November 24, 2014

Super Smash Bros - Wii U
Super Smash Bros For the Wii U Has More Than A Few Retro Surprises (SPOILERS)
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Apparently last weekend their was a birthday party in full swing at the Arkadia Retrocade and the party decided to plug up their Wii U to the projector in the party room and play the latest Super Smash Bros title. … Continue reading

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Lunch Box Stash
Posted by Rob O'Hara | no comments

During a recent trip to a local antique mall I found this little stash of metal lunch boxes. Of course, I had to investigate. There were a few good ones there — the Indiana Jones, the Six Million Dollar Man, … Continue reading

Atari Video Pinball
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In 1978 Atari released Video Pinball to the arcades. It wasn’t there first attempt at trying to recreate the pinball experience on a video screen they did it before with Pin Pong back in 74. If you go back to … Continue reading

Super classy and super awesome.
Block out the sun in style with Retro Video Game themed Roller Blinds
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I have recently been having issues with street lights in my neighborhood after they switched us over to the blindingly bright LED lights. To tone down the supernova outside my window, I started looking online for window cover solutions when … Continue reading

ALF watching the sun rise in Seattle
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Since arriving in Seattle, ALF and I have been having a great time. We played video games, went to a museum and stayed up late last night watching old monster movies. This morning when I woke up I noticed ALF … Continue reading

The Video Game Typography Series
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I’ve recently become obsessed about a certain blue hedgehog from my days as a Sega junkie. I was a big fan of Nintendo in the late 80’s and early 90’s but Sega managed to sway me (for a time) with … Continue reading

What might a UHF Animated Series have looked like?
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The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray of the “Weird Al” classic, UHF was released this month and I have already watched it three times. How this film didn’t get a sequel is beyond me because I just can’t get enough of those … Continue reading

I love the smell of Crayons
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A lot of the smells of my childhood bring a smile to my face, but are difficult to replicate. I just can’t manage to capture that morning winter breakfast smell that would permeate the house when my Grandmother was staying … Continue reading

November 23, 2014

Pod People
Behind The Scenes: The Pod People (1983)
Posted by VicSage | 4 comments

Holy Cow! Just when you thought the internet couldn’t get any better it goes and delivers a behind the scenes photo for the 1983 Spanish science fiction film “The Pod People”. Or as Dr. Clayton Forrester explained it to us … Continue reading

Yar's Revenge - Atari
Check Out This Awesome 1982 Theatrical Commercial For Yar’s Revenge!
Posted by VicSage | 3 comments

Last week we shared some awesome audio treasure from the famous Dig Dug commercial that was seen theatrically back in 1982. Watching that commercial at the 62 Drive-In ranks up there in my memories of that outdoor movie theater and … Continue reading

November 22, 2014

Boris Karloff - The Veil
Saturday Frights: The Veil – “Girl On The Road” (1958)
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Welcome back, Dear Viewers. Once more I have the honor to program your evening’s entertainment here at the Retroist Vault. Unlike the television broadcasts of Sage I will be presenting something worthy of your limited viewing time. The second episode … Continue reading

Pac Man - Shrinky Dinks
Pac-Man Shrinky Dinks
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I know it’s a little early in the morning…but it is always the right time when we are talking about baking up a batch of awesome Shrinky Dinks. Especially if they happen to be of our favorite Power Pellet munching … Continue reading

All images courtesy of Craig Davison.
Craig Davison Has Captured Our Childhoods With These Star Wars Illustrations!
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About a week back Sonja Nelson was kind enough to share some of these illustrations by Craig Davison of children using their vast imaginations to step into the roles and scenes from a little film about a “Galaxy Far, Far … Continue reading

November 21, 2014

Image courtesy of Jason Presson. From Left to Right: River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Joe Dante, and Bobby Fite.
Behind The Scenes: Explorers (1985)
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A big thanks to Jason Presson’s Tumblr page for this fantastic behind the scenes shot on the set of Joe Dante’s Explorers from back in 1985. Though this film experience has left a bad taste in Mr. Dante’s mouth, the … Continue reading

The Dark Half and Monkey Shines now available on Scream Factory Blu-ray!
Posted by Patrick J. Doody | 3 comments

Scream Factory gives us an early Thanksgiving treat this week!  Not one, but TWO wonderfully done Blu-ray releases of the George A. Romero films, Monkey Shines and The Dark Half. Monkey Shines tells the story of Alan Mann, a quadriplegic … Continue reading

Cause I’m a karate man! And a karate man bruises on the inside!
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With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, I have started watching one of my favorite films for this season, “Trading Places”. It is such a great film, but sadly does not get the respect … Continue reading

When EF Hutton talks, People Listen
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In the movie Trading Places there is a scene where someone is asking Billy Ray Valentine his opinion on finances in a restaurant. When he is about to answer, the whole places freezes as everyone prepares to hear his sage … Continue reading

But where are the computers???
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This ad for Steelcase is from 1981 and features their top of the line office furniture. I looked at it and the first thing that came to mind was, what do these people do all day? Work??? No wonder they … Continue reading

Crusade For Decency says ‘Don’t Buy These Grim Reaper & Helloween Albums!” (1987)
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This ad was pulled from a block of commercial on Japanese Mtv. I cannot be sure, but I seem to remember them running similar ads in the United States as well. It is a real gem because it features a … Continue reading

November 20, 2014

Images courtesy of TJSpencer1.
How Would You Like A LEGO “The Dark Crystal” Set?
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There are some great retro-themed LEGO sets already on the market, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future spring to mind and of course their was the 1966 Batman LEGO set that was available only as a San Diego Comic-Con purchase. … Continue reading

In 1981 Sony released the first commercial Electronic Still Camera, the Sony Mavica
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I remember seeing the Sony Mavica on TV shows in the early 1980s and being fascinated by the prospect of a camera that did not use film. Sadly since we didn’t even own a working regular camera when the Mavica … Continue reading

Oingo Boingo’s Amazing Budweiser Commercial
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I love this commercial featuring the band Oingo Boingo and its frontman Danny Elfman popping through different scenes with impish glee. He seems to be threading that needle of riffing on the beer ads while apparently having fun doing it, … Continue reading

RCA SelectaVision 650
Posted by The Retroist | one comment

A friend of mine got a SelectaVision 650 in the early eighties and I remember it well not just because he was always bragging on the technology his family was getting, but because the SelectaVision had a feature that blew … Continue reading

This would look great on a license plate.
Back to the Pixel
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I have been browsing a lot of movie-inspired retro pixel art lately. Star Wars is a very popular subject (rightfully so), but some other classic films act as muses for many talented artists. As a fan of “Back to the … Continue reading

Citibank Commercial with James “Scotty” Doohan
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This commercial, which touts the advantages of a Citibank credit cards and their Citi Dollars, is really more of a vehicle for Wende Braunberger, who was James “Scotty” Doohan’s wife. She does most of the talking in the ad, but … Continue reading

November 19, 2014

How would you do on a 1980s Game Show? Take this quiz and find out…
Posted by The Retroist | one comment

I am not sure how scientific this is, but I found this quiz in an old magazine from 1980 and thought it was kind of fun. It has a good amount of trivia that would be knowledge a contestant on … Continue reading

Superman Loves Lungs
Superman Loves Lungs
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Do you remember the scene in Superman: The Movie where Lois Lane is interviewing Superman and Supes gives Lois a quick lung cancer check? I love that scene, and I’ve often wondered if it helped influence anyone to stop them … Continue reading

The Splash Dance Shower Radio
Posted by The Retroist | one comment

Seeing commercials for the Pollenex Splash Dance Shower Radio might have been the first time I had seen a radio in a shower. Naturally I wanted one, so that I could rock out and splash around. My mother refused to … Continue reading

“They Live” would have made an Amazing Contra-like Video Game
Posted by The Retroist | one comment

Yes, this makes a great t-shirt, but every time I would catch a look at myself in the mirror I would be reminded how less magical this world is because a “They Live” game was never released. Select and Conform… … Continue reading

I want my VH1!
Posted by The Retroist | one comment

I always think of VH1 as a 1990s channel, since that is when it really seemed to start catching on, but the channel is bit older than that. It got its start on January 1, 1985 and started with the … Continue reading