Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mickey Mouse


Mickey Mouse makes his first appearance here on BPA rather late, especially considering Donald Duck and Goofy have already had multiple showings. This bendable figure is from the same 1977 three-figure set that also included the previously posted Donald and Goofy. Mickey is shown below in the original package, which shows him in a rather unusual stance. The back of the card has some even more unorthodox poses (although some of these were pretty standard tricks in the mid-'70s).

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fratricide


Fratricide is a crossover band from Vancouver, BC. They put out 2 7" EPs (one of which is a split). They were also slated to release a split 12" on Pushead's Pusmort label but it fell through although a test pressing exists. One of their tracks did make it onto the Pusmort Sampler 7". Another track appeared on Thrasher's Road Rash - Skate Rock Vol. 6. This 7" is their final release. It was released in 1990 on the German Heart First label who have a Pusmort rip-off logo on the inner label. I got this record for free from a friend because the record is broken (as you can see from the scan below).



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mario


Mario makes his debut appearance on BPA in pin form. The board looks like it might be a '70s deck with a squared off nose but the pin is from '88 so he is a bit late. Perhaps he's riding a snub-nose freestyle deck. Mario is rocking his classic look, and while it might not be practical to skate in overalls it seems like it would be even harder to skate in those shoes.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Garfield IV



Garfield returns for his fourth appearance on BPA, this time in mug form. This is from a set of 4 glass mugs released by McDonald's in 1989. Garfield's girth is really bowing his board but it doesn't seem to affect it too much. It seems like he shouldn't have to push if Odie is pulling him. Previous Garfield appearances can be found at: Garfield and Pooky, Tennis Outfit Garfield and Happy Meal Garfield.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Inspector Gadget


This dude is from a 1991 set of Inspector Gadget figures from Burger King. There was not a whole lot going on in the world of Inspector Gadget at this point; the original series ended in '86 and the movie didn't come out until '99. Similar to the Surfin' Smurfs, the board seems intended to be a surfboard that has wheels tacked on. The board has a fin on the bottom and Gadget is supposed to have a sail that comes out of his hat. His legs also extend for some reason. His Hawaiian trench coat is pretty styling, definitely a BPA vibe going on.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Live from Death Row / Lie


Live from Death Row is a thrash band from Massachusetts active around the turn of the century. They only released 2 split 7" EPs, but 1 of them features this ripper on the cover. This 7" is a split with the Japanese thrash band Lie. Both bands sound pretty typical of the late '90s/early '00s thrash scene (which is not a bad thing). This dude pulling a fastplant is apparently a fan of the band on the other side of the record (as well as WHN? and DRI).

Friday, August 16, 2013

Springfield Skateboards


This pin is pretty big, as far as pins go. It is from Universal Studios and was made in 2011. The Bart section of the pin moves along the semicircle under Springfield. Below you can see the size of this pin next to a Santa Cruz pin that is the same size as the standard punk button (1" in diameter). I would like to see a Simpsons Screaming Hand pin.




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Baby Gonzo


Baby Gonzo, or Bebé Gonzo as he is known in the Spanish-speaking world, is seen here riding Grimace's pro model. This figure was a Happy Meal toy from 1992 that was only released in Latin America (or so I believe). That is the same year as the aforementioned Grimace toy and well after the 1986 well known Muppet Babies set featuring Baby Kermit on a skateboard. The insert that came with Gonzo is below and, as you can not-so-plainly see, Gonzo's board has rev-up action.




Sunday, August 11, 2013

Blue M&M


In 1995 Mars realized that tan was far too boring to remain in the M&M family. They held a vote to see who would replace it and blue won, beating out pink and purple. This figure is from 2008 and is the second M&M to appear on BPA (a green M&M was previously featured). The standard blue character that appears in ads is of the almond variety (basically the same shape as the classic peanut type). He is shown here with sideways baseball cap, shades, weird tongue-revealing smirk, and what appears to be an early 90s deck (it could be a late 00s cruiser but the wheel size suggests otherwise). The bottom of this figure is a rubber stamp but unfortunately it is not of him skating (or even holding his deck), just him snapping his fingers. He also sits on a sticker dispenser, but none of the stickers feature skating either.

Friday, August 9, 2013

ANS / Carpenter Ant


This is the 2nd split 7" by Texas's ANS to appear on BPA (after the ANS/Deadpoint 7"). This split is with PA skatepunks Carpenter Ant. The cover features a number of zombies in a partially drained pool. One of them is holding a popsicle-stick deck that looks to be a Gator reissue. Also check out the Not Man shirt in the back corner. The back shows a dude rocking a skate helmet with an old 70s deck hooked up to the mic.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Grāpple


Grāpples are apples that have been injected with grape flavor for some reason. Judging by the tag line there is some sort of demand for crunchy grapes. I did not buy these but I imagine they just taste like grape jolly ranchers. Their mascot looks like a poor man's Grape Ape (of Hanna Barbara fame) who enjoys a variety of extreme activities (including surfing, skating and snowboarding). Here he has donned his bike helmet and elbow pads to kickturn halfway up a quarterpipe.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Felix Pin II


Felix the Cat returns in pin form for a second time. This pin is most likely from the same set as the previous Felix pin featured on BPA. That pin was from 1989, as was the Felix figure also featured on BPA. Felix assumes similar attire and board shape as the previous pin, although this time he has a much more sinister look in his eyes.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Mucky Pup


This mohican skeleton waving his deck high is found on the insert of Mucky Pup's Can't You Take a Joke? LP. He's rocking some Chucks and fingerless gloves but is otherwise naked. The album was released on Roadrunner in 1988. The band incorporates elements of crossover, NYHC and rap for a pretty ridiculous sound. I bet they were fun to see live in their prime though.