Author: The Retro Rambler

Mick Lee is the founder of RetroRamblings.com. He loves discovering great retro stuff, writing about it, and sharing it with the world. He lives in the past, and wouldn’t have it any other way. He also makes some kick ass spaghetti.

The Mega Haul of Christmas 1986

 

Two weeks ago, I spent quite a bit of time working on, and posting the article, 1986:  The Year Santa Became Real, for the Christmas season here at Retro Ramblings. In it, I go into detail about how my Christmas experiences took a huge upturn in 1986, and mentioned several awesome toys that I got from Santa Claus that year. I didn’t have the space in the article to go into a lot of detail on each of those toys, so this whole article is dedicated to just that!

Cobra Terror Drome

The big one that Christmas morning in 1986 was the G.I. Joe Cobra Terror Drome. At that time in life, my world revolved around four toys. G.I Joe, Masters of the Universe, Construx, and Legos….with G.I. Joe being at the top of the list. Knowing this, it was no surprise to my parents that the biggest hit of the holiday season would be this huge G.I. Joe play set.

It had room for plenty of figures, so massive battles were a foregone conclusion. I stockpiled this sucker with every bad guy I had in my collection, and then began a full on assault with all of the good guys I could find. Even Bo & Luke Duke in their 3 3/4″ figure form and the General Lee got in on the action on the side of the Joes!

 

More Dukes of Hazzard:  Looking Back at Dukes of Hazzard Merchandise From the 80’s

 

 

Cobra Terror Drome

The initial battle was a stalemate, with Cobra barely able to hold off the tremendous might of the Joes, as they retreated back a little ways to regroup and plan for a second assault. Now of course this stalemate was only to ensure that the Terror Drome was intact to play with again the following day. I spent a while Christmas afternoon interacting with various parts of this set. The Cobra vehicles re-fueled at the re-fueling station built into it, while some of the top Cobra brass interrogated a captured Joe down in the holding cell area.

The shine of this toy didn’t wear off anytime soon, but I had gotten quite a few other new toys this Christmas that required my attention, so I had to let the action cool down a little so I could get on to some of the other stuff like…..

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The Hottest Christmas Toys Through the Decades: The 1950’s

Christmas Through the Decades

It doesn’t matter how far back through the decades you go, each Christmas season has had it’s “must-have” hot toy that all the kids wanted.  Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were hot in 1983, but Davy Crockett coonskin caps were just as hot in 1954.  We’re going to be taking a look back at the hottest toys for Christmas’s through time, and this time we’re looking at the 1950’s.  You can also check out the decade of the 1940’s.

 

1950

Buzzy Bee

Buzzy Bee

Fisher-Price introduced the Buzzy Bee, a wooden pull-toy shaped like a bee whose yellow plastic wings not only rotated when pulled but made a delightful clacking sound.  Further delight was added by red wooden balls that waved at the end of coiled-spring antennae.

 

Hopalong Cassidy Lunch Boxes

Hopalong Cassidy Lunch Boxes

Hopalong Cassidy lunch boxes, inspired by the new TV hit, flew off the shelves.  Before December is out, over 600,000 had been sold.

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Vintage Holiday Recipes From 1967

I recently came across an issue of McCall’s magazine from December of 1967, and while getting lost in all the great advertising, I stumbled upon some fun and tasty looking recipes from that magical year.  The Christmas season always brings along it’s own unique blend of tasty treats that are usually reserved for the holiday and not many other times of the year.  So chances are these recipes only saw print a few times through the years.  Well today, we’re pulling these old recipes out and sharing them with the world!

 

While all the food on this spread looks pretty tempting, the only recipe given is for the Cream Wafers that are pictured at bottom right.  They seem easy enough to make, and look pretty dang good too!  The main thing I’ve picked up on in these old recipes, and you’ll see as we go along, is they call for butter and not margarine.  These are my kind of people right here!

Now I know that aluminum foil isn’t food, but Reynolds Wrap got in on the game with some “recipes” of their own to try and move more of their product by giving you ideas of things to do with it.  You can wrap a child’s present with it, Christmas candles look more “gala” when they have some foil curled around them.  From the looks of things, I guess bunching a big glob of it up and sitting the candle in it as a base works too.  It even says you can line your fireplace with it to reflect it’s glowing warmth.

Now this one is certainly one of my favorites, as it features the always delicious snack, Bugles!  It also features Whistles and Daisy’s, but they are no longer on the market, so we just have to settle for what we can get.  As much as I love Bugles, I am more than a bit disappointed I missed out on ever trying the other two offerings.

I’m not so sure about the dip though.  Cream Cheese, Blue Cheese, and onions mixed with Cheddar and other stuff doesn’t sound too appealing to me.  Maybe it does you.

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The Golden Age of Department Stores at Christmas

In today’s world of specialty shops, discount superstores, and all the choices we have online, it’s hard to imagine the role the department store once played in American life.  Each town had one of these emporiums, housing thousands of square feet of merchandise beneath a single roof.  Located in the town’s central shopping district, the department store served as a kind of town square.  Wealthy people could not go to a “better” store, and poor folks would not be turned away.  As an economic blender, it was great.

Department stores also played a unique role at Christmas time.  Because their budgets, floor space, and potential profits were so much larger than smaller shops, they took the lead in marketing Christmas as an in-store event.  It cost a quarter to go to the movies, but for free one could linger for hours over fantasy windows, spectacular toy lands, mechanized villages, and red-suited Santa, all set against the backdrop of alluring and highly desirable merchandise.  Whole families trooped downtown each year to enjoy these spectacles, and a new annual tradition became part of millions of American lives.

More Department Store History:  How Retailers Changed When We Celebrate Thanksgiving

 

Retailed realized early on that windows made ideal picture frames for their merchandise.  In the 1920’s, Christmas windows took a revolutionary turn.  Ed Dean, display manager for Dayton’s department store in Minneapolis, began designing windows that were whimsical rather than merely merchandise-filled.  Although Macy’s in New York had long incorporated merchandise into various window themes, Dean’s windows skipped the merchandise altogether.  Among his creations were mechanical cutouts illustrating scenes from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a life-size elephant that swung its trunk and swished its tail, and several circus acts and nursery rhymes.  The idea was to give the windows a new theme each year, and to make each season’s offering grander and more alluring than the year before.  One year it was dolls, another the circus, still another nursery rhyme characters.

Soon other stores adopted the merchandise-free strategy, and fantasy windows became the rule of the day.  In 1946, Marshall Field’s in Chicago used its long parade of windows to tell the story of The Night Before Christmas from start to finish, which proved so popular with shoppers that the store offered the public a new story every year after that.  In cities across America, each season’s store windows became an annual news event, and town residents turned out to see the show.  The amount of free advertising, customer good will, foot traffic, and attention from the retail world was enormous.


Rudolph got his start as a story for one of these old department stores.  You can read his story on our Patreon page.
When Rudolph Mania Started Running Wild

Why are holiday windows always so secular?  Has commercialism completely drowned out Christmas’ true origins?  It turns out the opposite is true – retailers have always been cautious of anything that might seem to exploit religion.  In 1952, to satisfy customers who’d requested a nativity display, Dayton’s in Minneapolis created a sacred side of the store, keeping it separate from the Santa’s, sleigh bells, toy soldiers and decorated trees that enlivened the rest of the store.

Windows were by no means the only investment retailers made.  Awnings garlanded with holly, Santa’s and sleighs climbing store roofs, interior pillars wrapped with pine, elaborately decorated Christmas trees and Santa Villages and Toylands – all these were important in setting the holiday mood.  Marshall Field’s, in Chicago, was a leader in cellar-to-ceiling decorating.  In the 1940’s, instead of having windows to delight the children and decorations of various sorts in different departments, Field’s designers began decorating the whole store around and single theme.  This required not only ingenuity but massive effort as well – the store estimated that some 4,000 employees were required to complete the decorations each year.  The effect was dazzling, and people who might before have been content to see only the windows and the main floor now became interested in seeing the whole store, and as they walked through each floor they invariably made purchases.

The 1950’s and 1960’s were the heyday of downtown windows, with stores striving each season to surpass their previous year’s efforts and those of their competitors.  Stores that had kept their windows dark on Sundays began to light them up.  Eventually, by the mid-1960’s, states started to repeal their Sunday closing laws, and stores began to keep limited hours.

Christmas:  The Hottest Toys For Christmas Though the Decades:  The 1940’s

After the 1960’s, while large stores could still be counted on for interesting and delightful windows, soaring costs caused many retailers to scale back their efforts, to recycle decorations form one season to another, or rely on rented window decorations.  An even bigger factor may have been that new feature on the American landscape, the suburban shopping mall.  With branches of the main store located in the customer’s own neighborhood, there was no reason to lure shoppers downtown, and the advent of the sophisticated attractions like color television, animated movies, television specials, and later VCR’s and DVDs, made children just a little less excited about the prospect of pacing a long line of windows in the cold.

The Hottest Christmas Toys Through the Decades: The 1940’s

 

It doesn’t matter how far back through the decades you go, each Christmas season has had it’s “must-have” hot toy that all the kids wanted.  Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were hot in 1983, but Davy Crockett coonskin caps were just as hot in 1954.  We’re going to be taking a look back at the hottest toys for Christmas’s through time, and we’re starting with the 1940’s.

 

1942

Little Golden Books

Little Golden Books

Little Golden Books published it’s first twelve books.  1.5 million copies were sold in the first 5 months alone.

 

Lionel Paper Trains

Lionel Paper Trains

After being forced to halt production to their normal metal trains due to the war, Lionel offered a paper train for the holiday season.  In its Model Builder magazine and its Railroad Planning Book, Lionel urged boys and their dads to start planning their post war railroad now.

 

1943

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

Produced by Milton Bradley, Chutes and Ladders created a fervor among kids everywhere.

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Classic Advertising – Christmas Edition, Part 1

As you know, we love vintage advertising here at Retro Ramblings, and you know we love Christmas, so we really love retro Christmas ads!  Here are 5 classic ads for your viewing pleasure.

Old toy ads are always a favorite of mine, and this Toyland ad has some cool old toys included.  That Hiawatha bike looks pretty dang snazzy, and who wouldn’t want that the western gun set to go track down invisible bad guys all summer long?

 

Coca-Cola may be the king of Christmas advertising when it comes to soda, but Pepsi has had some good ones through the years as well.

 

If you had lights on your Christmas tree in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, theres a good chance they were Noma lights.  I really like the ones shaped like candles.  I could go for a set of those today!

More Advertising:  Retro Comic Book Ads

 

Budweiser’s best Christmas advertising would come in later years when they introduced the famous Clydesdale horses into them, but advertising for alcohol was common place for years, and it only increased during the holiday season.

 

The Colonel gets all the women.  I still don’t know if it’s his own machismo, or the bucket of chicken he’s holding, but either way, the man is surrounded by lovely ladies.  This ad would probably play huge in Japan where going for KFC chicken is a real Christmas tradition.

 

Christmas Mornings of the Past, Part 1

No other time of the year holds more nostalgic memories for me than Christmas.  All my life – from a kid, up through today – I spend all year long looking forward to this time of year, and making plans to make it as special as possible for my kids.  The climax of the whole season is Christmas morning itself.  That magical time of the year when you get up real early, and rush to the Christmas tree to see what Santa Claus has left for you.

It seems that Christmas morning is kind of a tally sheet for the year doesn’t it?  Like, as a kid, you had all these things you wanted all year, and all those wishes would culminate in that one single morning.  If you got a lot of loot, or very cool loot, your year was a success.  If not, well…better luck next year kid.  At least that’s the way it went in my mind all those years ago.  I had a few of what I thought were less-than-stellar Christmas mornings, but then 1986 came along and changed all of that.

Nowadays, I like to look back on different people’s Christmas mornings of years past and marvel at how cool it must have been to be in their shoes on those mornings so long ago.

Christmas Morning

So first up, this kid looks pretty pleased to have gotten the Go Bots Command Center play set under his tree on Christmas morning.  I was a big fan of the Go Bots cartoon, but only ever had two of the action figures….Loco and Dive-Dive.  Now while I wish I had more of the figures, and would have loved the Command Center, I never put it on any of my Christmas lists because it wouldn’t have been very much fun without a lot of the action figures to go along with it.

In the background on his right, someone has gotten some kind of G.I. Joe play set, because we can clearly see the opened box.  I’ve gotta take a few points away from this kid now knowing that he chose to pose with the Go Bots toy when he could have been posing with the G.I. Joe one instead.

I can’t really tell what his brother is holding in the background, but just in front of it is a nice looking piece of gold ribbon, which indicates their Christmas presents were probably well wrapped and made for a very nice presentation.  And I am almost certain, that on the far right of this photo, you can see what is the box of a G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that these kids had a pretty damn good Christmas.  A Go Bots play set, and a couple of G.I. Joe toys means a big Christmas morning, regardless of what other loot they may have found.

More Christmas Memories:  Making My Christmas Wish List From the 1986 Sears Wish Book

Man these kids really hit the jackpot!  You can clearly see a buffet of G.I. Joe play sets including the Cobra Rattler, Cobra Vamp, G.I. Joe Wolverine, and the G.I. Joe Dragonfly helicopter!  I don’t see any carded figures in the picture, but one can only assume these kids already have several of those.  I’m sure there was quite a battle fought between the Joes and Cobra later on this Christmas day.

More G.I. Joe:  My 5 Favorite Episodes of G.I. Joe

While this kids looks happy to have received the legendary Castle Grayskull, he doesn’t seem excited enough.  When I got my Castle Grayskull I ran around the living room shouting and jumping for joy.  I just don’t see that kind of enthusiasm pouring out of this kid.  It looks like there is a stack of boxes in the background that clothes are usually given in, so his senses may be dulled at the moment by opening all of those crappy presents before getting to the main event.

More He-Man:  Wax Pack Flashback – Opening a pack of He-Man Trading Cards From the 80’s

I bet these kids had one long, and awesome Christmas day filled with video game fun since they got the Atari Video Computer System that morning.  I just hope they got some cool games to go along with it.  I believe my brother had gotten his Atari for Christmas, but not I’m not sure as I can’t quite remember back that far.  But I do remember spending whole days playing it with him.

The one kid in this photo is handing off what looks to be a camera maybe?  I’m thinking that due to what appears to be a one of those old flashes that used to be on every camera.  Speaking of flashes, am I the only one who always loved the look of the long stack of flash cubes attached to the top of cameras from back in this time period?

So these three kids all look like they got exactly what they wanted for Christmas judging by the looks on their faces.  That poor dog in the arms of the little girl looks like he’s having a rough morning though.  I’d be willing to bet he was forced to play tea party or something with the girl and her new stuffed dog toy.

The kid in the cool red pajamas looks pretty bad ass on his new big wheel.  The particular one he is astride is the quite popular and sought after “Green Machine”.  That thing was pretty awesome due to it’s alternative steering versus tradition big wheel toys.

And the kid in the middle…the one after my own heart…holding up with pride his new set of Legos!  That would be the iconic Galaxy Explorer set.  My brother had that thing and I was never allowed to touch it.  What a douche.  Anyway, these kids look like they had a great day, and many days after that too thanks to the cool stuff they got for Christmas that year.

You can get a scaled down version of that cool space cruiser along with the book, Great Lego Sets:  A Visual History.  It is a fantastic look back at a lot of the most popular and well-remembered Lego sets of the 80’s and 90’s.  I highly recommend it.

We’ll do more of these Christmas morning photos next week, so check back then.  But you don’t have to wait that long for more retro Christmas content.  We’ve got fun stuff coming up each days this week, so visit often!

 

Drink Hot Dr. Pepper as an Old School Holiday Treat

Hot Dr Pepper

The ad above from the 60’s makes no bones about the fact that we should all be drinking hot Dr. Pepper this Christmas season.  I’m thinking this is one of those things where some executive was irate about losing potential customers to things like egg nog, or punch every Christmas and ordered his marketers to come up with some new concoction to move more Dr. Pepper.

This must not have been a one hit wonder either, because I’ve seen ads featuring this idea from several different years.  It actually doesn’t seem too bad either, so I may give this a try this year.  I think it would better suite my tastes if I switched out the lemon slice with a slice of an orange.  How about you?

More Retro Christmas:  Classic Christmas Commercials, Part 1

 

Hot Dr. Pepper

Hot Dr Pepper

Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Christmas Season

As you know, doing the Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Week is one of my favorite posts to do here on Retro Ramblings.  It gives me a chance to shine some light on the great retro themed articles I find around the ‘net, and share the fun of reliving various old memories.  But when it comes to Christmas, my favorite holiday, not any little old list of links will do.  Oh no, at this time of year, nothing short of a mega list will suffice.

So here today I proudly present to you The Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Christmas Season!  If you enjoy stepping back in time to days gone by, you’re sure to find plenty here to whet your whistle, and all of it revolves around Christmas.  So get yourself a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa, and click on some of these links and find yourself lost in nostalgia!  There may be too much here to digest in one sitting, so bookmark this page so you can keep coming back to it throughout the weeks leading up to the big day.

I’m breaking all these links down by category to make finding your favorites a little easier.  Here we go…..

Movies

25 Facts About Famous Christmas Movies – Mental Floss
10 Awesome Things About Home Alone – Dinosaur Dracula
25 Things To Look For While Watching the A Christmas Story Marathon – Mental Floss
25 Facts About It’s a Wonderful Life – Mental Floss
The Original Reviews of 10 Classic Christmas Movies – Mental Floss
25 Facts About Christmas Vacation – Mental Floss
21 Things You Didn’t Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas – Mental Floss

Television

When Rudolph Mania Stared Running Wild – Retro Ramblings Patreon Exclusive
Remembering 11 Classic Holiday Commercials – Mental Floss
6 Long-Forgotten Local Christmas TV Specials That Should Be Remembered – MeTV
Commercials From He-Man Christmas Special – Dinosaur Dracula
The 80’s Christmas Specials You Just Have to Show Your Kids – Hollywood.com
The TV Specials of Christmas Past – Like Totally 80’s
Let’s Not Forget the Brady’s Reunited for a Christmas Special in the 80’s – MeTV
A Stocking Full of Your Favorite 80’s Christmas Specials – Rediscover the 80’s
Let’s Not Forget About ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas’ – MeTV
Classic Christmas Commercials Volume 9 – Dinosaur Dracula
12 Unforgettable Live-Action Christmas Specials of the 1970’s – MeTV
Ranking the Doctor Who Christmas Specials From Worst to Best – Robots Pajamas
34 Great Christmas Episodes From Classic TV Shows – MeTV
8 80’s Christmas Specials You Might Have Forgotten – Dinosaur Dracula
Power Rangers Had a Christmas Special:  It Was Cheap – Robots Pajamas
5 Classic Christmas Commercials – Retro Ramblings

Music

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ – Rediscover the 80’s
6 Controversial Christmas Carols – Mental Floss
12 Awesome Holiday Tunes! – Dinosaur Dracula
The Twelve 80’s Songs of Christmas – Like Totally 80’s
Retro Christmas Mixtape – Hoju Koolander
1976 Served Up the Strangest Batch of New Christmas Songs – MeTV
12 Forgotten Children’s Christmas Albums of the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s

Toys & Gifts

Retro Rambler’s Retro Gift Guide for 2017 – Retro Ramblings
1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog Shopping Spree – Rediscover the 80’s
29 Real World Toys in ‘Jingle All the Way’ – Dinosaur Dracula
12 Strange Christmas Gifts From the 1970 Sears Wishbook You Won’t Find Today – MeTV
Making My Christmas List From the 1986 Sears Wish Book – Retro Ramblings
A Look at Rankin-Bass’ Santa Claus Trilogy – Cavalcade of Awesome
12 Fantastic Christmas Gifts We Found in a 1963 Spencer’s Gift Catalog – MeTV
1982 Sears Wishbook – Dinosaur Dracula
Top Christmas Gifts We Received in the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s
10 Most Wanted Christmas Toys of the 1960’s – MeTV
1985 JC Penny Christmas Catalog – Dinosaur Dracula
1989 Sears Christmas Wishbook Shopping Spree – Rediscover the 80’s
11 Tiny Toys That Were Always Stuffed in Our Stockings Back in the Day – MeTV
The 1994 Toys “R” Us Big Toy Book – Dinosaur Dracula
Most Popular Christmas Toy from Christmas’ Past – Do You Remember
10 Totally Awesome Christmas Toys We Had to Have in the 80’s – MeTV
Highlights From the 1986 Sears Wishbook – Dinosaur Dracula
Toys From the 1991 JC Penny Catalog – Dinosaur Dracula

Cartoons

13 Spirited Facts About How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Mental Floss
Identifying Garfield’s Christmas Presents – Dinosaur Dracula
6 Times That 80’s Cartoons Should’ve Left Christmas Alone – Rediscover the 80’s
9 Forgotten Cartoon Christmas Specials of the 70’s – MeTV
The 1987 Broadcast of a Charlie Brown Christmas – Dinosaur Dracula

Food

These Bizarre Vintage Holiday Recipes Are Best Left to the Ghosts of Christmas Past – MeTV
Ancient Christmas Appetizers – Dinosaur Dracula
More Ancient Holiday Appetizers – Dinosaur Dracula
6 Ways McDonalds Made Us Love Christmas – Pop Rewind
10 Old-Fashioned Christmas Candies That Will Take You Back – MeTV
Five Cereal Boxes From Christmases Past – Dinosaur Dracula
80’s Christmas Movie Drinks to Go With Classic 80’s Films – Like Totally 80’s
Holiday Food Ads from 1983 – Dinosaur Dracula

Other

50 Vintage Christmas Cards From the New York Public Library Archives – Mental Floss
15 Vintage Christmas Ads You Would Never See Today – MeTV
How ‘A Christmas Story’ Kept Peter Billingsly Normal – BuzzFeed
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on Christmas Day – Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Energizer Bunny Ornaments from the 90’s – Dinosaur Dracula
How the Transformers Saved Christmas – Branded in the 80’s
How Christmas Trees Have Evolved in Our Lifetime – MeTV
5 Ways Christmas Was Better in the 80’s – Like Totally 80’s
80’s Christmas Ads From Woman’s Day – Dinosaur Dracula
The Origins of 12 Christmas Traditions – Mental Floss
20 Vintage Christmas Decorations That Are Making a Major Comeback – Do You Remember
Are These Christmas Photos From the 1960’s or 1970’s? – MeTV
Christmas Cards From the Soviet Union Space Race – Flashbak
6 Great Comic Book Christmas Adventures – Mental Floss
8 Retro Christmas Traditions From the 50’s and 60’s – MeTV

Videos

Watch These 80’s Home Movies of Kids Unwrapping Presents on Christmas Morning – Rediscover the 80’s
Silent Film Version of A Christmas Carol from 1901 – Retro Ramblings YouTube Channel
A Super Cut of 80’s Christmas Commercials – Rediscover the 80’s

For more videos, come back next Friday for the Retro Rambler’s Christmas Watch List!

Personal Memories & Stories

1986:  The Year Santa Became Real – Retro Ramblings
Christmas Yuleogy – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Holi-Daze:  Toys Unwrapped – Hoju Koolander
Yuletide Yakking – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Christmas, 1988.  A Photo Journal – Dinosaur Dracula
Christmas 1985 Through My Gobots Camera Lense – SockofFleagulls at Retro-Daze
Christmas 1991:  The Year of the Tournament Table – Horror Movie BBQ
NLogan’s Retro Christmas – NLogan at Retro-Daze
vkimo’s Christmas Special – vkimo at Retro-Daze
A Very Lego Christmas – Garage Sale of Awesome
1990:  The Year Santa Died – Fuschnikt at Retro_Daze
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Goodwill Hunting for Geeks
Stocking Stuffers – Hoju Koolander
Christmas Eve, 1986 – Dinosaur Dracula
Christmas Conundrum – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Being Jacob Marley – Junk Fed
Perfect Game – kidcoffee at Retro-Daze
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Adventures of a Geeky Vixen
Christmas at Grandma’s House – NLogan at Retro-Daze
The Santa Diaries – Hoju Koolander
Christmas, Crockett Style – Crockett Foundation
Christmas Memories:  Traditions Come and Gone – Fuschnikt at Retro-Daze
Christmas 64 – vkimo at Retro-Daze
That Dude’s Christmas Memories – TDitH at Retro-Daze
A Very Sega Christmas – massreality at Retro-Daze
The Worst Christmas School Production in the World – Pikachulover at Retro-Daze

 

Well, there it is.  That is one big list full of retro Christmas goodness to enjoy all month long in the lead-up to the big day.  If you know of something I’ve missed and myself and others might enjoy, drop the link in the comments.

 

Help Chance Rasberry Bring Little Billy to Life

Little Billy

My friend and Emmy award winning animator on The Simpsons, Chance Rasberry, has a new animated series that he needs our help with.  This new series titled, Little Billy, is right in our wheel house too, because it’s set in the 80’s, and is chocked full of our favorite 80’s cartoons, toys, cereals, and so much more!  Not only that, it’s done in the classic animation style of the 80’s.  The premise?  I’ll let Chance explain that himself….

Little Billy

Chance is looking for help from folks like to get this off the ground, and has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money.  And brother, he’s got some very cool perks that come along with your pledge.  Things like awesome t-shirts, Count Chokula inspired Little Billy prints, the Little Billy Poster in the style of Garbage Pail kids, and my favorite…the set of Little Billy stickers done exactly like Garbage Pail Kid’s stickers we used to love in the 80’s!  And if you’re feeling really generous, you can get an hour long, one-on-one animation lesson from Chance himself!

I would love to see this dream become a reality for several reasons.  One, this world can never have enough 80’s fueled entertainment.  Two, I miss the classic animation style of the 80’s and am craving some more of that goodness.  Third, I love the premise, and with a daughter that has severe tics herself, I know how important something like this could be for kids like her.  And fourth, the trailer is just oozing with retro goodness…..

Chance has some of our favorite creators involved in this project as well.  Folks like Charles Zimbillas who was the animator on the original He-Man and She-Ra series, Bill Kopp from Better Off Dead, the Roger Rabit shorts, the Simpsons Tracey Ullman shorts, and the creator of Eek the Cat.  Also involvedd is Joe Simko, the master painter behind the Topps Garbage Pail Kids cards of the 80’s, who also hand painted the Little Poster print that you can get a copy of with a pledge!  There is no shortage of talent in this project, so you know just how cool it can be if it gets made.

So give Chance a chance (see what I did there?), and head over to the Little Billy Indiegogo page and help get it funded!

 

Little Billy on Indiegogo

 

You can also help out by spreading the word by sharing it on your Twitter feed, Facebook page, Instagram, and wherever else you can.  Hell, if nothing else throw him some moral support by reaching out to his Twitter page, or Facebook page.  He would appreciate it, and so would all of us who really want to see this get made.

Little Billy