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Weird Ball – “Runnin’ Ralph”

Well, well, well. If it isn't another Weird Ball figure by Mel Appel and Crayart. If you don't remember Weird Ball cards or figures, don't fret. I had no idea what they were either, until I managed to shed some light on the subject in my previous entry about "None Chuck." And just like our little ninja friend, Runnin' Ralph is a tad "politically incorrect" (exactly what he should be).

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Weird Ball - Runnin' Ralph by Mel Appel - fat, sweaty, jogger with a hoagie and cigarette Weird Ball - Runnin' Ralph by Mel Appel - fat, sweaty, jogger with a hoagie and cigarette

If this toy was to be produced today it would have... um... well... it just couldn't exist. You know, with it's being a depiction of a sweaty, gluttonous (I only call him that cuz he's running with his hoagie), middle-aged, obese white jogger, puffing on a cigarette. If a jogger toy did exist today, it would be some lame toy line made up of a team of joggers with "running-legs" action activated by squeezing their arms like the old Super Powers toys. There'd be six of them probably – males and females depicting each racial skin tone, and they'd be called "The Cardio Crew" or worse yet, "The Six Pack," and their trainer would most likely be in a wheelchair.

Hmmm. Sounds like the makings of a Mr. Slim Goodbody toyline.

Mr. Slim Goodbody

Anyway, I'd also like to mention that these Weird Ball toys are disturbingly flat.

He's pretty slim for a fat man.

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Weird Ball - Runnin' Ralph by Mel Appel - fat, sweaty, jogger with a hoagie and cigarette

Here's the Runnin' Ralph trading card this toy is based on. The artwork's not bad at all. Wonder what the heck happened to the figure.

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Weird Ball - Runnin' Ralph - Trading Card


3 Responses

  1. Okay… the Slim Goodbody picture is highly unsettling. I think he gives children a very confusing image of our bodies… what with his disturbingly Ken-like smooth place. {shiver} Creepy.

  2. Mistuh_t says:

    When I was in college Slim goodbody came for some wierd collaboration with the symphony and he wore his costume of awesomeness and everything. I was so pumped. Unfortunately by the time I found him after the show he had changed into civilian clothes so my picture with him wasn’t so exciting

  3. Justin says:

    Yeah, as a kid, Mr Goodbody always creeped me out. I think it was a combo of his enthusiasm and his unskinned nudity.

    And MistuhT, Civilian Goodbody is only his disguise. I’m sure he wears that outfit under his clothes like Superman or Spiderman or something.

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