October 1, 2014

Ghostbusters - Kripsy Kreme
What Better Way To Celebrate The First Of October Than With Ghostbusters Doughnuts?
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Last week I posted the awesome news about Krispy Kreme offering Ghostbusters inspired doughnuts, so I figured this morning would be the perfect time to head into town and visit my local Krispy Kreme and pick some up. What better … Continue reading

Learn all about “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on the Retroist Video Podcast
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To kick off this Halloween season, I am happy to release a brand new video of the Retroist Video Podcast! On this week’s show I talk about the Halloween TV classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I talk about … Continue reading

Haunted House Scares Up Innovation
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Haunted House isn’t just a classic Atari 2600 video game, it is also a classic pinball machine. The game is part of the era where pinball makers tried out outdo each other with features to make the game unique. Whether … Continue reading

What were the hot video tapes in 1980?
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I found this ad for video rentals the other day. It is from late 1980 and while I also enjoy the aesthetics of the ad, with the tape and TV icons coming together, I find the information part of the … Continue reading

Q*Bert, previously known as @!#?@!
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Browsing around Youtube on my lunch break, I stumbled upon the “John’s Arcade Game Reviews and Tech” channel which has some really cool videos. Amongst them was this fascinating trip through the LA home and arcade of Koolmoecraig – a … Continue reading

Raise your hand if you’re SURE!
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This commercial is so triumphant and upbeat that nearly 30 years later I can still sing along to it. I guess there is no rules to advertising, but it almost feels wrong that a deodorant commercial is so memorable and … Continue reading

September 30, 2014

Which Official “Empire Strikes Back” Cap did you Want?
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I wanted an Imperial cap really badly and asked for it for Christmas. I did get a Star Wars baseball cap that I wore out before summer came along, but not the Cap I wanted. Years later, when I found … Continue reading

Dynamite Dan
Dynamite Dan gets POKE’D
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One of my first home computers was the much beloved Sinclair ZX Spectrum and one of my first games was 1985 platformer Dynamite Dan. Sadly, as much as I loved the game, I was terrible at it and inevitably turned … Continue reading

Musical GLO Land
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In the mid-1990s I went through another Smurf phase after picking up a small trash bag full of them for $6.99. I started buying everything I saw and by mistake picked up this Musical GLO Land toy. It had a … Continue reading

Space Invader the Extra-Terrestrial
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This animated gif by artist Andry “Shango” Rajoelina illustrates what it might have looked like if a different, but very familiar alien, landed on Earth back in 1982. [via] El Shango wuz here

Call the Jeane Dixon Horoscope Hotline
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In the mid 1980s, when this commercial was running, Jeane Dixon was probably one of the more well-known astrologer/psychics in the United States. She had a syndicated newspaper astrology column that my sisters halfheartedly read and would get a lot … Continue reading

September 29, 2014

Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 017 (Salem’s Lot)
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Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault and this time we chose the 1979 made for … Continue reading

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Land of the Lost Nodniks
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I found these a few weeks ago at an antique mall. They’re not old, but they’re from an old TV show and they were so adorable that I just had to pick them up and put them on my desk. … Continue reading

Singles Bars hate the new Video Dating
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Here is another great ad for a technology still in its infancy that is promising to revolutionize daily life, video dating. Which according the service “Great Expectations” is the future because busy professionals don’t have time or energy to hit … Continue reading

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders Re-Imagined
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Here’s an intriguing item that popped up recently. Steven Soderbergh has posted a re-imagined version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, replacing the audio and removing the color, all to enhance the ‘staging’ of the movie. The film producer has … Continue reading

Rob McElhenney from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” does a Nineties Anti-smoking PSA
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When I first started watching, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I thought the creator of the show and the guy who plays Mac, Rob McElhenney, looked really familiar. I looked him up online then and saw he had a few … Continue reading

William Tecumseh Sherman and the Power Glove
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Many people remember William Tecumseh Sherman for the total war “Scorched Earth” tactics he used during the American Civil War, but did you know that “Uncle Billy” was also a skilled user of Nintendo Power Glove? Try talking to a … Continue reading

G.I. Joe Commando Attack Board Game
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The G.I. Joe Commando Attack board game by Hasbro came out in 1985 and it was on all my circle of friends’ Christmas lists. My friend who lived around the corner got a copy and it became an obsession up … Continue reading

September 28, 2014

Aladdin's Castle Arcade
Aladdin’s Castle Arcade Video From 1989
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Back in the day I can say I had some really good times at the original arcade in the local mall of my youth. It was called “Land of Oz” and truly had a dizzying amount of different games and … Continue reading

Image courtesy of Shawn Robare and Branded in the 80s.
Ready For Your Monster Squad Trading Cards?
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I can honestly say that 1987’s ‘The Monster Squad’ is one of my favorite films of all time. Director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps) who not only helmed the picture and co-wrote the screenplay with Shane Black (Iron Man … Continue reading

September 27, 2014

Are You Afraid Of The Dark - The Ghastly Grinner
Saturday Frights: Are You Afraid Of The Dark? – “The Ghastly Grinner”
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Welcome back friends to another installment of Saturday Frights! This week the Projectionist and Daniel XIII are doing a little work on one of the auditoriums in the Retroist Vault so I decided to share a creepy tale from those … Continue reading

Image courtesy of the Super-Team Family.
Batman Versus…Captain Carrot?!
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The wonderful folks over at Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues have brought together two of my favorite comic characters from my youth. I’ve talked before on the Retroist how Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew was the very first … Continue reading

Incredible Hulk - Honeycomb Cereal
Are You As Hungry As The Incredible Hulk For Honeycomb Cereal?
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Until I saw the light and realized that Boo Berry was indeed the greatest cereal ever created I was actually a pretty big fan of Honeycomb cereal. Suprisingly it didn’t have anything to do with this awesome appearance of the … Continue reading

September 26, 2014

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Smurf Village
Posted by Rob O'Hara | 4 comments

I ran across these Smurf villages on clearance at Toys R Us not too long ago. Each had been marked $5 off and I suspect the prices will go lower than that soon. When I see toys like this in … Continue reading

Retroist Podcast – Episode 173 – Square Pegs
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On this episode I talk all about the short-lived 1980s sitcom, Square Pegs. I start off talking about how my sister turned me onto a lot of great television and how with this particular show I did not need any … Continue reading

What 1986 looked like to a lot of us…
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This art print by Matt Leunig, which is already in its 3rd printing, captures the feel of 1986 perfectly. I spent many hours bathed in just the glow of my television set playing video games, a bowl of cereal and/or … Continue reading

Ain’t no reason to go anyplace else but Wendy’s
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As Dave Thomas will tell you and this commercial illustrates, the food at Wendy’s is so good that there “ain’t no reason to go anyplace else.” In fact, the food is so good and logic is so overwhelming that it … Continue reading

The Screamin’ Wheels Roller Rink has all Night Skate
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The Screamin’ Wheels Roller Rink now has an all night skate from Midnight to 6AM and after you pay the $3.75 admission you are entitled to a free breakfast. What could be better than some delicious roller rink food after … Continue reading

Two of our Greatest Presidents valued Liberty, Freedom and great deals on leather furniture from The Leather Factory
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When I think of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington the first thing that comes to mind isn’t the Civil War or Crossing the Delaware. No, I like to remember their passion for affordable quality leather furniture. Sure we have heard … Continue reading

September 25, 2014

Champion European Styled Slacks
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I could be pretty delusional as a kid. How else could you explain my top hat and cane phase? As deluded as I could be about my own ability to pull off improbable fashion trends, even I knew that I … Continue reading