Spirit of '77 - Cat Staggs

The Force Is Strong With These Star Wars Propaganda Posters By Cat Staggs!

A few years back we shared another wonderful propaganda poster for the Imperial forces by Cat Staggs or Gattadonna as she is known over on her deviantART page. For the Star Wars Celebration Expo 2015 she presented some new propaganda art in the vein of the “Spirit of ’77” artwork you see at the top of the post, but “Tempest Force” is obviously aimed at those who are swayed by the might of the Imperial Forces.

All images courtesy of Cat Staggs.

All images courtesy of Cat Staggs.

Make sure to hop over to Staggs’ Official Site to check out even more fantastic artwork featuring some of our favorite comic book icons as well as film posters for the likes of John Carpenter!

Diary of An Arcade Employee Ep 009

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 009 (Toobin’)

Welcome friends to the ninth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss the 1988 Atari Games’ classic “Toobin’”!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page.

Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page!

Image courtesy of Making Star Wars.Net

Did You Know There Was A Little Doctor Who In The Original Star Wars Films?

I’ve mentioned before on the site how I was just at the right age to get in on the ground floor of what would become the Star Wars craze that swept the World back in 1977. From that point on everything in my life revolved around this story that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I eagerly devoured any magazine, news clip, or newspaper article that would give me just a little more info about Star Wars and of course that included the sequels as well.

But yesterday on Facebook on a few different feeds I saw something that made me feel like a five-year old again sitting in that Razorback auditorium, the news that in Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back there were costumes that had been actually used in the 1966 Doctor Who story arc The Tenth Planet from back in October of 1966. Thanks to Making Star Wars.Net we can see two of the suits as they appeared in that story arc…by the way, if you are like me I am doing everything I possibly can to avoid spoilers concerning the new Star Wars film in December. Be careful if you follow the link to Making Star Wars.Net!

Image courtesy of Making Star Wars.Net

Image courtesy of Making Star Wars.Net

It sure looks to me like BoShek, who we meet in the cantina scene from the first film is wearing the darker of the two suits.

BoShek - Star Wars


With the lighter colored suit being worn by Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back.

Bossk - The Empire Strikes Back

But thanks to the diligence of Making My 1st Doctor Costume we’ve learned that the suits didn’t originate in the Doctor Who series but came from 1964’s First Men in the Moon!

Image courtesy of Making my 1st Doctor Costume.

Image courtesy of Making my 1st Doctor Costume.

Retro Radio Memories Ep 31

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 031 (Blackstone The Magic Detective)

Welcome back friends to another installment of 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. I am sole host for this episode as the Projectionist has kept himself rather busy down in the depths of the Retroist Vault since we returned from Haddonfield.

For this week I have chosen an episode from the 1949 Blackstone the Magic Detective series entitled “Phantom Detective”!

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 contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Artie Shaw of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at . And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook Page.

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Image courtesy of the Vintage Toy Archive.

Is Mr. Spock Listening To The Radio In This Star Trek: The Motion Picture Puzzle?

I like the look of this Star Trek puzzle that was uploaded on the Vintage Toy Archive Tumblr, for one thing it does kind of look like maybe Mr. Spock is either listening to an important announcement from Captian Kirk…or it could be that he is tuning in to listen to his favorite ka’athyra channel.

The real reason I get a kick out of it is because it brings back so many memories of visiting a particular grocery store in my neck of the woods, that while it had an honest to goodness toy department with everything from the Millennium Falcon to Shogun Warriors it also had an absolute boatload of cheaper toys like this very puzzle. I’m pretty sure I actually owned this puzzle in my youth!

Though I don’t believe I picked it up at around any point that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was in the theaters.

[Via] Paramount Movies

All images are courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

Charlie Brown’s Summer Fun View-Master Reels (1972)

I’ve found of late that if I’ve had a rather hard day at work or perhaps I’m feeling just a little down that all I really need to do is head into the living room, turn on the overhead light, lay on my back and pull out my container of View-Master reels. I am still just as captivated by the 3-D images contained on those little white reels today as when I was a kid.

I am fortunate enough to still own my original View-Master and many of the reels that I had in my youth. That doesn’t mean I don’t try to collect the one’s I never had when I was younger of course but to honest every time I turn around I’m floored by a set of reels that I never knew existed. Like with this 1972 Charlie Brown’s Summer fun set that has been scanned by Lance Cardinal, these in particular have something I do not recall seeing in other reels, dialogue on the the images themselves. From what I can tell it seems that Charlie Brown, Schroeder, and Lucy are having to contend with Snoopy continuously interrupting their game of croquet.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

Now you are going to want to hop on over to Lance Cardinal’s blog to check out more of the View-Master fun from the Peanuts gang, but you also need to his hand built Muppet Theater playset. It is certainly one of the most awesome fan created things I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Good Luck With This Smash T.V. Poster…You’ll Need It!

The first time I encountered Smash T.V. was on a High School art trip to the neighboring state of Oklahoma. To say that my group of friends were not only impressed and addicted by what some might see as the spiritual successor of 1982’s Robotron 2084 is something of an understatement. We almost missed boarding the bus back home we were all so engrossed in the over the top carnage of the game.

Good luck catching that bus...you'll need it!

Good luck catching that bus…you’ll need it!

So I was quite happy to share artist Rusty Shackle’s fantastic illustration featuring our two “heroes” blasting away while they collect all of that sweet, sweet loot as well as mounds of VCR’s, luggage, and toasters!

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Just like with his artwork for the Elevator Action poster, Mr. Shackles has really made me want to plop down in the living room with the Williams collection on my Xbox and play this particular arcade favorite.

Of course…I’m stuck at work so I suppose I might have to settle with watching this complete playthrough by MAME Player!

Good Meat Bonus?

Good Meat Bonus?