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Rose Bowl Flea Market: Snout Spout & WWF Wrestling Superstars Horror!

So I went to the giant Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena last weekend in hopes of discovering some more rare and/or bizarre finds such as the panther tables, Kool-Aid sneakers, and Friday the 13th promo lamp I found on my last trip there. I was also hoping to take a ton of photos for another article, because I know you guys always enjoy those sightseeing pieces just as much as I enjoy taking those lil' trips. Unfortunately, mother nature decided to rain on our collective parade, so the trip was cut very short and I was only able to snap a few photos that day. Don't worry though, it's still a monthly event and I have every intention of going back there next month.

In the meantime, allow me to share with you two things I did manage to snap photos of at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Snout Spout? What happened to you!?

Yes, that's Snout Spout from the classic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy line. Until last weekend, I only knew him to be a heroic firefighter who just happened to have a cyborg elephant head. Totally logical. But now everything has changed. Now, because of the Rose Bowl Flea Market, I see that his true destiny was hidden within his trunk all these years. Yes my friends, I'm sorry to report that due to poor economic conditions, Snout Spout was laid off from his firefighting duties and had to take on a horrible new role: Heroic Catheter.

God... I feel so bad for the guy. Somebody please find him another line of work! No firefighting elephant-cyborg hero should have to suffer such indignities. Honestly, I don't even want to think about this any longer, so let's move on to the other photo I snapped:

Glad to see you kept 'em all in great shape

Back in 1985, LJN released their WWF Wrestling Superstars toys and these things were made to take one hell of a beating. Big, heavy and made of solid rubber, you could bash your favorite wrestling characters into one another 'til kingdom come without having to worry about parts breaking off. Unfortunately, while they could take a lot of abuse, the paint jobs scraped off very easily, so a character who originally came with a shirt painted on would eventually be shirtless after enough battles in the ring. A character could even become faceless with enough wear and tear. I remember actually buying a second Iron Sheik figure when I was a kid because I was so disappointed that the paint job on his trademark multicolored boots had worn off. Sorry, but you simply can't pull off a respectable camel clutch without red and blue boots which curl at the toes.

Paint scrapes aside, these are still my all-time favorite WWF wrestling toys, so I was happy to see a metal security case filled with them at the flea market. Sure enough, they were scraped to hell and the seller was charging a ridiculous $15 per figure. Considering the poor condition of these things, the seller would be lucky to pull in $15 for the whole bunch... and that's only if he was gonna throw in the snazzy metal case too.

Upon closer inspection, I realized just how insane this seller was to be asking that much:


Dear god! What happened to his nipples!?!? Seriously, I've seen these figures take on a lot of damage, but this was the first time I've encountered a nippleless wrestling star. It appears that they were actually chewed off! Seeing a wrestling toy in this condition, I can only come up with one of two possible conclusions.

1) Whoever owned these toys as a child was a huge fan of George "The Animal" Steele and decided to have him tear up those nipples instead of the turnbuckles in the ring.

2) Whoever owned these toys as a child grew up to become a serial killer who removes his victim's nipples as a calling card.

So there you have it... two photos from the Rose Bowl Flea Market and a lot of horrible things to think about. You're welcome, Internet.

Again, I'll do my best to make it back there next month so I can do a proper photo piece on it. If you'd like to see all my big photo gallery of the Rose Bowl Flea Market from back in March 2009, click here.


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MeowMixMaster on 04/20/2010 9:19 am

Dear god! What happened to his nipples!?!?

Apparently the previous owner was Joel Schumacher. He does have a nipple fetish you know :p

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dextire on 04/20/2010 11:21 am

If they had named it "Snout Spout - The Heroic Catheter" they could have easily charged an extra few bucks for it.

And the nipple thing is... well, it's just wrong. Serial killer for sure.


Faceless (Guest) on 04/20/2010 3:26 pm

Why is One Man Gang wearing blackface?


Ryan (Guest) on 04/20/2010 5:56 pm

"Why is One Man Gang wearing blackface?"

To prepare for becoming Akeem The African Dream?


Geogypsy (Guest) on 04/20/2010 10:58 pm

I have a Hulk Hogan from that collection...and his paint is surprisingly intact.

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medevac on 04/21/2010 9:10 am

I still have a mint set of the British Bulldogs with their short-lived tag team championship belts. My brother had King Kong Bundy and that thing was so freakin' heavy you could leave a snow-angel Bundy imprint bruise on someone when you threw it at them. Trust me, I know.

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Scooter Atreides on 04/21/2010 12:12 pm

Somewhere, someone is composing a fanfic about an 80's WWF Superstar who ripped off nipples as a finisher.


MikPal (Guest) on 04/22/2010 6:02 am

For some strange reason I want to believe that those nipples were removed by excessive biting.
Perhaps inspired by parents taking the pacifier away?

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Robodie III on 04/22/2010 2:36 pm

Remember the lawsuit about Koko the gorilla's nipple fetish? Maybe these toys cost so much because they were owned by Koko.

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All Hail Duke on 04/22/2010 3:09 pm

maybe they were owned by Koko B Ware and HE had a nipple fetish

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megakungfujesus on 04/22/2010 9:19 pm

I actually "unearthed" the head of snout spout in my back yard last year. Well I actually ran it over with a lawn mower. As for the nipples maybe they needed them for George Clooney's Batman suit.

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megakungfujesus on 04/22/2010 9:21 pm

Fuck. I should read the comments before I leave one of my own. MeowMixMaster beat me to the punch.

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saturnknight on 04/23/2010 5:31 pm

Wow, 15 for the figures, now if they were mint condition, or less.... nippleless, well maybe you could get the value back over time... but wow to that


Benmark (Guest) on 04/26/2010 10:13 am

That's somewhat cool, though. It's almost as if their shirts are ripping off because they're fighting so much!


Evilsince81 (Guest) on 05/25/2010 2:07 pm

what I wanna know What that sweet ass Painting next to the wrestlers is. It Look Like the Robot From Metropolis and i want it on my wall RIGHT NOW

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