When I was a kid, the comics were chockful 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 figures, asking: Which exciting 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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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.


  1. Malone_hasco on

    Transformers watch sound cool, but I think that it would be the pre-order for the first Kenner Star Wars figures.

    • Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

      I was fortunate enough to actually do this as a youth. The tiny light sabers were better than the later ones. Still prefer a pet minky!!

  2. I have sadly killed so many Sea Monkeys I should be banned from trying to raise them ever again. I tried so hard but just couldn’t do it.

    As for your question, I once ordered a set of the soldiers advertised on back covers back then. Not exactly as advertised but I would love to order those today just for nostalgic reasons. Always wanted the “Roman Army” set too!

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