Thursday, October 31, 2013

Littlest Pet Shop


The Little Pet Shop animals are supposed to be cute but they come off as pretty creepy. This dude is from 2011 and doesn't appear to have a name but is marketed as "Tricks & Talents Ferret." In addition to his skateboard he also comes with some carrots and a chew toy. His trick is that he can blink and push when his head is depressed (as shown below). He is also shown below on his package which depicts a crappy skatepark that has no ramps - only roll-ins.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

50303Grind


Roskopp and Superbad released the 50303Grind split 7" EP in 2009. The split is a joint release by Ragerizer! Records and 303 Records. Roskopp hails from Denver, CO while Superbad are from Portland, OR. It's not hard to guess that the skating influence comes from Roskopp, they even used part of the Roskopp 5 graphic for their inner label. The cover looks like it is inspired by the "Pool Joust" section of Skate or Die!, with the creature wielding a dagger and the skeleton whipping some bone nunchuks above his head. Imagine watching that battle and you get an idea of how this record sounds. Roskopp's skate track "5-0 Pork Grind" is linked below.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Peanuts Skate N Surf




 



The Peanuts Skate N Surf collection features six different figures (Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Joe Cool, WWI Flying Ace and 2 other Snoopys) mounted to die-cast metal boards with plastic wheels. There are varying copyrights on the bottom but they are for the 3D version of the character rather than the particular figure. The latest copyright is Woodstock from 1972. These are probably from sometime in the mid to late '70s. They later released a similar set on larger plastic skateboards which featured 5 of the 6 characters here. Beach Party Snoopy (top figure) was replaced with Snoopy sitting with Woodstock. Previous Snoopy figures featured in BPA include Snoopy cruising and a poochified Snoopy.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sonic Skaters 2









The second series of skaters from Sonic finds the regular four characters being joined by quite an extended crew. It is a bit impressive (and bewildering) that Sonic bothered to create such a wide range of characters. It gets a bit confusing when they aren't shaped like giant hamburgers or whatever Grimace is, but here's the list (left to right by row): Junior, Cherrie, Molly with Tot, Pete, Anna, Josh, Ben, Sean, Gilbert, Claire, Vanessa & José. They have dropped the all black grip job seen in the first set of skaters in favor of some more colorful and creative designs. This set dates from 2004, a year after the first set. Over the course of the '00s Sonic pumped out quite an array of skater figures. Other Sonic skaters featured on BPA include Skaters 1, X-Tremes and Bendable X-Tremes as well as Coney.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Scholastic Deth


Six Two Five Thrashcore deliver another great skatecore 7" with Scholastic Deth's Shackle Me Not EP from 2001. Scholastic Deth were a hardcore/thrash band from San Francisco active in the early '00s. For their debut release they used the cover of the H-Street video Hokus Pokus while taking the name from the other H-St vid. Scholastic Deth deliver 6 raging tracks in just over 7 minutes. They also appear on the previously featured Shut Up and Skate compilation 7".

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hello Kitty


Hello Kitty, whose actual name is Kitty White (according to the Wikipedia article I just scanned), is shown here thrashing on a truckless board in zipper pull form. I have no idea when this is from or even if it is official.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Coney


Coney is not quite a skateboarding hot dog, but he is pretty close. He's named after a hot dog and even has mustard covered ears. Coney is one of the many Sonic Drive-In mascots, although I think he is a more recent addition. This figure is a Wacky Pack toy from 2009. While his board is the same size and quality as the earlier Sonic X-Tremes, the figure is of much lesser quality (hollow plastic as opposed to the solid PVC X-Tremes and much weaker magnets in his feet).


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rabies


Rabies were a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles active in the mid '00s. This 7" EP is their first release and came out in 2006 on Smokin' Barrel Records and was quickly reissued by Sorry State Records (who also release their debut LP later that year). The cover (below) features a rat hanging out by an empty pool while the back (above) features a rat pulling a melon air on an '80s deck complete with nosebone. The insert features a dude pulling a frontside air in a backyard pool.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake II


Strawberry Shortcake makes here second appearance on BPA, this time as a McDonald's Happy Meal toy from 2006. This figure differs quite a bit from her 1982 skating figure. She's ditched her dress and oversized hat for a tracksuit and a bike helmet. Her artificial strawberry scent is also weaker, having worn off in 7 years where the '82 figure is still going strong after 30+ years.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Simpsons Pinball Party


Simpsons Pinball Party came out in 2003 and is The Simpsons second attempt at pinball (the first attempt from 1990 was already featured on BPA). This machine is an improvement over the earlier attempt although it features fewer skate references. There is a series of Bart skating (and slamming) on the playfield and a Daredevil Bart attached to a captive ball. Check out the full specs at the Internet Pinball Machine Database. This machine holds some extra BPA for me as it is in the local arcade at Bethany Beach, DE.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Product of Waste


Product of Waste were a punk band from Providence, RI from the mid-'00s. This 7" EP was released on Party Time Records around 2006. This is another record that I picked up because of the skateboard on the cover. The front cover is top half of the above graphic so all skate references are on the back. I'm not sure what made me flip this record over as I was going through the bin but I'm glad I did. The band seems to have been active until last month, when the singer and sole consistent member passed away. Check out their skate anthem below.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Backside Air Pin


I don't really have any info on this dude at all. I picked him up from the same guy who sold me the Penguin Biscuits pin so I think he may have originated in the UK. At any rate, he is pulling a pretty sweet backside air.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sweathogs


The Sweathogs definitely did not suffer from a lack of merchandizing. They appear here as bendy figures on skateboards from 1977. These were produced by Gabriel and were released alongside Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. I picked these up recently as a lot of 3 and unfortunately I'm missing Vinnie Barbarino. Horshack, Juan Epstein and Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington are still a pretty sweet skate crew. I'm too young to have watched Welcome Back, Kotter during its original run but I did watch it when was picked up by Nick at Nite in the mid-'90s.

Edit - found Barbarino!