Author: The Retro Rambler

I'm the Retro Rambler, and this is my online home where I relive all the stuff that made my childhood cool. I've never really grown up, and don't really want to either. Enjoy your stay here, and come back often to see the latest memories we're posting. Drop me a comment when something strikes you and we'll chat about it. Retro Ramblings....your childhood lives here.

Wax Pack Flashback: Batman Movie Trading Cards from 1989

Batman Trading Cards

Batman Trading Cards

Batman Trading Cards

Batman Trading Cards

Batman Trading Cards

To watch me open this pack of cards with commentary, check out my video of it here.

5 Nostalgic Things We Miss From the 80’s

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(The following is a sponsored guest post from StickerYou.com)

The ‘80s, what an amazing time. So amazing, that pop culture is currently flooded with inspiration and nostalgia from this incredible era. It’s safe to say the ‘80s are back, baby – and they’ll hopefully be around for quite some time! Today, we’re going to have a nice tall glass of nostalgia, and remember some of the quintessential ‘80s feats. Here are the top 5 things we can all admit we miss from our past:

 

80s Music

‘80s Music

Arguably home to the best music era of all time, the ‘80’s gave birth to some of the most talented and interesting artists and jams – music from this time will forever be iconic and live on through the generations. From Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”, music from the ‘80s was unique and filled with character, emotion, and raw talent. Alongside this, these jams were also insanely quotable and poetic. After all.. we built this city on Rock and Roll! If you have a favourite memorable quote from a song, why not make it into a custom vinyl wall decal? At StickerYou, we make it easy to write your personal expression on any wall with our vinyl lettering editor.

 

Slap Bracelets

Slap Bracelets

Who doesn’t miss the satisfying snap sound of successfully wrapping your slap bracelet around your wrist, or slapping them over an unsuspecting wrist? Invented in 1983, this viral fashion trend was a simple piece of long steele, similar to steele tape, covered in fabric – the more flashy the fabric, the better. This toy surely echoes in the minds of any ‘80s kid, and was a perfect pairing to your favourite choker or platform shoes. When it comes to kids, the appeal of simple and easy-to-use gadgets is vastly overrated – sometimes less is more! I think it’s fair to say we were all addicted to this awesome accessory.

 

Mix Tape

Mixtapes

Mixtapes were homemade compilations of music, and one of the best ways to show your personal expression and love for artists – curating the order of your custom mixtape cassette was certainly considered a form of high art and talent! Although they were later placed by USBs and CDs, cassette mixtapes were a crucial part of youth culture, and even made a great gift to a friend or somebody you fancy. Music compilations will forever be an awesome and fun hobbie, regardless of your age!

 

Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

The ‘80s was the birth era of many amazing consoles that are still around and adored by folks today, and is often referred to as the golden age of arcade games. This is the time period that video games began entering pop culture, and became a huge force in the lives of everyone. The Nintendo Entertainment System was released in the mid ‘80s, and The Sega Genesis was released in 1988. Many of these consoles are still kickin’ around today, and can be considered a collectors item! If you can’t get your hands on one of these retro systems, why not rep your passion with some custom retro gaming stickers? If you don’t see any artwork you love, you can always upload your own custom artwork to our Sticker Maker, and create your custom stickers order in a matter of minutes!

 

80s Fashion

The Fashion

Ahh.. the fashion. The ‘80s were a decade of wild dance-inspired clothing and hair trends. Fanny packs, velour, patches, scrunchies, shoulder pads, spandex, and many more awesome trends had their peak moments. A lot of these trends have come back into modern day fashion, and will be referenced by many future generations of well-dressed individuals.

 

Overall, it’s safe to say the ‘80s were a very memorable time, filled with endless nostalgia and recollections. We’ll never get tired of reliving the awesome trends, and we hope you don’t either!

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Forgotten Food: McDonald’s McD.L.T.

McDonald's McDlt

The McDonald’s McDLT gets mentioned on it’s fair share of fondly remembered foods list, and for good reason. Of all the great, and horrible, things to ever grace the menu of McDonalds, the McDLT was one of the best items they created.

It was a burger in similar size as Burger King’s Whopper sandwich, and featured mostly the same ingredients. A quarter pound beef patty, lettuce, tomato, mayo, cheese, pickles, and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun. The beauty of the McDLT though was it’s packaging. It came in one of McDonald’s signature styrofoam containers. But this one was slightly different. It featured two separate compartments instead of one.

On one side, the bottom bun and burger patty rested, while on the other was the rest of the toppings and the top bun. This allowed the hot parts to remain separate from the cold parts until you were ready to put it together and eat. And that was the brilliance of it all. A fresh tasting McDLT when the hot patty met the cold toppings.  What I could never figure out though, was why the slice of cheese was included on the cold side.  To me it would have made much more sense to put it on top of the patty on the hot side so it could get all melty.  But apparently, I’m not a genius like the burger builders at McDonald’s.

McDLT

It was released in the early 80’s to much fanfare, but was eventually pulled in 1990 due to pressure from environmental groups protesting their use of the styrofoam containers. Once the divided container was gone, so was the magic of this burger. It was later re-released as the Big ‘n’ Tasty burger, but without the separated ingredients, the burger fell flat.

 

More McDonald’s  |  A Visual Guide to McDonald’s Styrofoam Containers

 

As a kid, I was getting a little old for Happy Meals, and found the McDLT to be a perfectly acceptable replacement for it. I’m guessing it was basically the novelty of it that turned me on to it, but it was a great burger in it’s own right so that kept me coming back for more.

As a side note, McDonald’s lost a little luster to me with the fall of those original containers. Each container was a different color to represent what was held inside, and even the McNuggets had a little compartment built in to hold the sauce cup. I understand the environmental impact and agree with the decision to stop using them, but dang, they looked cool, and figure prominently in my memories of McDonald’s and childhood in general.  As a matter of fact, we did a whole post just on those old McDonald’s containers, and you can check that out here.

Now I know a lot of you reading this remember the McDLT, so we wanna hear from you.  What did you think of the concept?  Let us know in the comments.  And if long gone McDonalds food items is your thing, check out our post on the fabulous McDonald’s McPasta from the early 90’s.

McDLT

 

 

McDLT
McDLT in Package

Recreating and Reviewing the Diablo Sandwich from Smokey and the Bandit

Diablo Sandwich

This past Friday marked the 41st anniversary of the release date of one of my favorite movies, Smokey and the Bandit!  To celebrate this fact, my daughter and I decided to do a video on her food review YouTube channel where we would take a look at The Diablo Sandwich.  Check out this classic scene from the movie:

The problem was, I had no idea just what the heck a Diablo sandwich actually was.  After doing some digging around on the internet, I found an awesome post on a message board where a user had broken the scene down frame by frame to try and solve the mystery of the Diablo Sandwich.  If you have time, it’s a very fascinating read.  Check out the thread:  Diablo & Doc

So armed with that knowledge, we set out to make this iconic mystery sandwich, and I think we had pretty good luck with it.  CHeck out our YouTube video review of it, and if you enjoy the vibe of the video, consider subscribing to our channel.  We have a lot of reviews up, with more coming on a mostly daily basis.

 

Board Games From 1984 in the Sears Catalog

How many of these dames did you have or do you remember?

A Collection of Pro Wrestling Advertisements from 1987

Being a big wrestling fan growing up, I bought all of the “Apter mags” I could get me hands on.  They were great for the news, which was already 3 months old by the time you read it, and the stories about my favorite wrestlers.  What I didn’t discover they were great for at the time was the advertisements found within.  Sure, I would see something advertised and drool over it, but I never gained the appreciation for all those ads until much later in life.

I was flipping through an issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated the other day, and it was filled with cool ads that I thought I would share with you.  So here they are, a collection of pro wrestling ads from 1987.

Pro wrestling VHS tapes were the holy grail for a young wrestling fan like myself.  I wanted both of these tapes back in the day, but could never swing the ridiculous price to own them at the time.  Fortunately, I did get an uncut, satelite feed copy of Starrcade ’86 a few years ago.

And speaking of video tapes, here is a real gem!  For just $45.20 ($98.60 in 2018 dollars) I could have owned this awesome tape.  If you don’t know what this match is, it is the legendary, riot inducing, hair vs. hair steel cage match in Memphis TN. between Jerry “The King” Lawler and Austin Idol.  If you’ve not seen it, check it out here on YouTube, and be sure to watch for the surprise ending that caused the riot. Continue reading “A Collection of Pro Wrestling Advertisements from 1987”

Watch me Teach My Daughter How to Play POG’s!

So I recently picked up some POG’s off ebay, thinking I would do some kind of video with them.  My oldest daughter showed quite a curiosity in them, so what better thing to film than teaching her how to play the game.  So we pulled them out, set up the camera, and away we went.  Check it out, and if you played POG’s back in the day, leave a comment and we’ll talk about it!

You can also check out the post from a while back about the history of POG’s here on Retro Ramblings.