August 22, 2014

Scooby Doo Where Are You?
The background art from Scooby Doo Where Are You?
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I love the late 60′s TV show “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?”. It’s a silly premise, the Hanna-Barbera animation was often ropey, and to say the stories were formulaic would be an understatement. But, despite those things, the characters are … Continue reading

Grycner Moped for the California Lifestyle…
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Plenty of people in my town had mopeds, but I never thought of them as a glamorous way of getting around, but they tell me it was part of the “California lifestyle” when I was a kid, and I was … Continue reading

Return Of The Retroist.Com Junk Box Signups
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Hey kids your boy IseeRobots here again! So it looks like it might be time to get the good old Retroist Junk Box started up again. It’s presently parked here in Santa Rosa with your good pal and mine Gino … Continue reading

The Marx Brothers for Cheetos
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This commercial sadly not feature the original Marx Brothers, but shot in 1985, it has some decent impersonators. It really speaks volumes about the longevity of the Marx Brothers, that even in the mid-1980s, impersonators could be counted on to … Continue reading

Magnum P.I. Outtakes
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It has been a while since I check the bonus features on my Magnum P.I. DVDs, but I believe some outtakes were on one the seasons. These outtakes are not from the DVD, but were instead pulled from a UK … Continue reading

August 21, 2014

Hideaway Computer Station from 1984
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I was browsing an old issue of Popular Mechanics when I found this piece on how to build a computer station that hides that pesky machine when not in use. Ergonomically it probably works better than just about any desk … Continue reading

The Promise of Computerized Hairstyle Analysis
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In the late 1970 a technology cropped up that promised to bring relief to millions of poorly shorn Americans. By using sophisticated tool and these things called computers, Hair 2000 promised to take the guesswork out of hairstyles with their … Continue reading

Terminator 2 Teaser Endoskeleton Factory Teaser Trailer
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In 1990 they started showing this preview for T2 in theaters. I don’t remember which film I saw it with, but it was definitely the topic of conversation for weeks afterwards between my movie-loving friends. See the construction of a … Continue reading

Dress like a 1980s Decathloner
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In 1976 Bruce Jenner set America on fire when he won the decathlon. Four years later, even with the 1980 Olympics a no go for many countries who were boycotting it because the Soviet Unions war in Afghanistan, the decathlon … Continue reading

Magnum P.I’s John Hillerman for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts
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Before I started seeing these memorable ads starring John Hillerman, who played Higgins on Magnum P.I., I had never even heard of Macadamia Nuts. But since the first commercial, I have always associated them with Mauna Loa. Being a big … Continue reading

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Dark Hall Mansion Reveals Latest Limited Edition: The Twilight Zone
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Friends, we’ve posted a bit of the talented Tom Whalen’s artwork on the site once or twice before but a few days ago we were contacted by Dark Hall Mansion who were understandably excited about his next limited edition project … Continue reading

August 20, 2014

Arena (1989), the B-movie That Brings the Retro for Both the 80s and the 90s
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Here’s a classic sci-fi B-movie which will take you back to the 80s, but it’s also one which will take you back to the 90s. While the movie itself harkens back to the days of 80s sci-fi movies, three of … Continue reading

Anson “Potsie” Williams from Happy Days Posed for the Camera in 1980
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My sister had a big crush on Anson Wiliams who played Potsie on Happy Days. She even had a magazine clipping or two that she would hang up on her wall like the one pictured below, so that she could … Continue reading

Battle For the Planet of the Apes
This ‘Battle For the Planet of the Apes’ poster is from a different universe!
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If you study the film poster above, a number of things stand out as unusual. I’ll leave you to make your own notes, though I will say this – what’s with those glasses? This is a 1973 Italian poster for … Continue reading

Meet the Sectaurs at Toys R Us back in 1985
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When I go to Toys R Us nowadays, I am all business. I know exactly what I am looking for and I do not dally. I also have no idea if they do events like this anymore? Has anyone been … Continue reading

The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Mermaid
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While I would never want to take screen time away from McDonaldland’s Captain Crook, a Mermaid makes a pretty good mascot for the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich. I could picture a string of commercials that feature this Filet-O-Fish Mermaid getting spurned … Continue reading

August 19, 2014

Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 015 (The Dark Night of the Scarecrow)
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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 1981 made for … Continue reading

Watch the Retroist Video Podcast and learn all about the Coleco Adam
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A few people have posted episodes of the Retroist podcast online. Notably Chad did a great version for the Head of the Class Podcast. This new version was done by Justin M. Salvato of and is a video-ized version … Continue reading

The Greatest AMPM Mini Market Commercial Ever Made
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I rarely go to AMPM Mini Market, but that is probably because I was never properly sold on their awesomeness. That must be because this commercial from the 1980s featuring animation and rapping never ran in my area. I watched … Continue reading

Xenon 2 Amiga
Xenon 2 Megablast by Bomb the Bass
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One of the many reasons that I loved my Amiga 500 (and then 1200) was the quality of the music in its game library. I’d often fire up a game just to listen to the intro music! One of the … Continue reading

Long live the Restorationists of Gamma World!
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I participated in a too short-lived Gamma World campaign that my friend ran. The rules of Gamma World were very compatible with the Dungeons & Dragons rule set and our DM/GM cleverly had us start in magical fantasy setting and … Continue reading

General Electric Promises to always be there for you…
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My Mom was obsessed with warranties. Her generation expected things to last and it was unacceptable when they did not. I remember when our lawnmower died and it still had some coverage, but they said that it did not apply. … Continue reading

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Scream Factory Presents: Leviathan (1989)
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Are you ready to dive 16000 miles below the ocean waves and watch a group of deep sea miners fight for their very lives against an escaped biological monstrosity? Then our friends at Scream Factory have just the movie for … Continue reading

August 18, 2014

The Finest in Fashion for 1970s Men & Women
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I have kept this ad for a while, not for the fashions, which are great, but for what I see in the background. All that wood. Growing up, my Mother loved to take me shopping with her and we went … Continue reading

Christmas with Sega
Christmas Morning with SEGA
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In this wonderful video, one young boy discovers that the magic of Christmas and the magic of Sega are a truly potent mix, especially when mixed with parents who are happy to spoil their only child. I remember the year … Continue reading

Summer Fat Camp Ads
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I have mentioned before here on the site that I was fixated on summer camps, mostly because of films like Meatballs. I never got to go to one and neither did most of my friends. In retrospect, we weren’t missing … Continue reading

1983 Ad for Activision’s River Raid
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The first time I played River Raid was at my cousin’s house and it blew my mind. It was fast-paced and seemed infinitely replayable. I immediately began saving for it and because of some birthday money I was able to … Continue reading

We were told to comb the desert so we’re combing it.
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This little gem was posted on the Lego subreddit last week and it makes me think that a Spaceballs Lego set would be pretty amazing. For those of you unfamiliar, here is the scene from the film. May the Schwartz … Continue reading

August 17, 2014

Bond Bug
The Bond Bug Microcar
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How would you like to travel 126 km/h in this awesome looking car? No? Me either, but I’d love to have a drive of it. This is the Bond Bug, a small British two-seater, built from 1970 to 1974 as … Continue reading

There Will Come Soft Rains - Ray Bradbury - Nazim Tyuhladziev
This 1984 Russian Animated Short Film Of Bradybury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” Is Terrifyingly Beautiful.
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A big thanks to Larry Bundy Jr. for being kind enough to point me in the direction of this fantastic 1984 Russian animated short film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”! This isn’t the first time I’ve … Continue reading