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Old Toys: Animaniacs

Here’s another great find while rummaging through old boxes of toys; 3″ PVC figurines of Yakko, Wakko and Dot, from the cartoon classic, Animaniacs.

Animaniacs PVC Figures

Last month at NYCC, I was fortunate to catch a panel with Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko Warner (along with countless other infamous cartoon characters). On the whim, he performed The Nations Of The World Song. Mind=blown!

Old Toys: Food Fighters

My Mom’s basement is a toy hunters dream. It’s filled with box after box of old toys, plush dolls, books and action figures (some even in the original boxes). I made a new pact that every time I visit Ottawa, I would take a box back with me to Toronto. Although I don’t have enough room to display everything in my current home, I will take pictures of old time favorites to post here and Flickr.

The first batch to make it’s way home with me, is my collection of Food Fighters action figures.

A memorable bunch of anthropomorphic food items dressed in military gear, that was divided into two armies: the Kitchen Commandos and the Refrigerator Rejects. They were released from Mattel in 1988.

I LOVED these guys! I still remember seeing the commercial for the first time. Shortly after, I had Mean Weener (hot dog); a gift from my Grandmother. Eventually, I managed to collect the full gang. There were ten figurines in total, along with a few accessory toysBelow are some photos of what I’ve managed to hold onto over the years. To see all the shots I took (and larger versions), check out my Flickr page.

The Kitchen Commandos
Burgerdier General, Major Munch, Sergeant Scoop, Private Pizza, Lieutenant Legg (missing)

The Refrigerator Rejects
Mean Weener, Short Stack, Taco Terror, Fat Frenchy, Chip the Ripper (missing)

I’m back in Ottawa this weekend for a family event; I’ll see what I can dig up!

WB’s Television Out Of The Box

On my recent trip to Los Angeles, I was lucky to visit the Television Out Of The Box exhibit presented by Warner Bros. at the Paley Center For Media. It featured original props, costumes, set pieces and video clips of some of WB’s most iconic shows. But what I loved most, was the collection of original animation cels and vintage toys from some of my favorite cartoons: Bugs Bunny, Tiny Toons, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Animaniacs, Scooby-Doo, and more.

WB Animation Cels

WB Vintage Toys

If you’re in the L.A. area it’s worth checking out. My only wish was that it had a larger collection!

Toy Collection 4

Buff Monster Ice Cream Flavorways by Mindstyle
Pecan Pals by Noferin
Gorillaz by Kidrobot
Kogepan by San-X
Abby my cat

Toy Collection 3

Astro Boy


Chika Mint by Junko Mizuno
Astro Boy (from Tokyo, Japan)
MTV Canada ‘Fauna’ Collection by Nathan Jurevicius
Kidrobot El Robo Loco by Tristan Eaton
Gloomy Bear by Mori Chack
Mario & Toad by BanPresto
Wicket W. Warrick by Kenner
Cookies by She Likes Cute
Can of Popeye’s Spinach

Toy Collection 2

I bought a few more cutlery dividers to create another mini balcony. The new space allowed me to unpack most of my vintage toys which include: Star Wars, Muppets, Roger Rabbit and Kellog’s figurines.

Toy Collection 1

My toy collection is slowly growing, so I’ve been searching for new ways of displaying them within my toy cabinet. My agreement with Shaun is that I can do whatever I want within our display cabinet, but no toys outside of it. Fair enough. Our place isn’t that big. So, in order to get the best use of the limited space, I created a mini balcony for the smaller toys. I glued three cutlery dividers together to form steps. Take a look at the end result.

(Yes, our cutlery drawer has since been an unorganized mess…)