December 18, 2007
Scary-Crayon <3s Madballs.

Kid Wes and Horn Head!

And here it is: the Scary-Crayon review of the 2007 Series 1 Madballs, complete with comparisons to the original designs and our standard brand of observations and whatnot. I probably enjoyed writing this piece a bit more than the usual article — doubtless because of my longstanding love affair with the Madballs — so I hope that you enjoy it as well. 🙂

The Donatello Xmas Tradition -- revised!

And speaking of enjoyment, this year we’ve sought to diversify the kiddies’ delight by modifying the Donatello Christmas Tradition to include other toys — this time a Raphael as well as a Madballs Skull Face (which explains why he stays carded in the review and is absent from the final group shot). I still need to find somewhere to drop them off — hopefully I’ll get around to that tomorrow!

Anyway, happy holidays to y’all — and thanks again for visiting and reading Scary-Crayon. I’m still hoping to get in an actual Christmas-themed article before (or on) December 25, but I’ll try to have that stocking stuffed by New Year’s even if it’s a bit late. Homemade cookies are still just as delicious the following week, so I’m sure Santa won’t mind. 😉

-posted by Wes | 8:12 pm | Comments (11)
  • typo:
    “them such popular playthings during the 1908s?”

    on the scan of the Scary Faces book, tell me, is that a sticker of a Boglin?

  • Wes says:

    Thanks for the Horn Heads up (ha ha) — consider that typo licked Screamin’ Meemie style. If I ever come into possession of a TARDIS, though, I’ll be sure to leave a few Madballs behind in 1908 just for the heck of it. 😉

    That is indeed a sticker — or rather a stamp — of a Boglin! Couldn’t tell you why I felt compelled to place it there way back when, but it certainly helps to distinguish the era, doesn’t it?

  • billie says:

    these things are even worse than they used to be.
    I can still remember these things…

  • Wes says:

    Billie: I take it you’re not a Madballs fan? How is that possible?! 😛

  • billie says:

    nah, I don’t hate them neither am I hating them.

    I used to play with these at a friends place when I was young,
    eh.. well a kid.

    my friend has a lot of these.
    I just said that they are ugly. well because they are.
    and that’s how they are meant to be, right?
    The new ones do look “worse” in the good way they are meant to be =p

    My friend even got me to buy that windup screamin’ meanie
    that you’ve displayed in the photo.

  • billie says:

    “nah, I don’t hate them neither am I hating them.”

    typo. I was saying I don’t hate them, neither love them.

  • Wes says:

    I see — you meant “worse” with respect to their ugliness rather than their overall awfulness. Gotcha. 🙂

  • Albert says:

    That bad joke book in the old article? Well, the jokes were bad, so their mission was accomplished.

  • Zero Deinonychus says:


    Redesigned or not, I’m very glad they’re back!

    I just hope they get around to the “super” Madballs. I had “Touchdown Terror” as a kid (this was before my house burnt down) and would love a chance to get one again.

    For some reason, your blog wouldn’t let me post this under my usual name (I’m Tetsu).

  • Boogie Bot says:

    The new Madballs are great. I actually like Repvile too. I plan on buying them all eventually. Does anybody remember Freakballs? They were a Madball knockoff that came out about 10 years ago or so. They are actually very well designed toys. I have some and love them. Here’s looking forward to Series 2 of the new Madballs!

  • Kitty Litter says:

    I hope they bring back Boglins…..

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