As you all know, I like to take a break from the movie reviews, Katy Perry man-whoring, and even the horror talk at times to just reflect on other things. Today I want to talk about something so ridiculous that even back when it was at it’s peek I shunned it and knew it would never last…That right, I want to talk about pogs.
For a moment here I’m going to pretend you all care and tell you where pogs came from. As legend has it the game of pogs originated in the 1920s on the Hawaiian island of Maui. There dairy workers played the game during breaks using simple milkcaps. Now time goes by and it’s all the sudden the early to mid 90s and kids and teens alike are actually buying these damn things..Imagine that huh?
Now the rules the game were so simple that I assume even a caveman or blonde could have done it. They were as follows..
1: The players each contribute an equal number of pogs to build a stack with the pieces facing down, which will be used during the game.
2: The players take turns throwing their slammer down onto the top of the stack, causing it to spring up and the pogs to scatter. Each player keeps any pogs that land ‘face up’ after their throw.
3: After each throw, the pogs which have landed ‘face down’ are then re-stacked for the next player.
4: When no pogs remain in the stack, the player with the most pogs is the “winner”
If you think that game sounds like it sucks then trust me you are very right. Only the random “mistake” of slamming the big ass metal slammer on some mofo’s finger was the games only saving grace for me. The things got kind of big there for a while and you could find just about anything on the darn things. From sports stars to Starwars characters. I myself owned a few of the random ones with the “cool” stuff as other kids would call it on them. I also had a Michael Jordon set, but make no mistake about it, I HATED the damn things. If I was ever faced in a situation where I was at a place where they had the pogs next to the baseball cards, I took the cards every time. Which was the same reaction the majority of people had, thus why sports cards still get sold world-wide today and pogs are a little harder to find. I guess the powers that be behind the things found out that there ying-yang designs, plastic cases, and metal slammers just couldn’t compete in the end.
But it would be a bit much for me to act like this stuff didn’t have it’s fans because oddly enough, it did and it does. Like I said above there was something for everyone if you just liked the damn things and below is something every horror fan could of appreciated.
Right there we have the Horror Monster Movie Legends set. As far as I know there was no Freddy or Jason sets, but that’s not for sure saying there wasn’t one..just I couldn’t find any when I looked into stuff for this post. There may have been a few unofficial ones and parody ones but I don’t think there was anything official.
Like I said these things are still around today..but who would want them? And if you do want them, then feel free to tell me why.