Fight the Radioactive Octopus!

The latest from Archie McPhee: Frogmen vs. Radioactive Octopus. Makes a great present to that little deep sea diver for the summer beach holiday!

“During a routine underwater expedition, these unfortunate frogmen were attacked by a giant radioactive octopus! Will their harpoon guns, daggers and pruning shears be enough to defeat this terror of the deep or will they all be eaten alive? Each set includes twelve, 2-1/2″ hard vinyl frogmen and one, 9″ soft vinyl octopus that glows in the dark!”

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Kevin Zelnio (886 Posts)





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9 comments on “Fight the Radioactive Octopus!
  1. That’s why I tell all my friends to never dump their radioactive wastes into the sea. When they do dump radioactives I club their heads with uranium cluebats. Won’t you think of the poor scubas?!

  2. I love you guys to pieces, but… um… well… hypocrisy alert! In one breath you deplore the disposable plastic that contaminates the North Pacific Gyre and in your Just One Thing Challenge you extol the virtues of minimising our needless consumption (and therefore disposal) of plastic. But then, in the next breath, you say ‘Hey, neat! Plastic glow-in-the-dark octopus and frog men!”

    And it’s not just that they’re plastic that bums me out, but that they’re vinyl, a truly evil substance that should most definitely be eradicated from our homes if not banned outright. In your defense, I can see why you are drawn to the spectacular soft glowy octopus, and the frog men evoke a sense of adventure and excitement (especially the one with “pruning shears”) but no matter the shape or size, vinyl is just bad bad bad. Not convinced? Watch the film “Blue Vinyl”.

    Here’s a clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwC74_VV7nU

    And here’s an article:
    http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/153/

  3. I would just like to say it is not this poor creatures fault that it is 1. large, 2. neon green, 3. glows in the dark, or 4. has supper mollusk strength. There is no need for 12 frogmen to torture this poor misunderstood creature.

  4. Karen,
    Well…you got us! You’re…um…uhmmm…absolutely right. Perhaps Kevin, and admittedly myself because I would have posted it if he hadn’t already, were quickly taken back by the total awesomeness of the toy. Obviously we overlooked the obvious implications of both the disposable packaging and vinyl octopus (which would be a great name for band but I digress). Thanks for calling “bullshit” when you see it.

  5. *looks down in shame, kicks a rock* But…but… its cool… *sniffles* As long as you never ever throw it away and play with always and pass it down from generation to generation, its ok… right?

  6. Well, as long as you remember to wash your hands after handling the vinyl, you won’t get lead poisoning from it, right?

  7. Craig and Kevin – A belated thanks for your responses to my ‘aw, she’s no fun’ comment. I think it comes from working in a museum and seeing all the plastic crap that they sell to kids in our gift shop… right next to the brochure that says our mission includes ‘promoting sustainable use of the natural world’. Alas, I’ve become a plastic toy grinch!

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