So you guys saw my embarrassingly failed DIY glow-in-the-dark skull project for Halloween … this is the kind of thing I would have loved to create. Behold the glow-in-the-dark “Randotti Skull,” a bizarre knickknack that would be treasured by any little boy who loved spooky things.
I vaguely remember that I snatched mine up at a yardsale in the early 1980’s. It was some kind of very heavy molded plaster, and it shined brightly in the dark. God, how I loved this thing.
A little cursory Internet research surprised me — this is actually a reasonably well known collector’s item. It was one of several “Randotti Skulls” (three, I think) that were available for purchase only at … Disneyland. They are currently selling for for $50 on eBay, and other bloggers remember theirs as fondly as I do. And the name of the skulls is evidently a gag running back to when these products were first licensed to Disney back in 1956. There is no Italian sculptor named “Randotti;” that’s just an amalgamation of the names of the skulls’ stateside creators, Randy and Dotti Smith.
When other men dream of getting rich one day, they visualize boats and sports cars. I increasingly imagine a room full of novelty monster toys that I had either had or wanted to have when I was growing up.