I’m not sure whether the idea to release pretend kitchen appliances shaped like animals was born from a whimsical imagination a drug-induced nightmare, wherever the idea came from, Zoodleland decided to make it a reality in the late 1970s.
My sister owned all three: the hippo-sink, the penguin-fridge, and the turtle-oven/stove. According to an old ad hosted over at Plaid Stallions, each unit cost $16.99 individually or you could save five bucks and purchase all three as a package deal for $45.97.
Although these were considered to be “girls toys” back then, I admit to helping out with the pretend dishes a time or too after being invited to a pretend tea party by my sister. I also secretly wished that they would make a full-sized working model of at least the penguin fridge. I would totally own that.
We’ve talked a lot about Tim-Mee plastic figures on Retroist.com. Recently, I got my hands on some new Tim-Mee recasts. The first thing I got was two bags of Galaxy Laser Team figures. I had received a bag of these figures before, but they were black and gray. These new figures were orange, red, green, and blue. The colors were slightly neon and gave the figures a real outer space feel.
Next, I got a bag of Cowboys and Indians. These western-themed figures were red and tan, which I thought was an appropriately western color. They were also slightly bigger than the Laser Team figures. I had some of these figures when I was a kid, and I always enjoyed them. I found the Indians with their bows, tomahawks, and headdresses really interesting. Several of the figures are in interesting poses as well, like kneeling to shoot or crawling forward.
I also got a bad of Legendary Battles figures. These figures follow a western theme, are gray and green, and are a little bigger than the cowboys and Indians. They have a real good heft to them as well, and they have some great weapons. I didn’t have these as a kid, but I really like them now.
Finally, I got the Sea King Rescue Helicopter. This helicopter has working rotor blades and comes with a bag of army men. I had several of these army men as a kid, and I remembered them well. There is a communications guy, a bazooka-carrying soldier, men with machine guns, and a lot more. They can fit inside the helicopter as well, which is lots of fun.
Thanks to Jeff for giving me a chance to check out these great reproductions. I recorded my initial thoughts about them on the video you see below, and if you want to check them out yourself, I’ve put the Amazon.com links below that.
We had a lot of fun remembering Tim-Mee’s Galaxy Laser Team plastic figures. Recently, Jeff let me know about a new Tim-Mee set of plastic figures that have been reissued. It is the Cave Men set and their Battle Mountain playset.
The Cave Men themselves are great, but it is the mountain that really makes them fantastic. I like that it has three levels and several caves and passages. This was the kind of thing that would keep me busy for hours as a kid, imaging the cavemen building fires and gathering grubs…ok, who am I kidding, I just had them knocking each other off the ledges to their doom. You can check out my review here.
You can get the cavemen here and the cave here. Also, Jeff told me about a line of military vehicles you can find here, here, here, and here.