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Maarten Prinsen - Issue #20

Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the hottest toylines

Maarten Prinsen

October 3 · Issue #20 · View online
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Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the hottest toylines when I grew up. If there was a Mount Olympus for toy gods, they’d be there, sipping fancy cocktails in chairs so comfy you’d cry. Tears of joy of course. Not the bitter ones.
Because action figures were pretty expensive in those days, all sorts of secundary toy lines popped up. Some of them even became quite successful. Today I’d like to show you three minor toy lines that’ll always have a special place in my heart.

Trash Bag Bunch
These were so awesome! You bought a small green garbage bag that had to be put in water. Then the bag would dissolve and turn the water into some sort of toxic soup (drink up me hearties!). That feature alone was cool enough to begin with, but there was more!
Each bag contained a little non-articulated mutant-like figure to play with. You didn’t know which one you’d get, which added to the excitement and of course a challenge to “Collect ‘em all!”
Skateboard Smack-Ups
Garbage Pail Kids introduced the world to a whole new level of gross-ness, so it only made sense there were lots of companies that tried to cash in on young kids that wanted only the nastiest looking toys, stickers and food items (I’m talking about you, green ketchup).
Skateboard Smack-Ups was a toy line that felt like Garbage Pail Kids on wheels. The horribly (and sometimes lethally) injured kids on their skateboards even had cool names such as Tammy Tail Pipe, Patty Plate Glass and Rich Stitched. 
I’ve always been a huge fan of Garbage Pail Kids and wished for figures of the stickers, so Skateboard Smack-Ups were the next best thing. They’re still great to look at and would probably never be released in today’s over-concerned society, so I will hunt all of these beauties down for my collection!
Food Fighters
Back when the whole healthy lifestyle wasn’t hip and happening, all we  wanted as kids was to visit that big yellow M and feast on delicious fast food. A burger and fries, flushed down with an ungodly amount of Coke was our haute cuisine.
It was no surprise that eventually there was a toy line that turned our favorite food items into action figures. Food Fighters.
These gems were basically plastic reproductions of hot dogs, cookies, chicken legs and french fries, enhanced with arms, legs, facial features and even…guns!
That way we could make them go to war with each other. And what kid doesn’t like to let his toys go to war?
Too bad I never owned one of these, but at least that leaves me with a fun challenge for the future!
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