A few years back I had purchased a set of new tires. Within a month’s time those tires were as bald as I am. (No, my alignment wasn’t off. Those tires were uniformly bald.) I went back to the dealership. “What the hell!” I demanded. They were totally cool, though. They replaced the tires at no cost to me. When I asked them what had happened with the first set to make them wear out so quickly, the owner of the garage explained to me: “They must have just been a bad batch. It happens sometimes.” It isn’t particularly comforting to know that such shoddy tires sometimes find their way into the marketplace and end up on people’s cars, but I did appreciate that the dealer reimbursed me, and the next set of tires they installed were just fine.
You may recall an earlier post in which I verbally ripped the company Super7 a new one for the sorry shape their Universal Monsters Halloween buckets were in. The items were so thin and flimsy that I could—and, I confess, did, just a tad, just to test it—tear the plastic with my bare fingers. It was as easy as tearing thin cardboard.
This past weekend I again visited Nightmare Toys (soon to be relocating from Huntsville, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada) and they had gotten in some new Super7 Halloween buckets. I again picked one up to inspect it—hope springs eternal—and found the buckets to be fine, well-made. I bought two of them, the Mummy and the Wolfman. What the hell happened, then, with those Creature from the Black Lagoon buckets? All I can figure is, they must have been a bad batch, like those tires.
Apologies, then, Super7. While you did allow some items of extremely low quality to get past your inspections and make it onto store shelves, it does appear these were anomalies and are not indicative of the entire product line.
If you are considering purchasing one of these Universal Monsters Halloween buckets, I suggest you give it a proper inspection first, to make sure you aren’t buying one of the scrubs. As far as I’ve been able to determine, scrubs are to be found only amongst the Creature from the Black Lagoon buckets, but I’d recommend caveat emptor with whichever bucket you choose.