My friend Bob Knetgzer is an amazingly talented toy designer. (He writes the Toy Inventor's Notebook column in every issue of MAKE, too!)
I run into a lot of 20-somethings that fondly remember the TYCO Doctor Dreadful toy line from when it was first out in 1995-97 when they were little. I have a big file of really cute and funny letters that kids sent in to Doctor Dreadful back then with their own gross food recipes. They are just hilarious to read! It would be cool to reconnect with those 1st generation fans today!
The DrD character in the original ads was wonderfully played by John Kassir, who was also the TV version of the Cryptkeeper . The first ads won a bunch of advertising industry awards:
It sold over $100MM worldwide and kicked off a trend of "gross food" and candy.
That was then -- this is now:
For this re-launch we worked with the designers at Spinmaster of Canada (the makers of those cool miniature RC helicopters and of Zoobles, those mini balls that pop open to transform into oddly cute animals).
Given today's kid's exposure to Twilight, zombies, and all the amped-up monstery elements of current pop culture, we tried to make Doctor Dreadful even edgier than before. There's a wide assortment of different "looks gross--tastes great!" candy-making toys.
What better item to put in your holiday shopping cart than a "looks gross --tastes great!" Doctor Dreadful food-making toy!
This gadget does exactly as promised: it looks like a thumbdrive (sort of) and fries the circuitry of any computer it’s plugged into. It’s made from camera flash parts, is charged with a standard AA battery, and delivers a 300V zap of DC destruction to the port for all your USB-murdering needs. Note that this […]
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]
The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a smartphone tripod that is designed with flexible legs to rest on virtually any type of surface. Other tripods have proved useless unless I conveniently have a flat surface in front of me, which is why this particular tripod was appealing enough to try out. The ARMOR-X is compact and easy […]
You don’t need to get an advanced degree and take out massive loans to become a coder. This bundle of 10 courses was designed to teach anyone to code at home for less than it costs to go out for dinner. I was particularly impressed with this new 2017 bundle because it includes courses on […]