J. Slice is an anthropomorphic watermelon and is the mascot of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. He is available in "sticker" form above (which is just an image you can download and print out on your own sticker paper). According to Watermelon.com, J. Slice "was developed using feedback from focus groups made up of adults who have daily interaction with the youth market and elementary school-aged children." Those focus groups must've been pretty extreme because not only does J. Slice skate, but he also surfs, snowboards, rollerblades, wears sunglasses, plays soccer, and battles his nemesis, Professor Junk Food. He's not too extreme to not wear full pads but doesn't bother with a helmet since his head has already been smashed in.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The No Life EP is a split 7" between No Reply and Lifes Halt, 2 bands that hail from Southern California. Both appear on the previously featured SK-8 or Die compilation 7" (as well as the Memories of Tomorrow compilation LP that will be featured here sometime in the future). Both bands play "bandana thrash," an now awkward sounding term for the thrash revival of the late '90s/early '00s. This record was released in 2000 on Indecision Records and features skeletal renditions of the bands in a tour bus, including a dude fist-pumping his deck out the window.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
When we last left Cookie Monster he was pushing pretty hard. He returns to BPA rolling with a full jar of cookies that he is shuffling like a deck of cards. This guy has no date on him and he is looking a bit more green than blue due to some sun damage. He is a bit cheaper than most figures (hollow plastic rather than PVC). I can't find any info on him but I think he is probably from the '90s.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Campy is a Nerful, a not-too-well remembered toy line from 1985. The figures had one-piece bodies with a cup on the top to hold their head, which was a ball with a face. According to their marketing, they were from the planet Erf. There were 2 skating figures - Stewie the Rabbit and Campy, who came with the Round Town Camper. I actually had some of these as a kid, although I didn't have this guy. I recently found a box of these at my parents house but Stewie's skateboard was not there.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Full Nelson were a band from Northern Virginia in the mid '00s. This 7" EP was released in 2006 on Sike Out Records. I can't find much more info on them but they play some thrashy hardcore and seem to have a fair amount of Southern pride. The barefoot invert is impressive but I like the moonshine swillin' cyclops.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Woody Woodpecker returns to BPA with this figure. I'm not exactly sure when this guy is from but he certainly predates the last Woody figure that appeared on BPA. I think he is probably from the '80s or early '90s. Unlike last time, Woody is in his usual outfit, which is nothing at all.