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Inside the CM Vault: Team Banzai Lapel Pin

Back in the summer of 1984, when I was living in San Diego, I went to my first Comic-Con there, at the old convention center downtown. Of the movie memorabilia I picked up that day, one was this promotional item for a film I’d never heard of until that moment: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. I can’t remember if someone handed this item to me, or it was just sitting at a vendor’s booth, available free to anyone who cared to take one, but there was a poster for the movie nearby, and I knew right then and there it was something I wanted to see.

I picked up two that day – which makes me think they were free to grab at a booth – and the first of the two I attached to the dashboard of my Toyota pickup, where it was proudly displayed for years, eventually becoming faded and ruined by sunlight. The second, as you can see below, was never used or worn – the ‘clasp’ is still flat and unbent – but was instead tucked away in a box for safe keeping, where it’s remained to this day.

I’ve never known what to call this 1½-inch piece of Buckaroo Banzai history…a pin? A badge? A button? One of the bonus features on the original DVD release calls it a ‘lapel pin’, so I guess we’ll go with that. The DVD also states that it was given away to Buckaroo Banzai club members, which I never was, but perhaps that occurred after the release of the film; for us lucky convention-goers, it was an early-bird giveaway, and a cool one at that.

Now, it’s a sought-after collectible, though its monetary value is not known (by me, anyway); I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere online, so I don’t know whether I’m holding onto a gold mine, or just a thin piece of painted tin. However, you can find variations of it at reasonable prices, in pinback form, at several sites online, including Amazon and eBay. I bought three, and trust me, the level of prestige achieved by wearing one cannot be measured.

6 comments on “Inside the CM Vault: Team Banzai Lapel Pin

  1. Dracula

    There are four in existence. The last one was on Antique Roadshow and was valued at $500,000 at auction. Would have been a good Cracker Jack prize.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Todd B

      Well, mine will be going on the auction block tomorrow.


  2. Sun City Doug

    Hey Todd, is the forementioned Toyota pickup the same one that Scott inhaled noxious fumes while riding in the cargobox?

    Also, soon coming, is two new ‘lapel pins’ for you collectors. One is Sventoonie, and the other is Blob E. Blob. NOW we are talking prestige.

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    • Todd B

      Yes, that Toyota is one and the same! Funny that he never wanted to ride in the back again after that.

      And at first, I thought you’d written ‘Svengoolie’ and ‘Blob E. Blob’, and I thought, the first one sounds good, but the other one will get you nowhere with anyone. Then I just read it again…SVENTOONIE! Good lord, a double dose of nowhere!

      Liked by 1 person


    EXCELLENT McMonolithic One!!

    Woulda’ ‘LIKED’ it sooner (day of post actually), we’re it not for the fallderall & fiddleDD & dipsiedivyDogdoo I am forced to go thru for the LIKE to be validated. This issue is entirely my responsibility, and NOT the Webmaster’s (translated “pilot error”). But as with everything I encounter fraught with difficulty that previously was NOT – it is not a coincidence!! It is the work of SPIRITS of the DARK ‘n DOOMY …

    🪬(to be continued)…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Todd B

      Well, thanks for finally getting here, and for trying so hard to make it work! And as always, thanks for stopping by and checking things out!


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