Did You Pop Yer Top For This 1968 Boardgame?

It’s my belief. My personal belief mind you – that board games were quite a bit more popular back in the 60s and 70s. In addition I think that they had a more imaginative approach to the designs of the game. Just a couple of weeks ago I shared that incredible 1979 Alien board game as a case in point.

Having said that I think the 80s had some amazing board games too of course. Many of them were movie tie-in’s like The Goonies. But you also had offerings that relied on other media – like 1988’s Shrieks and Creaks that used an audio cassette.

And it’s a fact there are some INCREDIBLE games being made today. Just off the top of my head I can’t recommend Inis, 7 Wonders, or Betrayal at House on the Hill enough.

Those games however are not exactly designed for children – or furthermore quick to finish. Which is why I try to seek out the older board games. Generally for the use of the arcade but some of them are for my personal collection. Of course looking for worthy games is half the fun and thankfully we have YouTube to help make things a little easier.

[Via] Chris Hanson

Which is of course how I found this 1968 game from Milton Bradley. Pop Yer Top tasked Players on their turn to take control of the Koo-Koo bird.

Following the steps printed on the board – through two safe zones to reach the winner’s spot. Make sure to check out the degrees Koo-Koo goes to in those safe zones to ensure he doesn’t pop his top.

Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

There are no dice used in the Pop Yer Top. Instead a Player pushes their luck with each press of the wacky bird on the game board.
Pop Yer Top

The Players have no clue of course at which point Koo-Koo will pop his top.

If that happens the Player must go all the way back to the starting area. I’ve been able to find a few copies of Pop Yer Top for purchase on ebay. They range from a mere $12 to $33. Not a bad price for such a fun game if you ask me.

I really want to thank the always impressive BoardGameGeek for the image used at the top of the post as well as the board itself.

Granted if I do pick up a copy of Pop Yer Top I will have to look into Koo-Koo’s eyes for quite some time. His all-knowing eyes!


Cinderella Chili Dog Commercial

They made a Cinderella Chili Dog Commercial?

When the band Cinderella was still a rising force in the nascent hair metal scene, they starred in a local commercial for Pat’s. Located in the Philadelphia area, where Cinderella was also based at the time, the commercial seemed like natural synergy. The band could make some extra money and get some free advertising for their new album. Pat’s on the other hand could attempt to attract all those hungry kids who were stumbling out of music clubs late at night. While the Cinderella Chili Dog Commercial ran only locally on Mtv in the area, it has since gone on to become a cult hit on the internet.

When I first heard it a couple of years ago, I was smitten. I cannot claim to be a fan of Cinderella, but this was something special. Music being used to sell chili dogs. A movement I can get behind no matter what the genre of music.

The band sings a song all about Pat’s and its amazing hot dogs. While the song is a big redundant, I think it is cassingle worthy. It should have at least been a B-side.

Sadly Pat’s didn’t stay in business. I guess the wave of grunge that swept hair metal away also damaged chili dog sales. Damn you Nirvana! Pat’s Chili Dogs had two locations. The one at Route 420 and McDade Boulevard in Folsom, PA and a second on Route 291 in Lester, PA. Both locations were open 24 hours a day. So you could rock out to your favorite metal bands and get stuffed whenever you needed.

Watch the world-famous Cinderella Chili Dog Commercial

Now I know after one watching, you don’t know the jingle by heart. But admit it, you can’t help yourself from singing “Pat’s dogs!” That might be because some of the lyrics are a little hard to decipher? Here is my attempt to decipher them.

Hey, we’re Cinderella for Pat’s Chili Dogs!
Pat’s Dogs!
The cook is never tired!
Pat’s Dogs!
The Steam is always fired!
Two locations rockin’ all night
We ????? ???? Lester????
Pat’s Dogs!
Pat’s Chili Dogs!
Pat’s Dogs!
Pat’s Chili Dogs!

Transporter

Transporter Goes Wrong In This UK National Power Ad!

Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise have faced many grave dangers. Quite a few of them avoided thanks to the transporter. As well as the talents of Lieutenant commander Montgomery Scott. As I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion on The Retroist – Mr. Scott was always one of my favorites.

Equally at ease on an away mission as keeping the engine room running at peak performance.
Transporter - Mr. Scott

Or even taking command of the USS Enterprise when need be.

On the other hand Scotty could take care of himself when action was called for as well. In particular with uppity Klingons mouthing off about the Enterprise.

Mr. Scott was honest and hardworking as well as loyal. These traits sum up what James Doohan brought to the character. Throughout the original series and perhaps even more so in the films – we had a chance to see the more humorous side of Scotty. Although perhaps none more so than with this 1990 TV commercial for the UK’s now defunct National Power. Check it out for yourself and see what shenanigans occur when Kirk presses Scotty for more power.

[Via] Captain Simpson

That is seriously one of the more humorous commercials I’ve had the pleasure of watching. In particular I enjoyed the reactions of the two away team members that are stranded. I would also add that it appears that both William Shatner and James Doohan had fun while shooting the ad.

Don’t you think that Kirk might behave himself better though if this transporter body mix-up were to take place…yeah…probably not.

Now that you’ve enjoyed the comedy of a transporter mishap. This is the part where I remind you…it wouldn’t be that funny in real life.

[Via] Cole

Wow. That was something of a downer, huh? So to lift our spirits – here is Mr. Scott with a special message.

Parker Brothers video games movie theater commercial

Parker Brothers video games movie theater commercial

When commercials started showing up in movie theaters, people started freaking out. It really didn’t bother me all that much. As long as the commercial was well-made and short, I didn’t mind extending my time in the theater. Although, when a commercial was well-made and featured something I was interested in, then you could show me a dozen commercials. Sadly that rarely happened. For example, I saw this Parker Brothers video games movie theater commercial only once as a kid. Yet, I remember seeing this jeans commercial of people jumping up and down about a dozen times.

This commercial started running in 1982. I don’t think it survived 1983. By that time the games would have been outdated and the video game crash was in full swing. Still this is an amazing snapshot of the height of video game mania. It is also super-high quality. Shot in 35mm it looks great in HD, even at 1080p.

The premise for the ad is simple. The Parker Bros. games for Atari are so hot, they cause fires. So you get footage of people playing games, with smoke in the background. Pretty standard stuff. But the real magic happens when they cut to the footage of the games. Instead of the real game footage, you get animation. Here you see games like you will never see them in any other context. Some are just minor improvements over the original. Others though are MASSIVE leaps. For example, the character work on their version of Popeye is downright beautiful.

Parker Brothers video games movie theater commercial popeye

A lot of great advertising was created for that first wave of video game culture. We tend to focus on the TV and print material. But with its unique animation for the games and its cinematic release, I would say this one ranks up there with the best of them.

Watch the Parker Brothers video games movie theater commercial

Pepsi License to Chill Card

Remember the Pepsi License to Chill Card?

As the 1990s rolled around, the Cola Wars continued to rage. Coke and Pepsi would lock horns time and again. One releasing a new product and the other firing right back. It was a great time for novelty in the industry. New flavors and talking cans abounded. This was also the time that rewards cards were really taking off and Pepsi launched its Pepsi License to Chill Card.

The Pepsi License to Chill Card was an incentive and discount card that you could use to claim prizes or discounts at select stores. I had one. Sadly, I never used it, but it still filled a very important role. It added heft to my wallet when it was sorely lacking.

As you can see from the image above, the card was pretty simple. Nice clean design with a distorted Pepsi logo attached to a number that made it look extra official.

What I remember most about the card was the ad campaign. I think they localized them for regions, but I clearly remember the beach theme. These ads remind us that it is a non-stop party in Pepsi town and everyone is invited. Just follow the cool music down to the beach to join the party. Oh, and if you want to get in, don’t forget to bring your Pepsi License to Chill Card. Membership has its privileges.

The card you see above was recently posted on Imgur. I am not sure what happened to my original Pepsi License to Chill Card. I would like to say that I lost it at some epic beach party, but sadly that is not the case. More than likely it wound up in a junk drawer in our kitchen and it went in the trash during a routine cleaning. Sadly, never to Chill again.

Watch the Pepsi License to Chill Card Commercial

Ghostbusters - Cereal

1989 New Ghostbusters Movie Mystery Sweepstakes

The Real Ghostbusters animated series was pretty special. Not just because it helped expand the Ghostbusters universe. But furthermore produced a myriad offering of toys, coloring books, and of course tasty food products. Like Ecto-Cooler and the official cereal.
ghostbusters-cereal-ralston

I personally believe that the animated series helped to actually get Ghostbusters II made. The animated series ran from 1986 until 1991. While it originally started as a Saturday morning cartoon – it quickly became syndicated. Which in fact meant that every afternoon more and more children were itching to see more busting of ghosts!
the-real-ghostbusters-poster

The popularity of that vintage show – not to mention toy sales, must have helped the filmmakers decide to push ahead on a sequel. In particular in this case they probably saw the amount of money a sequel could make. I can remember how excited I was when I first saw that Ghostbusters II trailer.

[Via] Myx Movie

Ghostbusters II would have an impressive amount of tie-in products. You had Coca-Cola and Hardee’s. In addition to Ralston’s aforementioned Ghostbusters cereal. It was Ralston that came up with the idea of including a small 33 1/3 record in boxes.
Ghosbusters

It featured none other than Maurice Lamarche voicing his character from The Real Ghosbusters as Dr. Egon Spengler. In addition it also showcased Rob Paulson. The latter acted sort of as a host with Egon asking the listeners trivia questions about Ghostbusters II.
ghostbusters-ii

Bear in mind this was a sweepstakes however, so it meant some prizes were up for grabs. What were they? You could win a visit to the headquarters but in addition also meet a “Real” Ghostbuster!

[Via] Chris J

How would you like to listen to those Ghosbusters Movie Mystery Sweepstakes records?


There were two different sweepstakes records produced. One was white hued and the other had yellow-gold color. They had different questions on them but thanks to Vinnie Donadio we can listen to them right this minute.

Hair Metal Pizza

Who wouldn’t want a Hair Metal Pizza Experience?

I grew up in an area of New Jersey where pizza parlors were very common. They all had pretty decent pizza, but not one offered the Hair Metal Pizza Experience of Pony Express Pizza. This pizzeria existed in Redwood City, CA and according to some info I found online, “It was a place where garage bands made their break. …local bands playing there did also, as did those passing through.”

Having a pizza place for bands is interesting. Not something that would have happened in my hometown, but if it had, I am sure a lot of memories would have been formed there. NJ was a great state for hair metal and pizza, so I am a little sad that we were not the epicenter of Hair Metal Pizza.

A few videos of Pony Express can be found online, but I want to start by posting this commercial. It contains everything you would need to entice an impressionable hair metal/pizza fan in the door. High-pitched screeching voices, driving guitar rifts, slamming drums and of course pizza. It is an odd juxtaposition. My favorite part is the woman who is rocking out while a mysterious hand shoves a slice of pizza in her face. If I have learned one thing in my many years on this planet, it is that people love to be hand fed pizza.

Watch this amazing commercial for Pony Express Pizza

This is meant to entice you. To bring you in the door. But what did a real music experience at Pony Express look like? Oddly enough, I have not been able to find any videos featuring hair metal bands. Could this be an example of false advertising? I have seen a bunch of mentions of bands that have played there and some of those appear to be hair metalish. Maybe they just forgot to bring the family video camera to their shows.

Oh well. Here is some footage of a very non-hair metal band playing a show there back in 1988.