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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamster

Sometimes you see something and you just go WTF? and can't stop laughing.

This is one of those times.

Back in the mid-1980s when I collected a copy of every single comic book produced (or so it seemed), I picked up one called Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters. Why? Because it was a first issue. Plus, it was a parody of a parody, as it parodied the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The TMNT were originally created as a parody of the comics industry's most popular genre's at the time: teenagers (Teen Titans, Legion of Super-Heroes, New Mutants); mutants (X-Men, Wolverine); ninja or at least the martial arts or things related to Japan (Ronin, Daredevil, Wolverine, Batman); turtles... though perhaps funny animals would be a better description (Donald Duck, Captain Carrot, Cerebus the Aardvark).

The Hamsters... it was a parody of a parody... if one parody worked, surely another would too.

I missed out on the first issue of TMNT, but I wasn't going to miss out on the hype with the Hamsters. I know I also bought one called Samurai Penguins.

Although reasonably funny,ARBH did not make it out of the 1980s, while TMNT obviously has found second and third life's with a recent cartoon series and a series of LEGO sets, which were cool but over-priced in my estimation...

Anyhow... that doll picture above... I have NO IDEA if it was meant to be one of the ARBH, but it certainly could be.

We see what looks like a hamster in a black yukata (male kimono) with a pair of samurai swords (katana) strapped to his back, but a set of nunchaku (ヌンチャク) or "nunchuks" as they are typical called, firmly gripped in the rodent's right paw.

The nunchaku is a traditional martial arts weapon from Okinawa, Japan consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope, and when handled properly, are a very painful weapon for the target. As well, if you weren't very adept at handling a pair of nunchuks, it would be a very painful weapon for the wielder... as I'm sure we've all seen someone smack themselves in the face or testicles.

Fortunately, this stuffed doll of a hamster is quite adept at handling his nunchaku.

What... you think I'm goofing around? Watch the video below that I shot myself at work.

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Effing hilarious, right? Especially with the background music Kung Fu Lightning by Carl Douglas!

Now... I know that Kung Fu is not a Japanese martial art, so the music doesn't quite fit the genre of the samurai sword-carrying ninja with the nunchaku... but it works.

This toy was made by Gemmy Industries inc. of Irving, Texas...the same folks who, in 1999, brought us Billy Bass the singing mounted fish crooning Take Me To The River and Don't Worry, Be Happy.

I'm not sure how expensive this is because the model is apparently discontinued, but for similar hamster animatronics, prices were around $50 (¥5000) apiece on e-Bay.

Cheers,
Andrew

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