Don’t nix the Nixie Tube

The Nixie tube has some real fans out there and recently a revival of electronics, especially in kit form, featuring the tubes have shown up. I would love to get my hands on a clock or a watch, but have not mustered the courage to try to build one myself. You might think this retro nixie love is a new thing, but even in the early 1980s Popular Mechanics was speaking volumes about this impressive piece of technology and even explains how the technology works in a few short quick paragraphs.

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Big Trouble in Little China meets MegaMan

In this piece by TheGeekGallery, two underrated masterpieces have been merged together, Big Trouble in Little China and MegaMan. I would definitely pay to play an 8-bit version of Big Trouble in Little China and if it was in the style of MegaMan, all the better. Sadly no one has made this game yet, but you can pick up this print via Etsy, hang above your bed and dream about the Pork Chop Express rolling down the highway in 8-bit glory.

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Exterminate that Elephant!

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One of my new favourite sites on the internet is Flashbak, a collection of thousands of wonderful pictures, stories, letters, sounds and movies from across the past. Of the many reasons to keep an eye on that site is the recently posted collection of 1960’s Dalek posters which are all presented in amazing detail and invoke the period beautifully.

Dalek captivated by Jill Corzon

Once you’re done with staring at Jill Corzon (above), go and take a look at the other 17 Doctor Who images before sending off for your FREE Dr. Who badges!

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Pixel Tatooine Landscape

Growing up on Tatooine seemed like a real bummer for Luke. He did make the place sound pretty boring and dangerous, but despite those features, the desert planet is beautiful in its sameness. At it turns out sand and rock rolling on forever is a great landscape to interpret in simple pixels and the artist, PixelBlock, does an amazing job.

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Cooky’s Steak Pub Memories

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My family went to Cooky’s Steak Pub after repeated viewings of these commercials and I don’t remember a think about the main course. What I do remember is that they had a dessert bar and that I was chomping at the bit throughout my entire meal, my eyes never leaving sweet treats that were coming up next.

I don’t know if anyone else remembers this or if I am misremembering, but I have some vague memories of these commercials being parodied on Saturday Night Live or maybe something close to these commercial? I want to say it was with Phil Hartman, but I can’t seem to track down the original sketch. Anyone have a clue?

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Scream Factory Presents: The Vincent Price Collection II

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Considering that we here on the Retroist have a tendency to celebrate Halloween the entire month of October you can imagine how excited we were when our friends from Scream Factory sent us this press release for their upcoming Vincent Price Collection II on Blu-Ray!

Image courtesy of Scream Factory.

Image courtesy of Scream Factory.

From the Press Release:
“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together SEVEN Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959), THE RETURN OF THE FLY (1959), THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963), THE RAVEN (1963), THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964), THE TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964) and DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972). Brimming with a bevy of chilling bonus content including audio commentaries with producer/director Roger Corman, actor Brett Halsey, film historians, original theatrical trailers, rare photos and archival materials, this highly-anticipated Blu-ray collection also includes a 32-page collector’s book, featuring an essay by author and film historian David Del Valle.”

As can be expected from a Scream Factory release there are some wonderful extras:
THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL Special Features:
NEW Audio Commentary with author/historian Steve Haberman
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery
Vincent Price: Renaissance Man
The Art of Fear
Working with Vincent Price
Introductory Price

THE RETURN OF THE FLY Special Features:
NEW Audio Commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Still Gallery

THE COMEDY OF TERRORS Special Features:
Introduction and parting words by Vincent Price
Richard Matheson Storyteller: THE COMEDY OF TERRORS
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

THE RAVEN Special Features:
Introduction and parting words by Vincent Price
NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman
Richard Matheson Storyteller: THE RAVEN
Corman’s Comedy of Poe
Promotional Record
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH Special Features:
NEW Audio Commentary with film historian David Del Valle and author Derek Botelho
Richard Matheson Storyteller: THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
Still Gallery

THE TOMB OF LIGEIA Special Features:
Introduction and parting words by Vincent Price
Audio Commentary by producer/director Roger Corman
NEW Audio Commentary with Elizabeth Shepherd, moderated by Roy Frumkes
NEW Audio Commentary with film historian Constantine Nasr
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN Special Features:
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

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Masters of the Universe “Spikor” Commercial (1985)

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When I first saw this commercial for Spikor, the latest addition to Skeletor’s growing army of ‘Evil Warriors’ back in my youth…I immediately thought that He-Man would pick up one of those loose boulders and just bowl his menacing foe down.

I still think that is what happened after the commercial fades to black.

[Via] Kurono91

Apparently in 2012 when the Masters of the Universe Classics released Spikor they also include a bio that explained his real name was Kleffton and he was a blacksmith in the Eternian village of Nordling. Upon stealing a scroll from the high priests of Nordling he was fused with an enchanted suit of spikes as well as a trident before being banished to wander Eternia where Skeletor found him and put him to work making arms and armor for his armies in the battle against the Snake Men.

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