Tag: Fun Fountain

Just a few weeks ago I was talking about that strange, torturous device from the '70s known as the Willy Water Bug. At least half a dozen Fun Fountains have come and gone at eBay, but for the life of me, I couldn't find evidence that Willy was anything but a manufactured memory.

Well, look what I found! It looks like he does exist, after all. I didn't want to say anything until the auction ended, of course. No reason to give myself more competition.

Unfortunately, it still went for $49.00 + shipping, which was at the moment a little too steep for something I'd probably just display on a shelf. I guess I need to start having kids so I'll have a better excuse to buy these things.

When I started running a saved search over at eBay for a Fun Fountain, I never expected to see one pop up every 2 weeks or so. I'm surprised so many of these guys survived the '80s. If you don't remember what a Fun Fountain is, that's no surprise given the sadly generic name. Remember the sprinkler toy shaped like a clown's head that would shoot a stream of water into the air, levitating the clown's hat until you ran through it, thereby giving yourself an enema and often knocking the hat off-balance so it would fall eight feet and konk you in the head? There you go ... the Fun Fountain!

Unfortunately, people with more money than I can spend on nostalgia are running the bids up a little too high for these things. So I keep having to let them go. ... Continued