Light-Up Hairy Skull, retail $1.34
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Right Aid (
Last updated 10-28-13

Because of the nature of this product, my usual evaluation format will not be used. This will just be a brief quasi-informational page with three photographs, three spectrographic analyses, and a video.

This is a soft, rubbery inflated skull specicially designed to be sold shortly before Halloween.

It features two bright blinking LEDs inside (one red, the other blue) that are activated by hitting it in the palm of your hand -- the LEDs blink for 14.50 seconds (timed on a clock with a second hand on it); then they self-terminate.

One thing I noted almost right away: the sodding phoney-bologna fake rubbery inflated stupid hairy skull has a fairly strong 'chemical' or 'solvent' odour to it if you hold it anywhere even CLOSE to your nose.
I mean Jesus Christ this {vulgar slang term for one who initiates sexual coupling} really reeks!!!

YOU'RE A STINKY, STINKY SKULL" is what I immediately thought.
It kinda reminds me of a scene in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Battle of Bikini Bottom" where Patrick Star rubs SpongeBob's face in his armpit, and SpongeBob says (with his face all scrunched up and sounding like he's plugging his nose), "You're a stinky, stinky sea star!"


This product is disposable, so I do not have to tell you which part to remove, stash behind the Jack-O-Lantern that won't be discovered and then subsequently shovelled away until after Christmas, and then tell you rather emphatically not to!

Skull activated.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this skull.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red LED in this skull; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 630nm and 640nm to pinpoint emission peak wavelength, which is 631.990nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the blue LED in this skull; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 445nm and 455nm to pinpoint emission peak wavelength, which is 449.060nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at

Brief video showing the Light-Up Hairy Skull in action.

That music that you hear is the jingle to the Silver Shamrock TV commercial ("Eight more days till Halloween") that played on the movie, "Halloween V: Season of the Bitch" mean, "HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH".

Actually, it sorta makes you want to kick one of those wall-mounted porcelain uranators off the wall and "bete" "thuh" "livvin" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "witthh" "uh" "pare" "uv" "oldd" "orh" "uzedd" "boling" "shooz", doesn't it?

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The Light-Up Hairy Skull was purchased at a Right Aid store in Federal Way WA. USA on 010-04-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Excite
    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty light-up skull
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 ea. red & blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Impact-sensitive on, self-terminating
    CASE MATERIAL: Rubbery plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/number of button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 86.50mm H x 87mm W x 87mm D (all incl. "hair")
    WEIGHT: 42.30g (1.490 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Not stated; though presumably guaranteed against DOA


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