I buy old toys sometimes.
I recently got this Johnny Blastoff, the BSG lunchbox.
Johnny is missing the back half of his backpack, and the lunchbox needs a new strap.
I don’t have any concrete plans to replace either, although I imagine both would be simple to make or buy.
Johnny Blastoff is kind of neat? But also scary.
He has the face of a fisher price child.
His backpack held batteries, and had a switch and a small electric motor.
He, himself, does nothing. But the bottom of his backpack had a little spinny port in it.
You'd sit johnny on spaceships and other vehicles that were unpowered, and a peg would slot in to the port in his backpack, and then Johnny's backpack would power these various contraptions.
Also, his name was totally Billy, not Johnny.
Sorry about that.
I also realize that I kind of misexplained how pricing worked.
Billy Blastoff cost more to *produce* than other toys.
But one motor meant that he could power multiple accessories.
These came in playset form. One billy, three ships/vehicles. For about the same price as one powered toy from another manufacturer.
Here, have some photos of Billy Blastoff toys.
Like I said, his face is kind of creepy.
But the idea is super neat, and I want the robot, and some of this ships.