Marvel RipRollerz

Sometimes I come across Marvel or DC branded toys and have to wonder just how the marketing pitch from the manufacturer to the publishing company went. Take, for example, the Marvel-branded RipRollerz.

As you can see below, this is essentially a ball with a cord you insert into the middle of it and then give a swift hard pull. The ball then goes skittering across the floor.

Except with the Marvel RipRollerz, the ball is simply the face of your favorite Marvel super-hero. Which is weird because who wants to see a decapitated Spidey head zooming across the floor?

Anyway, I picked up most of the run of these at the local Walgreens where they were clearanced at 49 cents each.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Green Lantern-related Merchandise

The Green Lantern Corps fan website has a page devote to an extensive history of Green Lantern-related merchandise, including numerous iterations of the power ring.

And yet, for all of that, I still haven’t been able to locate an adult-sized Green Lantern costume for Halloween. Looks like I’m going to be stuck going as the Flash (just need to decide if that’s Barry Allen or Wally West).

DC Direct Green Lantern Power Battery Prop

In brighest day, in darkest night . . . well, you get the idea. DC Direct has released a couple Green Lantern Power Battery replicas in the past, but this puppy is the first one they’ve done in metal. This one will, sadly, retail for $395, which means I’m probably never going to own one. Oh well.

I can console myself with the pictures of my kids and I at the zoo with our (plastic) power rings and me in my Green Lantern shirt. A one family Green Lantern Corps.