October 31, 2014


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How many of these Sneakers from 1981 cost $30?
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It is a trick question of course. Each of these great looking shoes from JC Penney is only $20! Which I imagine is about twice what my family wanted to spend on sneakers back in 1981. I thought this sounded … Continue reading


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Tom Selleck visits Late Night with David Letterman in 1986
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In this episode we learn that Tom cleverly had his hair cut at the end of a season of Magnum so that he can’t be called back to do promos. Tom’s visit to the show is not really to promote … Continue reading


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Hand Tooled 8-Bit Heart Leather Wallet
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My day-to-day wallet is an old Snoopy wallet that I have had since I was a kid. I have been a little nervous about losing it and have spent some time trying to find a new one, but have so … Continue reading


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The Sony C6… So simple, the cat can use it (with John Cleese)
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The Sony ad people were ahead of the curve with their cat appreciation in this ad for the Sony C6 starring John Cleese and a cat. The silliness of seeing a cat using and programming a VCR is certainly worthy … Continue reading


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Images courtesy of Travis Falligant.
Travis Falligant’s “The Lost Mysteries” Collection Art Book
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We’ve shared more than a few pieces of artwork from Travis Falligant, an amazing artist who allows us to travel to alternate worlds where Scooby-Doo and the kids from Mystery Inc. happened to bump into Bruce Campbell or the Monster … Continue reading

October 30, 2014


Images courtesy of Phil Postma.
Fisher-Price ‘Adventure People Killers’ By Phil Postma!
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We’ve showcased the work of the talented Phil Postma once or twice before. Though his latest bit of fan art is totally up my alley, not only does it shine a spotlight on the awesome Fisher-Price Adventure People toys but … Continue reading


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Let Dolph Lundgren help you reach your Maximum Potential
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In 1986, at the height of his career, Dolph Lundgren released his personal workout on home video as “Dolph Lundgren’s Maximum Potential”. The video is comprised of footage of Dolph working out and narrating as he does martial arts, shadow … Continue reading


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Don’t backup your computers? Prepare to be eaten by this Nightmare Creature!
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This guy is smiling and staring down at his printout without a clue. Little does he know that in the dense fog of his unbackedup computer room lurks a creature of nightmare. A half vampire/half Marvel Comics’ Skrull determined to … Continue reading


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The AM Radio GoBot Firebird
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While most people seem to fall on the Transformers side of the Transformer/GoBot debate, I would like to point out a GoBot that had a feature unlike any Transformer. The AM Radio GoBot was not only an awesome Firebird and … Continue reading


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The Ghosts from Pac-Man Dress up for Halloween
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The title of this piece by James Duck is “Hiding in Plain Sight”. I think it shows what happens when the ghosts from Pac-Man try to blend in day-to-day society (they still sorta stick out). Of course, this being the … Continue reading


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Imperial Esso shows you what it is like to change your Oil on the Moon (1986)
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I give this commercial big points for creativity. Not a lot of oil companies go with a space-related theme and Imperial Esso completely leans into it. Things that deserve attention in this 30 second spot include: The “Lunar” Landscape The … Continue reading

October 29, 2014


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Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 022 (Halloween Special I)
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Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! This week there was a small disaster in the Retroist Vault and we were unable to discuss the movie we had originally chosen, though thanks to some of our friends who answered … Continue reading


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Want to hear some Epic Early Eighties Halloween/Friday the 13th Fan Fiction?
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As I have mentioned here on the site, I am a big fan of the music and online work of “Weird Paul” Petroskey. His YouTube channel, is always especially fun and since discovering it I don’t think their has been … Continue reading


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On The Cheap : A History Of Greydon Clark
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My good pal and writing partner, Chris Valenziano, gave me this book as a birthday present. He and I are very big fans of Greydon and have met him several times over the years. I find him to be a … Continue reading


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Holy Punctures, Robin!
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Like lots of people here at The Retroist, I love browsing through old catalogs and finding things from my childhood. For me, the book of choice for this strange form of entertainment is the Argos twice-yearly catalog which I would … Continue reading


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A vision of Spring and Pac-Man
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Autumn is in full effect and winter is looming on the ever nearing horizon. For those of you who prefer the warmer months, here is a reminder of the warm spring yet to come inspired by Pac-Man. Think warm thoughts… … Continue reading


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BLU-RAY REVIEW: COMPANEROS
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Hey there creeps! As you certainly know, what with ya hangin’ on my every word and such, I am a fan of Italian genre sin-ema. Give me a gut-munchin’ Zombi flick or some sort o’ Sicilian supernatural romp and I’m … Continue reading

October 28, 2014


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Early Ad for a Video Equipment Store (1980)
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My family was many years away from a video camera or even a VCR when this ad ran in magazines. I remember the first time we saw this sort of stuff in a store though, they had set up a … Continue reading


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Share a McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Value Pack with Tia Carrere
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In the mid-1980s, McDonald’s offered these convenient “Value Packs”. They were basically what I guess they would call Value Meals nowadays, but with added bonus of a cool cardboard container for your Nuggets, Fries and Drinks. While not exactly revolutionary, … Continue reading


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Jamie and the Magic Torch
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One of my all time favourite animated theme tunes is the excellent Jamie and the Magic Torch. The show originally aired whilst I was only a baby, but thanks to repeats in the 80’s and the very catchy opening credits, … Continue reading


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Space Invaders Keyboard Mosaic
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As someone who loves retro gaming and computers, this Space Invaders Keyboard Mosaic really speaks to me. It makes me wonder if you could build art into a regular usable computer using the standard layout. I would think a simple … Continue reading


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There’s a Worm in My Egg Cream! Scream Factory releases Squirm on Blu-ray!
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When I was about ten, I used to spend many weekends at my grandma’s apartment in Rogers Park.  We’d order pizza from Albertos, drink 7-Up and eat our way through a box of Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip cookies. SOOO good! One … Continue reading


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Scream Factory Presents: Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (Review)
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“Everything is true. God’s an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.” Oh, my friends. Today is a very special day for all of us fans of horror and that is because our friends … Continue reading

October 27, 2014


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Ghostbusters Donuts at Krispy Kreme
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A few people I know have mentioned Krispy Kreme’s Ghostbusters-themed donuts this Halloween season, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that I was able to swing by and pick up some for myself! As you can see, there were … Continue reading


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Which Car Phone did you want in 1980?
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This ad comes from a magazine from 1980 and shows the dazzling array of car phones that you can choose from, the more standard home phone like Satellite 80 or the sleek and I am guessing less expensive Alpha 40. … Continue reading


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Snoopy Strikes Again!
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You don’t really need me to write anything here – this comic-advert sells the idea of its Snoopy bi-plane perfectly, and had I seen this in my youth, you can bet I would have badgered my parents for a kit … Continue reading


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Before the Internet, we had the Phone Book
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The phone book was an essential part of any household before the internet and you would be surprised what you could find on this tissue-thin pages. In 1986, InfoPlus was pushing all new “high-tech” features with their Talking Phone Book. … Continue reading


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Pac-Man themed Travel Pillow Case
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Do you take a pillow with you whenever you fly? I see people do it all the time and those pillows are BORING. I wondered if they made more interesting ones and it turns out that you don’t even need … Continue reading


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Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Fund Commercial with a young Jerry O’Connell
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Before My Secret Identity, maybe around the time of Stand By Me, a young Jerry O’Connell was featured in this ad for the Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was to honor the memory of Christa McAuliffe, the high school … Continue reading

October 26, 2014


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Are You Ready For Warpo’s Cthulhu Mask Contest?
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If you are aiming at portraying a great evil this Halloween it would be hard to top by allowing yourself to transform your visage into a spawn of the all mighty Cthulhu! I know what you are thinking though, we … Continue reading