If you read this blog with any regularity, you've surely by now realized that I am the world's biggest fan of the 1995 cult classic Ice Cream Man, which stars Clint Howard as a killer ... ice cream man. It's undoubtedly my favorite 'best worst movie' ever made, and my love for the film quite frankly knows no bounds. I have a VHS copy signed by Clint Howard (thanks Kristy!), several one of a kind art pieces inspired by the film, and I've even spoken personally with Clint on the phone about the movie ... need I say more?
So the other day I was prowling around eBay, when I stumbled upon something Ice Cream Man related that I had previously never even knew existed. Funny enough, I wasn't even searching for Ice Cream Man swag (of which there isn't much!), but rather I was doing one of my weekly searches for old promotional items, which I both collect and am endlessly fascinated by.
So there I was, innocently searching for promo goodies, when what to my wandering eyes should appear ...
AN ICE CREAM SCOOP, PROMOTING THE VHS RELEASE OF ICE CREAM MAN?!?!?
NO FUCKING WAY!!!
Yes. Fucking way.
I couldn't believe my eyes, and I of course knew that I was not going to let anyone win the auction but myself. Not that anyone else would really want to win the auction, but still, it was one of those things that I just knew I was going to have to shell out the money for, even though I promised myself to cut back my spending on collectibles, and use what little money I make for more important stuff, like rent and food. But come on, man. If any collectible is an exception to that rule, IT'S A GODDAMN ICE CREAM MAN ICE CREAM SCOOP!!
The catch? The auction had a Buy It Now price of a whopping $75. Eeeeekk.
Now here's the thing with promotional items like this one. The only real value they have is whatever any given fan is willing to pay for them. In other words, though they're rare, and you don't see them floating around all that often, they're really not worth much of anything, unless there's a diehard fan out there who will spend whatever he's got to spend, to get any given item.
Which is why you will often see older promotional items with incredibly high starting prices on eBay, and you'll usually see those same auctions listed on the site for extended periods of time, just waiting for that one dude who's willing to spend way more than he should be spending, simply because he can't live without a Leprechaun bendy toy or an Amityville Horror night light. Sometimes, the seller finds that person, other times, the auction just sits there on eBay, collecting dust.
Now if anyone on this planet is gonna spend $80 on an Ice Cream Man ice cream scoop, it's me. But even I'm not that crazy. I knew the seller was asking way too much for the item, simply because he had never seen one listed on the site before, and knew it was pretty hard to come by, but there was no way I was about to drop nearly 100 bucks on a plastic ice cream scoop. Sorry Clint, but my love for the film does have bounds, contrary to what I may have typed above.
Lucky for me, the auction had a 'Make An Offer' option attached to it, and I knew that as long as I made a decent offer, the seller probably wouldn't be able to pass it up. It's not like Ice Cream Man stuff is all that in demand, so I knew he was likely gonna jump at the first offer he received.
I believe my first offer was $20, which the seller countered with an offer of his own, of $55. Utilizing the skills I learned from too many hours spent on the couch watching Pawn Stars, I knew that the smart thing to do from there would be to meet somewhere in the middle, and exclaim that my new offer was "as high as I could possibly go." So I made a final offer for $35, told the seller it was as high as I could go, and voila, it worked like gangbusters. Sold to the biggest Ice Cream Man nerd on the planet Earth, for $35. I told my wife I only spent 20 on it, so I hope she doesn't read this.
Behold, the Ice Cream Man ice cream scoop ... MY Ice Cream Man ice cream scoop!!
Now I realize that I probably shouldn't be all that proud of this win, considering I still spent $35 on a plastic ice cream scoop that would likely snap in half if you ever stuck it into a carton of ice cream and tried to scoop some out, but to me, this is the kind of thing that you really can't put a price tag on. Sometimes, ya just need to splurge on stupid little things that you know you shouldn't splurge on, but that nevertheless bring joy into your life. This is most definitely one of those things, and it makes me pretty damn happy to know that I'm likely one of the only people in the world who has one of these proudly displayed in their collection. Hopefully I'll meet Clint someday, and get him to sign it. Would love to see the look on his cute little face when I slap this bad boy down on his table.
No idea if these were affixed to copies of the Ice Cream Man VHS or if they were just sent out to video stores or what. I doubt anyone out there knows anything more about these, but if anyone does, please do get in touch with me and feed me your knowledge!