Toons in Stereo

I’ve recently been looking for an engaging (and hopefully quiet) toy for my son to help ease the arrival of his upcoming little sister.

We’re not huge fans of toys that play for kids. You know — press this button and watch it wiggle, blink and play music. I hate those.

So we’ve considered Tinkertoys, ColorForms, K’Nex and the like. But the one that most caught the cartoonist’s fancy in me was the good old Fisher-Price ViewMaster.

While looking for reels to go with it, I found this great site with plenty of recent, and not-so-recent sets available.

Here’s just a few of my faves:

Smvm-1“Clark Kent’s first job on the Daily Planet Was reporting the opening of the Moon Gem Depository. Meanwhile, the arch criminal Mikro planned to steal the Moon Gem, but first Superman needed to be gotten rid of. Aided by his robot, Computer Crook Mikro went to work. And in the end Superman had saved the Moon Gem!”

Word is Mikro’s working on yet another diabolical plan code-named “Vista.”

Bjvm“Bazooka Joe and his little pal. Herman, like most of the kids in Prairie City, headed for the Big Top when they heard the Dingling Brothers Circus was in town. And their great adventure began there …”

Hollywood insiders report a current bidding war for an adaptation already creating a lot of Oscar buzz.

Hmvm-1“Stanley says, Gramps, I don’t know whether I can fill those magic shows like you did. Just then they hear fire alarms. The library is on fire! Stanley puts on the magic shoes and … whoosh, Hammerman saves the librarian from the burning building. Well done, Stanley! More adventures of Hammerman and the archenemy Marmeister. From the 1990 TV series.”

Parachute pants in 3D! What’s not to love?!

BbvmNo description on this one is listed, but I’m betting Beetle gets the crap beaten out of him after sleeping too late.

I’d buy it though if it had that hottie Ms. Buxley!

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