Monster Squad

Fright-Rags’ The Monster Squad Poster Isn’t Bogus!

When The Monster Squad was released back in 1987, it kind of flew under a lot of radars. Now I was lucky enough to catch it in movie theaters. For the whole week it seemed to be playing in my neck of the woods. Growing up a Monster Kid of course meant this was right up my alley. I ask you how anyone could in fact pass up the movie with a poster as epic as this?

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

However the disappointing box office didn’t in fact sink the film. As it seemed to find that audience it needed when it was released on VHS. While it may not have been the success the filmmakers were hoping for – like creating a sequel. It on the other hand has enjoyed a second life as a veritable cult movie.

Which is why in this case that those mad geniuses over at Fright-Rags are now offering a poster forThe Monster Squad. The artwork is by the talented Abrar Amjal, used in fact on their sold out T-Shirt series!

Monster Squad - Fright Rags

Images courtesy of Abrar Ajmal and Fright-Rags.

As you are a visitor to The Retroist I am positive that you’ll see the need to obtain this for yourself. On the other hand this is the Season of giving, right? You can click the link up above to visit the official ordering page.

While you are waiting to order The Monster Squad poster…why not listen to Rock Until You Drop by Michael Sembello?

[Via] Buckaroo Banzai

Still hungry for more about The Monster Squad? You are in luck as The Retroist covered the movie in his 70th podcast!

In addition I would like to thank the always awesome IMP Awards for the theatrical poster in this post. Furthermore if you want to really see some amazing collectibles and info for the movie – take a quick hop over to Shawn Robare’s Branded in the 80s!

1988’s Baseball’s Greatest Gross Outs Trading Cards

Just last week while dropping in at the arcade to hang out with good friend to the Retroist, Phillip Cary, he surprised me with an awesome gift. An unopened pack of 1988 Baseball’s Greatest Gross Outs by Leaf that he had won at a recent auction for retro memorabilia.
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs 2
So of course I had to open them. Thanks to Shawn Robare’s Branded in the 80s site I was able to learn that Inkpot Award winner B.K. Taylor was the illustrator for these groovy and gross pack of baseball stickers.

Now once I broke the seal on the pack the first thing that popped into my head was that by all means I wasn’t going to be enjoying this stick of 28 year old gum. Nope. Straight in the trash it went!
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Stick of Gum
Right away I realized that on the back of some of the stickers – the card stock presented part of a poster image and thanks to Shawn I was shocked to learn that I would need 36 of the 88 sticker set to complete that poster.
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Gary Back
While the backing of some of the other cards presented frightful facts about the players themselves like these two for Laidback Larry and Skinny Vinny!
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Laidback Larry
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Laidback Larry Back
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Skinny Vinny
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Skinny Vinny Back
Now most of these cards present a humorous look at the monsters…but there was one…and I can’t explain why but it really creeped me out. I present to you Cardinal Carl. Who might be waiting in the dark of your closet when you turn your back!
Baseball's Greatest Gross Outs - Cardinal Carl
Here are the rest of the cards in the pack for your enjoyment:


So now I am going to have to head to eBay and try to find a complete collection of Baseball’s Greatest Gross Outs!

Branded in the 80’s “Robo Force” Trading Cards Are Awesome!

Shawn Robare of the excellent Branded in the 80s website has just delivered another masterpiece of a digital trading card series that for some unknown reason was never actually produced until now. In this case Shawn has reached into his alternate dimension portal device (also known as working extremely hard to make them look so AWESOME!) to procure the Robo Force Trading Card series!

All images courtesy of Branded in the 80s.

All images courtesy of Branded in the 80s.

For those not in the know, Robo Force was a 1984 toy line created by Ideal featuring the heroic forces of Robo Force, led by Maxx Steele who challenged the world domination plans of Hun-Dred and his dastardly Cult of Dred!

Robo Force - Official Fan Club - Branded in the 80s - Shawn Robare

The toys possessed suction cups and push buttons on the back of them that activated their “crusher arms”, they also had hidden weaponry as well as interchangeable hand weapons. The series also produced vehicles and playsets but even with a sizable marketing push, that included a 1984 animated special entitled “Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar”, the toy line never quite caught on, I suppose the Masters of the Universe just had too much of a stranglehold on the majority of kids imaginations at the time.

[Via] Panbiscuit

Robo Force Combo - Branded in the 80s - Shawn Robare

Make sure to visit Branded in the 80s to check out all 26 digital cards that Shawn has created, and let’s hope that somehow he can find a way to get these beauties printed so we can purchase a few packs for our very own!