A lot of people simply refer to them as “those old Halloween costumes” — you know, the ones with the plastic masks and the vinyl costumes? The company that made them, Ben Cooper, cornered the market on licenses and got their costumes in every department and grocery store you could imagine. Whether you wanted to be Batman or Darth Vader, Wonder Woman or Strawberry Shortcake, Ben Cooper had a costume waiting for you.
The fine folks over at Plaid Stallions have in their online catalog collection a Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Catalog from 1980. Head on over and see if you can spot any costumes you or your friends had!
I ran across this vintage Ewok costume from Return of the Jedi recently at a local game store. With a price of only $20, how could I resist? Unfortunately I should have tried it on at the store as it doesn’t fit.
I wonder if kids who previously purchased Bubble Yum prior to it getting Super Yum flavor were offered partial refunds. It doesn’t seem fair that a piece of Bubble Yum bubble gum lacking the fun Super Yum flavor should cost the same as one with Super Yum flavor added.
I ran across these Smurf villages on clearance at Toys R Us not too long ago. Each had been marked $5 off and I suspect the prices will go lower than that soon.
When I see toys like this in stores today I wonder if there is a market for them? My kids got their fill of small plastic toys from McDonald’s and Burger King. When I was their age I was into collecting action figures; they are more into electronic games already. I can’t imagine my kids being adults and having a shelf full of Smurfs in their computer room…