As some of you may know, I work for a Toy Company. Anyway, as much as I enjoy working in the toy business--I'm not a rabid toy collector. The few toys I really like that I've slowly accumulated over time have been advertising character toys and tchotchkes. I really like thinking about advertising characters! (In fact, nowadays my favorite toys are the Kellogg's series from Dark Horse. More on THAT on another day.)
On occasion though, we produce a toy that the lizard part of my brain starts clawing it, drooling, screaming "Larry must have! Larry must have NOW!" The first time that happened to me was right before I was about to make the jump to the Toy Company. I went to a sales meeting and saw the "two-up" painted prototype of the Blue Meanie. I went nuts. "Larry must have! Larry must have NOW!" I'm not all that excited about a branded iPod though.