MADBALLS return!

The “gross-out” fad of the 1980s gave rise to some of the most awesome monster toys ever made, and perhaps no line from that era is more beloved than the Madballs. 

I think I have more toys now than I did when I was a kid. As many, anyway. A lot of my collection is comprised of toys—“play-purdys,” as my grandmother, in her southern Appalachian drawl used to call them—that I USED to own as a kid that I’ve had to go back and re-collect over my adult years. Where are my fellow children of the 80s at? We had the BEST toys, didn’t we? GI Joe, Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, etc. Several of those 80s mainstays are still around, Transformers and Star Wars, for example, but the real lost treasures are those toys I, or you, remember but the world at large has long since forgotten about. Anybody remember Starriors? Anybody remember MADBALLS?

My mother, bless her heart, tried to make a normal kid out of me. She encouraged me to play sports. She bought me a basketball, a soccer ball. But the balls I went gaga for were MADBALLS. As much action figures as they were balls—sort of like Garbage Pail Kid cards rendered in spherical form. I boast of a complete collection already, but it still does my heart good to see that Hornhead, Oculus Orbus, Slobulus and the rest of the gang are slated for a comeback. Now you, too, can complete your kitschy collection. MADBALL on!


By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.

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