Every so often, I remember a random vintage toy from when I was a kid and go trawling for it on eBay. When I was a kid, my parents took me to see Little Shop of Horrors. While I was too young for a lot of the jokes, I loved the monstrous giant plant Audrey II. Then as now, I immediately wanted an action figure of anything I liked.
There was little official Little Shop of Horrors merchandise outside of a Milton Bradley board game (which did come with a rather cool Audrey II toy) and this, a 1 ½” candy dispenser. I guess marketers thought a black comedy about chopping people up and feeding them to a carnivorous plant didn’t really scream for kid’s toys.
I had the game and the candy dispenser, and of the two the candy dispenser seemed like it would be easier to get. Surprisingly, I was able to get one on eBay that was unopened and complete with taped “packaging” and candy inside.
The obvious question is: did I try one of the pieces of candy? No. No I did not. Even I know better than to eat a twenty-six-year-old piece of candy, no matter how disturbingly well-preserved it looks.
Once you toss out the candy, you’re left with a hinged jaw and not much else. So basically it’s a cute desk tchotchke.