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.

Retro Ad for G.I. Joe Episodes on F.HE.

GI Joe

I can’t believe how affordable those tapes were back in 1985.  One whole episode…a whopping 23 minutes of run time for the low, low price of just $39.95!

Seriously?!?  Is that how much those things cost back in the day?  I only ever owned one of the tapes from f.h.e., and now I can certainly see why.  That is insane for a cartoon tape, even if it is G.I. Joe.

A Collection of Masters of the Universe Toy Commercials

If you’re on this site, then I probably don’t need to tell you just how big He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was back in the 80’s.  FOr a couple of years there, you couldn’t get through life without being bombarded with He-Man merchandise.  I know I certainly fell victim to the never ending stream of advertisements and tie-ins, and I’m better off for it since He-Man remains one of my favorite toys of all-time.  So here today, I’m just taking a look back at some of the old commercials for the toys, and reliving those great times.

So this is supposedly the first commercial aired for the toy line.  I have no way of verifying that, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.  It features He-Man, Skeletor, and Castle Grayskull.  Whether it’s the first commercial or not, it certainly is from very early in the run as there are no other figures mentioned or shown in the ad.

Another video from early in the run, once again featuring He-Man and Skeletor, but also introducing the Attack Trak vehicle this time.  I had the Attack Trak, but I sure don’t remember it working quite like it shows in this commercial.  I seem to remember mine having a hard time makig it’s way through the carpeting in our house and getting stuck.  Maybe it was not so much that the Attack Trak didn’t work as advertised.  Maybe it was the fact we still had thick shag carpet in our home at that point.

Ah, Point Dread and the Talon Fighter.  What an awesome toy this was.  Point Dread was actually designed to fit atop the tower on Castle Grayskull, so when you had both, it extended the playability of both.  In the cartoon, Zodiak was kind of synonymous with the Talon Fighter, so that’s how I used it in my play.  I remember getting both Point Dread and the Talon Fighter, as well as Zodiak for my sixth birthday.  That was an awesome combo right there.  However, I don’t recall the storybook and record combo that came with the toy though.  Maybe my mind is slipping.

Now this commercial is kind of the cream of the crop, because it pimps so many different aspects from the overall toy line.  You get to see not only He-Man and Skeletor, but all their friends on each side of the ongoing battle.  It also makes sure to pimp Castle Grayskull, Point Dread and the Talon Fighter, and some other vehicles including the Attack Trak again.  You could tell that they knew they had a hit toy on their hands, as the commercial is busting at the seems with numerous toys showing how they were ramping up the line pretty heftily.

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Retro Round Up for the First Week of March 2018

Retro Round Up


Welcome back once again for another edition of the Retro Round Up!  This is where I look back at the previous week here on Retro Ramblings, and look ahead to some stuff I’ve got coming up, as well as throw out some links to some of the cool retro posts and articles I’ve stumbled across on the web recently.

So let’s start with looking back at some of the newest content here on Retro Ramblings.  If you haven’t already, I hope you give them a look and leave some of your thoughts and memories in the comments section on each post.

What you may have missed:

Music Monday:  Week of February 19 – Eric Vardeman is doing a great job here on the site, and his ongoing look back at the Billboard charts from 35 years ago in 1983, accompanied by playlist, is fascinating.  It’s fun to look back at how quickly and slowly some of the iconic songs of the time period rise and fall on the charts.

Forgotten Food:  Dr. Pepper Gum of the 1980’s – You all know by now, that one of the most nostalgic things for me is food. Especially food that we no longer have with us, and this post was all about one of my favorite bubble gum’s of the 80’s.

Nintendo Nostalgia:  Castlevania 2, Simon’s Quest – A look back at my absolute favorite video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Simon’s Quest.

Nintendo Nostalgia:  Retro Ad for the Game Genie – The Game Genie changed the way we played video games back in the day, and in this post I detail the memories of the first time I got my hands on one, and a kick ass old print ad for it to go along with the post.

1983 NBC Saturday Morning Cartoons Lineup – This is one gorgeous ad from the early 80’s detailing all the new and returning cartoons to the Saturday morning lineup in 1983.

Back When Pizza Hut Was An Experience:  The Video! – Since the Pizza Hut article has been the biggest smash on the site all time, I thought it was only fitting that it be the subject of my first YouTube video.  It’s a video version of the article where I detail all the things that made Pizza Hut great in the 80’s.  IF you watch it, do me a solid and subscribe to my channel while you’re there.  I’ve got a lot more videos on the way that I don’t think you’ll want to miss.

Retro Round Table:  Favorite Television Shows of the 90’s – Some of my friends and colleagues returned once more to share their opinion on a subject, and we tackled our favorite TV shows of the 90’s.  Many thanks to Jason Gross, Hoju Koolander, and Eric Vardeman for taking part as always.

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Retro Round Table: Favorite TV Shows of the 90’s

90's TV Shows

It’s time once again for another Retro Round Table, and this time, we’re talking about our favorite television shows from the 90’s.  The 90’s was a great decade for fun shows.  It seems to me that there were more good comedies and quirky shows than serious ones, but that’s why we do these round tables…to get more than my own opinion.  I’m joined today as usual by Hoju Koolander from the SequelQuest Podcast, Jason Gross from Rediscover the 80’s, Eric Vardeman from Eric V Music, and this week

So let’s get to it, and see what everyone picked as their favorite television show of the 90’s…..

Dana Carvey Show

There is no doubt about it, I watched way too much TV from 1990-1999. Not only did I watch too much TV live, I was recording it on VHS and re-watching these programs over and over again. So much so that at multiple times I burned out the family VCR. Most likely due to TV overload, I pretty much stopped watching network TV once the world survived Y2K and the last 18 years have been a blur. So what was my favorite boob tube experience from the decade where Urkel and Baywatch reigned supreme? Based solely on laughs that have lasted a lifetime, I would have to go with the short-lived prime time kamikaze mission The Dana Carvey Show. After winning our hearts as the nerdy sidekick, Garth in Wayne’s World, Dana Carvey somehow landed a 30 minute sketch comedy show on the ABC network in 1996 that aired after wholesome family sitcom Home Improvement. When I tuned into the cold open sketch where he appeared as President Bill Clinton addressing the nation from the oval office, my mind was blown as Carvey had live puppies suckle from multiple lactating nipples and this shocking bit of comedy instantly gained my loyalty. Each week pushed more boundaries of good taste and it’s no surprise that the show was cancelled after 8 episodes. Since our VCR was broken I had to record the shows on audio cassette, adding my own laugh track as I watched the hilarity unfold in sketches like Oscars Best Foreign Film Award and Nightline with Bob Dole. For years I cherished those tapes until the glorious day when Shout! Factory finally released the entire series on DVD in 2009. Those infamous 8 episodes are the absolute highlight of my 90s TV watching experience and no doubt shaped the warped sense of humor that has my wife rolling her eyes on a daily basis.

– Hoju Koolander

You can follow along with all of Hoju’s retro shenanigans on his twitter feed, @hojukoolander, read a lot of his his fine writing on a variety of retro topics at Retro-Daze, keep up with him at PopGeeks, and listen to his awesomely fun pod cast at SequelQuest Podcast where he and his cohorts craft sequels that we never got to movies that we loved!  Be sure to check out his latest piece over at Retro-Daze, Retro Magazine Round: Black Belt! 

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Back When Pizza Hut Was an Experience – The Video!

One of the most popular things I’ve ever done here on Retro Ramblings was my post on how Pizza Hut used to be so awesome called, Back When Pizza Hut Was an Experience.  It has been by far the biggest attention getter, so when I thought about doing a YouTube video for the site, it was only fitting that it would be the first subject I tackled.

Now this video is a little rough around the edges as it’s my first attempt at editing for YouTube. But check it out and try to enjoy me rambling on about what I miss from Pizza Hut back in the day.

1983 NBC Saturday Morning Cartoon Lineup

So way back in 1983, I would have been just 5 years old.  Even though I was that young, I can still vividly remember this lineup, and watching the heck out of it on Saturdays.  I seriously doubt I ever changed the channel, because I know I watched ALL of these shows, with the exception of The Flintstone Funnies.  Maybe I was eating cereal at time of morning, who knows.

This lineup is a who’s who of some of my absolute favorite cartoons from any era.  The Shirt Tales were a perennial favorite with Bogey and Rick being my guys.  The Smurfs never disappointed, and even today I still watch those classic episodes with my daughters.  Same goes for Alvin and the Chipmunks as well, as we own all of the DVD compilations that were released several years ago.  Mr. T is easily in my top 5, and once his show was over, I would break out my Mr. T action figures and relive the action.  Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and The Incredible Hulk were big in my house too due to my brother being a huge comic book fan.  And rounding out the lineup was Thundarr the Barbarian, which was my favorite cartoon of that genre right up until He-Man came along and took over the world….err, Universe.