Ten 80s Cartoon Characters Who Are Impossible to Christmas Shop For

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by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

Some 80s cartoon characters are easy to shop for at Christmas time. Skeletor? A reservation for one at Castle Grayskull’s throne room. Yosemite Sam? Mustache and beard balm. Voltron? 10 pairs of comfy wool socks. Dr. Mindbender? A shirt.

Other 80s cartoon characters are much more difficult to shop for at the holidays. Here are ten that would be particularly puzzling:

Man-E-Faces – He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Here’s the problem with Christmas shopping for Man-E-Faces: you never know which of his “many” faces you’re going to be dealing with. What if he’s the robot on Christmas day and you bought for the monster? You could contingency shop for all three, but f*ck that.


Gargamel – The Smurfs

Gargamel’s easy, right? Everyone who had a television set in the 80s knows what this guy wants. Problem is, if you put a gift-wrapped helpless Smurf or a map to Smurf Village under his tree for Christmas, that makes you even more evil than Gargamel (a classification previously reserved for bearers of fruitcake and Axe Body Spray gift sets).


Snake Eyes – G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

What do you get for the man who has everything (and says nothing)? He wears the same exact thing every day, so clothes and accessories are not an option. Besides the Christmas of 1984 when Scarlett gave him that rad visor and a wolf pup, every other holiday has posed nothing but problems for Snakes’ loved ones.


This California Raisin (the one on the far left)

Because he’s already wearing sunglasses and sneakers, and how else can a California Raisin possibly accessorize? It appears pants are unnecessary, and no need for Isotoners, he already has the standard issue raisin gloves.


The Misfits’ Pizzazz – Jem

Pizzazz was a super-spoiled rich girl, and much of her personality shone through in The Misfits’ various song lyrics. Her selfish antics made bandmates Roxy, Stormer and Jetta look like angels by comparison. The title of one of their “hit” songs, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! tells you all you need to know when it comes to Christmas shopping for Pizzazz- that Chipotle gift card you got her won’t be enough.


The Dinosaucers – Dinosaucers

Super-intelligent dinosaurs who live in a volcano, have advanced weaponry and fly spaceships. Keep your Amazon gift card.


Panthro – Thundercats

You got a spiked suspender guy? Nope. You got a nunchuck guy? Oh you do! Well does he happen to sell a set that has flip-open cat paw knobs that spray chemicals and ball bearings? Hmm. Because there is NOTHING ELSE on Panthro’s list. I hope you have a guy for that.


Grumpy Bear – The Care Bears

Pretty self-explanatory. Grumpy Bear’s been pissed since 1981. Your Buffalo Wild Wings gift card is not gonna change that.


Doctor Claw – Inspector Gadget

Don’t make assumptions about Doctor Claw’s taste in clothing based on one spiky glove. How awkward would it be if you showed up with something from the back wall at Hot Topic only to find him wearing a v-neck sweater and pleated khakis?

And just because you see him enjoying a glass of wine in the image above, I wouldn’t risk it. What if he’s a Cab guy and you show up with a Shiraz? And something tells me that $10 bottle of Barefoot that’s become your go-to gift isn’t quite in line with the Doctor’s tastes.


Starscream – Transformers

Starscream wants the same thing this holiday season as every other- undisputed rule of the Decepticons. So he’s easy, right? Nope. Problem with that is the one guy that stands between Starscream and his wish: Megatron.

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