After These Messages: Thingmaker with Chia and Dan

Chia and Dan talk commercials of their childhoods, including the Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker by Mattel, which Dan tells us led directly to him having a career in special effects!

This is Why We're Like This logo with assorted bugs and "After These Messages: Thingmaker with Chia and Dan"

After our Child of Glass discussion, Chia and Dan came back to talk commercials of their childhoods! We dove deep into the Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker by Mattel, which Dan tells us led directly to him having a career in special effects! We also learn all about Chia's childhood GI Joe fanfic, and Geoffrey makes a special GI Joe ad just for Chia!

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Warning for images of realistic-ish plastic bugs in these three commercials:

Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker 1964 commercial

Thingmaker 2 commercial form the 1970s

Creepy Crawlers 1992 commercial


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