USAopoly Does Monopoly…Golden Girls Style!

Oh wait, no, that’s not cool!  No “thank you” about it! That means we’re playing Monopoly!

They’ll Make (Insert Tie-In Here) For Anything These Days!

Proving that there is nothing sacred when it comes to reinventing the wheel, USAopoly has created its second (yes, second) game based on the 1985-1992 sitcom The Golden Girls. This time, instead of trying to find out whole stole the coveted cheesecake (as is the premise of the also upcoming The Golden Girls Clue), you can buy up real estate in Miami.

Golden Girls Monopoly

The gameplay promises to be your standard Monopoly, but with the customized twist of iconic locations from the TV show, custom playing pieces, and this game board:

You can go to St. Olaf AND St. Gustav?

Oh yes, and you can even…buy them!

*Laughs evil-like*

All part of my world domination plans, folks. First, fictitious Golden Girls points of interest, then…the WORLD!

By world, I mean the spin-off, Empty Nest.  Dr. Weston lived down the street.

But Wait, There’s More!

There’s the game pieces, which are not your average Monopoly pieces…

Cheesecake, Rose’s teddy bear Fernando, Sophia’s purse, a mirror, and Stanley Zbornak’s toupee! Trying to figure out what that one piece is, and failing miserably.

And what about…this box?

That feels more Solid Gold or Soul Train than The Golden Girls, but that font is amazing!

What You Need To Know about The Golden Girls Monopoly

Price: $39.95

Availability: The game will be released on July 25, 2017. Amazon is taking pre-orders, but not selling the game directly. I’m pretty sure it will be available anywhere you’d normally buy board games, but my gut says this one will have quite the rush on it.

My Take

At $39.95, it seems pricey, but a collectors item kind of pricey.

I say collectors item because let’s face it, my boyfriend will not play this with me. He already hates Monopoly, but he screams in terror over Golden Girls reruns. He says it is something to do with the idea of old ladies eating cheesecake and discussing their sex lives.

Coincidentally, there was never an episode where the girls played…oh I don’t know…Monopoly, ate cheesecake, and discussed their sex lives!

I better stop, he may actually read this.

But anyway, this has always been a popular show (I guess?), but the sudden cult status it seems to have recently really makes me wonder what already knew about one of my childhood favorites that the world is just finding out.

You’d think there was a reboot…oh.

Yeah. That’s not happening.

But they’ll live on forever, even if it is in a board game!

Thank you, USAopoly, for being a friend, and creating stuff we cannot believe became a cultural icon.

By The Way…

I covered the other Golden Girls-themed board game in a previous Retroist post (Whodunit, Golden Girls?). We’re still awaiting that game’s release, poised with our cheesecake. :-)

We’ll, of course, keep you posted as to when these games become available for purchase – the release dates say July 24, 2017 for Clue, and July 25, 2017 for Monopoly. But of course, we know how that can change.

In the meantime, you really should check out usaopoly.com and their extensive pop culture board game selection!

Saturn V

1,969 Bricks For Mankind: Lego’s Saturn V Goes To The Moon!

Did I hear someone yell “Spaceship!”? Just in time for the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing, Lego is rolling out a massive set that originated from their fan submission portal, and it’s going to be one giant leap for casual Lego architects.
Saturn V

The set, weighing in at $119.99, has – appropriately enough – 1,969 pieces which add up to an over three-foot-tall faithful model of Werner von Braun’s mighty Saturn V rocket, the giant booster that sent astronauts to the moon.
Saturn V

But this huge Lego rocket isn’t just accurate on the outside.

The rocket can actually “stage” – meaning it comes apart where the real one did when the fuel in one section was completely spent, exposing an “engine” that would send the rest of the rocket on its way. The Saturn V rocket was a three-stage rocket, as is its impressive Lego counterpart.

The third stage “petals” open – again, accurate to the real thing – to expose the lunar module, allowing Lego astronauts in their Apollo command & service module to turn around, dock with the lunar module, and pull it free of the rest of the rocket.

And oh yes, did I mention Lego astronauts? There are Lego astronauts, but they’re tiny compared to the usual minifigures. (A Saturn V scaled to typical Lego minifigures would be…a lot taller than three feet.)

The Lego lunar lander can indeed land, and the command module can separate from the service module for “splashdown”, complete with flotation balloons. Basically, budding mission managers can replicate every phase of an Apollo mission to the moon with this gigantic set.

If you’re anything like me and have a soft spot for the early days of the American space program and its bold strides into the future, you’ll be waiting for this set to hit stores on June 1st. With the number of pieces and the size of the model involved, it’s not for the faint of heart…

…but then, going to the moon never was.

[Via] GigaScience

Canada Beams Up More Interstellar Star Trek Postage!

A quick update, just in case you were in cryogenic suspension: last year (2016) was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. You might just have missed the massive conventions featuring top-line guests who had never done the Star Trek convention circuit before. You might just have missed the glut of cool merchandise, mammoth Blu-Ray releases, and the latest movie in the franchise.
Trek Postage

You might also have missed some stamps. The U.S. Postal Service graced the anniversary with a set of stamps that seemed to be trying to pay homage to the colorful ‘60s origins of Star Trek rather than to its beloved characters. They were…abstract…to say the least. Now Canada’s stamps? Canada had the best Star Trek postage stamps – basically, they had the stamps I wished we had gotten in the States.

If you’re wondering about the unusual spread of characters covered on the sheet of five Canadian Star Trek postage stamps from 2016, bear in mind that three of the five actors – William Shatner, James Doohan, and John Colicos – were born in Canada! Non-Canadian-born Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley were included because, well, there would’ve been riots in the streets if Spock and Bones had been left off of the 50th anniversary stamp set.

Canada Post apparently knows when it’s got a very happy customer base, because it has just announced “Star Trek: Year 2” stamp sets, this time concentrating on the five TV captains that the franchise has put on our screens so far: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, and Archer. (Sorry, no Chris Pine, modern Trek movie fans.)
Trek Postage

The new set of stamps is being offered in every form from a lavish booklet, to first-day covers, to framed sheets.
Trek Postage - Sheets

The best part of all? Canada Post does ship to the United States, quite happily.

As we’re all waiting for a new Star Trek series (to be filmed, incidentally, in Canada) that seems like it might fade into vaporware in an alien atmosphere, Canada Post is keeping fans happy by not limiting the celebration to 2016. (And the 2016 stamp sets are still available.)

Retro Video Games

Check Out The Funko Retro Video Games Mystery Minis!

Is there a better location to open up Funko’s new Retro Video Games mystery minis than the Arkadia Retrocade? From the arcade cabinet design of the packaging as well as the choice of iconic video games represented. I say it is in fact another example of why Funko is going to take over the world! So let us take a few moments and check out the Retro Video Games mystery minis!
Retro Video Games

First of all, the arcade itself didn’t pick up these blind boxes. These particular Retro Video Games collectibles all belong to Rhi, one of my co-workers at the arcade. Having said that…I will be totally shocked if the arcade doesn’t end up getting the full set.

Funko has yet to to fail to deliver the goods. With the likes though of Centipede, Q*bert, Dig-Dug, Frogger, and Mega Man. As well as our childhood icons from Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man, I think you’ll agree they knocked it out of the park.
Retro Video Games - Pac-Man

I would add that the Retro Video Games Mystery Minis are a bit larger than the typical Funko mini offering. They don’t quite reach three apples high, but these Concord grape soda bottles should prove my point.

Also of interest is that while they are certainly blind mini boxes. You will in fact not pull a Q*bert out of a Dig-Dug box, etc. I have to say I really love this. It will help in filling out your collections quite a bit.


Of the 12 boxes that Rhi opened last evening. I think it is safe to say that Centipede is one of my favorites. The sculpt truly captures the menace of the side art from that classic game.

In addition to the joy of seeing the Retro Video Games mystery minis opened. It was Earl Green that had the bright idea of comparing them to the classic Coleco Doney Kong PVC collectibles.

If you are ready to add Funko’s Retro Video Games Mystery Minis to your own collection. You can totally hop on over to Amazon right this second and place your order!