Saturday, March 31, 2007

More on the Maco Molotov Cocktail

Fascinated by the toy molotov cocktail, I've been researching it. The manufacturer, Maco Toys sold their products through a catalog masquerading as a war comic.

The back page of the comic featured a "Loyalty Oath"

I will always obey the laws of the United States of America, the laws of my state and community. I will obey my parents at all times. I will abide by the rules of my school.

I will tell the truth at all times. I will be honest with my parents, my teachers, and all with whom I come in contact.

I will get plenty of sleep, fresh air and exercise. I will eat three good meals a day."

And they sold in toy stores as well as evidenced by this trade ad geared toward retailers.

So where did Maco go? Did they get bought out by Hasbro? Did they decide to start manufacturing REAL weapons for the Contras? Or were they just too honest in their glorification of war? GI Joe had fictionalized villains and no matter how many bullets were fired none ever found its human target. Perhaps parents preferred Joe's kinder gentler way to prepare the soldiers of tomorrow.

Click Here for the original molotov cocktail post.
Thanks to Comic Book Resources for information.


kennethwalton said...

You've gotta love Google. They try to pick the right ads to run on your page, but they don't always get it right.

As I write this comment, the advertisement running just a few inches below Truly Awful (TM) toilet baby is pitching . . .

An educational magazine for children ages 2 to 6.

I clicked on it so you would earn 15 cents. Just trying to do my part. And as I did so I realized that I was probably making Google think it was a GOOD ad to run on your page.

KLJ said...

Dude, couldn't you just give me fifteen cents the next time I see you?