Let that sink in for a second. The Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens. The 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. As a matter of fact I didn’t learn of this interesting piece of trivia until having the chance to see Scott’s Alien: Covenant.
In addition to enjoying Scott’s latest entry in a film series he helped to create. Being told that none other than the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens, certainly put a cherry on the top of the night. At first I will admit that I thought my friend was pulling my leg. How could I not know about this with my love of both Transformers and the Alien series?!
By all means let me point out the scene that Shockwave makes his live action film debut. To say nothing of the fact that there are three Shockwave toys in this scene.
As can be seen in that image from Daniel Karhunen. Shockwave could be spotted during the moment when Ripley attempts to get the attention of the Colonial Marines. Moreover a tense moment in Aliens as Ripley realizes that she and Newt are locked in the medbay with two free roaming Facehuggers.
Equally important is the fact that our two heroines are in that dangerous situation, thanks to the coldly calculating Carter Burke. Fitting I think you’ll agree that the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens during that moment. As the character was likewise known to be cold and calculating.
Despite my observations on the similarity between Shockwave and Carter Burke. This is most likely the reason why Shockwave can be seen in Aliens. Back in 1983 Toy-Co created a robot that was also a ray gun called the Astro Magnum.
A toy that found itself being often reproduced under various names. Case in point the Radio Shack version known as Galactic Man.
The answer is that the Shockwave toy is probably not used in Aliens but one of it’s clones. Looking at that image that Daniel provided it certainly appears to be the same color as the Galactic Man toys. But in all honesty they are nearly 100% the same toy.
However I prefer to believe that the Decepticon Shockwave is in Aliens.
Why? Because if you in fact go by the generation one animated series. Shockwave was left behind on Cybertron, to make sure the pesky Autobots didn’t use the space bridge to take the planet back. Who is to say that Shockwave in his infinite wisdom didn’t go planet hopping to check things out on LV-426?
A long time ago, I was living in Pittsburgh and worked at a store adjacent to the infamous (Dawn of the Dead) Monroeville Mall. I had a girlfriend and… what’s that? You don’t believe I had a girlfriend? Sheesh, I know my face can curdle milk, but gimme a break! Anyway…
One day, we were at the mall and I spotted this nifty plaster casting set by Toybiz. It was the DC Heroes Plaster Molds. I had to have it! She was too good to me and she wound up getting it for me with a credit card meant for college stuff or emergencies.
Well, superhero stuff – including the DC Heroes Plaster Molds is an emergency to some collectors. Am I right? Oh brother, she couldn’t wait to strangle my dumb neck, right after her mom strangled hers!
The DC Heroes Plaster Molds set consists of four characters: Batman, Robin, Superman and Joker. Joker is not a hero, but he was the villain in Tim Burton’s Batman film. That’d be my guess as to why he’s included. ToyBiz probably figured it would lure kids and dim bulbs like me. Yep. It worked.
The figures were well sculpted and with the two piece molds, you could make your very own copies to paint (the set includes a small selection of paints and brush) or decorate.
If you want to use the set, it’s great for the collector and if you’ve got got kids or nieces/nephews, it’s a great arts & crafts activity for a rainy day. Are you hunting for the set? It’s usually selling from $50 to $100 depending on the condition on eBay.
Sophia Petrillo, in the kitchen, with the knife…cutting the cheesecake.
I promise, this is not Golden Girls fan fiction!
Stay Golden…In the Library!
While reading some posts on Facebook yesterday, I came across a link for a Babble article about a Golden Girls-themed version of clue. Now, I’ve seen how many different incarnations of Monopoly there are out there, but this is totally different!
It all starts with this epic box art…
This box! It is an immediate admission of guilt for Sophia.
The mystery involves consumed cheesecake (obviously!), and the weapon of choice is one of these items…
With the exception of Sophia’s purse, all of it came from Blanche’s room. All of it!
Thank You For Being a Friend…Mystery Man With the Rose!
There are six possible whodunits.
We’ve got all the usual suspects – Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, Sophia, Mystery Man with Rose, Mystery Man with Stanley Zbornak’s monkey, Fifi…
Stanley Zbornak’s monkey for the win, people!
The mystery men are obviously Miles and Stanley in black masks. Just sayin’.
Come, Sit on the Lanai…
And this game board. Look at the house’s layout! You’ll want to play regular Clue on this board!
Did the mansion in Clue have a Lanai? I think not!
Back in St. Olaf (Which is Code for the Internetz)…
According to USAopoly.com, the game will retail for $39.95, and is available for purchase in the United States and Canada. Players eight and up can participate, but will they truly appreciate it? I’m not sure, but the big kids sure will!
There’s no release information yet (this information only set a fire online yesterday!), but rest assured, the Retroist team will know about it as soon as it is a physical thing.
“Picture it, game night!”
And is it just me, or does Sophia look a little like Mrs. Doubtfire?
It actually isn’t just me, but it was pointed out to me. Perhaps you see it too?
Not since Golden Girls Funko Pops (also: this Funko follow-up over on Allison’s Written Words) and Legos have we been this excited about The Golden Girls since…we watched it last night. For the millionth time. Because we love it!
I received an email an email last week from someone who remembered having a game where you spun coins on these “paddles.” My inbox is full of emails just like this one. They are enjoyable to receive, because they often force me to do some research. For this one though, I only had to think back to my childhood. I inherited a Parker Brothers Loop-a-Lot from my sisters. And although I was terrible at it, I will always remember it.
The object of Loop-a-Lot is to balance coins in these circles on a long paddle. Then you spin the paddle. The forces of spinning the paddle produces centrifugal force. This keeps the pennies in place and makes you look like a big deal.
Unfortunately that never happened to me. I would load up my Loop-a-Lot, start spinning, and the pennies would go flying dangerously across the room. My mother would tell me to go play outside, but when I did that it was even worse, the pennies would fly into the neighbor’s yard and I was out a penny. It is only by sheer chance that I never broke anything in the house. Although I am sure I did leave a few marks on the walls of our living room.
Both of my sisters were quite proficient in Loop-a-Lot and it drove me crazy that I lacked the skills to do what they did. Still I persisted and while I never became an expert, the memory of the attempt has stayed with me.
One aspect of Loop-a-Lot that I never got to witness firsthand was the advertising. Thanks to the internet though, I get a glimpse of what made this so compelling to my sisters. This zany commercial features a fellow with a German accent who is terrible at Loop-a-Lot. While the kids are just amazing at it and have a bit of an attitude about it. Style points for hands on hip from this kid. He is a boss.
Loop-a-Lot master. Deal with it.
What really makes the commercial the coolest is the random appearance of a chimp at the end. The chimp, of course, is also much more skilled.
Watch this amazing retro commercial for the Loop-a-Lot
Just because our beloved technology is dated, doesn’t mean you can’t find out something new about it!
This interesting idea for an article came to me while writing about what happens when you insert a LaserDisc “dead side” up.
Call me crazy, but inspiration hit to look back at some other interesting things we tried to do or figure out with our “primitive” 1980s technology. Truly it was a fun time that can’t be explained to today’s modern kids, who “know” and “discover” everything!
I’m sure some (or all) of this is not new to our very nostalgic minds, but humor me, this was a fun little bit of research! Plus, nostalgic technology! :-)
Our Very Nostalgic Technology
Did you have one like this?
We loved our gadgets in the 1980s just as much as we love our gadgets now. Sure our tech has advanced – Walkmans are replaced with mp3 players and phones, our portable phones are truly portable, cassettes and records have evolved into CDs and digital media, and BETA and VHS became DVDs, Blu-Rays, and like our music, digital media. We love our technology, and as it advances, it makes our lives better. But there was this awesome time when we tried to figure out what our “primitive” tech was doing, or what we could make our “primitive” tech do to work for us!
Because we loved experimenting with our tech then just as much as we do now!
Consider us the early innovators…or just a bunch of creative kids.
The Videocassette Dial-Up
Uploaded by BlueOctopede
I KNEW IT!
I wasn’t the only little kid that heard the dial-up tone at the beginning of my videocassettes. And like the wonderful BlueOctopede (whose videos I highly recommend!), I heard this on my Disney videocassettes. Which reminds me, I really should pull out my Beauty and the Beast VHS for the nostalgia factor…but mostly to catch that dial tone.
The tone at the beginning of our videos is the Dual Tone Multiple Frequences, or DTMF, tone. This “dialing” sound, as described by Reddit user NerdyGerdy:
“DTMF signaling tones can also be heard at the start or end of some VHS (Video Home System) cassette tapes. Information on the master version of the video tape is encoded in the DTMF tone. The encoded tone provides information to automatic duplication machines, such as format, duration and volume levels, in order to replicate the original video as closely as possible.”
But why was this more commonplace on Disney videos?
…And the Videocassette “White Screen of Death”
That is actually more gray than anything.
Uploaded by Princess Daisy Fanatic Backup
And sometimes red…
Because a blood red screen and a long beeping squeal were perfectly acceptable at the end of a videocassette, when white/gray wasn’t scary enough. This color just screams “I murdered your favorite Disney video!”
Actually, it is a from a United Kingdom print of O Brother Where Are Thou?, and was uploaded (bravely) by You Tube user Daniel Mullins.
…Or This Strange Noise
Guess whose headphones were (accidentally) turned up for this one?!
Uploaded by tititag89
Because the White Screen of Death (and its snappy British cousin, the Red Screen of Death) wasn’t terrifying enough, here’s some loud music, followed by a faux siren!
Teddy Ruxpin Sings!
Uploaded by scbird
Everyone tried this at least once. I tried it with Cricket and my New Kids on the Block tape!
The whole thing with getting our talking dolls to rock out to our other cassette tapes is that, unfortunately, it doesn’t work well. Unless you’re uploader scbird.
This video’s uploader explained in the comments section that they recorded the song on the right channel, and the tones on the left channel to control the eyes and mouth, resulting in what everyone with a talking doll wanted to accomplish in the 1980s.
And this was the best video of the “experimental” bunch. Unfortunately, all the other videos trying the same thing were done by kids who probably found out about this…and felt the need to talk on the video. Nope, couldn’t handle them. This, on the other hand? I could seriously rock out to this!
…And Talking Doll Tapes Do This In Standard Tape Decks!
This was something I tried with my Walkman when I was nine years old. I still had all the tapes from my Cricket doll that I gotten about five years earlier, and while I wasn’t incredibly fond of the doll anymore, I still liked her stories and figured taking one “one the road” would be fine.
This is exactly what happens when you play a talking doll cassette in a standard tape deck (and no, it is not my video):
Uploaded by BB182000
You can hear the recording just fine, but your enjoyment had to contend with the beep boop bop sounds. These “beep boop bop” sounds are the signals that control the eye and mouth movements of our classic talking dolls. As explained with the Teddy Ruxpin video, there is one channel for the recording (right channel), and another for the eye/mouth motion controls (left channel).
Give ‘Em Credit!
Our tech was much more sophisticated than most will ever give it credit for, because someone had to figure out how to make our toys talk and get our videos to work correctly in our VCRs! Sure we were weirded out by the sounds things made, and equally fascinated by how those weird noises made things work. But in the end, it was our technology, and we always made do with what we had…while figuring out all the cool ways to make something work for our adorably nefarious purposes.
Those kids trying this stuff probably think they’re the innovators. If they only knew how many 30-somethings were so far ahead of them…