I remember being a jealous 10-year-old boy in my small Indiana neighborhood. While I was at home playing with my boring Etch A Sketch, the kid down the street was pulling the eyeball on his Rude Ralph. And no, that’s not code for something else. He was literally pulling the eyeball on a toy named Rude Ralph and hearing it make gross and disgusting noises. Oh the envy I had of him and his newfound ugly toy friend. I wanted to hear something make gross and disgusting noises other than my sister.
So what exactly was Rude Ralph? Think of it like a Madball on steroids that belched and farted. And if you don’t know what a Madball is, then please take your eyes elsewhere. Rude Ralph came out in 1986 and didn’t last very long due to the complaints of snooty parents. Hence why you have to shell out a decent amount of dough on eBay to snag one now. If you’re still curious and a bit in the dark of what Rude Ralph was, please take a look at the old commercial below. Oh – and it has a special bonus appearance from the Breath Blasters!
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.