In 1983, this wonderful live-action commercial for Donkey Kong Jr. on the ColecoVision hit the airwaves. It is an earnest mix of live-action and gameplay footage that left me wanting more of both.
The Kodak Disc was a technological marvel. It excelled at capturing the imagination and money of a whole lot of people. Sadly it didn't excel at taking photos. Nowadays people look back on it as an icon of the eighties, but many people might not realize what a costly failure it was for the company that made it.
In 1980, SPI released Dallas: The Television Role-Playing game. It might not be the best RPG, but it was the only one at its time that allowed my grandmother to connect her interests with mine.
As a kid, I wanted a Big Wheel. Then one Christmas this low to the ground wide wheeled contraption showed up under our Christmas tree. It wasn't at all what I wanted, but it would turn out to be one of the most memorable toys I would ever get.
For years I always thought the paperback cover art for Jaws by Robert Kastel was my favorite, but recently I picked up an original hardcover with art by Paul Bacon. Now I am not sure which is my favorite.
In 1976, DC Comics launched a toll-free hotline that crippled phone service and demonstrated the raw untapped power of comic book fandom to the world. Despite this (with some exceptions) It would take decades for the mainstream to realize the full commercial potential of comic books.
In 1982, Sears tried to capitalize on the upcoming release of the film, Annie. They created a fashion line and some branded toys. Sadly the film and the merchandise would ultimately under-perform.
In 1982, McDonald's released a Playmobil Happy Meal. Ultimately they were supposed to release five toys, but after two they were recalled because they were a choking hazard.
I want to feel the warm golden metallic glow of the late seventies and early eighties. I want to be serenaded by soft music while tapping my foot on dark thick carpeting. I want to be surrounded by greenery while a light breeze blows through plantation shutters. I want to live the LeisureWave Aesthetic.
In 2010, seemingly out of nowhere Warren Beatty put on the yellow trench coat once again and played Dick Tracy in a one time TV special. Its a strange creation with an interesting reason for existing.