June 27, 2017

The Retro Ramblers Picks of the Week

As I’ve browsed my way through the interweb this week, these are some of the best retro gems I’ve come across this week.  Check them out and show the authors some love!

In case you’ve missed them, here’s what’s new on Retro Ramblings this week:

Visual Guide to McDonald’s Clam Shell Packaging of the 70’s and 80’s
My Earliest Video Game Memories


Recent Retropedia Entries:

Big Trak
Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon
Galaga Arcade Game
Mattel Electronics Football
The Centurions
Swatch Watches


Cool & Collected hosts the weekly Pop Culture League Challenge, and this week’s challenge was to write about your earliest video game memories.  I’ve read them all, and there is a lot of good stuff here.  Check them out:

My Earliest Video Game Memories – Cool & Collected
Space Invaders! – LastHomeTown
Space Wars – Mr. Smiths Plastic Bubble
Musee Mecanique – Green Plastic Squirt Gun
Pizza Hut and Atari – The Nerd Nook
Arcades – The Toy Box
The Simpsons Arcade Game – 20 Years Before 2000
Sonic 2 – Ian Wells
Sears Tele-Games Video Arcade – Marc Allie
When Restaurants Had Their Own Mini Arcades – Rediscover the 80’s
Space Invaders – Collectors Universe
Star Castle – GI Jigsaw
Arcades – Retro Robot Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Another F’n Blog

To get in on the weekly Pop Culture League Challenge, click here for all the details


The latest from my friends over at Retro-Daze.com

Saturday Morning Cartoons of 1986 
The History of Wolverine; A Reader’s Perspective Part 1
Long Lost 90’s:  Collection 1
Family Road Trips


Other Retro Goodness

8 of the Weirdest Super Nintendo Games Ever
Everything You Wanted to Know About He-Man and She-Ra (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Cloak & Dagger May be the Most Messed Up Kids Movie of the 80’s
5 Reasons Why the 1980’2 Redefined the Horror Movie Genre
Can You Name These TV Actors From Their Action Figures?
12 Early 80’s Saturday Morning Cartoons You Totally Forgot About
Discontinued Fast Food Items That Need to Come Back


Cool Product of the Week

Mail Order Mysteries

Mail Order Mysteries Book

Rediscover your sense of wonder! Generations of comic book readers remember the tantalizing promises of vintage novelty advertisements that offered authentic laser-gun plans, x-ray specs, and even 7-foot-tall monsters (with glow-in-the-dark eyes!). But what would you really get if you entrusted your hard-earned $1.69 to the post office? Mail-Order Mysteries answers this question, revealing the amazing truths (and agonizing exaggerations) about the actual products marketed to kids in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Pop-culture historian Kirk Demarais shares his astonishing collection, including: 100 Toy Soldiers in a Footlocker Count Dante’s World’s Deadliest Fighting Secrets GRIT Hercules Wrist Band Hypno-Coin Life-Size Monsters Mystic Smoke Sea Monkeys Soil From Dracula’s Castle U-Control Ghost Ventrilo Voice Thrower …and many, many more! With more than 150 extraordinary, peculiar, and downright fraudulent collectibles, Mail-Order Mysteries is a must-have book comic book fans everywhere. Trust us.

Pick up a copy of this really fun book here





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Mick Yarber 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.