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The Projectionists Sinister Tales of Terror Ep 2

The Projectionist’s Sinister Tales Of Terror Episode 2 (The Lamb)

Hello, Dear Listeners! Once more I invite you down into the depths of the Retroist Vault as I choose a short story from my gruesome grimoire of ghastly tales. Each week I will do my very best to ensure you that your Saturday evenings are filled with the proper chills you’ve come to expect. So douse those infernal electrical lights and lean in closer to your radio as for this second broadcast I bring you all “The Lamb”!

Directly download the Sinister Tales of Terror:
Theater Curtains
Episode Mirror #1 (MP3)
Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)

Intellivision - Space Battle

Check Out This 1982 Intellivision Ad For Space Battle

In my youth since I was lucky enough to receive the Atari VCS back in 1979 – our household was kind of an Atari family. There were literally countless hour spent sitting on the living room floor playing the likes of Combat, Missile Command, and Asteroids to name just a few with my Grandmother and Father.

Of course that isn’t to say that I didn’t still want other gaming systems like the Vectrex, Colecovision, and Mattel Electronics’s Intellivision. Especially when television commercials and even ads at the Drive-In were really showcasing the graphical advantage of the Intellivision with their spokesman George Plimpton.

[Via] Retro Commercials Forever
But my Family wisely decided that with all of the money invested in purchasing cartridges for the Atari it didn’t make much sense to add another gaming system to the household. Thankfully those worries of 1979 were pushed aside a couple of years later when my Grandmother came across a garage sale – a college student was moving out and was selling his Intellivision and about five games. She quickly purchased it and quite cheaply and surprised me when I got home from school. The five games were Lock ‘N’ Chase, Triple Action, Utopia, Nightstalker, and last but certainly not least Space Battle.
Space Battle
Space Battle which was released in 1979 had actually began as a Battlestar Galactica game – especially since the enemy ships in the game definitely look like Cylon fighters but as Earl Green’s always fantastic Phosphor Dot Fossils site explains, Mattel Electronics had only secured the rights to produce a handheld electronic game for the popular TV series – not for home gaming systems that connected to a TV. Doh!

Plastic Man - Metamorpho - power records

Retro Records: Plastic Man – The Invasion Of The Plastic Men (1975)

Welcome back friends to another installment of Retro Records. This week we are listening to a 1975 Power Records story featuring none other than Plastic Man! If you think that giving the likes of Ol’ Plaz his own record is a kooky idea then check out who was featured on the B side – none other than Metamorpho: The Element Man!

Of course considering that Plastic Man, that criminal turned malleable and wacky hero was given his own Saturday morning cartoon series four years later starting in 1979 and lasting until 1981 – maybe I was just too young to realize how popular he was back in the day in the then current DC Comics line of books?

[Via] Hewey1972’s Cartoon Extravaganza

Our story today is entitled “The Invasion of the Plastic Men” and finds Plastic Man being falsely accused for returning to a life of crime when numerous citizens began to report they are eyewitnesses to Plaz stealing countless valuables. The question is can Plastic Man clear his name of these heinous deeds? Let’s find out together on Retro Records!

[Via] Georgemiser

Toys R Us Report Podcast ep 89 - I See Robots

The Toys R Us Report: My Top 5 Star Wars Figures Of All The Times

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Hey kids! This week on The Toys R Us Report I have a topic that I feel my be right up the alley of all you Retro Readers, Star Wars Figures! Who doesn’t like the great old Kenner Figures of our youth? Maybe some weirdos but I consider them to be outliers. EVERYONE Likes Star Wars and this week on the show I do a run down of who I consider to be my Top 5 Figures Of All The Times.

Usually on the show I focus on more current Pop-Culture and Toy Stuff, Movie Reviews etc but this time around it’s all retro right from The Jumpstreet and it’s awesome.

The show starts off with me visiting my Robot Co-host Iceberg 13 in the infirmary. He’s been in a bad way emotionally after the death of his pal A.B Silver and after being clowned by his hero Johnny 5. It’s a bit complicated but brief and right after that it’s some real toy talk.
Star Wars Mini Rigs
If you have a couple of minutes why not give it a listen. It’s only 30 minutes so you won’t be sorry for long.

New episodes of The Toys R Us Report drop every Wed at IseeRobots.com

[Via] DigThatBoxTOYS

Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders - DC Comics - Warner Bros.

Are You Well Prepared For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders?!

Holy Cow! Talk about some news that will get most retro fans snapping their fingers in anticipation – DC Comics and Warner Bros. are releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader later this year! It is an animated feature that is set in the groovy Batman ’66 universe and most importantly of all it features the return of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar lending their vocal talents to the characters of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman – roles they helped make a household name back in the day.

Batman - Return of the Caped Crusaders

While there isn’t an awful lot of information right now – thanks to this teaser trailer released yesterday we do know that the Dynamic Duo will not just be protecting the citizens of Gotham City in this feature film but also venturing into outer space. It will be available digitally starting on October 11…and I will definitely be picking it up and giving you a review…and on DVD and Blu-ray starting on November 1st.

[Via] LegoFreedom1

Toy and Model - Sant Rosa - Rohnert Park

A Toy & Model Shopping Bag. The Best Thing I’ve Found In Weeks…

I’m at The Dig right? So I’m there and I look over to my left and a dude that I’m fairly friendly with is using a Toy & Model shopping bag to hold his Dig findings…I was like, gobsmacked. I could not believe it.

If you aren’t from the area here, Sonoma County, Toy & Model was a small chain of Toy Stores here in the area. There were I believe 4 stores, one in The Coddingtown Mall, one in Montgomery Village, one at The Town and Country Center and one in Rohnert Park.

Toy & Model in Montgomery Village was the closest Toy Store to my house and was thus the one that I went to the most. It was a really great store. They had Action Figures and Models and Dungeons and Dragons dice…I loved that place…It was where I bought all of my Super Powers figures as well as my first set of D&D Dice.

I went there a lot. Like all the time. I loved that place so much and was super sad when the chain shut down. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden they shuttered their stores and that was that. I never thought I’d have a part of it in my life again. How could I? It was 30 years ago.

Anyway dude has the bag and I just about fainted when I saw it. I immediately recognized it for what it was but man, I hadn’t seen one of these in years and really never ever thought that I would see one again. How could I? The store shut down forever ago and only the oldest of the Santa Rosa heads even remember that it existed. It’s sadly a distant memory.
Santa Rosa - Toy and Model Bag
I just did a sort of short/lazy web search in hopes of finding a picture of the store and found out if you enter a search for Toy & Model Santa Rosa all you get is pictures of that dude who runs the local Toy Shop that I’m not really that keen on. That’s practically a slap in the face to Toy & Model’s memory.

I’m hoping by writing this and sending it in to Vic Sage at The Retroist that maybe we can help to push these pics of the sack up to the top of Google Toy & Model searches…

Anyhow, I just couldn’t believe it. There it was in all of it’s yellow and brown glory. I had to have it so I strolled up to dude all dizzy and said “Can I have that bag?” He, having no attachment to it at all said “sure” and handed it over. Later I realized that I didn’t explain to him at all why I wanted it or what it meant to me. I just asked for it, took it and stumbled off. I wonder what he made of all that?

For real though, this is a great find. It’s not valuable, it’s not anything at all like that but it’s something really important, it’s something that shouldn’t exist.

It’s too fragile and too old and really too unimportant for someone to hold onto. Shopping bags get used for things like school lunches or to pick up dog mess when you’re out walking the hounds.. You don’t put them away for later.

Some folks do I guess, but they often wind up on Hoarders…

At any rate, However it managed to make it, I’m happy it did and I’m super happy that somehow it managed to make it to me who will put it away for safekeeping…

Hold on, gotta go, the phone is ringing. I think it’s the folks from Hoarders…

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Gregory Hines Tap Dancing To…”Tap Dance”

I couldn’t think of a more clever title! Give me a break!!!!

I danced for 21 and a half years (the 22nd year ended in injury halfway through the year, and signaled my “retirement” from dance). So if you ever want to know why I write as much as I do, it’s because I was initially filling a void left behind by dance. Now it is a hobby I embrace with the love and dedication that anyone should give to their talent. I pride in referring to myself as a writer and content contributor the way I referred to myself as a “Non-Professional Hip Hop Dancer.” Now I throw “Retired” in front of that and call it a day.

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Me in 1988 (age 5) in my first recital.

I studied Jazz for eleven years, Ballet for four years, and Hip Hop for six and a half years (the half year was the injury year).

I loved to perform – there was nothing quite like a costume, enough makeup to impress a clown, and a huge stage. I loved it so much, that returning as an adult at the age of 25 was like a homecoming of sorts. Sure the studio and teachers were different, but there is nothing quite like feeling in your element, no matter where you are. A dance floor is a dance floor, a ballet barre is a ballet barre, and a stage…is a stage.

 

The one type of dance I never got into was Tap. I did take little kid classes until I was seven years old that involved Tap, but it wasn’t something I wanted to continue. Of course, all my friends did Tap in the adult classes, and I wanted to try it, but never did. Now I’m convinced I would have been forced into retirement sooner if I did.

Just because I never tried Tap, doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it – the kicklines, the sound of the shoes (which I LOVED as a little kid), the rhythm, the sound of the shoes, the costumes, the sound of the shoes…yeah, you get my point. I loved spectating when it came to Tap. Not having a mind for it (I’m a classic over-thinker, which can be a bad thing in dance in general, but worse for Tap), and having friends who were amazing at it was what interested me more.

The other thing that interested me more? Watching professionals do it. Like Gregory Hines.

I’ll confess, I’ve never seen White Nights. I know Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov were in it, I know Lionel Richie has a song on the soundtrack (“Say You, Say Me”), and I know Hines was a Tap dancer in real life the way Baryshnikov was a Ballet dancer in real life. Oh, and they play dancers in the movie.

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Magical!

Would you like to see the magic happen? Hit play, and be AMAZED!

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And this is where I reference David Foster.

Again.

The song playing in the background is the David Foster-composed “Tap Dance,” and it is on Foster’s 1986 album…David Foster. I’m sorry guys, I’m striking out with all kinds of non surprises.

I love the “It’s-So-1980s” appeal of this song. It’s like aerobics and tap dance got together, had a child, and raised up that child up right. Did I mention David Foster is a genius? Because he is the one that made this song happen.

Sadly, I can’t find a music video to back this song up (because let’s face it, David Foster must have felt the music with the song!), but why have a music video when you can have Gregory Hines tapping? That’s even better!

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I especially love the dancing in this scene. Hines moves about the floor gracefully, all the while stomping with the glorious sound of taps. His was a talent lost with his passing, but thankfully is very well-preserved, based on what I found on You Tube. Every dancer should strive for so much! It seems that the dance world tends to get lost in the current trend of Hip Hop, but sometimes, the classics work well. And those who strive to preserve this art are keeping it alive and well!

The version heard in the movie has more tap sounds in it than the actual song does, so if you REALLY want to hear this song in all the glory it intends to have, here it is.

Uploaded by David Foster – Topic

Incredible.

Allison isn’t a world-class dancer, but she knows her stuff. She loves writing about David Foster (easily her favorite composer). If you like what you’ve seen here, she’d love for you to visit her on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and her on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut. Ironically, her Twitter handle used to be @DancerChick1982.

She’s like Kevin Bacon in Footloose – she’s gotta dance!

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