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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.

Dragon's Blood

CBS Storybreak: Dragon’s Blood (1985)

Dragon’s Blood is a 1985 animated movie or episode of the CBS Storybreak.
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Which was a Saturday morning anthology series presenting animated adaptations of children stories. Debuting on March 30, 1985 and lasting until 1987 the series was hosted by Bob Keeshan – Captain Kangaroo himself!
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Besides Dragon’s Blood other stories that were adapted included How to Eat Fried Worms, and Chocolate Fever. To name just a few of course. I must be completely honest and admit that I didn’t watch CBS Storybreak on a regular basis. While I certainly can’t remember exactly what was was taking my valuable viewing time I do know it was a rare occasion that I switched to the anthology series.

However I did see Dragon’s Blood when it aired – possibly there was a rerun of Kidd Video or something? Whatever the reason, I watched it and quite enjoyed it. Dragon’s Blood was adapted from the novel by Jane Hyatt Yolen. Part of the Pit Dragon Trilogy of books in fact. The story took some liberties it would seem with the source material. So much so that is has been said that Yolen remarked “it looked as if someone had waved the book in the direction of the camera and done little else.”

While that may be the case I have to argue that while not having had the pleasure of reading the books it still holds up. Entertaining and an incredible score to say the least. The story concerns a young slave named Jakkin. Who is a slave or a Bonder, who takes care of the mighty dragons used in pit-fighting events. The young man harbors a dream of stealing a dragon egg before they hatch in the hopes of training it, earning enough coin to pay his bond. To become a free man.

Fate it would seem agrees with that plan as an unhatched egg comes into his possession. Naming it Heart’s Blood the two form a friendship…but can they overcome the odds and win in the arena?
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Find out for yourself as you watch Dragon’s Blood!


By the way, there are some wonderful vintage commercials included in the video below. Such asRainbow Brite, Pop-Tarts, and My Little Pony!

[Via] Adrian Forte

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Family Feud: Waltons Vs Dukes Of Hazzard!

Family Feud was a popular and almost religiously viewed television show at my Grandparent’s house. I am not sure what exactly they loved about the program. I suppose the genial nature of then host Richard Dawson could have been a factor. Perhaps the truth is they merely enjoyed the format of the show? Whatever the answer may be they were lifelong fans of the program.

However I can tell you that without fail. When Family Feud was over it was time for dinner. I could set my watch by it. My Grandparents were big enough fans of the program that we actually had a copy of the Milton Bradley home game!
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While of course they were fans of many popular TV shows of the day. Like The Love Boat, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, and Happy Days to name but a few. None of these had the ability to keep my Grandparents riveted to the television set.

This is the reason I totally remember when The Dukes of Hazzard faced off against some of the cast of The Waltons. On the All-Star Family Feud 1979 special! It is in fact the second portion of the special – where the cast of The Ropers and Angie went head to head. I can recall these specials feeling like something very important. The excitement I felt was very similar to Battle of the Networks Stars!

So what about this Family Feud with The Waltons and The Dukes of Hazzard?


In this second segment of the All-Star special, which I should add was shown in the evening instead of the typical weekday airing. The Waltons were represented by Judy Norton-Taylor, Jon Walmsley, Mary McDonough, Kami Cotler, and Eric Scott.
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The Dukes of Hazzard were represented by Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, Sorrell Booke, Denver Pyle, and James Best. You might wonder why John Schneider wasn’t present – it’s been rumored he was sick at the time of taping. Each of the television shows played for a charity organization.

Which television family will come out on top? You can find out for yourself by watching the YouTube video below! However can’t we all say we are winners for being able to enjoy this broadcast?

[Via] The Multiking World

COMET TV Giveaway

Enter our COMET TV Giveaway and win a Sci-Fi Swag Pack

As you might have read last week, I have become a big fan of the COMET TV network. They are a quality curated Sci-FI themed channel. Being a fan, I was very excited when COMET contacted me to offer a box of goodies to readers of the Retroist. That is right, we are having a COMET TV Giveaway!

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What can you win?

You can see the contents in the photo above, but here is an itemized list:

  • Two COMET Exclusive Shirts: One – Skiffy t-shirt and the ‘We Can Hear You Scream’ Alien T-shirt
  • One COMET Robot Stress Ball
  • One COMET Flying Saucer
  • Astronaut Ice Cream
  • Popcorn and More!

Pretty great right? So not when you sit down to watch some sci-fi movie and TV classics, you can do it in style. Of course, you have to win first.

How do I enter?

First, you must be in the United States. Sorry to my non-US readers. Other than that, it is very easy. Just send me an email or DM me on Twitter. Both messages will count as separate entries. In the message tell me what Sci-Fi movie or TV show you would love to see on COMET in the future.

Winner will be chosen at random. I will announce the winner of the COMET TV Giveaway next week. If you have a hard time waiting, might I suggest you tune your TV to COMET? Might I suggest Red Planet…

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Lords Of Light! A Thundarr The Barbarian Lunchbox!

Thundarr the Barbarian was a show that was ahead of it’s time. Perhaps some kids just weren’t ready for the shattered Earth of 3994 AD. As a matter of fact I doubt that the parents were happy with the sword and sorcery violence either. I’m not truly sure why it didn’t survive past two seasons…or why it took 24 years to finally get some action figures!
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On the other hand I can tell you in all honesty that I ate up Thundarr The Barbarian with a spoon. A spoon covered in stuck on Boo Berry marshmallows mind you but a spoon nonetheless. Furthermore I beg you to answer the question how anyone couldn’t love this show. You had character designs by the likes of Jack Kirby and Alex Toth. Then the whole series was dreamed up by Man-Thing and Howard the Duck creator, Steve Gerber!
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On the other hand my love of the show may have had a little something to do with seeing 1982’s Conan the Barbarian in theaters. I will admit I was probably too young for it at the time…or maybe I was actually at just at the right age?

Now Thundarr The Barbarian was produced by Ruby-Spears and aired on the ABC television network from 1980 to 1982. In all the series had 21 episodes. However that isn’t where I saw the show. I actually watched it in 1983 when it made the jump as a rerun on Saturday Morning on NBC.
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If you frequent The Retroist I’m sure when you think of Thundarr the first thing that pops into your mind is that stunning intro!

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Now check out this Thundarr The Barbarian lunchbox!


Thanks to the generosity of none other than RetroArtBlog we can totally drool over this vintage Aladdin produced lunchbox. I believe that RetroArtBlog picked it up on an online auction. A thing of beauty I bet you will agree – even it it was manufactured after the age of metal lunch boxes!
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Thundarr the Barbarian - Thermos
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I want to point out something odd about this 1981 lunchbox and thermos. The folks at Aladdin decided to forego the villainous Gemini. Instead as is evident they went with the King of the Groundlings! Not complaining, just addressing an interesting design choice.
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A super thanks to RetroArtBlog once again. Not just for granting me permission to share his recent acquisition with you but for also taking the photographs!

Want to know more about Thundarr The Barbarian?


You are totally in luck as The Retroist Podcast #48 is totally all about that classic cartoon series!

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Wonder Woman - Trenches

How Do You Make The Wonder Woman Trailer Better?

In all honesty as soon as I saw the Wonder Woman trailer last week I was sold. It of course has quite a bit to do with it being a period piece film. Moreso even with the setting of the movie taking place in World War I – the trailer has hope. In that trailer which is two minutes and a half you can see everything that makes Wonder Woman such a powerful character. Courage. Strength. Grace. And wisdom.
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Which if I am to be brutally honest is the reason I stayed away from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Because the trailer itself looked to be abysmally dark. Now I must also add that I’m good with the shadows for a character like Batman. I am afraid though that in regards to Superman my personal beliefs on the character won’t let me bend that far.
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Having said that I am absolutely delighted to hear fans talk about Batman V Superman, what they loved about it. While it might not be my cup of tea I hold no grudges against those that did enjoy those versions of the characters.

Although I am sure you’ve already watched the Wonder Woman trailer for yourself – why not take another look. You might see what I’m getting at when I mentioned hope and the other traits that Gal Gadot brings to the role!

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

What about making the Wonder Woman trailer better though?


While I am totally happy with the way the trailer for the upcoming movie looks, it is Sebastian Hughes who has found a way to “improve” it. How? By recutting it a little – adding some scenes I suppose from Batman V Superman. Then injecting the theme song from the classic 1975 to 1979 television series starring Lynda Carter!
Image courtesy of The Comic Book Cast

Image courtesy of The Comic Book Cast

I would also add there seems to be some new footage in this fan-made trailer. From the upcoming movie I mean – I can pick out the Batman V Superman shots.

[Via] Sebastian Hughes

But wait! Now you have another option!


As I was writing this post – I stumbled on this Lynda Carter version of the trailer. It features footage from the pilot of the Carter TV show but is coupled with the dialogue from the film trailer.

[Via] Don Jack

I think I’m going to have to say I love both versions of these equally. I personally feel it is the only way you could improve on the trailer for the 2017 film.

COMET TV

Are you watching COMET TV?

A few years ago I cut the cord. After years of trying to wrestle with my increasing cable bill, I went cold turkey. At first I regretted it. I missed my old stations. Especially the well-curated Turner Classic Movies. Then I bought TV antenna and things got a lot better. I knew nothing of what was available on digital TV and I was happily surprised. Many of the TV stations had added retro TV channels. While I had to get used to commercials again, it was like stepping back in time. As more and more of these stations appeared, eventually they started to specialize in programming. This opened up the door to stations like COMET TV.

COMET TV is purely Sci-Fi programming. Plus just like the aforementioned TCM, it is well-curated. From early in the morning to late in the evening, it is Science Fiction programming and I love it. Now what you’re saying, “Why watch commercial TV when you can stream whatever you want?” It is a good question. As a kid this was always my dream. I was driven to the VCR so that I could watch and record things at my leisure. Streaming services are like a dream come true for me, but while making the transition, something went missing.

Now I live in an entertainment echo chamber. Just like social media, I am deciding exactly what I want and I have to work to actively expose myself to new material. Just like social media, I tend to not do it. So my ability to actively discover things is hindered by my inability to make time for the discovery process. Instead I check out stuff my friends online are talking about or I re-watch things I love already.

Do you remember what it was like the first time you saw a movie or TV show that you discovered on your own? I remember watching Doctor Who on PBS as a kid. I knew nothing of it before that moment, but I was enchanted. It was a pure act of discovery that came from an unexpected source. By just turning on a TV, I never knew what I was going to find. That is what I enjoy about watching niche broadcast TV. COMET TV in particular.

I will tune in for an old standard, say The Outer Limits and it will be followed up with the film Beyond the Time Barrier. It is easy to pay lip-service and say that I would be cool enough at some point to watch Beyond the Time Barrier, but it isn’t true. Only by tuning in and allowing someone else to curate content for you do you easily find new things.

It does take some time getting used to commercials, but in a world with social media, it’s not that big of a deal. I take that opportunity to check my email. Maybe I grab a drink. Then the movie returns and I give it my undivided attention.

About COMET TV


COMET got started last year and it showed up one evening after I re-scanned my channels. The name instantly drew me in and I was hooked. They showed slightly more obscure Sci-Fi that I both actively watch or would put on for background. Which was something I did often as a kid.

I have been watching for less than a year and I have probably seen three dozen films that I had never seen before. That is good enough reason to watch, but add to that some great Sci-Fi TV like the Outer Limits and more importantly Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it has become my “Go to” channel.

Are thinking of cutting the cable cord? Well, I want you to know that you can still be entertained, even without an internet connection. Just pick up an HDTV antenna, hook it up to your compatible TV and start watching. This might not be the popular vision of the future of television, but some things from the past are worth holding onto.