Black Dragon Bog - title

Retro Records: Black Dragon Bog (1984)

Welcome back, friends. For this Retro Records offering we are going adventuring. We are listening to 1984’s Black Dragon Bog. This particular release by Kid Stuff is obviously based on the Dungeons & Dragons LJN toy line. With a title like Black Dragon Bog you know things won’t be easy for our group of adventurers!

I will admit I certainly didn’t know of Black Dragon Bog until a few days. However I was definitely a fan of the AD&D LJN action figures from 1983. I can vividly recall how for my eleventh birthday I got two of them. Well, I received a figure and a monster actually. Which character was my first? Why none other than Elkhorn, the Good Dwarf!
Black Dragon Bog - Elkhorn - LJN Toys

As for the monster? It was the dreaded Hook Horror. I received these from my Grandparents, I can only assume they saw Elkhorn featured on the creature’s box. There is no way they could have known that Dwarves were my favorite race in fantasy games.
Black Dragon Bog - Hook Horror

In addition, that same birthday also saw me receiving the Dungeons & Dragons colorform set.
Black Dragon Bog - AD&D Colorforms

There were actually a total of four D&D book and records released by Kid Stuff. Attack of the Assassins, Quest of the Cursed Bone, as well as Quest of the Riddles. It is pretty evident from the covers that Strongheart the Paladin is the main character.
Black Dragon Bog - Kid Stuff - Quest for the Cursed Bone

As for the story told in Black Dragon Bog. It focuses on two adventurers, in this case Strongheart and Figgin. The latter being a Halfling thief. Naturally of good alignment. The duo are attempting to reach the festival of the Halflings. Time it appears is something of the essence.
Black Dragon Bog - Strongheart - Figgin

Will Strongheart and Figgin be able to safely pass through Black Dragon Bog?

Let us find out as we listen to this 1984 book and record together. For what it’s worth this video doesn’t include a look at the inside of the storybook.

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Masters of the Universe

Retro Records: Masters Of The Universe (1983)

Welcome back, friends. For this offering on Retro Records we are going with an absolutely epic LP. The 1983 Masters of the Universe record produced by Kid Stuff. Not only that but this was released in two different versions. The more common album cover you see at the top of the post in addition to a phono picture disc.

Image courtesy of the T3 Universe Blog.

Image courtesy of the T3 Universe Blog.

A very big thanks to the T3 Universe Blog for the personal images of those stunning picture discs.
Masters of the Universe - Phono Disc Side B - T3 Universe

Now bear in mind by the end of 1982, the Masters of the Universe toy line had already been hugely popular. So it naturally made sense that the merchandising arm start to spread out. I ask you, what child of the early 80s wouldn’t want to hear the adventures on Eternia? And Kid Stuff certainly ran with the early storylines of the series. In particular I mean the fantasy aspects of Masters of the Universe.

Image courtesy of He-Man.Org

Image courtesy of He-Man.Org

However this record was produced after the vintage DC Comics miniseries and classic Filmation series it seems.
Masters of the Universe - DC Comics

As He-Man is no mere barbarian in the jungles of Eternia as presented in the minicomics that came with the toys. But the alter-ego of Prince Adam. On the other hand instead of visiting the Cave of Power to transform he holds aloft the Power Sword. Having said that though you won’t hear Cringer or Battle Cat speaking or such on this record. In fact it’s like Kid Stuff combined elements of all three versions for their story.

Did I forget to mention the first record includes a five minute Masters of the Universe theme song?

So pour yourself a bowl of your favorite cereal and join us as we listen to the adventures of the Masters of the Universe!

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