Monday, April 8, 2013
Gumball Machine Fun: Homies
I am doing a lazy post tonight, you will understand when you see my post tomorrow. I was going through some boxes and came across a handful of Homies. Back in like 2003-2004, OMG! I could not pass a Homies gumball machine without stopping and getting at least 3 or 4. I absolutely love these figures. Over the years though, some of my Homie collection has gotten away. I guess my kids have them somewhere, who knows?
This is my current collection: (left to right: (2) Budha, Grumpy, Laughing Boy, Scarecrow, Conejo, Gato , Topo (middle) Ice Block. Now the one in the pink jacket with the blue pants is not a real homie. He must be a knock off Homie or possibly a Palermo (Homies Italian cousins)
Anyway, these figures were somewhat controversial when they first came out. Many believed that they glorified a gang life style. I never really saw them that way. To me, they were like a re-magined Fat Albert and the gang, The line was revamped and each character was given a more "PC" back story.
The Homies website has a catalog of all 12 sets that is great for identifying your favorite Homies. I haven't seen Homies in gumball machines in a few years now. There are several that I hate I missed over the years.
Do you have any Homies? Which one is your favorite?