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Tag: 1980s

Fisher-Price Boombox Ready to Bring the Noise

Fisher-Price Boombox Ready to Bring the Noise
If you grew up in the ’80s, you might remember this classic Fisher-Price toy – a cassette player designed for just for kids. It was build from chunky, nearly indestructible plastic, and had big buttons on…

Rubik’s Candy Cube Comes Pre-Solved

Rubik’s Candy Cube Comes Pre-Solved
Do you like puzzles? Well you won’t have any fun solving this one, because not only does this Rubik’s Cube come solved straight from the factory, it’s not really a puzzle at all. But there is…
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Nintendo Game Boy Classic Watch Sadly Doesn’t Play Tetris

Nintendo Game Boy Classic Watch Sadly Doesn’t Play Tetris
While it wasn’t the first handheld game system, the Nintendo Game Boy was the first one that really mattered. Despite the limitations of its green and grey LCD screen, it offered up a smart design, and…

The Floppotron Plays “Eye of the Tiger”

The Floppotron Plays “Eye of the Tiger”
Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger will always be associated with Rocky III. After all, it was the theme song for 1982 boxing flick, in which Sly throws down with Mr. T. Given its era, it only…

Was Beta Really Better than VHS?

Was Beta Really Better than VHS?
Back in the ’80s, I was a huge proponent of BetaMax videotapes, though it was less about the image quality for me and more about the audio quality Beta Hi-Fi, which offered up far better sound…

Golden Girls Dorbz Figures: Thank You For Being a Dorbz

Golden Girls Dorbz Figures: Thank You For Being a Dorbz
The ’80s and ’90s brought us some of the most watched and funniest sitcoms of all time. After producers like Norman Lear broke ground in the ’70s, characters could be more realistic, with human flaws, and…

The Milton Bradley OMNI Was an 8-Track Tape Board Game

The Milton Bradley OMNI Was an 8-Track Tape Board Game
Boy, it’s been a really long time since I saw or heard an 8-track tape. These technological antiquities were insanely popular back in the 1960s and 1970s, but gradually went the way of the dinosaurs as…

Mattel Pocket Football and Basketball Shrink Down to Keychain Size

Mattel Pocket Football and Basketball Shrink Down to Keychain Size
When I was a kid, I used to play the heck out of that Mattel Pocket Football game. I always sucked at kicking, but I was quite adept at running down the field fast as hell.…

Labyrinth Vinyl LP Pays Tribute to Henson and Bowie

Labyrinth Vinyl LP Pays Tribute to Henson and Bowie
Jim Henson released the weird and cool movie Labyrinth back in 1986, and while it wasn’t a huge hit back in the day, it’s gone on to become a classic. Beyond the cool puppetry, one of…

Game Boy Heat Change Mug Doesn’t Play Tetris

Game Boy Heat Change Mug Doesn’t Play Tetris
I remember when the Nintendo Game Boy came out back in the day and we were all super excited that you could play games on the go. The graphics were terrible though. If you want to…

Teddy Ruxpin Gets Torn Down

Teddy Ruxpin Gets Torn Down
Dan and Lincoln Markham from the What’s Inside? channel like to cut things apart to see what their guts look like. This time, they decided to disassemble an original 1985 Teddy Ruxpin talking bear using knives…

LEGO Arcade Robot Breakdance Battle! ‘Nuff Said!

LEGO Arcade Robot Breakdance Battle! ‘Nuff Said!
What if I told you that someone has combined four of the best things ever into one cool video? Those things are LEGO, arcades and robots in a breakdance battle. Yeah, now we have your attention.…

50 Classic Arcade Games Saved from Derelict Cruise Ship

50 Classic Arcade Games Saved from Derelict Cruise Ship
A rotting cruise ship called The Duke of Lancaster has been beached and rotting in Wales for about 30 years. As it turned out, inside its hold have been sitting some of the coolest and rarest…

The LEGO Speak & Spell Replica: L… E… G… O…

The LEGO Speak & Spell Replica: L… E… G… O…
Growing up in the 1970s, one of my earliest memories of an electronic toy had to be the Speak & Spell. This tablet-sized device helped many of us improve our spelling and vocabulary, playing word games…

Kids React to VCRs (aka Man, We’re Getting Old)

Kids React to VCRs (aka Man, We’re Getting Old)
It’s been at least 10 years since I had a VHS player in the house, if not longer. Between DVD, then Blu-ray and digital downloads and streaming, the idea of using clunky old magnetic tapes seems…

MacGyver Intro without Music: Solving Crimes with Sound Effects

MacGyver Intro without Music: Solving Crimes with Sound Effects
One of the highlights of the week for me growing up was each fresh episode of MacGyver. The only thing that could spoil it for me was a rerun, but I watched them anyway. MacGyver had…
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