When I was a kid, the comics were chockfull of offers sublime and ridiculous, from x-ray glasses to the secrets of Dim Mak to a real Polaris nuclear submarine!*  And in between your own Transformers digital watch, a Real Gold* Cylon from Battlestar Galactica and magic’s hidden secrets, you’d occasionally get some superhero adventures as well.  For my part, I was always sad to have never raised my own Sea Monkeys, and occasionally still feel like I want to, even though I know that they’re just brine shrimp (thanks to Space Ghost), leading to today’s not-available-in-all-areas query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also love one of the Super Powers series Clark Kent figure, asking: Which exiting mail-away offer of days past do you most wish you could send off for right now?

*Not real at all

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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5 Comments

  1. December 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    Squirrel Monkey!

  2. December 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    Special action figures or collectibles. There used to be some nifty mail-away exclusives for toylines (such as a G.I. Joe with a customized file card, or an exclusive Star Wars figure not released in the main toyline at that time), or special gaming items (like exclusive Heroclix or Magic: The Gathering variants or promos).

    About the only mail-away items I ever actually got was Stormtrooper Han Solo (from the mid/late 90’s when the Star Wars toyline just relaunched), G.I. Joe dog tags and a Kool-Aid Man pitcher.

    • December 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm — Reply

      I got my Cobra commander that way, back in 1982…

  3. December 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    I have no regrets, I got my The Phantom club gold membership with Pass and all! (Yes, it was an actual thing which required passing a quiz test form and sending it in mail for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels)

  4. b003
    December 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    100 Army soldiers for a dollar.

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