Posts tagged #memories


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 Squidge. 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.

To see the amazing stuff the father of BOGLINS, Tim Clarke, has worked on and  is up to now CLICK HERE!


Posted on April 25, 2018 .

Us "R" Sad


It's no news to anyone about the impending death of Toys "R" Us so we won't dwell on the details that led to the demise of our brick and mortar memory palace. Instead I will just wax poetic about the memories of that all too special place and why I am utterly heartbroken that this time next year, there may be no remaining stores.


When I was a kid we would visit my grandparents in Corpus Christi, Texas and it was inevitable that they would take us on an excursion to the local toy stores and the mother of all stores was of course Toys "R" Us. They would indulge our wants and spoil us like crazy. It was at that very location that I picked out a purple Bogglin named Squidge that I would take everywhere with me. Perusing the aisle, my brother would always head for the GI Joes and I would look at all the oddball stuff, like Bogglins.
It wasn't the actual acquiring of the toys but the looking at all there was to offer. The song was not kidding when it states, "from bikes to trains to videogames, it's the biggest toy store there is" because that truly is what it was. Like a place of magic and in the wonderful days of the 80's they would usually have an open item of the toy you wanted so you could get in a test run of whatever it was that tickled your fancy.

Flash-forward to the 1990's. On Friday nights my mom would drop my friend Clark and I off at the mall until it closed and every Friday night we would cross the parking lot and head into the Toys "R" Us. It's where I discovered Todd Toys (later McFarlane Toys) and picked up my first Spawn figure. When I started driving, regularly I would go and check out what new toys were out and usually pick up something special, which are now all in a large plastic bin in storage.
When I was skipping class in college I would always hit up Toys "R" Us, Kay-Bee's and walk around the Six Flags Mall. All places that, will soon, have to live solely in my memories. 

When my daughter was born I was overjoyed not only because I made a kid but because I would now have a reason to venture to my childhood mecca. Over the span of her life we have made trips to Toys "R" Us and she rarely leaves empty handed. I've spent tons of time there looking for birthday and Christmas gifts but also just trips for my own enjoyment. 
The closure of Toys "R" Us isn't only sad because it strips away an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane for me but it also strips away the opportunity I would have had to take my grandchildren on the same trips my grandparents too me on. And maybe that is why this sucks so bad for the adults who grew up with Geoffrey, not because of our nostalgia but because our children and their children will be missing out on the magic that is Toys "R" Us.

Posted on March 15, 2018 .