After the success of E.T. a store was opened near Universal Studio Tours for people to buy all sorts of E.T, merchandise. It is not clear what lurked on the shelves of this wondrous store, but I imagine it would have been magical and costly to visit.
Gator Gum was a surprisingly long-lived gum that I absolutely loved. It has an intense strong flavor that almost made your mouth hurt, but it was the perfect cure for what their ads called "Dry Mouth."
At the turn of the millennium, Hostess introduced a nearly forgotten snack treat, the Leopard. A Twinkie with spots made from soft chocolate chips, the Leopard didn't last long, but it is well remembered by its fans.
The Mattel Aquarius is merely a blip in the history of computers. But to some people, this was their first machine. On this episode of the Retroist Podcast I take a look at the Mattel Aquarius. A computer that wanted to be more than it turned out to be.
Furskin Bears were a follow-up toy from Cabbage Patch Kids designer, Xavier Roberts. Furskins never really caught on, but it was a great toy with a lot of potential with a low bar of entry for new collectors.
Like Cat vs. Mouse cartoon antics, but are tired of Tom & Jerry? Than why not check out the hilarious cartoons of Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks.
Throughout the seventies and eighties, we were driven to the lemon lime sweetness by the even sweeter voice of one person, Geoffrey Holder. Holder was not only a great soda spokesperson, but a talented actor and artist.
Hägar the Horrible might not be well-know as an advertising character, but in the eighties he appeared a set of popular commercials and advertisements for Skol beer. A few years later he would appear in advertising for both IBM and Mug Root Beer.
I love to see a good robot triumph against the bad guys. If you are anything like me, you will want to check out this the famous Target Practice scene from the 1979 sci-fi classic, The Dark Hole.
In 1977 Sears released an their exclusive Bat Machine. A three-wheeled beauty that might not have been as popular as the green machine, but might have been more compelling.