Hey there guys and dolls! Like I’m sure a lot of you retro minded folks reading this do, I have a collection of retro goodies that is very near and dear to my heart. While other people may collect sensible things like savings bonds, stamps, or slap bracelets, I have a collection that spans all fads and all years! And while I love to show it off to people who come by my place, I realized that I rarely ever give a glimpse of it to you, the ones who would truly appreciate such a mess. Imagine if you will, being a census taker and having to spend two hours listening to me rattle on about a styrofoam Big Mac container from 1985 with a small piece of hard cheese still attached to the inside. The struggle is real.
But anyway, I just pulled out five random pieces of awesomeness from the mini museum we have here to share with you. There is no connecting theme other that it’s all cool old shit. Enjoy.
Fry Guy Happy Meal Toy from 1989
It’s the purple Fry Guy dude from McDonald’s Happy Meals! What was his name? Hoops? Hell I can’t remember. But this purple dude survived the great toy purge of 1992 when I turned 14 and decided I didn’t want to be see with toys any more. And then it survived the purge of most things when I moved out from home in 2000. And then it even survived when my parents moved in 2008! Somehow, someway, this Fry Guy made it through all of that to end up in a toy box for visiting kids at my parents place. Can you believe that? Of all the things to make it back to my hands in present day, this dude did it. I lovingly re-adopted him from my mom a few years ago and put him in a place of honor on a high shelf in the museum.
This iteration of the Fry Guys came as the toy in a series of Happy Meals in 1989. They were all sports related, but I can’t remember what the theme of each was. All I know is that I had several of these boogers, yet this is the only one I still have in my possession.
Masters of the Universe Tri-Klops Action Figure from 1983
This old Tri-Klops figure is starting to show his age, and I haven’t taken as good of care of him as I should have. He’s a little dusty, and probably feeling a little un-loved. Maybe I can fix that by putting the Evil Lynn figure right next to him on display. That’s one goth chick that I bet could throw the loving on him in a serious way.
Anywho, Masters of the Universe was my first love when it came to toy lines. I’d played with my fair share of toys in my first five years of life, but He-Man and his buddies were the first ones to really “hook” me. Unfortunately, almost all of my own originals met untimely deaths earlier in my life. I had to resort to picking this villain up on ebay some time back. While I love the thoughts of still owning all of my originals, I’m fine with making due with someones else’s lost treasures via the internet.
I’d love to say that I can fully remember all my play time with MOTU figures, but I can’t. I certainly had a fair amount of the figures and playsets, but never came close to having them all. I do remember the core set of figures I had and played with on a regular basis, and Tri-Klops was in that group. On the bad guy side, I had Skeletor, Tri-Klops, Trap Jaw, Beast Man, and Mer-Man….and on the opposing side of heroes was He-Man, Ram-Man, Man-at-Arms, Fisto, and Sy-Clone. Man, those were good days indeed. I look forward to the day when I have all those figures once again.
Patio Soft Drink Bottle from the 60’s
I used to have a much larger collection of vintage soda bottles, but these days I only keep a few old ones around. This one is one of my favorites though. Patio was Pepsi’s first attempt at producing a diet soda. It didn’t set the world on fire, and subsequently only stuck around for a few years. I would probably have never known this if it weren’t for the great television series, Mad Men. There’s one episode that features Patio quite prominently, and so when I stumbled across this bottle not long after seeing that episode, I had to have it. Luckily for me, it was only a buck at a local antique store. It now resides in the collection along with some other cool old bottles.
Freddy’s Dead 3-D Movie Glasses
I’m guessing these cool little guys were given out at movie theaters when you went to see the movie, but my pair came from a Goodie Box from over at Retro-Daze.com. These things are still in great condition, and I’ve used them for several things in the past. For me, one of the cooler aspects about them is the advertisements that are featured on the inside of the ear pieces. On one side, you’ve got an advertisement for Suburban Commando, and on the other is an ad for one of the House Party movies.
Wouldn’t it be great to still get crap like this when you went to the movies? I know it would increase the frequency of my visits to the theaters these days.
Miami Vice Soundtrack Cassette
And finally, but certainly not the least item I’m highlighting, is this Miami Vice Soundtrack cassette tape. Raise your hand if you had this at some point and blared it at top volume while you drove around. My hand is reaching high right now btw.
The Miami Vice television show had some of the best music of any show on television, and this collection is righteous. You’ve got the rocking Jan Hammer theme song, In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins, and my personal favorite….Smuggler’s Blues by Glenn Frey. I remember my Dad buying this thing and playing it on endless loop whenever he was in a vehicle. As I got older, I inherited it from him and used to play it as loud as I could in my first vehicle. I played it so much the tape actually broke. The current version I own came from a Goodwill store. It was just sitting there on a shelf, and when I saw it, I knew I had to give it a very loving home.
Well, there’s a few things from my retro collection. Have you got any of these items laying around at your place? Are you as proud of them as I am? I hope so. I’ll be doing this again soon and we’ll check out a few more pieces from the collection. Until then, hit me up in the comments with some of your favorite pieces in YOUR collection.