Friday, January 10, 2014

Dr. Wacko's Mad Lab Silly Sludge

Criminy, but that's a long name. I was originally going to post this under stocking stuffers, but then I realized how bad of an idea that would be.

I know how I used to be a kid, and though I would be as careful as I could be, it would only be a matter of time before the entire barrel of sludge ended up in the carpet. Hence, my hesitation for recommending this as a stocking stuffer. Plus, it's kinda bulky, and would take up a lot of room that could otherwise be used for cooler toys or candy.

According to the back of the card, Dr. Wacko is no run of the mill mad scientist. No, he's all about creating the craziest toys of "extraordinary curiosity", whatever that means. I think Dr. Wacko is just one "wacky" accident away from creating a killer virus, and realizing his true potential as a super villain. Mad scientists, you just can't trust them. That's just my opinion, at least.

I'm kind of curious about the warning to keep this stuff away from heat. You have thing saying "Safe and Non-Toxic", then you have another telling you keep this stuff away from heat and your mouth. Is Silly Sludge flammable? Am I curious enough to leave this stuff near an open flame? Maybe...

There are those warnings again. They're really trying to cover their butts with this stuff. Now I'm a little concerned for the kid playing with the Silly Sludge on the front of the card. Here's a bright young mind, trying to break into the world of toy science, and now he's probably a mutant because he was handling untested toy slime. There's no indication of what color the sludge is supposed to be, and the picture on the front isn't much help either. Is it green, or black, or something in between? I don't know, perhaps it's time we found out.

Honestly, the real reason I bought this stuff, was because I was curious how it compared to the Masters of the Universe slime. I owned no less than two of the MOTU Slime Pits as a kid. I'm not sure how I came to own two of them at the same time, but I can only guess it was a Christmas morning SNAFU. I'm not complaining, not at all. It actually meant I had twice the slime to torture He-Man and his allies. That was the thing about Slime, you never got it all back once you used it. There was always a little residue left in the Pit that would never come out. Another problem with MOTU slime, is that it would eventually dry out, even if you managed to close the lid every time you were finished messing with it. You'd pop the top off the can one day to find a crusty,  yellowish, film clinging to the sides of the can. I'm pretty sure that's what happened to my supply, though I more than likely left the lid off one too many times.

The Silly Sludge definitely has a similar smell to the MOTU Slime, but the consistency isn't quite the same. It seems more solid, and doesn't have the nice flow the older slime had. It actually reminds me of warm Jell-O, and hnoestly, if it not for the smell, I could see it being mistaken for some warm lime gelatin dessert.

I really wanted to see how Silly Sludge would work in a "slime trap" situation. I had all of my figures draw straws, and unfortunately for my vintage Stormtrooper, he drew the short one.

I don't have a Slime Pit anymore, so I just poured the Silly Sludge from its plastic barrel. As you can see, it stays together rather well.

In fact, it stays together too well. I had to redo this a couple of times, because the sludge would just roll out of the barrel once I tipped it past a certain point. It was impossible to keep the Stormtrooper standing through the entire process, so we'll assume he tripped and fell as the sludge  was poured over him.

You know, maybe it's better that this stuff holds its shape so well. It certainly makes for an easier cleanup when you're done messing with it. It also helped when I accidentally poured the Sludge out of its barrel, and had to catch it before it hit the floor. Try that with Masters of the Universe slime and you'll end up with a badly stained, odd smelling spot on the carpet.

So what's the verdict? It's not the same as the old stuff, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If  you still have a Slime Pit kicking around in your collection, it might be worth your while to make a quick stop at Dollar General and pick up a barrel or two of Silly Sludge.

If you're interested in reading a really great article about the original Slime Pit, then I recommend you head over to Dinosaur Dracula, and see what he has to say about it.


  1. I would expect to see that thing in the WWE!

    1. You know, I'd almost swear I remember seeing something like the Slime Pit on a WCW or WWF special.

  2. I'm glad there are still slime toys. Playing with slime was an important part of growing up; whether you played with MOTU, TMNT, or Ghostbusters toys. That and those sticky hand things you get from vending machines.

    I picked up some similar stuff at a Dollar Tree called Barrel-O-Slime. Retromutagen Ooze is hard to come by nowadays, so it was the next best thing for my TMNT Muck Man. The slime mostly stays in one big clump, just like Dr. Wacko's stuff.

    Behold my cheesy Barrel-O-Slime videos:

    1. Ah, I remember reading that one. I think the clear and pink Barrels-O-Slime look a lot better than the Silly Sludge. The Silly Sludge is just too opaque.

      I'm tempted to try and find a recipe to make my own. I mean, how hard can it be?

    2. I saw a video on YouTube for a simple slime recipe.

      I was gonna give it a go, and then I found the dollar store slime, so I never tried it out.


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