May 28, 2010

Sarah Palin Had A Creative Playthings TV Camera Truck As A Child.

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When Creative Playthings was struggling for relevance in the changing toy market of the mid-1970s, it seems corporate parent CBS had some suggestions. ["1. Less wood, more plastic!"] But there were also some cockamamie toys that look like they could only have been designed by [or to suck up to] the suits at Black Rock. Like a toy briefcase ["Every kid wants to be a bigtime TV executive some day!"]. And a TV News Camera/Truck combo.

Now don't get me wrong; a satellite truck that turns into a camera and mic is pretty ingenious. In concept. But for me, the literalism of the execution--such as the random truck tires on the top of the camera--just kills it.

On the bright side, when the aliens sift through the ruins of our narcissistic, Chatroulette/Flip HD/YouTube society to figure out where it all went off the rails, they'll appreciate that you've preserved this horrible doomsday machine with its original box.

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VINTAGE CREATIVE PLAYTHINGS TOY TV NEWS CAMERA TRUCK, first bid $4.99+10.09 s/h, auction ends June 3 [ebay]
Previously, for skeptics: The terror of the toy camera, as told to This American Life and as animated by Chris Ware

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