I am a self-proclaimed He-Man junkie. Growing up, I pretty much had every figure and every playset, including the dangerous (according to my Mom) Slime Pit. But one of the playsets that got lost in the shuffle was The Evil Horde’s ‘Fright Zone‘!
Well that was fun. I’m actually thinking of grabbing one of these off of eBay soon just based off of the nostalgia alone. I don’t have kids, so I would be playing with it by myself. Don’t judge. But anyway, I was always more in favor of the ‘bad guys’ in the He-Man collection – so I gravitated towards things like The Slime Pit and Snake Mountain before I would go to Castle Grayskull. Which is why I loved the Fright Zone so much. And I could actually control the giant snake with my hand and gobble up all of the good guys. If you need any more proof as to why Fright Zone is amazing, just look at that kid’s face below in the pic! He’s having a blast. And how about that hair too?!
Have you wanted to pour bad smelling green slime all over one of your enemies? It’s ok, you can admit it. Well back when I was a kid, you could do just that! But only if your enemies were He-Man action figures. I always gravitated towards the more creepy and disturbing He-Man characters and products, so it wasn’t really a big surprise that I was all about The Evil Horde Slime Pit that came out in 1985.
Oh trust me – it was as much fun as it looks in that commercial. A couple of fun facts about the slime though:
1. It smelled like a mixture of glue and piss.
2. It didn’t taste that good.
3. An unused can of slime goes for around $100 on Ebay.
Now, you can find the actual playset on Ebay as well for around $100, but the can of slime doesn’t come with it, hence the higher price tag on a can of that. I have to say that it’s moments like this when I take a stroll down memory lane when I realize just how early of an age I had gotten into horror-related products. And it only snowballed after that ladies and gentlemen. So a big thank you to The Evil Horde Slime Pit for shaping up what has become a great horror mind. Ok – great might be overstating it a bit, but it’s a pretty good horror mind at the least. Now let’s end this thing by looking at some of The Horde’s minions, shall we?
My Mom didn’t like me playing with Play-Doh when I was a kid because I would always try and eat it. Sure, it looked appetizing due to the different colors and interesting texture, but apparently it’s not good for your digestive system. Much to her chagrin though, in 1984 I was already getting into my horror phase and Play-Doh must have known, because they released the awesome Count Creepyhead & Friends Play-Doh Playset.
Oh I had hours and hours of fun with this playset, until the next distracting toy for an 8-year-old came out and Count Creepyhead got tossed into the closet with He-Man. You have to love the fact that especially in the 80’s, the horror toy business was booming and it was more than refreshing to see Play-Doh jump on board. Writing about this pulled at my nostalgic toy heartstrings and made me search Ebay to see if any of these babies were for sale. Sadly, all you can buy that’s associated with Count Creepyhead is a purple scraping axe that came with the original package. No offense to the purple scraping axe, but that alone just doesn’t satisfy my craving. So until Count Creepyhead pops up on Ebay…..I shall wait. And while I wait, I can just watch this commercial to get my fix and see how much fun the kids are having in it.