Every Friday we hop into our toy time machine and take a look back at a classic older toy. Today we’re taking a look at one of Kenner’s 1991 creations, the Savage Mondo Blitzers. It’s scary that it’s already been 11 years since these little guys were on the market.
While skateboarding is all the rage these days, it’s not the first time the “craze” has come around. It first hit in the 70s and then it came back around in the late 80s and early 90s. The big difference in those days was that the craze didn’t really hit middle America. Sure, I’m certain that some kids picked it up, but it wasn’t huge like everyone makes it out to be.
In California and places like that, clearly it took off. Paving the way for many of the famous skaters we know today. However for most of us, skateboarding was something that the Ninja Turtles did and the rest of us wished we could do. I had a skateboard, but I was the only kid in my neighborhood to have one. I couldn’t do much of anything on it and spent most the time just rolling down my Grandmother’s car port.
Now the skateboard invasion has taken full hold. Heck there’s a skateboard park right down the road from me. But back in 1991 all you had was Skate or Die and toys like the Savage Mondo Blitzers to tell you about how cool skateboarding was.
Savage Mondo Blitzers were just one of many toys of the era that put an emphasis on the skateboard. What made these little buggers unique is that they were sort of like Rat Fink and the hot-rod characters of the 50s & 60s but done in the 90s gross out mentality. As a result, most of these characters look like they could have come from a Troma film or something.
Each of the skaters were part of a gang. Also a 90s staple, but I’m not sure that was as intentional on Kenner’s part. This guy’s name is Snot Shot and he’s from the gang, the “Butt Kickers”. That sounds like the type of gang who probably could do anything but what their name implies. As a kid I used to draw comics about two clans of feuding boogers called BOOGER WARS, so it’s no surprise this is my favorite of these toys.
Snot Shot is supposed to be a booger or something I guess. I think it’s interesting that he’s purple, but his slime is green. He’s colorful and looks like he just walked off the Nickelodeon backlot in 1991. There isn’t much to these toys, unfortunately. They can roll and that’s about it. The commercials for these little guys proclaimed how they were such rebellious toys that your fuddy-duddy parents wouldn’t want you to have them. Aside from being a potential choking hazard, I’m not so sure they’re as hardcore as Kenner wanted us to believe.
These guys had a decent amount of detail for their size and they were quite small. Each guy is only about the size of a GI Joe figure’s leg. They only lasted a year or so and have quickly been forgotten about since. These toys serve as a reminder of what was marketed to kids in the era, but wasn’t necessarily reflective of what kids really enjoyed back then.
I imagine people 100 years from now will think everyone in 1990s rode skateboards, listened to punk music and used words like radical. In reality, we just wore neon clothes, spandex shorts, slap bracelets and fanny packs. That’s it for this week, but come back next week for more Flashback Friday!