In the mid 1980s, Bonnie Zacherle submitted a series of patents which would later become known as the Nerfuls.
The tag line for this product line was “They’re a ball to be around!” Nerfuls were a line of toy figures produced by Parker Brothers in the 1980s. They were typically constructed of three or four pieces including a spherical vinyl head and a bowl-shaped body in which the head would sit.
According to their marketing, Nerfuls are a “group of bouncy, colorful little creatures who love fast action and great fun! They’ve traveled far from their tiny planet, Erf, just so they can roll around, bounce around, and always be around children. Make Nerfuls your friend and keep the good times rolling!” “When you take away the top and bottom of any Nerfuls 3-piece figure you’ll have a real ball. Each round little face is a ball for rolling, spinning, tossing and catching. But what makes Nerfuls even more fun to be around is the way you can take them apart and put them together in all sorts of silly ways!” But wait, there’s more!
Pepsi Blue is a berry-flavored soft drink produced by PepsiCo. Blue was launched in mid-2002 and discontinued in Canada and the United States in 2004, although it remains available in some other countries. Its berry flavor was the result of taste-testing over 100 flavors over a 9-month period. Designed to compete with Coca-Cola’s Vanilla Coke, the flavor of Pepsi Blue was described by Pepsi only as “berry” and described by drinkers as like blueberries or raspberries, or similar to cotton candy with a berry-like aftertaste and much more sugary and syrupy than regular cola. It was tinted using Blue 1, a highly controversial coloring agent banned in numerous countries at the time. The move to make a brightly-colored version of the flagship Pepsi brand was spurred by 2001’s introduction of Mountain Dew Code Red, which had bumped PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew division sales up 6%. Click here to watch the commercial with Papa Roach »
Pillow People are rectangular stuffed toys that have decal faces . The line was started in 1986, and the toys were popular during the mid 1980s. The toys are pillows with stuffed hands and feet attached. Besides the ‘people’ of the line, there are also pillow pets—such as cats and dogs. Additional merchandise included bed sheets imprinted with Pillow People characters.
Some of the original Pillow People characters included: Mr. Sandman, Pillow Fighter, Punky Pillow, Mr. Thunderclap, Sweet Dreams, Rock-a-bye Baby, and Big Footsteps. Click here to watch a commercial »
I think I had Ducky & Spike. Why don’t restaurants sell these sweet toys like they used to?!? Click here to watch the commercial »
ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions (the same that created the SilverHawks, TigerSharks and The Comic Strip) debuting in 1984, based on the characters created by Tobin “Ted” Wolf. The series follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens. The animation was provided by Pacific Animation Corporation. Season 1 of the show aired in 1985 (65 episodes), followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats – HO! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3 and 4 followed a new format of twenty episodes each, starting with a five-part story. Click here to read more and watch the intro »
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