Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kenner 16-Page Fun Catalog (1973)

Found an old 70's issue of Whitman's Wacky Witch recently, and though it's full of cute art and silly stories, none of that comes close to the awesomeness of the Kenner 16-Page Fun Catalog inserted right in the middle of the whole thing! Yes, brilliant toy advertising in the guise of a comic book itself-- inside a kids comic??!! And 1973 was a big year for me (I turned 6), as this was the year that I think I really began to take notice of toys and toy commercials and most importantly the fact that I could actually choose what I wanted to get for my birthday or xmas! Every kid had a Spirograph, and I'm pretty sure I had some of the Chip-Away Sculptor sets, though I don't think it was Flintstones-- but I absolutely, and with utmost certainty had the SSP Racers (cars and motorcycles), the incredible Smash-Up Derby, and the Snoopy Toothbrush! What did you have?































5 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

I had a TTP set with the pump ramp action. I remember motorcycles instead of cars, and I had ramps and junk to jump over--but that stuff never worked very well. (While we're at it, I also had the Ideal Evel Knieval stunt bike set. It was very similar, only one turned a crank instead of pumping.) I always wanted the demolition derby cars, but never got them. So I just busted up what I did have! Of course, I had a lot of SSP cars, too. They were way better because they looked "real". Also, they could endure a ton of childlike cruelty. I had the Snoopy toothbrush too. I didn't even have a sister to hog it half the time.

I've never even heard of the Chip Away sculpture sets. That's really interesting. Collectible minifigs could be blind packed that way. Just buy the cube and start chipping right there in the parking lot. It's time to get that idea back off the shelf again.

I love the art on the Snoopy and Flintstones pages. It looks like the same artist to me (probably the same guy did the airplane model page, too). It's great stuff. My favorite page here is the Baby Alive Doll ad, though. Man, I love the way the friend just loses her damn mind over watching someone squirt non-toxic "doll food" into that toy's face hole. "Comes out the other side!" Oh boy!

wendylovesjesus said...

Wonderful find! This once again makes me lament how there are no toy ads or commercials anymore. When I was a kid in the late '80s, early '90s, practically EVERY commercial before noon was for a toy. And there were toy catalogues and Christmas catalogues and toy stores... and today, 7-year-olds are walking around with phones. I don't know, it just feels like something really wonderful has been lost. All the more reasons I love these posts and your blog -- nice to be reminded that at one time, there was real magic for kids!

Craftypants Carol said...

The only thing I had from this catalog was the Spirograph - and it was one of my all time fave toys. I acutally didn't get a baby alive when i was a kid. A friend of mine had one and I was so jealous and seethed about it until I bought one for myself when I was in my early 20s. I fed her once and tasted the banana baby food and that was about it cause you really had to make a lot of effort to clean those things out so they didn't get gunked up! They don't tell you that in the fancy catalogs and commercials :'(

Tom said...

I had an SSP car which I scratched up really on the playground at school one day. I also had the Smash Up Derby, but being the youngest in my family and my brothers being considerably older, I didn't have anyone to launch the opposing vehicle, so it was kind of boring. I did have fun with the ramps and smashing my Hot Wheels together though. I didn't see it on this page, but I had the Kenner Give-a-Show with Hanna Barbara film strips which was as good as you could get outside of Saturday morning.

Mr. Karswell said...

Cool to hear that some of you out there had a few of these things as well, and thanks for the great comments! :)