Playing With Rocks??

I always thought rocks were the worst playthings ever. I’m not exactly sure why this is, but it could stem from the many times Dad threatened to get me rocks for Christmas. It also could come from The Great Pumpkin, in which Charlie Brown keeps getting rocks instead of treats.
You can imagine my surprise, then, when toy manufacturers started putting out rock toys in the middle 80s. The first rock toys I remember (though perhaps not the first chronologically) were the Go-Bots Rock Lords. Being as skeptical of rock toys as I was, I really couldn’t believe it when Tonka released the Rock Lords. I figured they had run out of real things to transform and were left with nothing else. I still think it is kind of a stupid idea. It seems like it wouldn’t be as hard to transform into a rock as it would be to transform into a plane or other vehicle. It also seems like it wouldn’t be a effective. I mean, how can a rock fight evil?

Next was Rokkon and Stonedar from the Masters of the Universe series. I thought these were direct rip-offs from the Rock Lords (again, I could be wrong, but that’s how I saw it as a kid). The same questions about the effectiveness of transforming into a rock were there, as well as a question of why MOTU characters were now transforming.

Then there were the Inhumanoids. Now some of the Inhumanoids were rather cool, but as far as I could tell, the Granites were just rocks and subject to all the problems of the Rock Lords and Rokkon & Stonedar.

So as you can tell, I was not thrilled with this trend in 80s toys. I do have to admit one thing, though. They are all better than the Pet Rock.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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3 thoughts on “Playing With Rocks??

  1. Great post as always, Doug! I would say that I thought the Granites were pretty cool from the Inhumanoids but I’ve always preferred the likes of the Redwoods in truth. That should be your next post, my friend. Tree based toys. :)

  2. Hey doug, I’ll bet you’d be thrilled with the newest thing, ubs pet rocks:
    I always thought the rock lords & meteorbs were the dumbest F~ing things ever. “My robot becomes a plane! My robot becomes a tank! My robot becomes a rock.” About the only thing you could do in the way of “playing with” the transforming rocks was to throw them at your friend’s head & take his good transformer (you know, the one that doesn’t change into a rock).

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