More fun than a pillow fight!
I would hope everyone could remember the catchy jingle of the commercial for Sock’em Boppers. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find it on the internet because I truly believe that the commercial was the driving force of this toy. There are some toys that you can go into the store, see it for the first time, and just want it right then and there; the Sock’em Bopper is just not one of them. Not until you see it in action do you say “Cooooool! I WANT ONE!” Not until you see kids beating each other up with giant inflatable things you can put on your hands in do you realize the potential of just how much fun you could have by buying something like that.
You needed a second one to truly enjoy it. How is a pillow fight fun if you’re the only one beating the other and no one is beating you back? It truly takes two to tango. So for every Sock’em Bopper sold, the people producing them practically had a second buy guaranteed! Genius.
Unfortunately, my parents didn’t see the need for buying a second pair for my brother. So there wasn’t much you could do with them except run around with them on your arms singing the song and shouting “more fun that a pillow fight!” And in my brother’s case occasionally beat up my sister and I.
I’m not sure what happened to them. I think one of them popped and they ended up getting trashed. Figures.
A lot of people saw Sock’em Boppers as a way of teaching children to be violent and couldn’t believe parents would buy such toys for their kids. So what? At least it was exercise. At least kids could have fun without worrying about becoming obese. Let kids be kids!
When other kids were watching mind numbing tv and killing people in video games, kids with Sock’em Boppers were settling their differences as playfully as possible.
So here is to a great invention of the 90′s: a boxing glove with pillow soft fun that brought a whole new meaning to wrestling around and terrorizing sisters!
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