There were all sorts of cool toys back in the 80's and we had more than our fair share.
From the Captain Power action figures that interacted (not very well) with the actual show, to weird ass stoner-looking Pillow People.
None, however, held a candle to Mattel's monsterish puppets; BOGLINS.
Created by toy-maker and fabricator Tim Clarke, these guys where a must have!
Made of some kind of lint-magnetic rubber, BOGLINS came in a crazy variety of color, design and size. Some had moving eyes, some could glow and some had special paint-jobs for Halloween (they looked the coolest).
Each BOGLIN came in a cardboard box designed to look like a crate with a hole in the bottom so you could try it before you annoy your parents enough to buy it.
The back of the box had a story about the BOGLINS origins and a scientific description of each one. The care and production in the BOGLINS and the packaging was and is still unlike anything ever produced.
In 2000 Mattel tried to get the BOGLIN ball rolling once again with the release of two large and several small puppets. Unfortunately, due to their poor quality, they did not sell and Mattel put the BOGLIN to rest once more.
On a personal note, mine was a small purple guy (incorrectly) called Squige. Always in my coat pocket, he'd pop out to tell a joke, say something mean I wouldn't have said or sarcastically interrupt somebody trying to talk to me. To school, in church, on vacation, Squidge was always shoved in my pocket causing me to appear as I had some kind of abnormal growth. He was a constant companion, a voice I longed to have... I suppose at some point, as I grew up and more confident, I didn't need Squidge to act as a comedic intermediary anymore and he now resides in some dusty box in my parent's attic.
No matter where he physically is, there will always be a little of that purple guy bouncing around in my head, treating people like an asshole, making well timed irreverent jokes and being wildly inappropriate always at the wrong time.
He was not my first puppet, he was not my last puppet but he will always be my favorite puppet.
Squidge is, and always will be, in my coat pocket. -Andy.
To see the amazing stuff the father of BOGLINS, Tim Clarke, has worked on and is up to now CLICK HERE!