Six Finger toy commercial

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  1. Jack_Spellman says:

    The hip-hop ur-text.

  2. CommieNeko says:

    It looks cool on the black and white commercial, but when I saw one in the flesh, as it were, I was deeply disappointed. Looked nothing like a real finger :*  

    I was in kindergarten at the time.

    A sign of the times, it was not unreasonable for a child to bring a “stealth” toy gun to class in a private kindergarten…

    Edit: Upon reflection, I think I do remember the teacher confiscating the projectiles, but the owner was allowed to keep the ball point pen attachment and use it when we had our art period. I guess the versatility _did_ have its uses…

    Edit 2: If you want to see what _really_ got me drooling in 1966, check out this commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK_XOBh6cZI

    The Plazer ray rifle. I never even saw one of these, thus my boyhood dreams of sniping at low flying aircraft with a death ray are unsullied by reality.

  3. Donald Petersen says:

    Before my time, I guess, but man I would have wanted one.  Still do.  Any survivors on eBay, I wonder?

  4. Wayne Dyer says:

    I’d love to hear Ken Nordine read that copy…

  5. pjcamp says:

    When I was a kid, it was the weirdest toy imaginable. The fingernail still creeps me out.

  6. gus mueller says:

    these days, that nail would have to be painted glow-in-the-dark red to keep cops from shooting you for horsing around with your six finger (penn-state locker room stylee)

  7. JoshRose says:

    Am I the only one who kept hearing “six finger” as “sex finger”?  I’m going to go read more Freud now…

  8. oasisob1 says:

    For white kids only?

  9. Nadreck says:

    I’ve still got mine but some of the missiles are missing.  I don’t think mine ever had the exploding cap or the pen one either.  Must have been a little finger.

  10. BarBarSeven says:

    I hear the company that released this was busy dealing with ”Six Finger” recalls do to unforseen finger banging incidents.

  11. marukosu says:

    I bet black kids must have loved having that white sixth finger.

  12. Tom Owens says:

    I had Six Finger as a kid … the only weapon in my arsenal that was cooler was my Johnny Seven OMA. http://youtu.be/GPhZsauluXM

  13. Mike Norman says:

    Six-fingered white people stole the blues and the banjo from African-Americans. African-Americans stole rap from six-fingered white people.

    The cycle of life continues.

  14. geophile says:

    My uncle, Henry Orenstein, was the founder and president of Deluxe Toys and Topper Toys, and the creator of Six Finger, and many other novel toys in the 60s and early 70s. He is a holocaust survivor, awesome player of chess, ping pong and poker, inventor, philanthropist, author of books, and a real character. He’s 88, going strong, and still has all his marbles. Check out the wikipedia article on him.

    When I was a kid, my brothers and I got to test drive new toys and prototypes, some of them awesome, others not so much. (The 4-player backgammon game was interminable.)

    If you want to see the absolute pinnacle of awesomeness, check out this commercial for his Suzie Cute doll featuring Louis Armstrong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkConPs9tKQ. (He has an amazing photograph in which he is arguing with Louis over creative differences in the filming of this commercial.)

  15. Kevin Faulk says:

    Headline:  “Innocent Children Slaughtered by Enraged Spaniard”

  16. A. . says:

    Okay, fine.  I’ll do it.  :::sighs:::

    Inigo Montoya: My father was slaughtered by a six-fingered man. He was a great swordmaker, my father. When the six-fingered man appeared and requested a special sword. My father took the job. He slaved a year before it was done. 
    [Shows the Man in Black the sword] 
    Man in Black: I’ve never seen its equal. 
    Inigo Montoya: The six-fingered man returned and demanded it, but at one tenth his promised price, my father refused. Without a word, the six-fingered man slashed him through the heart. I loved my father. So naturally, I challenged his murderer to a duel. I failed. The six-fingered man left me alive, but he gave me these. 
    [strokes the scars on his cheeks] 
    Man in Black: How old were you? 
    Inigo Montoya: I was eleven years old. And when I was strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of fencing. So the next time we meet, I will not fail. I will go up to the six-fingered man and say, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” 

  17. A. . says:

    Oh, Guy Faulk beat me.  But there is something he doesn’t know.

  18. retepslluerb says:

    I wonder how many of the child actors in this commercial, who already died, dies from drug or weapon abuse or suicide. 

  19. ccouvillion says:

    It still blows my mind that one of my childhood dream “toys,” a laser, is now available at everywhere and can be bought for $10 or less.

  20. Bob Brinkman says:

    I’m reminded of my favorite childhood toy, the Ghost Gun.

  21. Robert Cruickshank says:

    A friend has a toy Palm Pilot that came with candy- its version of beaming messages (remember that?)  is, I now see, shamelessly lifted from Six Finger: a little dart with a note on it.

  22. absimiliard says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that this is leading children to worship Grazzt, and that worshipping one of the demon princes of the abyss (even if he was once a devil, prior to turning his coat) isn’t a grand idea?

    -abs will admit he might have a problem distinguishing reality from d&d, but dude, Grazzt is evil

  23. gpeare says:

    Had one and loved it. How did I ever get along with five?

  24. garyg2 says:

    When evolution gives us cool, real life utility fingers then I’ll start believing in it.

  25. rjmac says:

    Had one!  Purchased at Todd’s Toys San Bruno, CA somewhere around 1967. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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