Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Ren and Stimpy Show (Mattel)

Ren and Stimpy

Happy, happy, joy, joy! It's The Ren and Stimpy Show!

Nickelodeon made history when The Ren and Stimpy Show hit the airwaves in 1991. It had everything kids wanted - Classic animation, gross humor, gross visual gags, gross characters who spouted gross things, and all around was just over the top funny. Then the parents got their hands on it...

Nickelodeon quickly found themselves on the receiving end of complaint after complaint from parents who despised the harsh language, toilet humor, and general premise of some episodes. In the end, the backlash really only served to make the show all the more popular with children.

Soon merchandise started hitting store shelves. Stuffed animals, bobble heads, cups, plates, shirts, and the best - Mattel's line of action figures.

A total of eight figures hit store shelves in 1993.  When they were first released these toys were difficult to get a hold of. Store's sold out quickly, and in some cases didn't even order them.

Slap-Happy Ren Hoek*Bump-A-Riffic Stimpy

Army Ren Hoek*Boot Camp Stimpy

Commander Ren*Space Cadet Stimpy

Bath Tub Ren Hoek*Gritty Kitty Simpy

These days its not too difficult to find them lurking on ebay, but prices are all over the place. Some days you can get them for as low as five dollars each, while other days you can't find them for less than twenty-five dollars each. This sporadic pricing really makes it difficult to obtain a comlpete set for the more frugal collector.

Join us next time when we take a look at The Hardy Boys!

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