April 22, 2014


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Thumbs Up for Atari’s Firefox
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This pic comes from one of the later issues of Atari Age magazine in an article about the Laserdisc coin-op game Firefox which Atari released in 1984, two years after the movie it was based upon. It would be Atari’s … Continue reading


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Mmmmmmm…Ribs in a Can!
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I have never eaten ribs from a can, but I heard good things about them from my Father, who I think might have lived his entire life eating stuff from cans. Once he married my Mom, those cans went out … Continue reading


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The Magic Hands beckon to Shoppers Drug Mart
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I have never been to Shoppers Drug Mart, but I loved commercials with disembodied magical limbs selling me on stuff. I cannot tell you how many Twizzlers I ate because of that magical mouth. If Shoppers Drug Mart had been … Continue reading


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Music to Eat Oscar Mayer Wieners By
Posted by The Retroist | one comment

Do you know the Oscar Mayer Wiener jingle? I am sure you do, but have you heard it in different styles? I thought not. This classic album will let you hear it the following music styles: Tijuana, Dixie, Bossa Nova … Continue reading

April 21, 2014


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Wes Copeland Scores Donkey Kong Kill Screen At The Arkadia Retrocade!
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My biggest problem with my day job is that frequently I miss awesome stuff happening at the Arkadia Retrocade like this Donkey Kong Kill Screen by a young man named Wes Copeland. Wes was able to reach the Kill Screen … Continue reading


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Learn French With Muzzy
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I often leave a TV on when I am in the room even if I am not paying attention to what is on it. It is an old habit that just won’t go away. Not paying attention to what is … Continue reading


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Melt Away Pounds in your Sauna Suit
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I remember seeing these ads in all sorts of magazines, but I did not encounter one until I was at my friend’s house and we found his Mom’s coat closet. The thing looked a lot like a spacesuit. I am … Continue reading


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Star Trek Re-imagined as Mid-Century Modern
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Artist Matt Wiley has many inspired creations on his website, but this re-imagining of classic Star Trek as Vintage Advertising is by far my favorite. The travel posters are swell and would look great as a poster on any wall, … Continue reading


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The Guardians Angels had a Comic Book?
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When I was a young teen and my friend and I decided to head into Manhattan for the day and took a ride on the subway. About 30 seconds after we left the station a guy sitting across from my … Continue reading


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Pillsbury Figurines were sweet Revenge
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My mother had a box of these in a cabinet that was off-limits to everyone else. But I am pretty sure she was not a fan or just forgot they were up there because at some point in the late … Continue reading

April 20, 2014


Image courtesy of Shout! Factory.
Shout! Factory Presents: Lady Whirlwind And Hapkido (Review)
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My first introduction to the wonderful world of Martial Arts film was due to a marathon of Bruce Lee films playing at the 62 Drive-In, I only was able to stay awake through two of the features but I strongly … Continue reading


Shaun of the Dead
Download the Shaun of the Dead screenplay for FREE
Posted by Hayden Yale | no comments

This isn’t quite as retro as my usual posts, the film is only 10 years old, but I love Shaun of the Dead so much that I wanted to get the word out to as many people as possible. Edgar … Continue reading


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Retro Records: Here Comes Peter Cottontail – Gene Autry (1950)
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In 1950 Gene Autry had already turned his “Here Comes Santa Claus” that he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman into a hit song as well as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” which was written by Johnny Marks. In 1950, composers Jack Rollins … Continue reading


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The First Easter Rabbit – TV Movie (1976)
Posted by VicSage | one comment

Happy Easter everyone, we certainly hope you are having a safe and fun one. What would a major Holiday be without one of those Rankin-Bass TV specials? A lot less fun in my honest opinion which is why it’s more … Continue reading

April 19, 2014


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Saturday Frights: The Legacy of Sean Hartter
Posted by Daniel XIII | 3 comments

Ya know creeps, most of the times things are pretty rollickin’ down here in the good ol’ Vault. We like to have a good time as we party with the ghosts and ghouls that lurk on the silver screen, the … Continue reading


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Saturday Frights – Recorded Live (1975)
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A couple of days ago I shared the 1982 horror short entitled “The Dummy” and it got friend to both Saturday Frights and the Retroist, Matt Lappie, thinking about another horror short from the early 70s involving a bunch of … Continue reading


Image courtesy of the Super-Team Family Blog.
Marvel Two-In-One Featuring: The Thing…And Tron?!
Posted by VicSage | 2 comments

I love the Thing. He is hands down one of my favorite Marvel Comics characters and has been since I read my first John Byrne issue of the Fantastic Four (#243), I mean what is there not to like about … Continue reading


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The Houndcats: The Misbehavin’ Raven Mission (1972)
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Morning! While you wait for the rest of the family to wake up why not come join us here in the Retroist Vault for some classic Saturday morning animated fare from DePatie-Freleng Enterprises? Yep, the same company that brought us … Continue reading


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The Radiophonic Workshop play Doctor Who Live!
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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, as it was then known to me, holds a special place in my heart as it was they who introduced me to Doctor Who! I grew up with Doctor Who on the TV but, for some … Continue reading

April 18, 2014


Billy Ocean with backup singers Douglas, DeVito, and Turner.
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (1986)
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In 1984 when Ray Parker Jr. released the music video for Ghostbusters, it was the first time in my youth that I could ever recall seeing TV and Film celebrities in a music video, and for some reason I became … Continue reading


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Retroist Podcast – Episode 162 – Jewel of the Nile
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On this week’s show I talk about the 1980?s romantic action adventure comedy sequel, Jewel of the Nile. I start out talking about how HBO could, through repeated showings, get me to like anything. Then talk about the writer, director, … Continue reading


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The Smurf Wrap-an-Egg from Easter Unlimited
Posted by Hayden Yale | 2 comments

As it is Easter time, I thought I’d have a quick look around for some retro-inspired Easter Eggs. This was the first thing that caught my eye! The 1984 Smurf Wrap-an-Egg package encourages you to decorate 12 eggs in ‘just … Continue reading


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The GI Joe Steel Brigade
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Hey kids. Your old pal IseeRobots here again. As some of you may know I’m in the process of some pretty heavy house cleaning around the ISR Command Center. Ya, I have lots of stuff and I’ve been given the … Continue reading


Disney Afternoon
Have a Disney Afternoon with James Silvani
Posted by Hayden Yale | no comments

One of many websites I enjoy visiting for its retro art is that of Dark Ink Art which is usually well stocked with Super Heroes, Star Wars and other delights. Today was no exception when I found this wonderful Disney … Continue reading


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When was it Appropriate to Return an Item to a Store in the 1960s?
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I always thought why you would return an item is pretty straightforward, but I guess back in the 1960s (and probably today), things weren’t so cut and dry. Lucky for us, an intrepid fact finder took to the stores to … Continue reading

April 17, 2014


To be fair, there is another legendary actor in this photo. To the right of Shatner is Ralph Bellamy.
Did You See That Pilot With William Shatner And Steve McQueen?
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The Defender was released on CBS’ Studio One TV series in 1957 and would go on to become the pilot for the popular 1961 TV series entitled The Defenders. In this 1957 TV movie you had some pretty major actors … Continue reading


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These Kids Got Talent: Meet the “Our Gang” Cast
Posted by DollarDave | 4 comments

Over a period of 2 decades, The Our Gang Comedies assembled a legion of America’s most talented children, and laid hundreds of short films to print. A few of these child stars had successful careers afterwards, but most fell into … Continue reading


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From Absolute Beginners to Glass Spiders and Pepsi Cola
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What began as me scrolling through the long and impressive list of music videos that Julien Temple directed over the years has led to a few unlikely discoveries, fun connections, and one very strong recovered musical memory. Temple directed the … Continue reading


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Herzog Zwei, the Genesis of a Good Game
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When I first got a Sega Genesis (used), I was introduced to my first RTS game, Herzog Zwei. I had never experienced anything like it before & fell in love immediately. Herzog Zwei slips under the radar for most people, … Continue reading


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Go Your Own Way with the Pioneer Component Car Stereo
Posted by Hayden Yale | no comments

Browsing around this Tumblr account on my lunch break, I found this 80′s gem for the new Pioneer Component Car Stereo system. As well as hitting every style cue that the 80′s is famous for – pink and yellow clothing … Continue reading