Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Collectible of the Week: Mad Scientist Dissect-an-Alien Kit (Mattel; 1986)
This Mattel toy from 1986 was my son Joel's toy "pick" from The Mad Monster Party in Uptown Charlotte last weekend.
His eyes fell-upon this vintage toy, and he knew he had to have it.
And what's more, he knew his Dad would purchase it for him...
This strange 1980s-era toy encourages the intrepid young scientist to "yank out alien organs dripping in glowing ALIEN BLOOD!"
The Mad Scientist Dissect-An-Alien Kit box also relates that inside the alien body there are "12 body organs" and "only one way they'll fit together." In other words, "it's the slimiest puzzle on Earth."
The bug-eyed scientist featured on the box also opines "Yeech! What an oozy operation! Can you make all the organs fit inside the alien?"
You know, it's actually much harder than it looks...
The Mad Scientist Dissect-an-Alien Kit includes: "alien, 12 alien organs, Glow-in-the-dark Alien Blood compound, plastic scalpel, Operating Mat, Alien body bag, and a Journal of Mad Experiments with Instructions."
The interesting thing about the Operating Mat is that the colorful background names all twelve of the alien's unusual organs.
You've got the "veinausea," "heartipus," "liverot," "spleenius," "mad bladder," "stumuckus," "blooblob," "fleshonius," "branium," "gutball" and "lungross."
The toy also comes replete with a short comic-book describing the scientist's discovery of the alien creature.
Joel and I have played with the toy a couple of times already (after washing it off, because, in my wife's words, it was "mega-sticky") and the best part, after inserting all the organs, is bandaging up the poor old alien with a giant plastic band-aid. It's ouchless.
Mattel, the makers of the Mad Scientist Dissect-an-Alien Kit also released (and sold separately) some Alien Blood Monster Kits ("Squeeze Em! Alien blood oozes from their eyes, mouth or nose!")
Now where am I can going to find those for Joel?!