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Odd bits of nostalgia
Published on Saturday, November 17, 2012 by

Nostalgia is a marketing tool that has been effectively wielded recently. The 80s and 90s seem to be coming back to drain my wallet effectively. My most recent comic book pull bag list reflected an adult rebuying his childhood: G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Masters of the Universe, Venom, Batman Beyond Unlimited and Young Justice (a Super Friends surrogate).Since Arrow has joined Iron Man: Armor Adventures, Justice League Unlimited, Power Rangers, and WWE Slam as part of my fairly regular TV viewing more than just my comic reading seems to follow nostalgia.

Sure, nostalgia strains at my wallet every time I walk down a toy aisle looking at G.I Joe figures, pegs of Marvel figures of various card backs, Thundercats, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Young Justice figures have even been luring me in recently, luckily unsuccessfully, but I can hear the siren call of the positionless plastic people. Even as I know I don’t want to spend money on toys given my current household budget nostalgia is trying to pry open my wallet.

At least I understand the forces at work. I had some G.I. Joe and Masters of the Universe toys but always wanted more. So, my adult wallet filled my refrigerator top with Masters of the Universe 200x toys and covered the top of the piano with 25th anniversary and newer Joes. I asked once too often for Ninja Turtles so my mother said I’d never have any. My wife eventually broke down and bought me a set of original turtles to get me to stop moping about it after a few years.

Young Justice? Those crappy figures are just calling to me because I want a Hall of Justice. That was a great playset. The Super Friends era toy was great for younger me. My story isn’t a sad one. I was fortunate enough to have more than enough toys and an imagination to combine them. My Hall of Justice was the base for my super power heroes but it also served my Joes, a few early Marvel toys, and the by comparison giant He-Man trying to lend a hand against the forces of Godzilla or whoever. My headquarters served me well. It was also perhaps the coolest toy in my toy box and one of the largest playsets that I had. In the holiday spirit I decided that since it had served me so well it could also serve another child, one with less toys than me, and I gave my beloved Hall of Justice to charity. Giving toys I didn’t play with away made sense, but giving something I loved away felt like more of a contribution at the time. Young me was probably right but that hasn’t stopped me from wanting to buy another one. Now, adult me wants to buy another and fill it with the Young Justice team.

I could. The Hall of Justice is common on e-bay, perhaps not as complete or clean as the one I gave away but sufficient headquarters do abound.  I haven’t picked one up because I still think younger me was right and did the right thing. Adult me doesn’t want to mess with young me’s commitment. Nostalgia is odd sometimes.

Again this semester I find myself blessed. Perhaps I’m not financially where I want to be and am not buying everything I would love to buy, but I am still fortunate and blessed.  My charitable donations aren’t as plentiful as I would like for them to be, but I hope adult me can remember what younger me knew.

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