“00individual’s Psychedelic Toy Chest” copyright 2016 TLL
EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELIC TOYS!
The fun, colorful, inventive and creative influence of Psychedelia during the ’60s and the ’70s spread throughout many aspects of society. It’s designs and decorative use could be seen in nearly everything: art, music, clothing, jewelry, home decor, architecture, advertisements, fashion, furniture, and TOYS!
00individual’s Psychedelic Toy Chest is full of authentic goodies from the ’60s and ’70s – and the more Psychedelic the better. Once in a while 00individual will dig deep and pull out a special item or items to feature, and here’s a perfect example from 1968; “Blippy in the music box”!
The Mattel Toy Company, home of Barbie – and just a town away from 00individual’s hometown – jumped on board the Psychedelic Train and turned their previously-released “Casper the Friendly Ghost” Jack in the Box, into the spacey purple Psychedelic Alien Flower Child, Blippy!
Blippy’s psychedelic eyes mimicked the pattern of orange and fuchsia of his clothes and he resided in his very own Pop Art decorated box. The scenes on the sides of the box show him gathering flowers with his girlfriend, playing ball with friends while levitating, riding his pet Alien Dragon, and flying around in his Space Scooter – things all good Counter-Culture Psychonauts did on a regular basis.
With the knowledge of a ten year career in the ’90s and early ’00s as an action figure and toy designer, 00individual has to professionally hand it to the inventive product designers at Mattel – they were trippin’.
They created a viable and timely product in 1968 with the re-use of already-to-go molds for Casper (in the music box) that with only new artwork for the box panels, purple ABS and PVC plastic, new face paint options, and a couple antennae they had a trippy cost-effective product with Blippy.
With no TV tie-in or commercial appeal; that was the only way that this cute, yet extremely psychedelic drug-induced product got the go-ahead to become a reality; for surely without Casper there would be no Blippy!
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