On Earth, everyone can hear you scream when you watch this Alien commercial for the Atari 2600. Screams of joy at viewing a vintage television advertisement I might add. It is once again the 26th of the month, which means it is Atari Day. That single moment of every month when we gather to celebrate the many things that make Atari stand out. With the upcoming Alien: Covenant I felt this would be a great time to share the 1982 Alien commercial.
[Via] Magnetic Tape Head
I will admit that Alien commercial was certainly short. However I think I should point out though it captured some of the atmosphere of 1979 film. Not just with the iconic egg of course. But if you listen closely they also used some of the otherworldly and haunting sounds from the 1979 trailer itself.
[Via] Movieclips Trailers
For myself I wasn’t able to get my hands on Alien back in 1982. I found a copy of the game at a garage sale a couple of years after it’s original release. I think it is safe to say that Alien on the 2600 is a Pac-Man clone. Okay. It’s totally a rip-off of Pac-Man if we are being completely honest.
[Via] World of Longplays
Having said that, I will admit I like the game. It might be a clone of Pac-Man but it has a few worthy additions. In particular the flame thrower that can chase off the Xenomorphs hot on your trail or stun them in some cases.
Of course the Retroist has a slightly different memory of playing the game.
Read: A Review of Alien for the Atari 2600
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and celebrate Atari Day!
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I think for a child of the 80s this is one of the best times for retro themed toys. From the ReAction line of figures produced by Super 7 to Pop! Funko offerings, and of course our friends at Warpo. Never have so many pop culture related properties been getting quite so much love. In fact it seems like 1979’s Alien is getting quite a bit of of attention recently – no doubt due to the fact that Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters in May.
Super 7 however has gone a step further in their appreciation of the masterpiece that is Alien. They have decided to merge it with one of the best toy lines from the ’80s. A series of toys that I have to admit helped me develop a fascination with all manner of tiny collectibles. I am of course referring to those Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere. More commonly known as M.U.S.C.L.E.s!
[Via] Dig That Box TOYS
For their first wave of Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Super 7 has chosen to represent all the cast of characters from the film. Each pack comes with three characters. Pack A comes with Ripley, Ash, as well as the Xenomorph. I was rather impressed that the company decided to sculpt Ash with his weapon of choice…a rolled up magazine.
Then in Pack B you get Kane in his spacesuit, an Alien egg, plus Parker.
Next up with Pack C you will find Kane once again – although this time he has been attacked by the Facehugger. In addition to getting poor, poor Brett and the Alien in attack mode.
Last but certainly not least is Pack D. In which you will find the likes of Lambert, Dallas, and Kane again – however this time he is suffering from the Chestburster!
I am not quite sure what gave Super 7 the idea to do this, all I know though is I need them. All of them. You can follow the links provided to visit their official page to start ordering packs for yourself and friends. I for one look forward to seeing how the Alien fares against my legion of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures!
I think it is more than fair to say that Kenner went all in with Alien in 1979. For example last month I shared the stunning revelation they had produced a board game based on the film. While Ridley Scott’s sci-/horror movie is a masterpiece it was an R rated feature as well. So you might be able to picture my confusion when I learned Kenner had in addition released the “Alien Terror” movie viewer.
In this case “Alien Terror” is an abridged version of the 1979 movie. In fact it is so short that in all honesty if you hadn’t seen the movie it wouldn’t make any sense. Of course there is only so much that Kenner could share from Alien with kids, right?
By all means, try to convince me this movie cartridge didn’t cause a few nightmares in 1979.
With this in mind – try to remember that Kenner had certainly found success with their line of movie viewers. Beginning in 1975 when they released film catridges and viewers for Snoopy, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman.
Especially successful for Kenner was the Star Wars movie viewer and cartridges set in 1977. On the other hand there were only four film cartridges produced for that series, plus a fifth that was included with the set.
Many fans have wondered why Kenner didn’t continue with the line. Because of this mystery some people feel that perhaps 20th Century Fox stepped in and asked Kenner to cease production. For fear of cutting into the profits of repeat viewings in the theater.
Now that we’ve taken a look at 1979’s “Alien Terror” why not check out Snoopy Meets the Red Baron?
This film cartridge comes from the Fisher Price Movie Viewer line. It did better than Kenner, lasting until the middle of the 1980s. Thanks to the many licensing agreements with the likes of Walt Disney, Marvel, Hasbro and many more.
It is no big secret that Stranger Things kind of took off like wildfire here at the Retroist Vault. There are quite a few reasons why it managed to entrance us all. Naturally the easiest aspect of the series that attracted us was how it was a massive love letter to the 80s. From film posters to toys and music – it reminded us of the time most of us grew up in.
Of course there was also the fact that it boasted a terrific cast. Stranger Things wouldn’t have been even half as enjoyable if not for the actors. While Millie Bobby Brown was the breakout star with her portrayal of Eleven. There was Finn Wolfhard as Mike, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Noah Schnapp as Will, and Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin as well. Each and everyone of these young actors brought memorable performances. In addition to the work by the supporting cast like Winona Ryder, David Harbour and so many others.
Furthermore there was the Lovecraftian horror meets Ridley Scott’s Alien by way of The Thing. Which presented more than a few scares throughout the Netflix series!
Another thing that creators Matt and Ross Duffer peppered throughout Stranger Things were nods to Star Wars. Which makes a ton of sense for children growing up in the 80s. I mean with Mike and his group who play Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not that hard to see them being fans of the Star Wars series as well, right?
Thanks to artist extraordinaire Michael Maher Jr. we can now see how the kids from Stranger Things would look in the Star Wars universe. Moreover perhaps that would now be the Stranger Wars films?
Image courtesy of Michael Maher Jr.
While I do love the idea of Finn playing Han and Noah as Luke. It really is Millie as Princess Leia and Gaten as Chewbacca that really makes it fantastic. The fact that in Maher’s Stranger Wars artwork Chewie is wearing Dustin’s hat – just a cherry on top. I wonder though…would Ryder and Harbour’s characters be R2 and Threepio?
It’s my belief. My personal belief mind you – that board games were quite a bit more popular back in the 60s and 70s. In addition I think that they had a more imaginative approach to the designs of the game. Just a couple of weeks ago I shared that incredible 1979 Alien board game as a case in point.
Having said that I think the 80s had some amazing board games too of course. Many of them were movie tie-in’s like The Goonies. But you also had offerings that relied on other media – like 1988’s Shrieks and Creaks that used an audio cassette.
And it’s a fact there are some INCREDIBLE games being made today. Just off the top of my head I can’t recommend Inis, 7 Wonders, or Betrayal at House on the Hill enough.
Those games however are not exactly designed for children – or furthermore quick to finish. Which is why I try to seek out the older board games. Generally for the use of the arcade but some of them are for my personal collection. Of course looking for worthy games is half the fun and thankfully we have YouTube to help make things a little easier.
[Via] Chris Hanson
Which is of course how I found this 1968 game from Milton Bradley. Pop Yer Top tasked Players on their turn to take control of the Koo-Koo bird.
Following the steps printed on the board – through two safe zones to reach the winner’s spot. Make sure to check out the degrees Koo-Koo goes to in those safe zones to ensure he doesn’t pop his top.
Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.
There are no dice used in the Pop Yer Top. Instead a Player pushes their luck with each press of the wacky bird on the game board.
The Players have no clue of course at which point Koo-Koo will pop his top.
If that happens the Player must go all the way back to the starting area. I’ve been able to find a few copies of Pop Yer Top for purchase on ebay. They range from a mere $12 to $33. Not a bad price for such a fun game if you ask me.
I really want to thank the always impressive BoardGameGeek for the image used at the top of the post as well as the board itself.
Granted if I do pick up a copy of Pop Yer Top I will have to look into Koo-Koo’s eyes for quite some time. His all-knowing eyes!