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!
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.
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!
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 CollectingCandy.com website which updated the list of released games to six, adding Q*Bert, Frogger, Centipede and Donkey Kong Jr. to the mix.
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”!
I cannot say that I was a big fan of Frogger 2: Threedeep – Beyond the Pond when it came out. I am not sure why, maybe I was just all Frogger’d out by the time it was released. Well whatever the reason, it has took me a while to appreciate the games mechanics and of course the not so cloaked allegory for frog birth-death cycle found in the game. First thing you will notice when playing is that the gaming mechanics have not changed from the original Frogger. What you will notice is that the various the levels have changed (in looks) and they match really well with the frog life cycle.
You start below water and make your way across the bottoms of some brightly lit pond. Succeed and will reach the surface!
On the surface of the water you swim to your little berth on the far side of the pond all the while dodging critters and other moving objects (just like the first level). If you need a visual, picture old Frogger, but with more animals instead of cars. If you succeed in crossing you move on to the last level.
In the final level you have died and must ascend skyward into Froggy heaven. If you succeed you will sit upon a puffy cloud where the air is moist and sky is dense with fat juicy flies. If you fail you will roast in a pit. Damned for all froggy eternity to try and cross a busy road.
This is a pretty clever idea. Take the classic game Frogger and update it with a feature that never seems to work right on my GPS, Real Time Traffic. That is exactly what the people at 5th Avenue Frogger have done. In their version of Frogger is similar to the original, except the traffic you dodge in 5th Ave Frogger is actually traveling down 5th Ave in New York City as you play. You can see what I mean in this swell video the put together.
I knew Sonic the Hedgehog still had his fans, heck, down at the barber shop yesterday I even heard Mayor Penn say that he heard the old Sega mascot was making a comeback in a big way. I just didn’t expect him to be on my TV last night!
[via] dmann24492 over on YouTube & Progressive Insurance
One can only hope this is the start of many iconic video game characters in commercials. I can picture Frogger promoting Geritol, or Pac-Man espousing the wonders of Pepto-Bismol!