Retro Video Games

Check Out The Funko Retro Video Games Mystery Minis!

Is there a better location to open up Funko’s new Retro Video Games mystery minis than the Arkadia Retrocade? From the arcade cabinet design of the packaging as well as the choice of iconic video games represented. I say it is in fact another example of why Funko is going to take over the world! So let us take a few moments and check out the Retro Video Games mystery minis!
Retro Video Games

First of all, the arcade itself didn’t pick up these blind boxes. These particular Retro Video Games collectibles all belong to Rhi, one of my co-workers at the arcade. Having said that…I will be totally shocked if the arcade doesn’t end up getting the full set.

Funko has yet to to fail to deliver the goods. With the likes though of Centipede, Q*bert, Dig-Dug, Frogger, and Mega Man. As well as our childhood icons from Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man, I think you’ll agree they knocked it out of the park.
Retro Video Games - Pac-Man

I would add that the Retro Video Games Mystery Minis are a bit larger than the typical Funko mini offering. They don’t quite reach three apples high, but these Concord grape soda bottles should prove my point.

Also of interest is that while they are certainly blind mini boxes. You will in fact not pull a Q*bert out of a Dig-Dug box, etc. I have to say I really love this. It will help in filling out your collections quite a bit.

Of the 12 boxes that Rhi opened last evening. I think it is safe to say that Centipede is one of my favorites. The sculpt truly captures the menace of the side art from that classic game.

In addition to the joy of seeing the Retro Video Games mystery minis opened. It was Earl Green that had the bright idea of comparing them to the classic Coleco Doney Kong PVC collectibles.

If you are ready to add Funko’s Retro Video Games Mystery Minis to your own collection. You can totally hop on over to Amazon right this second and place your order!

Hot Wheels, Atari Style!

Have you ever wanted to re-live those Atari 2600 classics in the form of car liveries? If somehow you answered YES to that question, then Hot Wheels created these Atari-branded diecasts just for you! I’m completely smitten with these – the 2013 SDDC exclusive Asteroids “Beach Bomb” pickup above is all sorts of desirable, especially that arcade game packaging. The general release cars below for Tempest, Pong, Breakout, Centipede and Missile Command all lose the special packaging but are still great creations with fantastic artwork and I’d love to own the series.

And that 2600-branded GMC Motorhome with wood panels… on my…

HotWheels Atari

Learn more about the SDCC Asteroids vehicle over at Collecting Toyz. Read more about the rest at You Found a Secret Area!.

Topps Candy Arcade Games

Topps Candy Arcade Games

I found myself browsing the Toy Archive website recently and I happened upon these wonderful Topps Candy Arcade Games, released in the mid 80’s.

Donkey Kong and Zaxxon are both great games and I would have loved these cardboard replicas as a child! Obviously I needed to know more, and the internet served me well, delivering me to the website which updated the list of released games to six, adding Q*Bert, Frogger, Centipede and Donkey Kong Jr. to the mix.

Topps Candy Arcade Games

I’m sure the “multi-colored coated bubble gum” was a good reason to buy at the time but for me it would have been the “graphics on each box [with] characters right off the video screen”!

Old School Dad Teaches his 9 Year Old about Centipede

Atari Centipede Glass

Atari Centipede Glass

I took a trip to Target because of a post this week about the Pitfall t-shirt and the Atari retro glasses. After work, I purchased the glasses but could not bring myself to take them into the house with no fanfare. They are made of very sturdy glass and quite durable. At first, I was just going to bring them in the house but I did not do that. You see, I hid them in the trunk of my car for a special occasion. Good grades, good chores, I figured these were quality retro items and they were not to be taken lightly. So, in the trunk they sat until today.

This evening while I was sitting at the computer, my daughter said “Dad, will you get me a glass of Hawaiian punch?” “Sure…” I said, and asked, “was that a question?” She answered “Well, it’s really a question and a command. Kind of both”. As I opened the cupboard, I yearned for a glass that wasn’t plain or normal. Something with a movie theme or logo on it. Alas, there was nothing there. I then remembered the glasses in the trunk.

So I struck a deal. Hey, you’re thirsty right? Well, it is almost time for bed. I will make you a deal. You go take a shower and by the time you get out I will have a huge cold class of (do you want ice with that?) Hawaiian punch sitting here in a huge videogame glass. ‘How about that? “But I am thirsty now” – “Yeah, but really this is a good trade. You get ready for bed, and then Ill bring out a cool videogame glass full of Hawaiian punch”. It finally worked.

Quick as I could, I got the centipede glass from the trunk, filled it with liquid Fruit Juicy Red – then the ice – (it is over 100 degrees outside), I didn’t want the glass to crack. I put it on the corner of the counter and went back to the PC. A few minutes later I heard footsteps behind me.

“Slurp….. Thanks for this dad….. What is centipede?”

At first, I hesitate, and think to myself. Is she serious? Then realize to my dismay – she is serious.

“Centipede? Why it is a game where you do this and that, and it has a track-ball. (3 min rant)”

“I don’t understand what you are talking about”


“Hang on, I’ll show you what it looks like. I mean, I am your dad, I will not let you down.”

Here is how it went.
1) youtube search “centipede” (real centipede videos)
2) youtube search “centipede retro” (VG centipede videos)

“Hey watch this…. (bleep a de bleep-a-ping, bloopadie, bloopadie bloop.)”

“Can’t I just play it?”

Ummmm. Not really. Hey, how about this, (Dad fires up lynx emulator, downloads centipede rom and discovers it has no sound).

“Well, really it was fun. Trust me. Compared to today, you might not think it was all that great, but back then, on a scale of 1 to 10 it was about a 9. Today, I would think you would rate it at about 3 or 4. But really, it was a fun game at the time!”