Saturday, August 11, 2007

How Do They Know? Because They're Watching You . . . .

At Comic-Con, Hasbro Toys had a booth in the Dealer's Room which had a monitor running a loop of toy commercials and excerpts from '80's Hasbro cartoons (which were animated by Marvel Studios). These included the decidedly bizarre "Knowing is Half the Battle" PSAs that ran at the end of GI Joe episodes. Now, I was an adult when these aired, so I was fully aware of how weird these were. But I have to wonder about kids who grew up watching these shows.

Did they wonder why this GI Joe team member was underwater -- in deep-sea diving gear -- at a swimming hole, watching kids splashing around?

Or why this medic was peering through a window into a family's bathroom?

Well, perhaps now they know better. And knowing is, well . . . .

1 comment:

steve said...

Those are a bit creepy. Any idea who wrote those commercials?

It would have made more sense to have the kids playing with the G.I. Joes and then have the action figures come to life.