It was long ago and far away, and it was so much better than it is today...

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Moon Patrol - Atari - 1983


"ATARI presents Moon Patrol.  Another smash arcade hit brought home only by Atari for use with the ATARI 2600 Game, Sears Video Arcade systems and version exclusively for the ATARI 5200 SuperSystem and all ATARI Home Computers."

Friday, September 28, 2018

TRON - Atari 2600 - 1982


"The awesome MCP is taking over another computer.  Only this time, it's YOUR Atari 2600!  Only you can stop him!" 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

ABC Weekend Specials

For those of use who grew up in the late 1970's and into the 1980's Saturday morning tv was a rite of passage.  And back then there were only three major (non-cable) networks: NBC, CBS and ABC.  So, if like me, you didn't have the luxury of cable, or in many cases even if you did, you would perch yourself in front of the TV in the family living room as early as you could drag yourself out of bed Saturday morning, and you had the next five or six hours of TV all mapped out.  Some would stay on one channel the entire day, others would have their favorites spread out over the three.  For me it would depend on which year/season, and some day I'll go back and try to map that out.

But today's marque feature is the opening for the ABC Weekend Specials, which were an extension/outgrowth of their After School Specials which were aired, well, after school. 
These were not shown every Saturday, thus the "Specials" part of the name.  They were also known as "Short Story Specials" and/or "Children's Novels for Television".  Whatever you called them they were a mainstay for ABC from 1977 all the way through to 1997.  But honestly for me they usually didn't last beyond the first commercial before I was off to something else.  To be fair I'm pretty sure they ran after the noon point, and for me I'd had more than enough TV for one weekend.  But I did always enjoy the opening (the original openeing), and now I present it here for your
enjoyment and perhaps reminiscing.  You're welcome.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Q-Bert - Various Platforms - 1983


We'll start with an advertisement for the 2600, and notice it announces that Q will be "Coming Soon for Intellivision".  



Well it didn't take long for Q to take over not just Intellivison, but also the Atari 5200/400/800/600XL, TI 99/4A, Commodore Vic 20 and 64, and Colecovision.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Road House

Original 1989 Road House VHS.  Complete with "The Road House Challenge", in which you could have won a Road House t-shirt, cassette tape or VHS tape, a Prioneer Laser Disk player, or a Jeff Healey album, cassette or CD.  But wait, there's more!  10,000 lucky entrants won a Swayze poster too!  I mean that's worth the price of rental (and the 900 phone charges), right?












Goodwill Find - Road House VHS



Our good friend Wikipedia in part has this to say about a roadhouse:

"Roadhouses have a slightly disreputable image, similar to honky tonks."

And this pretty much sums up today's Goodwill VHS find, the aptly named "Road House".  Since this isn't a review of the film I'll leave you to go down that rabbit hole elsewhere on the interwebs (as if you need to, right?). 

There was actually two copies of this at the Goodwills, but the second one was a later release and in slightly worse shape, so we went with what is probably the original 1989 copy.

Total cost: $1.07

Monday, September 17, 2018

Goodwill Find - Risky Business VHS







This is NOT the original VHS release of "Risky Business" from 1983 which was in a clam shell, and which I had when I was in high school, and will again soon...But this generic box version from 1986 will suffice for now (it appears it was potentially, at least in part, re-released to take advantage of Tom Cruise's continued rise to stardom since the box states "Top Gun's Tom Cruise does an about-face from his gritty role in The Outsiders..."

Total cost: $1.07 tax included

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kool-Aid Man Video Game - Atari and Intellivision - 1983


Atari and Intellivision Kool-Aid Man video game advertisment (worth $20!).  You can play the Atari 2600 version of the game at the Internet Archive here. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Seinfeld Cereal Box Cut-outs - 1993


From 1993, Kellogg's Low Fat Granola cereal box with Seinfeld cut-outs.  You could also send away for a Seinfeld cereal bowl to enjoy with your little friends.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Atari Ad - Burger Time - 1983 - Mattel Electronics

Burger Time - 1983 - Mattel Electronics

One the all-time classics, this is the "Coming Soon" ad for not just the Atari 2600, but also the Intellevision, Apple II and the "IBM" Personal Computer.





Monday, September 3, 2018

Columbia House Video Game Club


Ah, Columbia House Clubs.  Where would we have been back in the 90's without them?  We never would have been able to have that awesome CD collection if they hadn't pan-handled their way into our wallets.  I knew there had been Columbia House Clubs for tapes and I think I remember the VHS one as well, but I totally missed the Columbia House Video Game Club, which is probably a very good thing.  I ran across this ad in my recent comic book ad spelunking efforts, and you can read more on the CHVGC at this site.  From that site I also learned of the little-known (to me anyway) Columbia House Arcade Console (what the how?).  Turns out this is a bastardization of a bastardized Colecovision console that you could get only from Columbia House, probably as the "bait" for joining their evil scheme.  In any case, its now on the ever growing list of retro items to get my hands on.  Stay tuned...