The 5 Coolest and 5 Lamest Viewmaster Slides Ever Made

By Rob Bricken in Daily Lists, Toys
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 5:05 am

The Coolest:

5) Frankenstein
Instead of using cartoons or old black and white stills, GAF (the people that made Viewmasters) made the big effort of creating puppets and breath taking dioramas to tell this classic monster story. Although it looks kind of like Robot Chicken, it's still awesomely entertaining, and since the Viewmaster folks themselves staged the shots, the 3-D is awesome. Puppets good but fire is still quite bad.

4) Guinness Book of Records
The World’s fattest motorcycling 3-D. ‘Nuff said.

3) Bugs Bunny
Instead of phoning in animation cels, GAF created 3-D clay models of Bugs and crew, and like Frankenstein, takes full use of the 3-D to basically make the awesomest Lnney Tunes cartoon you never saw. It’s like looking at Caveman versions of CGI and/or the worst stop-motion you’ve ever seen.

2) Adventures of G.I. Joe
The ludicrously awesome dioramas in these reels will make you want every 12-inch G.I. Joe toy ever made. Each adventure features Joe in fantastic situations and manages to crowbar in almost every Adventure Team accessory along the way. Had Hasbro issued a free one of these Viemaster slides to every boy living in 1975, sales would have gone apeshit and Hasbro would probably be ruling the entire planet with their Kung-Fu grip.

1) Bonanza
Bonanza was a better than average Western series from the time when cowboys ruled the airwaves (i.e., the 1960s) but that’s not why this Viewmaster slide is so special. It’s all in the scene above—not the unappreciated Chinese immigrant helping build the railroad, but the fact that entire cast is secretly giving the viewing kid the finger. Lorne Green and his many sons (who seem five years younger than Green himself) told American children everywhere to fuck off, and it brings a tear to our eyes.

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