#840 – Sprung

In some ways I think I had the reverse experience of this. There were many toys I had with little missiles or other small projectiles that were glued in place on the space ship or robot. I was amazed when I grew up and saw that they started making functional missile launching toys again. I wonder if there is an interesting story behind that.


21 thoughts on “#840 – Sprung”

  1. Mad David says:

    This explains a lot of Biff’s invincibility: Nature provided him with a survival mechanism.

  2. jahg says:

    Spare wrist joints? 😐



  3. Kree says:


    Of course, it’s right after spare heads 1, 2, and 3, as well as spare arm 1

  4. chefshawn says:

    just this last weekend, i was feling really nostalgic for my lawn darts.

  5. baughbe says:

    Ahh, the toys of youth. One that sticks out most is one my brother had, it was a plastic molding mini-factory you could make you own toys with. The fumes were incredible. One I had was a metal moon rover with a huge metal lunar landscape that made the so much noise you could wake the neighbors, in the next county. Oddly enough it suddenly disappeared never to be seen again.

  6. MaskedMan says:

    My childhood also predated many safety regs. Lawn darts, hot metal injection-molding toys, “incredible edibles,” “easy-bake” ovens, 19 different kinds of projectile-launchers, cheap stamped-metal BB-guns, caps that actually contained explosives, cheap legal fireworks, chemicals from which you could make bigger fireworks with ease…

    I’m lucky to have all my body parts in their original places. 😛

  7. MaskedMan says:

    I guess everyone’s back in school…

  8. Glenn says:

    The story? Well, they started gluing the darts in place when, apparently, some child somewhere choked on a “Battlestar Galactica” toy missle. Immediately thereafter, they either glued them all in place, or were SUCH big, clunky things that the wimpy little springs in them couldn’t propel them as much as 5 feet. Needless to say, they were so large that you couldn’t conceive of swallowing them.

    I miss those BattleStar Galactica toys–despite most of them having NO relationship to the old show, they were kind of neat. I still remember feeling gypped when my Micronauts missles (the next toy craze) were non-functional.

  9. ZachLight says:

    OH SWEET LORD, I see why they traded that for the scary clown face…..

  10. Space Butler says:

    Good old mace-in-the-box.

  11. sco3tt says:

    LOL, Mace-in-the-box, the “Try And Put The Pin Back In” grenade game, the Little Doctor Bonesaw, I bet Biff has all the real classics!

  12. Hershey says:

    I wonder if his eyebrows got caught in the pedal, and then went it went backwards to release the mace his eyebrows becake biff.

  13. Tyler says:

    Okay Biff needs an eyebrow-cut.
    He could lose an eyebrow on that thing.

  14. MaskedMan says:

    Hah! Be envious of me! When I got my GI Joe recoilless rifle on a jeep, that sucker could launch missiles that would choke a ten year old, and send them 20 feet or more. You actually *could* put an eye out with that thing, if you were sufficiently persistent and/or unlucky!

    Of course, in my day, it was the original GI Joe, about 13 inches tall, and fully equipped with dangerous accessories.

  15. -2! says:

    If things keep going this way I am wondering what it will be like in another generation.

    “No toys, there to dangerous”

  16. Mophtran says:


    You just try to get near Biff’s eyebrows with a pair of scissors. You wouldn’t even be able to find if they can actually be cut before I or someone else tackles you all secret service style. 😀

  17. Mad David says:

    @ Kree:

    Lol on the Red Dwarf reference!

  18. Radical Edward says:

    My story of safety regulations didn’t happen in the nursery, but rather in the kitchen. My father handed me a knife when I was really little. My mother freaked out “She’s gonna cut herself”(I am a girl). But I knew how to handle a knife without really trying.

  19. Elkian says:

    spare wrist WHATS?

  20. Metaright says:

    I’m thoroughly convinced Biff’s parents were trying to kill him.

  21. YukiSnowflake says:

    I will take a wild guess and say the book at the left is called “Toster Knitting for Morons”

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