Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 005 (Mutual Radio Theater: North From Marakesh)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week with the passing of Leonard Nimoy we felt we should share an episode from the Mutual Radio Theater entitled “North From Marakesh”, a show that Nimoy was host for on Friday nights back in 1980.

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Gustav Holst of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “like” him on his Facebook Page.

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This Dragon’s Lair Illustration By Phillip Light Is Fantastic!

I like fan art quite a bit and I absolutely love Dragon’s Lair so when you have such talented artists like Phillip Light providing an illustration that looks like it belongs on the cover of a 1960s spy thriller I really have no choice but to share it.

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From Phillip Light’s Tumblr: “I was part of a Don Bluth Tribute show at A Little Known Shop in Anaheim, California! I did a piece inspired by the amazing arcade game, Dragon’s Lair!”

Make sure to visit Phillip’s Tumblr for more of his fantastic artwork featuring character from Dragonball Z to some of our most favorite Nintendo Icons! A big thanks to the IInside the Dragon’s Lair Facebook page for the heads up on the artwork.

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Zaxxon the Board Game

Zaxxon the Board Game was published by Milton Bradley in 1983 in an attempt to translate and capitalize on the ever-growing video game craze that was hurting board game sales. Sadly these board games, Zaxxon included, were just never able to capture the magic of the original video game. That does not mean I didn’t enjoy it as a kid. I enjoyed it a lot. Sadly it just doesn’t hold up as an adult game.

The art on Zaxxon is very attractive, but the game is just too linear and random. It is just spin and move…spin and move. Even thought it gets boring pretty quickly, I am still much better at this version of Zaxxon than I am at the arcade or home version.

I don’t take the game off the shelf much anymore. When I did last weekend, I snapped this photo and thought I would share.

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Learn to make 8-bit Popup Cards

Are you crafty? Want to learn a cool and simple trick for spicing up thank-you notes or home-made greeting cards? Kate at Minieco Tutorials has published a swell “how-to” on the subject. It requires minimal supplies including: paper, an exacto knife, a metal ruler and a needle.

Here is a quick breakdown on the steps, but to really learn how to do it, you need to head over to Minieco Tutorials.

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Do You Remember The Time When TRON and Alien Met?

I’ve already made quite a few posts talking about how much love Funko is showering on characters like the Rocketeer as has Rob O’Hara with Ghostbusters and I See Robots on their ReAction figure series. I can honestly say that Funko is doing their very best to make sure that I keep my eyes peeled whenever I visit my local book or toy store.

The other day while visiting the bookstore my Wife spotted two lonely boxes for Funko’s Science Fiction Mystery Minis. These were the first time I had actually seen them and when she pointed out that the Rocketeer was one of the possible figures I could obtain I quickly made my way to the check out. Now sadly my chances of pulling a Rocketeer from the box were 1 in 72 boxes but even if the two in my hand didn’t contain a mini version of Cliff Secord there were enough characters…like all of them…that I wouldn’t mind adding them to my collectibles shelf at home.

Images courtesy of Funko.

Images courtesy of Funko.

So sitting in the cafe I tore open the first box, not daring to look at what might be peeking up at me…to find the mini figure inside a black plastic bag…so I tore it open just enough to get my fingers within and withdrew the Xenomorph from Alien!

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Opening the last box I repeated the same steps but this time luck was with me, sadly I didn’t find the Rocketeer, but as I slowly uncurled my fist seeing TRON looking back at me was still quite the thrill.

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The best part about TRON? He glows in the freaking dark!

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I’m going to have to try and find a store in my neck of the woods that carries these bad boys, not just because of the chance to get that Rocketeer but to add the likes of Malcom Reynolds, Robocop, the Metaluna Mutant, and Predator to my collection.