If you were a kid or teen in either the 1980s or 1990s you should remember television network Nickelodeon taking feeling so funky to the next level. When supplies of Kenner’s Ecto-Plazm were diminishing and unfortunately phased out of our favorite toy stores Nickelodeon covered us in Slime and related slime toys. Which then evolved into something new and different during the early 1990s when Mattel and Nickelodeon invented Gak, slime for a new generation.
Gak was born from the family game show Double Dare and Wham-O’s 1960s Super Stuff. Gak was originally sold in 1992 and later re-issued in 1994 as a deluxe gift set. Gak would continue evolving in the mid to late 1990s. From traditional glow in the dark, sunlight for Gak to glow during the day, to yes even different Gaks that could give off an odorous 9 different scents.
What is a slime toy without slime role playing toys and play sets? A cross between a Proton Pack and Ecto-Charger, Gak Vac is a toy vacuum that sucks Gak up and spits it out. Gross or sweet!? Gak Copier was one play set where you could draw on a tablet and your drawing would “copy” onto the Gak. Mattel and Nickelodeon even had a Make Your Own Gak Lab first sold in 1996 where kids could basically make their own toy slime.
When I was doing my research I found out both Slime! and Gak! are still being produced and sold. I didn’t know that about Gak yet until I was in the process of buying Slime! Both Slime! and Gak are made/distributed by NSI International. Beginning in 2012 both began to be sold after such a long hiatus. NSI International also sells other Gak toys such as the Gak Vac.
If you thought I was excited by Jupiter Juice, just take a look at Slime!. The packaging alone is a thing of beauty. It comes in a can dripping in slime with a slime base. Slime! comes in a 4oz slime container resembling the ooze canister from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Believe me I know I’m not the first person to think that. Slime! isn’t as round as Kenner’s Ecto-Plazm because the way the container was designed allows slime to drip out like it has a purpose. A slime toy this great is too good to leave in the packaging. Lets take a closer look.
Slime! is more on the thick side and isn’t as “watery” as Ecto-Plazm. You can stretch it until it thins out or play with the full 4oz glob that Slime! is. Squeezing or pressing into it will create bubbles and possibly air noises, most likely similar to it’s younger sibling Gak. I haven’t taken all of this Slime! out of the can. I stretched it enough that it wanted to be free from its container. I didn’t quite know what to make of this. I went and got my P.K.E Meter and took some valences.
I was definitely getting a reading from this Slime!
It didn’t take long for the P.K.E Meter readings to go off the needle. I didn’t exactly nurture it. Without my other equipment near by I figured best to leave it alone for now.