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People have children for all sorts of reasons. Some people want to carry on their family name. Some people have a yearning to take care of someone. Some people got drunk and had dirty sex in a bar bathroom. Me? I wanted an excuse to play with toys. Seriously, if there’s one thing I miss about my childhood it’s all the bad ass toys.
While growing up, my favorite toys were He-Man action figures. I had dozens of figures, all the accessories, and watched the after-school cartoon religiously. In my mind, Eternia was a real place and Skeletor was a diabolical villain who needed to be eradicated.
While in retrospect He-Man figures seem to be, I don’t know, a little homoerotic, was there any sweeter toy than Castle Grayskull? I mean, just look at this thing:
Given my childhood obsession, it was only natural that immediately upon finding out that my wife and I were having a boy, I returned to my parent’s house and fished all my He-Man toys – and Castle Grayskull – out of the attic so it would be ready for him. I knew that any son of mine would find Castle Grayskull to be the coolest toy ever. But as cool as Castle Grayskull is and was, Ethan got something for Christmas nearly as awesome: the motherfucking Batcave.
It was a gift from some friends of ours and when he tore the wrapping off to unveil this awesome item I was probably more excited than he was. My first thought: it’s just like Castle Grayskull!
Because he’s only one, we haven’t assembled all of the pieces yet; choking hazards and such. But even in its bare state it’s an awesome toy that he loves playing with. It’s got not one but two drawbridges, an elevator, a grappling hook, a bat-computer, Batman, Robin, and a bat-cycle. It’s all part of Fisher Price’s Imaginext Super Friends line. Hit that link to see some truly sweet toys for little tykes.
Ethan loves the thing, even though he hasn’t figured out who Batman is yet, and I’m already planning the epic He-Man/Batman crossover event in my head.