Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy 2020!



It's going to take some time before I stop putting a dash between those 20s (20-20)! In any case, Harold can't see 20-20 without his famous glasses.  But it's nice for him that we're once more living in the "20s". It's been a long time, eh, Harold? About 100 years. 


Blippo the Builder: ripoff of a blip-off

Some time ago, while researching old, creepy doll gifs and vintage YouTube commercial vids to scare the living crappola out of my sweet little grandchild, I came across a lot of things. The doll ads were the best: Betsy Wetsy (who wets her betsy), Tickles who screams with uncanny laughter when she is tickled, and Bonny Bride who glides along on a wheeled contraption under her wedding gown and hurls her bouquet from a springloaded arm.

Some of the old toys I hadn't heard of however, including one construction set called Blippo the Builder. Looked like a cross between Dinky toys and the old Meccano set my brothers owned.

But then I got a good look at Blippo. Ye gods! Where had I seen that face before??


Whoever designed Super Mario Brothers, whether consciously or unconsciously, ripped off the likeness of Blippo. It simply couldn't be anyone else. Same hat, same overalls, same moustache, same EVERYTHING.

This will haunt my dreams.