They were basically just rubber hand puppets. But what’s fun about that? Throw in creepy, glow-in-the-dark eyes and some disgusting features, and wham! You have yourself a bona fide 80s hit toy.

All of a sudden little boys around the world were smirking, because now they had something new to terrify their little sisters with. And our beloved Boglins certainly had good timing, hitting shelves right alongside Garbage Pail Kids. Ewwww.

Basically, all they were was a simple, hollow rubber monster head with long gangly arms and a contraption inside that allowed the wearer to move the eyes from left to right. Sound dumb? Eh, it kinda was but still, kids couldn’t resist. Even Rice Krispies got in on the act, running a promotion that let kids get free stampers (among other things) in the cereal boxes. And then the ol’ Boglins even expanded a little, as Mattel introduced Mini-Boglins, Soggy Boglins, and Halloween Boglins.

The puppets today are actually considered pretty valuable collectibles, and there’s even been a few attempts to restart the line, most recently in 2000, but alas, they’ve never quite caught on like they did in our beloved decade.

We guess the market for ugly hand puppets just ain’t what it used to be. But that’s why Best of the 80s is here- to spread the love… even of gross, rubber hand puppets.

We ♥ Boglins.


~ by weheart80s on July 5, 2011.

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