These Itty Bittys Have Got the Touch!

These Itty Bittys are also “more than meets the eye.”

You’ve got your cheesy jokes, I’ve got mine.

Random Visit

I was at the mall recently, which isn’t much of a stretch, being female and all. My mall visits wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop in Hallmark. I usually try to avoid the store unless I am buying a gift, because I’m always bound to find something I don’t need, but really need to have.

For the uninitiated among us, that’s an impulse buy. The only difference between myself and most women is that other women usually splurge on shoes, clothes, and purses. My impulse buys are usually of the fun variety. And if that isn’t geek enough, nothing is.

Anyways, shopping…

I’ve been collecting in dribs and drabs from Hallmark’s Itty Bitty collection, ever since I bought my mom a Mickey Mouse Itty Bitty as part of her birthday gift in 2014. Since then, I’ve collected a few myself.

Someone will construct fan fiction around this photo.

What had started (at least, as far as I can recall) as Disney characters soon became characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, The Muppets, Rainbow Brite, Star Wars, and various other licensed properties and classic films, soon gave way to these “robots in disguise,” disguised here as mini plushies…

“Itty Bitty” Robots In Disguise

That’s right, the Autobots and Decepticons continue to fight in their newest form, and, well…they’re cute.

“Cute” and “Transformers.” Not really something you’d normally see in the same sentence, right? Well, for this purpose, you’re seeing it!

These adorable additions to the Itty Bitty line are, in fact, smiling Transformers characters – Hallmark is offering up a few of the most important characters…

That’s right – Bumblebee, Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Soundwave. All plush, all tiny, and (almost all) smiling. It is mind-blowing yet not surprising for these little toys, since (with a few minor exceptions) they all smile.

When I was shopping on the particular day I came across these, I had spotted Ant-Man in one of the various bins holding the Itty Bittys. I only meant for him to be an impulse buy.

And Optimus Prime was smiling up at me, and he melted my heart.

To steal a line from Star Wars (and reconfigure it slightly), he was the robot I wanted.

To steal another movie line (this time from Jerry Maguire), he had me at hello.

It was an impulse buy that more than met the eye, the wallet, and the happiness factor.

Those are the best kinds of impulse buys. :-)

Be sure to take a look at the rest of Hallmark’s Itty Bitty collection, which now includes pretty much anything you can think of, and a few fun surprises and treats thrown in.

Including Clark Kent.


1980’s The Empire Strikes Back Underoos Commercial!

You might imagine that The Empire Strikes Back was kind of a big deal when it was released in 1980. You know what was also incredibly popular at that time? Fruit of the Loom’s Underoos of course!

It is rather a simple thing to see why those of us growing up in the 80s loved these. While the original idea for Underoos came about in 1977 thanks to Larry Weiss. The concept was sold to Fruit of the Loom – in fact they were the company Weiss hired to provide the shirts and underwear that characters would be printed on. Furthermore the company that was originally interested in the children’s line of clothing was Hanes.

Equally important are the popular properties that Fruit of the Loom went after for their Underoos. It is a rather astounding number of cartoons, toy lines, comic books, and films. The A-Team, Gremlins, Transformers, and Star Wars of course to name a few.

This 1980’s commercial only showcases four sets of Underoos. In addition to Boba Fett, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and C-3PO. They also offered Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing pilot outfit. Princess Leia in Hoth attire, and two different colored versions of Yoda.

Star Wars TV Archive

It bears mentioning that Underoos didn’t offer anything for 1977’s Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back marked the first offerings. Although they continued with Return of the Jedi as well as The Ewoks animated series in 1985.

What was the first set of Underoos that I received?

Why none other than DC Comics’ Scarlet Speedster. The Flash!

Now I hope you will forgive me but I have to leave The Retroist Vault. I have tickets to go see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I will let you know however if while standing in line I happen to spy any fellow Star Wars fans wearing some Underoos!

The Autobots Roll Out And Represent With This 80sTees T-Shirt

When it comes to the clothing options for us fans of the original Transformers toy line there is suprisingly a decent amount to choose from. That doesn’t mean though a T-Shirt doesn’t come along now and again that doesn’t stop and make us take notice.

Like with that 80Tees.Com offering you see up top showing off a very healthy dose of assembled Autobots like…

Images courtesy of 80sTees.Com

Images courtesy of 80sTees.Com

Air Raid, Springer, Swoop, Slingshot, Skydive, Powerglide, Cosmos, Fireflight, Silverbolt, and Blades at the top. Then we have Inferno, Ultra Magnus, Windcharger, Gears, and Warpath. Followed by Sludge, Bluestreak, Streetwise, and moving back to the left hand side of the shirt we have Huffer, Brawn, First Aid, Skids, and Grapple. Last but certainly not least at the bottom we have Jazz and Sunstreaker.

Autobots Vehicles - 80sTees.Com
The next crowd of heroic Autobots features Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Hound, Snarl, and back to the left hand side of the shirt we have Prowl, Perceptor, Arcee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Grimlock, Kup, Wheeljack, Cliffjumper, Wheelie, Seaspray, Blaster, Blurr, Hot Rod, Mirage, Trailbreaker and Sideswipe. Back again to the left hand side of the shirt and we have Groove, Slag, Hoist, Smokescreen, Hot Spot, Beachcomber, Tracks and then Red Alert.

Whew. At the moment you can hop on over to 80sTees.Com and pre-order this awesome T-shirt, at the time of writing this post there are 18 days remaining to do so and the shirt has been funded 330% percent.

“Wheeljack! Transform…and transform…and transform…”

Do You Recall The 1980’s Computer Warriors Toy Line?

As I’ve mentioned on the site before, when it came to transforming toy lines my heart was always with Hasbro’s The Transformers. Which might be why I overlooked the Computer Warriors toys from Mattel back in 1989…even though now I certainly wished I could have at least picked up the Pepsi transforming hover jet playset!

Computer Warriors - Pepsi

The Computer Warriors story finds that a government computer has malfunctioned and it is producing an evil army of viruses, their leader Megahert manages to guide his minions into the real world to begin the take over of all computer systems. Thankfully the same computer realizes it’s mistake and programs four heroic antiviruses dubbed the Computer Warriors, led by Romm, to dispatch the evil Megahert and his cohorts before they can take over the world.

To make sure their activities are not discovered in the real world both forces learn to hide in common objects of the day as in the already mentioned Pepsi can, a soccer trophy, flashlight, pencil sharpener, calculator, digital desk clock, a book entitled “Invasion of the Viruses”, and even a desktop computer.

[Via]HootyHaHa’s Flashbacks

There was even a special animated movie produced for the toy line and since it’s a Mattel production you might even spot a familiar figure hidden in a toy chest. For your viewing pleasure is Computer Warriors: The Adventure Begins!
He Man - The Computer Warriors

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“Pepsi Can Transform!”

This Transformers Tyco Electric Racing Set glows in the dark!

Transformers Electric Racing

Growing up I had one friend who has a HUGE Transformers fan, the type who needed to have anything with an Autobot or Decepticon logo emblazoned upon it. It was great visiting his house, especially when he received a really cool glow-in-the-dark electric racing set.

I had forgotten about this until I caught the commercial below. I remember that we used to race in ‘car’ mode because changing into ‘robot’ mode used to cause far more crashes. I also remember that the glow-in-the-dark mode was rubbish – it worked for a few minutes and was briefly thrilling but if you’re going to race, you should really do it with the lights on.

Did anyone else get to race Natron and Freezon around one of these Tyco tracks?