Alternate reality dime-store toys with frank labels


Etsy seller NickelandDimeStore produces "concept art" in the form of junky-looking toys packaged with frank labels ("choking hazard," "boring game," etc). The seller says, "Handmade toy from an alternate 1950's universe. A world where the packaging told you exactly what you were getting. Yes, the toy is handmade by me along with the package design. It's meant to be concept art, but you can gag gift it to a friend."

(Thanks, joedwards!)

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  1. What were those toys Dan Akroyd sold?  Bag O’ Glass and the Human Torch and Invisible Pedestrian Halloween costumes. 

    1. I particularly always enjoyed Johnny Spaceman.

      “This consists entirely of a rubber band in a plastic bag .”
      “Yeah, you put that bag over your head and the rubber band keeps it tight against your neck like a collar. Lookatme, I’m Johnny Spaceman!”

  2. The seller says, “Handmade toy from an alternate 1950’s universe. A world where the packaging told you exactly what you were getting.”

    Also a world where the Heimlich maneuver was in widespread use before the 1970s.

      1. Well, as far as I can tell, Lil’Hitler hugs make the alien monkey girl salivate.
        Edit: or something?

  3. When we were kids, we didn’t have all these fancy video games. But if you gave us a book of matches and a watering can full of gasoline, we’d play in the alley for hours.

  4. Is there some reason there’s so much watermarking? I understand people on ebay watermarking their images for common collectibles (other people with the same item can use someone else’s photos), but what is the justification for the watermarking here? They’re unique items, and not exactly great photos of them.

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