Freezy Freakies?

I’ve gotten a bunch of e-mails about this, and while I don’t have enough material about the things to work an entire article around, they’re certainly worthy of a mention. A lot of you seem to recall owning a pair of really cool gloves that featured words and/or characters that appeared and disappeared as they got colder and warmer. You’re not crazy — they really existed, and they were called “Freezy Freakies.”

At the peak of the gloves’ popularity, it seemed like every kid had a pair. At that young age, it was really difficult to pick “cool clothes.” We usually had our terminally unhip mothers guiding the shopping experience, and that matched with the low-rent stores our outfits were purchased at made for some major fashion faux plural-of-pas. With the advent of Freezy Freakies, at least you had your hands covered. Everybody thought Freezy Freakies were cool.

Shown above is one of the old favorites — the “Robot” Freezy Freakies. When cold, a robot would appear under the title. Other gloves had schemes to delight both male and female audiences, and eventually, there were a number of knockoff gloves that used the same mechanics for more recognizable cartoon characters. They haven’t been made for years, save for the occasional “retro month” at some “boutique” that’s brave enough to use the Freezy Freakies copyright without permission. Even at the deepest corners of the collector’s market, they’re tragically hard to find. If you’re lucky enough to find a pair, buy ‘em immediately. If you were smart enough to hold on to a pair since childhood, do the right thing and give ‘em here.

Even if you couldn’t throw a lick, “Freezy Freakies” made snowball fights so much fun.

85 thoughts on “Freezy Freakies?

  1. ace

    ooh, i had these! the car themed one, where a giant speedometer would show up in the cold. i loved ‘em; i think they were they only gloves i didn’t lose (and didn’t need those dumb clippy things) as a kid. i hope my mom kept them.

  2. Steve Brandon

    turkeys can’t fly: Foufounes (Electriques)? Dunno… I’m a Montreal anglophone and I’ve never been into punk. I thought Foufounes was mainly for Francophone punkers.

    Honestly, the last time (actually, the only time) I saw a non-comedy show at a bar was seeing Shonen Knife at the long-closed Woodstock back in 1994, and, I liked seeing them in person, but the place was so packed that it was sweltering (and it was only june), and there was nowhere to sit except for a few tattered couches, and… meh, that one experience kind of put me off ever seeing another show like that at a bar ever again.

  3. Killer Duck

    Francophones…is that waht you use to call spaghettios? Oh wait that’s a Franco-Americanphone. Uh oh spaghettios.

  4. dethstryke

    I HAD THE BOOT VERSION!!!!!!!!!!! It was a Transformer/Go-Bot boot and when it got cold or wet(cant remember, it was in kindergarden) the image would transform! They were soooo cool!

  5. Callmelou

    Never had a pair, but have never forgotten the commerical: (voiced with melodramatic feigned horror) "Oh no, they’re changing again!!!"

    I associate them in time with the Vincent Price Shrunken Head kit. I think you made those from apples.

  6. Callmelou

    Never had a pair, but have never forgotten the commerical: (voiced with melodramatic feigned horror) "Oh no, they’re changing again!!!"

    I associate them in time with the Vincent Price Shrunken Head kit. I think you made those from apples.

  7. sun

    Freezy Freakies were the best. I had 2 pairs – one with snowflakes that came out in the cold and another that made a big red heart to say I Love Snow. My sister had them too, and we would put them in the freezer when we were inside to make them change colors. Anyone know of anybody still selling them??

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