All posts tagged: commercial

Before They Were Famous: Mark Ruffalo in 80s Clearasil Commercial

Before Mark Ruffalo was famous (for being that famous actor whose name people always forget) He was but a simple commercial actor. This is a commercial he did back in the 80s which is either for a zit medication pad or an attempt the get into the Guinness Book of World Records for saying “Zap” the most times in 30 seconds. Either way, enjoy.

Blow Away Diet by Playboy Buddy Rose

This is what is categorized as “WrestleCrap”. Playboy Buddy Rose was professional wrestler in the 1970s – 90s. He achieved moderate success in the WWF and AWA in the 80s and returned to the WWF in 1990. However, when he returned to the World Wrestling Federation in the 90s, he was struggling with weight issues, something that would trouble him throughout his life and leading to his death in 2009. The WWF knew they had a good talent but didn’t know how to address his appearance. In a poor attempt at comic relief, they came up with the Buddy Rose Blow Away Diet. This was a goof on “As Seen on TV” infomercials. What resulted is something cheesy, funny, crappy and somewhat-entertaining. Enjoy.  

Lazer Tag: Awesome if you had someone to play with

Lazer Tag was a really awesome toy that was popular in the 80s and 90s. You got to wear these cool vests, run around with cool space-age guns and shoot invisible lasers at your friends. Sounds great right? Not exactly. Here was the fundamental problems with Lazer Tag. The kit itself only came with one gun and one vest. So if your parents only bought you one kit (like my parents did), you had no one to play with. Also, the kit was expensive so not many kids would have the toy to begin with. And finally, there were rumors that some kid went blind after getting a laser shot in the eye (not true), so then parents really didn’t want to spend the money on the toy. I had one gun and one vest and never got to play a real game. Thanks mom and dad.

Flintstones Vitamins – “We are Flintstones Kids”

I was a very proud Flinstones Kid. I took my chewable vitamins everyday, often going for the red “Wilma” cherry flavored one. Hard to believe they were first introduced in 1968, but then again The Flintstones were at their peak in the mid-60s. This is one of the earliest cases of using a pop culture image to market and sell a product. The product was not only successful in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, but is still on the market today. That jingle was so catchy they could have put that with anything and my mom would have bought it for me. What about Flintstones Chewable Morphine?