Sunday, December 30, 2012

Skeleton Patch


I'm not quite sure where I picked this up. I think it was at an unusual store in DC that sold African trinkets as well as random old stock items including metal patches. This skeleton appears to riding one of those old Lonnie Toft 8-wheelers and grabbing frontside tuck-knee.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Delicious One


The Delicious One (TDO) is an anthropomorphic hot dog who also happens to be the mascot for the fast food chain Wienerschnitzel. Unfortunately they do not have these on the East coast so this dude had to skate a long way to get here. TDO is seen here in "extreme skateboarder" form from 2003. He is in a pretty radical pose, possibly in the middle of a huge frontside ollie. It's too bad he is on such an oversized board. He has pull back action but I would much rather have had this figure on a more comparable sized deck. The bag that he came in is below.



Monday, December 24, 2012

Domo


This Domo is from 2008 and was sold as a Halloween exclusive at Target. He came in a two pack that also included a breakdancer. Domo is apparently pretty active when he is not chasing kittens.



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Grimace


Grimace is definitely feeling the BPA cruising around with palm tree shorts back in 1992. His oversized board with exhaust pipes is reminiscent of Boo Boo's deck (also a McDonalds toy). Like Boo Boo, Grimace's deck can be revved up but Grimace will pop a wheelie and do a couple 360s before putting his front wheels down and rolling in whatever direction he ends up facing. Grimace is also rocking a helmet and elbow pads, which is a little weird since he is kind of just a continuous mass and doesn't really have a head per se and he definitely does not have elbows.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Clay Wheels


The Clay Wheels are a surf/skate punk band from the mid 90s. They released the above 7" in 1996 (a split with Swedish garage rockers The Odd Numbers on Freak Scene Records). Five years later they released the Born to Barge CD through Black Label Skateboards. The Clay Wheels are no strangers to skate rock and feature Ray Stevens II (formerly of Drunk Injuns and Los Olvidados) on bass and vocals.




Friday, December 14, 2012

Plucky Duck


Plucky Duck is from Tiny Toons and is seen here cruising on a pretty fat deck from 1990. He is riding the same board as Roll-Along Smurf and has a similar stance (riding with the back foot pointed backwards). This seems to be a common stance among anthropomorphic animals. Plucky usually rocks just a white tank top but I guess they felt he needed more to skate so they gave him some shorts (or maybe just painted him wrong).



Monday, December 10, 2012

Lester Fingerboard Keychain


I'm not much of a fan of fingerboards but I had to take a pic of this old Lester Kasai Tracker "Oak Leaf" pro model. It has definitely seen some better days. I picked this up in the late 80s when fingerboards were not as ubiquitous. I think it was originally meant to be a keychain. It has been taped back together with yellowing tape and the top is covered with grip. The wheels were painted green at some point and it looks like the axle has been replaced with a small dowel rod.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crucial Youth


Crucial Youth's The Power of Positive Thinking (It Could Just Change Your Life) includes the above insert featuring comics, lyrics, a hardcore dictionary and hatemail. It also includes numerous skateboarding references. For those who do not know, Crucial Youth were an over-the-top straightedge band from the NYHC scene of the late 80s (but they were from 'burbs). This release was an odd assortment of album, EP and live tracks including some snippets of a radio interview on WYNU. It was released in 1989 on the London based label Released Emotion Records. The comics below also appear in the insert to Crucial Youth's album, The Posi-Machine (1988 New Red Archives).



Monday, December 3, 2012

Mondo Gecko


I've been watching the 2012 CGI incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I have to say that it is actually pretty good. Mondo Gecko has yet to show up though. He's seen here in figure form from 1990 along with some sort of motorized board. There is a lot of awesome things going on here: a devilock, a rattail, a half-shirt, and a rollerskate to keep his tail off the ground (I'm not really sure if that last one is really all that awesome). He also seems to have his own symbol: a skull with a crossbone and skateboard which appears on his shirt as well as his grip.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Skate Board Wizard


I collect wizard and skateboard themed belt buckles so this is the rare intersection of 2 worlds. There are no markings on the back but I believe this is probably from the 70s. It's not clear exactly what trick he's doing; I like to think it is a tailblock but I guess it could also be an aerial (although the angle of his back truck makes a tailblock more likely).


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sam "Squid" Dullard


Sam "Squid" Dullard is a character on the Nickelodeon show Rocket Power. The show aired in the early 2000s. Even though I watch a lot of cartoons I did not have cable during the show's run so I have never seen an episode. According to Wikipedia the show revolves around 4 friends taking part in various extreme sports. This figure is from 2003 and has a pretty sloppy paint job.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Goofy


Goofy rides goofy, and in a rather unusual position. This is a stance that makes me think he is rolling along pretty slowly but his ears show that he is actually cruising pretty fast. He seems to be wearing a baseball shirt with a turtleneck dickie.




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Xtreme Diver



This is an Air Max Xtreme Diver with Parachute from 2012. I happened across this dude while at the grocery store the day before Hurricane Sandy. Purchasing him seemed like a rather practical decision, and he actually ended up being my sole purchase. I think I could have gotten the most milage for my dollar had I actually tossed him out the window the next day. I'm not quite sure why a skydiver needs a skateboard and I'm even more confused why he went for the elbow and knee pads over the helmet. Instead he is rocking some earmuffs.

In addition to "Skateboarder" there was also "Inline Skater" and "Biker Dude."



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Coastal Cooler


I came across this extreme marketing while hurricane shopping (I only ended up buying a skateboarding parachutist but that is a story for a later post). I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a girl or just early '90s Tony Hawk. Also of note: 25% less sugar is the opposite of extreme.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

MDC


This skating Jesus appears on the back of MDC's More Dead Cops (Boner Records 1988) compilation LP. It seems like he should be pulling a christ air although he probably couldn't pull it as high as Hosoi. The song below, "Skateboards from Hell," appears on their sophomore album, Smoke Signals (R Radical Records 1986). I saw them about 10 years ago and they would not play this song even after repeated crowd demand (probably because they didn't know it anymore).

Friday, November 16, 2012

Snoopy


Snoopy is seen here cruising fast enough to pull his ears back. This figure was released in 1997 by Whitman's as part of a "Sports Surprise Tin" series that featured Snoopy playing various sports. The upper half of this figure is in a fairly realistic pose but for some reason he is trying to point both feet forward.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kid-a-Long Kids


Tomy Kid-a-Long Kids wind-up skateboarder from 1979. This little guy likes to ride pretty far back on his board. For some reason his creators decided to put the wind-up wheel in a "very uncomfortable place." After winding up he rides for a little then does a wheelie and turns a bit. His wheels don't have any grip so it doesn't work very well.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lu


Lu is the mascot for the German airline Lufthansa. He is an anthropomorphic crane. He is in a rather awkward position making it difficult to determine if he is goofy or regular. I think he is regular and in the middle of a slash grind (or perhaps in the middle of a powerslide).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dewey Duck


As far as I can ascertain, this Dewey figure was part of a wheeled series made for Duck Tales in 1992. He's riding a rather unorthodox shaped deck (punk point?) with standard super wide axles.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Swift Heart Rabbit


Swift Heart Rabbit pushing a skateboard back in 1984. According to the Care Bear wiki, Swift Heart is the fastest member of the Care Bears family but her weak push here makes her look like she is not going all that fast. The Care Bear wiki also notes that Swift Heart's gender varies between mediums.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Nitwitz


Nitwitz are a lesser version of Runts that turn up in quarter machines. The logo has different fruits taking part in various "extreme" activities, including a watermelon riding a skateboard.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Boo Boo


Boo Boo riding a skateboard with rev-up action from 1991. This was a McDonald's toy put out to promote the Yo Yogi! show which ran during the '91-'92 season. In the show Boo Boo is depicted as a a kid and instead of just a bow tie he wears some "hipper" clothes. Boo Boo's skateboard has some sort of exhaust coming off it so I guess it is supposed to have an engine. In reality it holds a motor that can be revved up (by pushing him forward). If you give him enough speed he will do a wheelie.  The top of his deck says "LAF 4," which, according to Wikipedia, was the agency Yogi and his gang work for in Yo Yogi! (LAF stands for Lost and Found).

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cookie Monster


Cookie Monster pushing hard, probably cruising down to the bakery. This figure has a surprisingly realistic pose (especially considering you rarely see Cookie Monster below the waist). He also has a proportional sized deck. I think he's riding those old non-reversible rat bones.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chocolate Chip Charlie


Chocolate Chip Charlie looks kind of like a pie but I think he is supposed to be a pancake (or maybe a cookie). Charlie is an IHOP toy from 1996. He has Spongebob like sleeves (not connected to anything)  and matching shorts. He's also rocking an IHOP hat. He is kneeling down and grabbing his knee (I think the side of the deck is too far out for him to grab). The wheels on his deck don't spin but there are three wheels on the bottom that do. It looks like it should be a pull-back or rev-up toy (considering how much room there is under the deck for gears) but the bottom wheels are just free spinning.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Smarties


The Smarties were a West German punk band who put out their debut album, Whole Buncha Weirdos, in 1986 on BYO. It contains multiple skate songs as well as a drawing called Youth on the back cover which features a skater doing a handstand.






Sunday, October 21, 2012

RC Ripskate



The RC Ripskate is a remote controlled skater made by Matchbox in 1987. My friend picked this up at a yard sale and it no longer had its remote so I do not know if it still works. He's doing a pretty serious squat; I don't think I ever seen anyone skate in such an awkward position. His head and arms are movable but I don't think that is controlled by the remote. The board itself is probably about as tall as he is if he were standing so I guess he's a longboarder. He's fully padded up (including fingerless gloves) and rocking the Flyaway helmet. He's also got a Tracker clown shirt (although he doesn't really have any trucks on his set up). This takes 8 AA batteries and 1 9-volt.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Spongebob Squarepants


This Spongebob was a General Mills cereal prize in 2011. I assume he is riding goofy and grabbing his tail but he could also be regular and in the middle of a backside layback. Since he is not wearing his air helmet it is safe to assume that Spongebob is looking for some undrained pools.