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A few months ago, our good friends Erik and Robyn gave Grey and West (but let’s be honest, it’s really for me) an amazing gift.

In 1981, Colorforms released a set of Muppet Shrinky Dinks. I assume everyone reading this is familiar with Shrinky Dinks, but just in case (as I recently ran into three people who had no idea what I was talking about), here is a description from the Muppet Wiki:

Shrinky Dinks are craft kits that consist of several sheets of flexible plastic, printed with coloring-book style line drawings. Young shrinkers cut out the pictures and color them in with colored pencils or markers. When the pictures are baked in an oven, the plastic pieces shrink down to make small, hard plastic curios.

You can learn more about the set I’m about to reference here. It’s the second set listed—the Muppets Play Set—not the Piggy/Kermit set listed at the top.

Anyway, Erik found someone online who was selling the lot of original artwork from the set. Like, the actual drawings and paintings the set was created from.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

It’s a massive amount of artwork. Here are a few pics.

These are the actual (I assume) gouache paintings of the character sheets:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Also included were the paintings of the stage set and theater:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

The lot even included original art from the packaging, like this “how to” painting.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Some of the artwork came with parchment layovers that had handwritten instructions of how to most accurately match colors and print plates.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Also included was a large mockup of the box.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

There is so much cool art in this set (it’s gonna be a bitch to frame), but this is my favorite piece:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Keep in mind this artwork was created when I was just four years old. Insane.

Thanks for the thoughtful and generous gift, Erik and Robyn. Here’s hoping Grey and West like the Muppets!

They better if they know what’s good for them,

-Shady

I came across it a few weeks ago while looking for header images for The Blarg.

1981 Hallmark Muppets advent calendar!

It was amazing how I instantly recognized the illustrations of the Muppets. In a flash, it all came flooding back to me.

Five-year-old Justin loved this thing.

Someone is selling the calendar for $80 on eBay. I don’t want it that badly, but it was cool to stumble across a bit of my childhood after all these decades.

Advent calendars are now filled with chocolate,

-Shady

…this was happening at 1703 W. Bolivar Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…

September 1981: 1703 W. Bolivar Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

…and this was happening at ShowBiz Pizza Place.

September 1981: ShowBiz Pizza Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I’ve officially fallen down the old-photo rabbit hole,

-Shady

…this happened:

Thirty years ago… and pretty awesome,

-Shady

…the Munchkin coroner from “The Wizard of Oz,” died last week at the age of 94.

While reading his obituary I noticed that Raabe also portrayed the Oscar Mayer mascot Little Oscar for over three decades. Little Oscar would travel around the country in his Wienermobile promoting all things… well, wiener.

Raabe’s obituary said that in the fifties he passed the job on to his friend George Molchan, who then also went on to hold the title for over three decades.

In the summer of 1981, at the age of five, my family went on a trip to Disney World. At the time, Little Oscar was a staple at the Town Square Cafe in the park. My dad shot this photo of the two of us.

Molchan died in 2005 at the age of 82.

Two steps away from Oz,

-Shady

…my mom and dad took me to Disney World in Florida. I was five years old, and it was my first time in a Disney park.

A couple days ago, my dad scanned a bunch of old negatives from that trip. Yesterday, he sent a batch of them to Bethany and me. (Note: Bethany wasn’t on this trip because she was only nine months old at the time. My parents left her with our grandparents.)

I was going through all of the images when I came across this photo:

This picture got me wondering: Dad, why didn’t you bring your short shorts on vacation with you?

Super Dad indeed,

-Shady

Old Poop!