October 22, 2014


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Escape from New York the Board Game
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Published by TSR in 1980, the Escape from New York the Board Game lets you take the role of the star of the Carpenter film, Snake Plissken. In it you need to fight your way out of the prison that … Continue reading


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Mr. T gets his rope chains from OroAmerica
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Here’s a challenge for you. How many chains is Mr. T sporting in this 1984 jewelery advert? I think he’s managed to cover those pecks of his with 25. The funny thing about this advert is that OroAmerica have actually … Continue reading


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Underrated Mascot? The Sun Country Wine Coolers Polar Bear
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The Sun Country Wine Coolers was one of those great mascots that so many people have forgotten, but here are two reason he should not be forgotten. Firstly, he was a total party animal. Able to rock out on the … Continue reading


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Pixelated Paper Mario in the Real World
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Who wouldn’t smile if they were walking down the street and saw this little guy sitting atop these pipe-like flower pots? A lot of street art is there to catch your eyes or make you think, but this is my … Continue reading


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The Time Magazine File Phone
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I wonder just how many households had the Time Magazine Phone File Phone? My Grandmother had one in her bedroom and I remember leafing through the list of numbers when I was a kid and getting sad because whenever one … Continue reading

October 21, 2014


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Mickey Mouse using a Sperry Univac Terminal
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Just another average day at the office for Mickey Mouse. What we don’t get to see is the photo from 20 minutes later, where the terminal is on the floor, smashed to pieces by Mickey out of frustration of trying … Continue reading


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Buster Brown Care Bears Shoes
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Damn you Buster Brown shoes! How dare you make children excited to go shoe shopping! That is exactly what they did for me as a kid, especially when they started theming their shoes with characters I enjoyed. If they made … Continue reading


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Get the 8-bit Zombtee for Halloween
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Halloween is coming up quickly and many of you might still be scrambling for a quick and easy idea for a costume. Might I suggest one the combines the fan favorite zombie with some retro 8-bit magic? The 8-bit Zombtee! … Continue reading


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The All Niter 1980s Party Album from Sessions
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“Great party! Did you hire a DJ to do your music?” “No, this is just the The All Nighter, the new eighties music party album from Sessions. It features all the hits from the 1980’s including Van Halen’s 1984, Ghostbusters, … Continue reading


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Slice’s Apple Soda was delicious
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When I was going through my Slice drinking phase in the 1980s, I was briefly smitten with their Apple flavor and it set me down a life long path of drinking apple flavored soft drinks including Snapple’s Apple soda (when … Continue reading


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Scream Factory Presents: The Vincent Price Collection II (Review)
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With Halloween just a mere ten days away, the urge to fill your evenings with spooky entertainment if you are like me is at an all time high. Thankfully we have our friends over at Scream Factory making it quite … Continue reading

October 20, 2014


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Saturday Frights Podcast – Episode 020 (The Midnight Hour)
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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 1985 TV movie … Continue reading


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Addams Family (Games and Pinball)
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Around this time every year I break out several Halloween-themed games to play. The Addams Family lived every day as if it were Halloween. According to MobyGames, “The Addams Family” was released for the following platforms: TurboGrafx CD, Game Gear, … Continue reading


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Why you should buy Sony Super Betamax intead of VHS
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This promo tape was meant to convince consumers in the mid-eighties that if they wanted really good image fidelity they shouldn’t buy VHS, but should instead purchase a Betamax. The entire video is just a series of split screen images … Continue reading


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Filmed in Supermarionation
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As a young boy I was very fortunate to live in a world where the many creations of Gerry Andersons were frequently on TV. Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 were all favourites that I would watch at every … Continue reading


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The Bubble Yum Masters of the Universe Instant Winner Game
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My choice in bubble gum was already Bubble Yum when they ran this instant win contest featuring Masters of the Universe toys as prizes. So I jumped into the contest wholeheartedly in the hopes of winning myself some cool toys. … Continue reading


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Pixelblock Character Stickers
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Looking to decorate that school notebook with something that will catch the eyes of your classmates and make you coolest kid in the school? Well, as I always like to say, when trying to impress people in school, go “old … Continue reading


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Diet Coke commercial with Superstars Willard Scott & Marvelous Marvin Hagler
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I showed this commercial to a younger friend of mine and he hadn’t heard of either Willard Scott or Marvin Hagler. So for those of you who did not live in the 1980s or do not enjoy birthday shout outs … Continue reading

October 19, 2014


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It’s Time For Some WICKED Awesome Rock n’ Roll!
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Hey there fiends! If any of you cats should know anything at all about ol’ XIII it’s that I absolutely love me some Glam Rock! Now, while this genre of 70’s era rambunctious rockin’ may be hard to come by … Continue reading


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Retro Radio Memories: Escape – “Three Skeleton Key” (1950)
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Welcome back friends to a new installment of Retro Radio Memories. For your listening pleasure this week we offer a classic episode from the Escape radio series entitled “Three Skeleton Key” and starring Vincent Price. Originally airing on March 17, … Continue reading

October 18, 2014


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Saturday Frights: Christopher Lee’s Fireside Tales – The Monkey’s Paw
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Welcome back friends to another installment of Saturday Frights! I’m taking over hosting duties once more as the Projectionist is busy getting the latest podcast edited for your listening enjoyment. This week for your viewing/listening pleasure we have something that … Continue reading


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Cinefix’s Humorous “The Entire Halloween Series In 2 Minutes”
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As Halloween draws nearer you might be looking for your spooky cinematic choices until Halloween finally arrives. Many stations are showing John Carpenter’s classic Halloween as well as various sequels but maybe you missed one or two of the movies … Continue reading


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Are You Ready For The Sewer Slashin’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
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Try to picture my great delight when Dan Polydoris or the Chicago Toy Collector as he is perhaps better known sent me these custom-made TMNT figures to share with you all. I have many fond memories of trying to collect … Continue reading

October 17, 2014


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Halloween Costume Suggestions: Voltron (Far Universe Version)
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So maybe the idea of dressing up as Marty McFly doesn’t strike you as the way to go this year, then perhaps the opportunity to trick or treat as the mighty Voltron will do the trick? To get into character … Continue reading


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Retroist Podcast – Episode 176 – The Fat Albert Halloween Special
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On this episode of the podcast I start off by talking about a much missed Halloween pal from years ago. Then I talk about one of the specials we watched together, The Fat Albert Halloween Special. I talk about the … Continue reading


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Dr. Franken, When Your Girl Goes to Pieces
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I got The Adventures of Dr. Franken for my SNES back in the mid-90s and played it quite a bit. I discovered in more recent years that this is actually part of a series of games based on the character, … Continue reading


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Waldbaum’s always seemed so far away…
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Did you have a store when you were a kid that always seemed very far away? For me growing up in New Jersey so close to New York I would see commercials for the supermarket chain Waldbaum’s almost daily. Yet … Continue reading


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Dig Dug on the Mountain
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This piece was done back in 2011 for the Venice based gallery, 1988Gallery for a classic video game themed exhibit they did in September. While I would have preferred the subject of the painting be the superior Mr. Do!, I … Continue reading


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Remember Glad Baggies?
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Glad Baggies were introduced in the 1960s, so I did not get to see how they completely revolutionized how people stored items, but I did get a lesson from my Grandmother about their convenience every time she used one. I … Continue reading

October 16, 2014


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No Need To Be Afraid Of Ghosts With This Ghostbusters Pumpkin!
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I’m pretty sure that most Class 5 Full-Roaming Vapors will steer clear of your home this Halloween if you manage to show off this particular pumpkin in your living room window or front porch. This wonderful pumpkin comes to us … Continue reading