I spend a lot of time on the internet looking for artists creating retro-themed and pop-culture influenced art, but sometimes you only have to go as far as your own backyard to find wonderful things. A couple of weekends ago I happened to stop by a local art show and discovered the wonderful artwork of Oklahoma artist Jerry Bennett.
“It’s a Trap” (get it?) is just one of three prints I picked up at the show. I love a good crossover, even more so between two retro properties, so once I saw Admiral Ackbar with the Ghostbusters trap (it took me a second to “get it”), I knew I had to have it. I ended up getting three prints for $20, a phenomenal deal. Jerry had tons of other Star Wars, comic book, superhero, film, and pop culture inspired pieces of art on display.
If you want to see more of Jerry’s work, you can find him on Facebook (TheJerryBennett), Instagram (ArtistJerryBennett), and Twitter (ComicBookJer).
I also swiped a couple of Jerry’s business cards at the show, which I’ll be placing inside my framed prints as well.
During a recent trip to a local antique mall I found this little stash of metal lunch boxes. Of course, I had to investigate.
There were a few good ones there — the Indiana Jones, the Six Million Dollar Man, and He-Man ones caught my eye. Unfortunately they were all in the $20 range, had rust, and were missing their Thermoses. The ones on the other side of the aisle (Pac-Man and Rambo) had no rust and included their Thermoses, but were $50 each. I already own the Pac-Man and Rambo lunch boxes, but even if I did, $50 is too much for me.
I never understood the appeal of those generic lunch boxes, like the ones here with the girl on the side. What kid wouldn’t prefer having lunch with an officially licensed lunch partner?
In the 1980s, every kid wanted a Sony Walkman so that they could listen to their cassette tapes on the go, but it was dads everywhere who wanted to own a Sony Watchman so they could watch football from wherever they happened to be.
The Watchman debuted in 1982 and there are dozens of different models. The older ones, like this one, contained tiny black and white CRT displays. Later, Sony switched to LCD displays. Sony quit selling the Watchman in 2000. Now that all television broadcast channels are digital the Watchman is unable to pick up any TV stations, which is why more and more of them are ending up in thrift stores like the one I found this weekend.
A few people I know have mentioned Krispy Kreme’s Ghostbusters-themed donuts this Halloween season, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that I was able to swing by and pick up some for myself!
As you can see, there were two styles of donuts to choose from: the Stay Puft marshmallow variety and one with the traditional Ghostbusters logo. I had the Stay Puft one while my daughter had the other. Both donuts were filled with (what else) marshmallow creme. The Stay Puft donut had a sugar candy hat, while the other one had a sugar candy Ghostbusters logo.
On the way out the door, my daughter and I were attacked by none other than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man himself!
Fortunately we had our proton packs charged and a simple crossing of the streams was enough to send him back home.
(I was able to find the inflatable version on Amazon, if you want one for your own home.)
Around this time every year I break out several Halloween-themed games to play. The Addams Family lived every day as if it were Halloween.
According to MobyGames, “The Addams Family” was released for the following platforms: TurboGrafx CD, Game Gear, NES, Sega Master System, Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, Genesis, SNES, game Boy, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, and the ZX Spectrum. Other games in the franchise include Fester’s Quest, The Addams family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt, Addams Family Values, and The new Addams Family Series. There is also an Addams Family pinball table, which is one of the most desirable (and expensive) tables around.
Here’s some YouTube footage from the Commodore 64 version.
As a bonus, here’s a promotional video for the Addams Family pinball machine.
A lot of people simply refer to them as “those old Halloween costumes” — you know, the ones with the plastic masks and the vinyl costumes? The company that made them, Ben Cooper, cornered the market on licenses and got their costumes in every department and grocery store you could imagine. Whether you wanted to be Batman or Darth Vader, Wonder Woman or Strawberry Shortcake, Ben Cooper had a costume waiting for you.
The fine folks over at Plaid Stallions have in their online catalog collection a Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Catalog from 1980. Head on over and see if you can spot any costumes you or your friends had!
I ran across this vintage Ewok costume from Return of the Jedi recently at a local game store. With a price of only $20, how could I resist? Unfortunately I should have tried it on at the store as it doesn’t fit.