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August 3, 2016 / Posted by:

Leon Neon!

Haven’t you ever danced in the club (or if you’re me, drunkenly danced by yourself in the middle of your darkened living room as your dog tries to block the feeling of secondhand embarrassment by covering his eyes with his paws) and thought to yourself that something is missing? Something like plastic bendable strips that wrap around your body and make you look like a cross between a raver ghost and the figment of someone’s acid trip? Well, in the mid-80s Mattel made that happen.

In 1985, Mattel sold Leon Neon, which was a bunch of glow-in-the-dark strips that you used to create OUTRAGEOUS designs for dancing in the dark. You could transform yourself into a go-go dancer at a low-budget Tron-themed dance club. The kids in the commercial made all sorts of things like wigs, necklaces, belts, skirts, gloves, sunglasses, puppets, visors, ties and even a guitar. Not pictured in this commercial: the crushed neon dreams of the children who tried to make a glow-in-the-dark guitar by themselves and instead ended up with a sad pile of plastic strips:

When we were kids, my mom bought my sister and me a glow stick necklace from Disneyland and I kept it in the freezer for years. Even though its glow dimmed to almost nothing, I still turned off the lights and gave myself a sad, limp glow stick show with it. So it saddens me that I never got to play with Leon Neon. If I still had that glow stick necklace from Disneyland, I’d pull it out and dance around with it in the dark while pretending it was Leon Neon. I know, look at me pretending like I still don’t have that no-longer-glows-in-the-dark heirloom in my freezer.

(For Rachel)

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