste your money on an entirely frivolous item like the Rock'em Sock'em Robots and your mom can't yell at you. Well, maybe she can, but she can't punish you.

These guys watch me while I'm on my computer. Now, Colonel Sanders will occasionally have a fight with the Popeye gumball machine and.. okay, I'm alone a lot.

My favorite monster has to be the Creature From the Black Lagoon, mostly because I feel he's been underrated and highly misunderstood. I mean, the poor guy's the only one of his kind. So maybe he drags women off of boats and brings them down to his watery lair. He just wants to be loved like the rest of us.

This is a close up of one of most prized toys, Robert the Robot. He actually talks, but unfortunately it's in some sort of robot language that I'm sure we will soon learn when robots take over the earth. Also pictured are 2 incredibly cool monster pencil sharpeners and a Rat Fink figure. 

And here's the Casper collection. Yes, I got a little carried away, but this all will be worth something some day!

Boy, I really hope so...


  1. Great post! So much fun to look at. Now I want to dig up my childhood toys.

  2. Hey Dan -

    But who has to dust them is what I wonder...

    Thanks for sharing. I will keep an eye out for Casper the Ghost toys. You obviously don't have enough.