90s Movies.net: Revisiting and recollecting the pieces of childhood. Topics include: 90s movies, songs, television shows, commercials, cartoons, comics, photographs, old advertisements, toys, and video games that remind me of simpler times.
So after several months of unemployment, I’m finally back to work. I apologize for the lack of articles over the last week or so, but I’ve been pretty busy trying to get adjusted to being a productive member of society again.
Today’s edition of “Ninja Turtle Stuff” is an exploration of a pretty weird version of Raphael. Toward the end of the Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line, pretty much every creative idea imaginable was turned into a Ninja Turtle toy. There were Star Trek versions, prehistoric versions, and even giant voodoo elephants. If it could be loosely tied to or fashioned into a Ninja-Turtle-Like action figure, it most certainly was.
This particular figure is known simply as Sewer-Cyclin’ Raph. Although I don’t think I’ve ever seen Raph ride a bicycle in the cartoon show on the street or in the sewer, I guess the people at Playmates thought it would be a good idea if he did.
I’ve always had an affinity for love stories where the fat guy lands the attractive girl. Being a fat guy myself, it’s in my best interest that this stereotype plays out as often as possible. Throughout popular culture, there is a reliance on this trope in the realm of comedy. Whether it be the Honeymooners, the Flintstones or the Simpsons, there is no shortage of examples of obese loudmouths scoring with some pretty lovely ladies.
In the 90s, the slacker and loser subcultures were glorified often in film and television and led to some really touching stories about fatty getting the girl. It wasn’t uncommon for a socially-inept-but-likable character to find a way to overcome their naysayers and walk away with the prize at the end of the film. One such movie is a humble little 1995 film called Angus.
Angus is one of those movies I went into without a shred of prejudice. I knew next to nothing about the movie except what I could glean from the advertisements. The film itself is based on a short story by Chris Crutcher. The movie focuses on a chubby high school nobody named Angus who falls deeply infatuated with the resident dream girl, Melissa. If you’re wondering, yes Melissa is played by the same girl who hacked computers and hid from velociraptors in Jurassic Park.
When you’re feeling down and out, most people are satisfied being placated by a hug, a fattening meal, or escaping into a book. When I’m at my lowest point, however, the only thing that can pull me out of the pit of despair is a classic television theme song.
There’s something about their wholesome, saccharine vibe that puts all my fears at ease and reminds me that there’s still some good left in the world. They’re catchy enough to sing along to and short enough to survive mass syndication without becoming nauseating.
In recent years, the TV theme song has gone the way of the dinosaur, but the 90s knew how to do it right. If you wanted to pitch a sitcom to a network, you had to have a song that would be stuck in everyone’s head after only a few episode.
I’ve been spending some time going through my old toy bins lately, constantly coming across beloved pieces of the past. Today, prying open another dusty lid, I saw a familiar friend staring back at me. This little guy used to be one of my favorite larger toys and often made his way to the front of the line in my massive action figure battles. His size and demeanor made him a perfect fit for a lead villain or another mastermind’s right hand henchman. They call him the Trollminator. Much like Arnold on Judgement Day, he has decided to come back.
The Original Battle Trolls are action figures produced by Hasbro in the early 90s. In a shallow effort to capitalize on the popular troll doll craze that was sweeping the nation, a real star was born. Wanting to take the appeal of the troll doll in all of its many forms and spin the brand to appeal to young boys, the troll image had to be redefined. With the addition of some mean facial expressions, robots, monsters, and other cool things of that nature, Hasbro succeeded in capturing their target audience.
I always liked this line of toys. It’s impossible to resist a troll doll in its purest form, so adding elements of badassery and referencing classic fiction and pop culture only makes the Original Battle Trolls figures even more appealing to my childish sensibilities.
I always thought fanny packs got a raw deal. There’s no way they should be as socially oppressed as they most definitely are in everyday situations. In this age of smart phones, iPods, fistfuls of cash and credit cards, it would be nice to have a zipper-secured bundle wrapped around your waist to hold important things. Now confined to lame dads on vacation and strapped to the front handlebars of a 3 year old’s Huffy, the fanny pack has all but reached extinction.
Here we have another priceless artifact I found in a Rubbermaid tub labeled “Ninja Turtle Stuff.” It is my first, my most beloved fanny pack.
As I’ve said previously, pretty much anything with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo can find a spot in my collection. I have a bit of a soft spot for those gnarly green dudes. The logo on this nylon fanny pack is exquisitely screened on and, even after nearly 20 years of sitting in a tub, shows almost no signs of wear or tear. This thing was built to last.