|A few from my collection|
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In the early 80's a new toy was introduced to the world. Baby dolls who were in need of a loving home, born in a cabbage patch. These awkward looking dolls were appropriately named Cabbage Patch Kids. They were the must have toy.
Like anything successful, there needs to be a spoof. A couple years after the introduction of the dolls, the world met the Garbage Pail Kids. They were not cute and cuddly dolls though. They stickers that came in a pack just like baseball cards. Each pack contained five stickers and a piece of gum that was flavorless after a minute in your mouth.
I would ride my bike to the nearby drug store and purchase several packs at a time. Back then they were a quarter a package, a bargain by today's standards. Each time I ripped into the wrapper to reveal the batch of stickers, I got excited wondering which misfits would be added to my collection. Duplicates would quickly get traded with friends.
I still have my collection of stickers, much to the chagrin of my wife. I don't know how many I have, but there are years worth from the many different collections they introduced. They've made a comeback of sorts recently too, but I have no idea if there are new stickers or just a re-release of the classics.
In 1987 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie was released. It's as awesomely bad as you might imagine. That's what you get for basing a film on a series of stickers with gross, ugly, and potentially offensive characters. A cartoon series only lasted briefly, but the stickers left a lasting impression on the children of the 80's and may mount a comeback for generations to come.