When Dick Tracy came out, it was a tremendous merchandise juggernaut. There were books, action figures, dolls, and let us never forget the soundtrack that featured Madonna's Vogue. Now strike a pose and look at these toys!
The Little Mermaid
My most favorite Disney movie ever. Like ever. I have a best friend who says Cinderella should be my favorite Disney movie on account that I've spent my fair share of time in an attic and I have a thing for nice shoes, but The Little Mermaid will always be my favorite. A little known fact about me: I never eat sea food because that is practically like cannibalism. I simply cannot eat members of my kingdom. (In some weird twist of fate I know it will be proven that I come from a line of mer-folk. I'm just waiting for the ancient texts or visit from Tritan or something.)
Remember when Betty Boop was on, like, everything? Like there was a definite time when Betty Boop was just over saturating the collector's market. I kinda miss those days because Betty Boop sort of feels like a bygone character now. I went through a big Betty Boop phase, and really what dorky white girl didn't? I had Betty Boop t-shirts with some silly message like, "I'm a down ass B, boop-boop!" Or whatever. They were those silly Betty Boop attitude t-shirts, you all know what I am talking about. I thought I was so sexy and cool. I was sadly mistaken. But I am happy to have a fun Betty Boop figurine!
Ok so let me set the stage for you. Gremlins was one of those movies that was just a big deal for me as a kid. I loved Gizmo and his exploits were really fun, if not slightly terrifying. Gremlins 2 was the movie that made me lose a little love for Gizmo because the actual Gremlins stole the movie and my heart. Seriously, the series wasn't called Gizmo. So Gremlins 2 was just a satisfying movie experience, and after watching it in the theater I went to my trusty mall store with the Applause goodies and I found this lil ditty...
The girl Gremlin was just the best. Her real name is Greta, and for some reason I only learned this recently. I feel like I should have water thrown on me after midnight for that one. But my goodness I absolutely loved this figurine. What is even better is that Neca was supposed to be releasing a nice new updated version of Greta, so I really hope they still do.
Ok so I come from a movie family. Like ever since I was little, movies were just a part of the fabric of our lives. I mean I don't even know how to explain it. Movies have just always been important to us, and I certainly learned a thing or two from all these great movies. I think it was Who Framed Roger Rabbit? that really introduced me to the idea of finding a way to define the word sexy. I mean I was far too young to be concerned with the word sexy, but when my mom took me and a friend to see Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Jessica Rabbit slinked onto the screen it was like I had this strange moment where I said to myself, "I want to move just like that!" Well my mom was not too happy with that, in fact she thought Jessica Rabbit was a bad influence. "Good girls don't behave like Jessica Rabbit!" I at least had this awesome figurine.
I think it was the hair covering part of her face. I mean the leg slit and oddly shaped spinal chord may have had something to do with it too, but I fell in love with the hair covering part of her face. I tried my best to emulate that when I was younger. Unfortunately I could never get it right. I have always had flat, straight, and boring hair. There were never chances for wavy luxurious hair to stay in place over part of my face. And for the record, folks need to stop acting like Angelina Jolie invented the leg slit move, because Miss Jessica Rabbit was doing it before Angelina was even tossing back a vile of blood. Also, on a side note, this figurine was once holding a frying pan with a face print in it like from the movie, but I cut it off when I was little. I thought she'd look better without it.
So here is the group all together. I have some more Applause-type PVC figures, and they may show up again. When I see this image I can't help but think that this line-up would make a strange cast for a show or something. Like from left to right the characters would be three dueling divas that fight crime both real and animated. There would be the two mob guys in their colorful pimp suits and Prune Face could have a stand alone episode where he finds out about Botox. The show would also feature a vain duckette who walks around pants less. I think fans would go nuts for the Italian plumber that eats shrooms and crawls around the sewer trying to save this goofy girl that is always getting kidnapped. There'd also be some sob story with a Disney Princess just wanting the chance to walk and she'd get help from her rabbit friend that does 80's aerobics drag. There'd be the requisite kid with attitude, and she'd be allergic to Peanuts, just for the humor of it all. To cap it all off there would be some hardcore gal with green hair who'd be unable to get wet after midnight. (Now there goes her social life.) I think this all has the trappings for a sloppy hit!
Anyways, I hope that Toy Chest Tuesday finds you all well. Again, I am sure more Applause figurines will show up again. For now enjoy the mash up of PVC goodness. PVC is the correct term right? I need my fellow dorky readers to help a dorkette out. So keep it here, because I am working on a really fun Heroic Hottie for the month! All I will say is that I have been interviewing someone who will be competing in a new reality show called Earth's Next Top Pope. Oh this is going to be so much fun. Take care everyone!