Commercials. You can’t get enough of’em.
Thunder Punch He-Man
The Greatest He-Man Figure of All Time IS Thunder Punch He-Man. This actually isn’t the commercial I remember for it, but then I’ve never had the greatest memory, so it’s definitely possible this is the ONLY Thunder Punch He-Man commercial. In my version, there was lots of lightning and thunder while He-Man battled Skeletor. If that commercial doesn’t exist, it should.
Reality aside, Thunder Punch He-Man absolutely RULED. I was so excited when I heard the news that there’d be a new He-man figure and I’m sure I probably got him for Christmas back in ’85, the year he was released. Just look at him! I’d dare say TP He-Man has a cooler look than the regular He-Man. This is Super He-Man! The King of Kings!
That sweet gold shield, the new chest protector, the red wrist guards… He-Man got a makeover and it was GOOD. And let us not forget the awesome “thunder punch”. The “thunder” was brought on by placing those little red caps that you find in toy guns in his back pack. Then you just wind up and LOOK OUT because He-Man brings the thunder like Thor never has!
Mattel Power Glove
There were lots of accessories that came out for the NES. And some of’em even worked too. Let’s see… You had the Power Pad which was good for all of about one game. There was the Advantage controller (which was the ULTIMATE controller to me and a friend of mine), it was quite clunky, but it had a joystick and turbo buttons. Turbo buttons are always a great way to cheat to win. And there was also the sucky MAX controller, which featured a “sliding” D-pad which only gave me more blisters than the regular NES controllers did.
This Power Glove thing never really caught on like you’d think it would have. In theory, it sounded great and it looked incredibly BMX Glove From The Future cool. But the technology just wasn’t there to make it work. At least that’s my experience. I had a pair of friends who were brothers who bought the darn thing twice and neither time would the stupid glove work. Oh well, at least they could reenact the final scene from Predator by punching in a self-destruct code on the keypad.
Kudos to Nintendo for learning from Mattel’s failure and giving us the Wii Remote.
Play It Safe Around Power Lines PSA
Oh man, I love those PSAs! This is the one I remember most, although there are other classics such as The More You Know, One To Grow On, OG Readmore, “Trees Are Terrific!”, and Time For Timer.
This is definitely a classic PSA, just listen to that cat Louie the Lightning Bug sing in his best Bill Cosby voice! And then he’s accompanied by the harmonious vocals of those Kites (not a racial slur). What angels!
This darn thing played just about every Saturday morning and we all loved Louie for it. See, Louie looked out for us. He didn’t want us catching a jolt. If we children died then Corporate America wouldn’t be able to shill their latest toys, cereals, and junk food to us every Saturday morning.