From the same Sunset House catalog that gave us the "Walk-a-Matic" ad, here are two horrifying products guaranteed to, well, horrify. Not sure which is the scarier of the pair.
Dial a Monster!
New Math for Parents
I'd love to have a vintage Dial a Monster! Just the rocketship-style design, by itself, is awesome. And I vividly remember "New Math." That is, I vividly remember all the hype and worry over it. Whether any of it showed up in my school texts, I have no idea. (Cue theremin music.)
No "Dial a Monster" on eBay or Google Images. Well, let's see if posting this will change the latter situation....
Update: Hold the presses! Found this 1964 gem by plugging "monster kaleidoscope" into Images:
Looks like the very item (the card even says, "Dial a Monster"), though considerably less cool in color. The cheapness factor really stands out--but I still want one. The source for this image, Time Warp Toys, i.d.'s this as "Space Orb Eye in the Sky--Monster Kaleidoscope." Thank you, Time Warp Toys! (Now I see it, etched in the plastic--Space Orb--Eye in the Sky.)
Check this page, too, for more Space Orb images, all very well done: The Kaleidoscope Book. Boy, it really looked crappy, didn't it! Still want it.
Yet more: Neato Coolville.