The Monster Kits were molds to make a monster and either Living Ice or Monster Flesh to put into the mold. The Monster Flesh was a lot like silly putty, and the Living Ice was a transparent rubbery substance.
Dissect-an-Alien was a plastic alien with a torso of clear, flexible plastic. It came with twelve plastic “organs” and “alien blood”, which was really glow-in-the-dark slime. The challenge was not in getting the parts out, it was in getting them to fit back inside the alien when you were finished.
The Monster Lab came with a water tank, two plastic skeletons, “Monster Flesh” and “Flesh Dissolving Compound”. You would put the “flesh” onto the skeleton, fill the tank with water, dump in the dissolving compound, then put your newly-created creature into the tank and watch the flesh fall off his bones.
Each episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle was actually a collection short cartoon segments. The Rocky and Bullwinkle segments followed Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose around the world, and the attempts of Russian spies Boris and Natasha as they tried to get “moose and skvirrel”.
Other segments on the show included Peabody’s Improbable History, where a boy named Sherman and an intelligent talking dog named Mr. Peabody travel back in time using their “Wayback Machine” to learn about history; Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, a mock melodrama; Fractured Fairy Tales, where fairy tales were humorously modernized; and Aesop & Son, where Aesop’s fables get a similar treatment.
Boglins were rubber monster puppets which came in boxes shaped like crate cages. They had glow-in-the-dark plastic eyes which moved left and right using a lever inside the puppet. The boxes had a hole in the bottom so you could play with the puppet while it was still in its “cage”.
DuckTales follows the adventures of “Unca Scrooge” McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie as they go around the world looking for treasure and struggle to keep Magica DeSpell and the Beagle Boys from stealing Scrooge’s fortune. The series is based on the Uncle $crooge Adventures comics by Carl Barks. I remember coming home from school every day and enjoying the show immensely, and unlike some other cartoons I liked as a kid it seems to have aged well.