A Sucky Memory of Suckerman

I have one particularly sucky memory involving Suckerman.


(Photo by Gregg Koenig/Flicker)

Released by Mattel in 1978, Suckerman was some sort of bat/alien combination who was covered in suction cups and would stick to pretty much any flat surface, including windows, patio doors, mirrors, and television sets. The 70s version of Suckerman came in four colors: green (the one I had), red, black, and glow-in-the-dark white.

During one particularly hot summer, my cousin and I spent about fifteen minutes taking turns throwing my Suckerman over and over at an old abandoned refrigerator. When our arms got tired of throwing Suckerman, our curiosity got the better of us and we opened the fridge door. Inside, we found a bunch of hornets who were none too happy that we had been pounding the side of their home with Suckerman. The hornets chased us all the way back to my cousin’s house, stinging both of us in the back several times along the way.

That was a very sucky trick for Suckerman to pull on us.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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6 thoughts on “A Sucky Memory of Suckerman

  1. Here’s my Suckerman memory. I used to stick his arms together, and but him on one of the blades of our ceiling fan, then I’d turn on the fan and see how long he could hold on. One day he flew off and hit my mother…imagine her delight…

  2. This right here is why I love this website. I had only the faintest recollection of Suckerman until I saw the photo and then it all came flooding back. I had the glow-in-the-dark version and i have to say it was probably one of my favorite toys in my youth. Something about being able to attach him to any (smooth flat) surface made him very versatile.

    Going on a car trip? Suckerman was right there on the inside of the car window. Rainy day at home? Suckerman was great on the tile floor.

    I think Suckerman might have also been the first glow-in-the-dark toy i ever owned, which made him that much more awesome.

  3. I’m glad you guys liked the post! I am going to put Suckerman on my Christmas wish list for this year and give him another chance. Let’s let bygones be bygones, shall we Suckerman?

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