Mr. Nostalgia Presents…A Cool Muppet Toy

Posted on: July 30, 2013

Ever since Disney first bought the Muppets it seemed as if they struggled with how to re-invigorate them back into the modern day world. For people my age or older (I’m 38) I remember each week sitting on the couch with my mother, brother and sister watching The Muppet Show (the end credits where Zoot blows his horn and looks into it always scared me for some reason). I watched the re-runs on Nickelodeon in the 1990′s, and even bought the Time Life DVDS, which wasn’t the complete seasons, just to get some of the episodes on DVD. But when Disney bought them, they were in a sticky situation: introducing these characters to a whole new generation of kids. For those children who had parents who were into The Muppets and taught them who they were, they did the job for Disney, and of course, Sesame St. helped a bit with Kermit the Frog being on it, but Disney still had work to do.

For a time in 2008 they had a show on The Disney Channel called Studio DC: Almost Live, where The Muppets and stars of The Disney Channel would put on a form of variety show, but it never really caught on and honestly wasn’t that good. But as least Disney was trying. Still they had the Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (originally opened when the park was named Disney-MGM Studios on May 16th, 1991) that was a help and occasionally The Disney Store would sell new Muppet merchandise, and several of the full seasons of The Muppet Show were finally released on DVD. Then in 2011 The Muppets finally got their break when Disney released their first movie since 1999′s Muppets From Space, with a movie simply titled The Muppets.

The movie performed well, adding new merchandise for The Disney Store to carry based off the movie, and a sequel was announced that is due out in 2014 titled Muppets Most Wanted. While we wait for the new Muppet movie to come out, Disney has kept busy making new merchandise, and even keeping the Muppets front and center by having Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and a few chickens appear on the Season Four opener of The Disney Channel’s show Good Luck Charlie.

But it was this past Saturday, while at a Barnes & Noble Book Store with my wife and sister that I saw this little guy as a toy that made me smile and want to write this blog.

That’s right folks, it’s none other than Mahna-Mahna himself. While the name of this character, and the song he sings, was actually based on a song by Italian singer Umilioni and was originally spelt “Mah Na Mah Na”, Jim Henson created his Mahna-Mahna first as a sketch as a shaggy little guy, who first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970 with two pink creatures called “Snouths” (a mixture of the words snout and mouth) who sang with him. Mahna-Mahna would next appear on Season One, episode one of The Muppet Show in 1977 with special guest star Juliet Prowse. Jim Henson would provide the scat-singing voice of Mahna-Mahna like he did on The Ed Sullivan Show, while the Snouths were vocally performed by Frank Oz. The bit was hilarious and once inside your head, that song sticks around for quite some time.

Seeing the Pop toy of Mahna-Mahna made me quite happy, not because I like the character, which I do, but that Disney is still making new Muppet merchandise, and using characters that only fans would recognize. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to see a Mahna-Mahna figure. So, to that I say, keep up the great work Disney, and keep those Muppet products and movies rolling along, the more you make, the more kids will get a chance to learn about these guys and that means the more we can look forward to.

However, with rumors circulating that Hollywood Studios might be getting a Star Wars themed-land to the park, it makes me worried. In the current space of Star Tours, there just isn’t enough space to build an entire land. If they go behind Star Tours that would be Muppet territory, and that could result in them knocking down Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D, one of the very final things Jim Henson voiced Kermit as (his other final performance as Kermit was in 1990 in a TV movie titled The Muppets at Walt Disney World). I would hate to see this final performance of Jim Henson lost to Orlando visitors, but, if Disney is this serious about making The Muppets a house-hold name again, perhaps they could just rebuild the theatre somewhere else if they knock it down, or, better yet, build the Star Wars land in the parking area expanding the park size.

I just won’t worry about that for now and just be glad that we got ourselves a Mahna-Mahna figure (which The Disney Stores doesn’t seem to be carrying anymore for some reason) and look forward to Muppets Most Wanted next year.

Until then, I remain,

 Mr. Nostalgia

 

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SDCC 2013

Posted on: July 29, 2013
Comic con

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SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2013

Posted on: July 29, 2013
Comic con

Part 1  MattyPalooza!!!

Since they took it down here are the highlights to the presentation:

DC – 2 Tier subscription to Infinite Earths – Doomsday inside and out of his containment suit but only if enough subscribers to reach tier two.

MOTUC – Two-Bad, Modulok and Glitter for 2014.

Ghostbusters – ECTO-1 Presale much like Castle Grayskull  $215.00 or get the whole package including Ray and Peter with removal backpacks for $265.00

STAN LEE’s POW Entertainment and Mattel will be creating figures together.  Their first release MOTUC Standor!

For more pictures check out our Galleries and conventions

Check out MattyCollector.com to Subscribe to Club Infinite Earths (DC), Ghostbusters Ecto -1 and Club Eternia (Masters of the Universe Classics)

 

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Pop Culture Shock Updates

Posted on: July 29, 2013
Pop Culture

This just in from Pop Culture Shock:

STREET FIGHTER DHALSIM 1:4 MIXED MEDIA STATUE : PRE-ORDER ON MONDAY AUGUST 5 th !

After several delays this highly anticipated World Warrior is finally ready.   We will be selling two very limited versions beginning Monday August 5th at 3PM Pacific Time.  

 

Dhalsim 1:4 Mixed Media : Yoga Flame Edition – Only available through PopCultureShockToys.com

- Includes an additional ‘Yoga Flame’ head not available on the regular edition – otherwise the same as the regular edition

- Limited to 200 pieces

- Retail Price $ 340usd  (12% discount for pre-payment in full / payment plans and deposits also available)

- Expected ship date : March 2014

 

Dhalsim 1:4 Mixed Media : Player 2 Edition (Blue Skin w Orange Clothing) - Only available through PopCultureShockToys.com

- Includes all three heads and is painted in the fan-favorite Player 2, blue/orange combination

- Limited to 200 pieces

- Retail Price $ 340usd  (12% discount for pre-payment in full / payment plans and deposits also available)

- Expected ship date : March 2014

 

The full reveal will be available on our website and Facebook in the next couple days.  Please keep checking back

 

If you miss out on the very limited editions above, there will also be a Regular Version of Dhalsim (does not include the ‘Yoga Flame’ head) available through our distributors and online retailers.  For more info on where you can get the regular version please email CustomerService@PCSToy.com

 

 

Now for some teasers of upcoming items !

 

 

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE – SKELETOR LIFESIZE BUST

 

No teaser pics but we are in final approvals and expect to be able to show it very soon.   Expect the first pictures to be shown at www.He-Man.org within the next 10 days.

 

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE – HE-MAN STATUE

 

No teaser pics but we are in final approvals and expect to be able to show the final product by the end of August.

 

 

 

STREET FIGHTER – AKUMA LIFESIZE BUST

 

Here is a sneak peek of the finished sculpture.   His Gi and Prayer Beads  will be mixed media so they aren’t included at the sculpture phase.  We are expecting the finished Akuma to be ready to show around the end of the month.

 

 

MORTAL KOMBAT – KLASSIC GORO

 

We should have some new pics of this piece in the next ten days

 

SHIPPING UPDATES:

 

- Mortal Kombat Kitana Statue : Expected to be in-stock early September

- Street Fighter Alex Statue : Expected to be in-stock late September

- Mortal Kombat Shao Kahn Statue  : Expected to be in-stock mid October

- Judge Death Statue  : Expected to be in-stock mid October

- Street Fighter Gouken vs Akuma Diorama  : Expected to be in-stock late October

- Street Fighter Ryu Lifesize Bust  : Expected to be in-stock late October

- Mortal Kombat Klassic Scorpion/Reptile/Sub Zero/Smoke  : Expected to be in-stock late November

- Mortal Kombat Scorpion Lifesize Bust  : Expected to be in-stock January 2014

 

Thats it for this edition of the newsletter.  Next week we will be announcing a new license that we think many of you will really love…..so stay tuned 

 


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Mr. Nostalgia Talks Coloring and Crayons? Again?

Posted on: July 29, 2013

My sister, hearing of my relaxation technique of coloring picked me up these packs of Craoyla Twistable Crayons and Crayola Color Pencils as a surprise.

 

I told her about my work about going into detail making the characters look as they do in the comics, and she asked me to color her a picture she would hang on her refrigerator. Hey, if my niece can make it there, why can’t I? So I asked her what she would like, a Marvel picture perhaps, but she said Disney, and her favorite character no less, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (released 1959 and voiced by Eleanor Audley, who previously voiced Lady Tremaine for Walt Disney in Cinderella in 1950). No problem, I said. (Don’t ask where I got the picture). So, I took out some of my Disney books to match the correct colors to the character, her skin tone especially, being a strange shade of green had to be chosen wisely. Let me just say this, Walt Disney and the gang really were on top of this character when they created her color wise. While most might see just a shade of black, they miss the nuisance of the purple undertones beneath the robe, the red sharp nails, the green skin, even her raven Diablo has a purplish-tone around the eyes besides just being black and having a yellow-ish beak. So, with my reference in hand I colored her picture. Here is the final product below:

Some artists use oils or pastels, some do wood carvings while others use computers. Me, I use Crayola products to color my pictures. Of course, these aren’t pictures I drew, but pictures from coloring books that I color. So, to show my appreciation to Crayola for helping me relax when times get stressful, here is a little something I wrote in my own version of Spoken Word:

I’m sitting on a stool on stage, a microphone in front of me, dressed in black with a beret on. My head is facing the stage floor and the lights are off. The café is dimly lit, the only source of light coming from the candles flickering on the tables and the lamps that are lit and hanging so low that they seem like they aren’t even on. The brew of coffee and Espresso fills the air. The crowd murmurs softly about my performance tonight, almost in a hush, as if they weren’t speaking at all. I pick out words like”…Nostalgia…new…Mr….spoken word”. This club is the utmost in underground Spoken Word. It’s so underground it’s below underground, that even moles don’t know their way in, only the fans do. A pack of new Crayola Twistables are in my back pocket. I lift my head and the spot light shines all in one fluid motion. The audience goes silent. I begin:

I see the world through the prism of a Crayola Color Chart and think what color would I color that tree, that sunset, the grass, the water, the ocean. I look at each page like a canvas and say “How can I convey the true feelings of the Green Goblin in this image? How can I make it come through that he is Spider-man’s deadliest enemy?

It’s almost like the pencils are one with me, they take over my mind, the colors choosing where they will go, and I am not the colorer and the Crayola the pencil, instead, I’m the pencil and the Crayola becomes me and colors through me, the conduit to the picture, so that in the end, there is no Mr. Nostalgia or Crayola, but one unified being creating.”

 I hang my head at the same time the spot light goes off. The crowd is silent, not a sound fills the room. There is no clapping, then, the thunderous sound of thumbs snapping.

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

 

 

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Mr. Nostalgia takes a Trip Down Memory Lane in…the Second Toy He’d Never Get Rid Of.

Posted on: July 28, 2013

When I first started writing for this blog, my very first post was about a toy that I would never get rid of. My 12 inch Darth Vader doll with the cape my Grandmother made me since I lost my original one. (Thinking more on that subject, it isn’t the doll that is so important rather than the cape. It is my last concrete piece of my Grandmother, and losing the doll wouldn’t be a loss, but losing the cape would be.) I also said in that first blog that there was a second toy that I never would get rid of, and finally, I’m going to write about it.

Back when I was a kid, my mother told my brother, sister and I, that if we helped her with the yard work, she’d buy us each a surprise. Not ones to give up a free surprise, and not knowing what it was, we agreed to it and began the yard work. We worked for a few hours, and then when it was all finished, we went inside, cleaned up, had something to eat, and got into the car. As we drove there my mother asked us if we knew where we were going. Both my brother and sister did, but I didn’t. Heck, she could have been taking us to an orphanage now that the yard work was done, but instead, minutes later, we pulled up in front of a toy store.

As we walked into the store my mother said to us, “You can pick any toy you want”. Any toy we want? That was unheard of. Toys were always given at Christmas, Easter, birthdays, or the occasional once in a while when one of us would be out with my mom. This was like Christmas, Easter and our birthdays all in one day. We began to walk down the aisles and I looked at the bottom shelf and I knew immediately what I wanted. It was a yellow rectangular box with hieroglyphics written on the sides. The Kenner 12 inch Indiana Jones doll from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I first became aware of this toy while one day waiting for our carpool to take my brother, sister and I to school. I was in the first grade and was glued to the set as the commercial began. I remember the kids using a basketball to replace the giant boulder from the movie, to chase the Indy doll. I knew right then I wanted it. When I got to school I took my seat in front of my friend Will and turned around to him. “Do you want the Indiana Jones doll?” I asked him. “No, I don’t,” he replied. I turned around as class began destined to get this doll.

Back at the store I looked at the doll. Here he was in all his “fortune and glory”. His whip, gun, leather jacket, his hat? Wait, where was his hat? I looked at the top of the box and realized someone had ripped open the box, stole the hat, to most likely replace the one they lost for their own doll. I really wanted this toy, but my mother said buying the toy without all the pieces just wasn’t worth it, and in the end I didn’t get it. (As far as the hat is concerned, it was a large piece of felt somewhat designed to look like his fedora, not much of a loss to be honest.) I wound up getting a toy to this day I do not remember, nor do I remember what my brother and sister got. But I knew one thing. I was going to get that doll. I didn’t know how I was going to get it, but I knew that I would have it one day.

Skip ahead to the spring of 1989. I’m 14 and a subscriber to the magazine Lucasfilm Fan Club, the BEST George Lucas related magazine ever. It had great articles on everything Lucas was involved in from the soon to be released Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Willow, Tucker, even the TV show Maniac Mansion. It covered what ILM was working on as well as what their video game division was working on, and had a great catalogue to order merchandise from. (Eventually, years down the road, the magazine would be renamed The Star Wars Insider, focus on Star Wars, and lose every aspect of what made this once great magazine great.) As I read the magazine there was an article about collecting Indiana Jones merchandise, and mentioned that the 12 inch Kenner doll, out of the box, was going for $75. How was I, a 14 year old teen, supposed to get that kind of money? Despite learning the price, I was still determined to get the toy.

When high-school began I began going to conventions. The very first convention I ever went to was with my buddy Rich, my brother, sister, father, uncle and cousin. It was a horror movie convention that for years afterwards we would always go to. We went to movie conventions with them next, and as Rich and I got older, we began going with his cousins to sci-fi conventions, but still no doll.

Then, during October 1992, Rich and I, now seniors in high-school, went to the latest horror convention we always went to. Rich would wind up buying lots of vintage Star Wars toys while I bought the Kenner Raiders of the Lost Ark Streets of Cairo and Map Room play sets. But no 12 inch doll.

Skip to Christmas morning 1992 and my family and I are opening presents. “Here, open mine next,” my sister said. I took the present, opened it,  and exclaimed, “Holy shit!” I said, then looked to my parents with a look of apology on my face, and turned to my sister, “Where did you get this?” I asked. “At the horror convention in October. He’s missing his gun, whip and hat but I figured you’d still want it.”

I was at that very same show. How could I have missed it? Either she got there first and bought it, there was too much merchandise that I just didn’t see it, the dealer put it out sometime after I left or she got it on a different day of the convention. Either way, my twin sister bought it for me and I knew how much it cost her. $75.00. I looked the toy over, it was out of the box, nearly mint, except for the missing hat. “Hey, his whip and gun are here,” I said.

The fact that my sister bought this toy for me is one reason why I could never get rid of it, but it goes much deeper than that. See, the three of us as siblings played together and also fought each other. I mean we fought. A lot. Mortal Kombat style fighting. In fact, whenever my brother beat the living snot out of me, I’m surprised my sister didn’t say in a deep voice, “Finish HIM!” (OK, back when we were kids Mortal Kombat wasn’t around, but still, I thought it was a cool reference). As much as we fought, I really can’t remember what one fight was about with either of them, and I’m sure they don’t either. What I do remember is the three of us always being there for each other, whether it was when someone bothered my sister at school and I went all Wolverine “berserker” style on him, or when our Grandmother died, or just the sacrifices we made for one another. They’ve done tons for me, and I just hope that I’ve done tons for them as well. That’s the reason I can’t get rid of that doll, my sister sacrificed most of her convention money to get me a toy that she knew I wanted ever since the first grade. We’ve always been loyal to one another and I know we always will be.

In fact, there was one time that my brother appeared out of no-where like my own personal Guardian Angel. I swear, at that moment, I had never been so happy to see him as much as I did at that moment . What’s that you say? What happened?

Well “True Believers”, that story begins with an entirely different toy and it’s for another blog.

 Until then, I remain,

 Mr. Nostalgia

 

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It’s Time for a Trip Down Memory Lane with Mr. Nostalgia in…Hockey Talk?

Posted on: July 28, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. I can’t believe Mr. Nostalgia is writing a blog about sports, that’s something I never expected him to do. I never expected to do this either. Ever. But the other night, something made me think of some toys my brother had when we were kids, then the next thing I know, I have a blog idea. First off, let me just say I was never the athletic type. I could tell horror stories of when my mother signed me up for baseball, soccer, school basketball, even karate (if I know who Bruce Lee was back then I think I would have went for Kung Fu and stuck with it though.). The kids in my Catholic Grammar school I had known since Kindergarten, so while we all grew up together and most became “jocks”, I became a “geek”, we were all still friends. They were dreaming of becoming a professional football or baseball player, and I was dreaming of becoming Spider-man. They would draw their favorite sports team logo on their brown paper bag book cover, and I would be writing down the cast of Marvel Comics Spider-ham characters.

Growing up in my house, my dad was a hockey fan, and even played ice hockey sometimes. He was a Rangers fan, as was my brother. Since my dad always controlled the TV that meant we had to watch whatever show he wanted to watch, and that meant watching the Ranger game when it was on. Even if I didn’t watch the game and I went to my room I could still tell what was happening in the game by his shouts of “Come on!” if the Rangers weren’t doing well, or the excited shouts of “Yeah!” followed by a loud clap if they scored.

I too chose a team to like, but chose one that was the farthest away from the Rangers as I possibly could. The L.A. Kings. (I’m proud to say I was a Kings fan BEFORE Gretzky joined the team, he was just a cool added bonus!). The only understanding of hockey playing I had was this: 1) stick, 2) puck, 3) net, 4) shoot the puck into the net past the goalie. If a professional NHL team called me right now to play for them, in the game I’d be falling all over the place because I can’t skate, tripping over the blue line, and be called for icing so much you could decorate a wedding cake with it (little hockey humor there). That said, I loved playing street hockey as a kid, when we were younger with my dad, and when were older with our neighbors across the street, and sometimes my brother would let me go with him when he was in high-school and we were on holiday break to a school ground and play with his friends. He never complained about my playing, so I must have been doing something right.

 I had four L.A. Kings collectibles, two of which I still have today. One was a L.A. Kings logo charm my brother gave me as a gift for my Confirmation since he was my Sponsor. I used to wear that on my chain behind my cross. The Second was a L. A. Kings black hat that I wore constantly. The third were hockey cards that I would get while I was going to get my comics. I tried to build a Kings collection but never had much luck, and gave whatever cards that weren’t L.A. Kings related to my brother, though I did have a bunch of the ones when Gretzky joined the team. Finally my parents one year got me a King’s hockey jersey, the yellow and purple colors with the crown on the front and my last name on the back. I forget which number they had on it. That is in a bin in my parent’s attic. That and my charm are all I have left.

 While playing street hockey is a great memory, what really prompted me to write this blog were three toys I remember my brother had that we used to play. One was called Sure Shot Hockey and was made by Ideal toys. The game itself was simple, a small hockey arena was made out of plastic, with four players, two blue and two red. Dials on the side slid forwards and backwards and spun 360 degrees so you could control them, and a little black marble represented the puck. The concept was, of course, to try and get more points than your opponent. I remember playing this game on our living room floor with not only my brother but my dad as well. If you spun the dial strong enough the marble would fly off the game like a slap shot into the crowd, which was always cool to do. My sister and I tried playing this game with a regular marble once, but it was too heavy for the players to move, so we stuck with the one provided.

The second game my brother and I used to play was in our attic bedroom and was called Super Stick, Super Jock Hockey, made by Schaper. This toy, too, was simple to play. There were three parts to it. The first was a net that you built, the second looked like a shield but was a plastic goal tender with a stick on the side so you could sit off to the side of the net and block shots. The final piece was a large purple hockey player (almost L.A. Kings colors there) that said “Super Jock”. He was connected to a base, and when you put one of the two pucks it came with in front of the stick, you would pop down on his head and shoot the puck at the goal and your friend playing the goalie would have to try and block it. I remember playing this game tons of times with my brother.

The third game was I believe made by Coleco and was a table top game called the Stanley Cup Playoff. It actually came with a plastic little Stanley Cup and a puck. The size of this game was quite large, maybe two feet long if I’m going by memory, and representing the ice was a board that was painted white and had all the proper marks of a hockey ice arena, and had slots cut into it. From these slots little pegs stuck out that plastic hockey figures would connect to, and you controlled them through a bunch of rods on each end of the game, one for one team, the other for the other team. Some rods, depending on where the player was located, were longer, while those closer to the goalie had shorter ones, and the goalie himself had the smallest that moved him right and left. This game was much more complicated to play because not only did you need to remember which rod controlled which player, but you had to watch the puck as your opponent tried to shoot at your goal, defend your goal, and try to shoot back at his. With the amount of players on the “ice” it took lots of concentration to control the puck and work the rods. The players themselves were just plastic molds that had stickers on them. I remember my brother and I drawing scars on some of the players faces as if they got hit in the face with the puck, I don’t remember what teams we had, I think one was blue that my brother pretended was the Rangers while I pretended the other team was the L.A. Kings.

My brother still has these toys in my parents attic in a crawlspace stored away, only my sister’s bins of collectibles are blocking the entrance. I know one day we’ll have to rescue these games and play them, which would be great to do and really feel like old times. I’m sure also my brother would like to take these home for when his son is old enough to play, they could play them together. He’s already started trying to get him into hockey by having him wear a Rangers shirt. But I have a plan to save the kid, whenever I’m there when he’s older and wants to play the game, his Uncle Nostalgia will play it with him and I’ll talk him into liking the L.A. Kings instead.

Nothing personal, brother, I just want someone else in our family to root for my team!

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia takes a Trip Down Memory Lane with…His Favorite 1980′s Video Game!

Posted on: July 25, 2013
I remember one Christmas in the extreme early 1980′s where my brother, sister and I were opening presents as my parents sat on the couch and watched. On the smaller couch was a large, wrapped present and I remember asking my father if it was mine. “I don’t know,” he replied. When we were done opening all of our presents and stockings my parents handed the large box to the three of us to open together. Not having any idea what it was, we tore off the paper to find an Atari 2600 in our hands. At the time, this was huge. It seemed like that Christmas all our friends at school and in our neighbourhood got them too, that’s how great this system was.
 
Some of my favorite Atari games were: Chopper Command, River Raid, Sea Quest, Berserk, Othello (the only game my dad would play with us and we could never beat him at it), Ice Hockey, Pac-Man, Miss Pac-man, The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Arena, Pitfall, Pitfall 2 and, my personal favorite, Spider-man!
 
 
The thing about Atari games were, for the time, the graphics were incredible and the game story, while simple, was great. This is years before games were able to save or have complex story lines, or graphics that looked almost real. It was a time when video games, with a few exceptions, had basically one screen, and every time you would beat that screen, you would go onto the next level, only, the level looked the same as before, maybe it would change color, maybe it wouldn’t, but the game itself got more difficult by moving faster. (It was also a time when video games weren’t so violent, unlike today.)
 
So, for games like Chopper Command or The Empire Strikes Back the same background kept rolling past you as you flew, but the game just got more intense. River Raid was the same way, while a game like Berserk just gave you more robots to shoot at, and who shot at you. It would be Miss Pac-man that took it to the next level that, every time you played a level once or twice, the board would then change, making the ghosts move faster to get you, making the boards more challenging to navigate as you ate the dots and went after the pretzel or strawberry, and got the power pellets so you could eat the ghosts. Pitfall 2 also was a game that advanced game play from the original Pitfall, where as in Pitfall, Pitfall Harry would run through the screens jumping over scorpions, logs, campfires, swinging on vines over quicksand or carefully jumping on alligator’s heads, while you collected silver and gold, but not having much in the way of story concept, Pitfall 2 gave Harry a purpose, to rescue his niece Rhonda, get the Raj diamond, and rescue Quickclaw the cat. The game also has a sound track and little red crosses that were saving points that you would go back to if you “died” in the game. While I myself never beat this game, which did have an ending, my brother did.
 
For Spider-man the concept was simple enough. You had to climb the building using your wall-crawling abilities as well as spinning your webs, all the while making sure you don’t run out of web fluid. In the buildings windows were the Goblin’s henchmen (or Nasties as he called them) that you could crawl or swing over to get points and more web fluid. Once you reached the top of the building there was a high voltage tower to climb, making it more difficult to shoot your web. You could shoot your web straight up or diagonal and swing if needed, and there were time bombs set to go off. If you diffused one you’d gain points and extra web fluid. If you made it a little higher you would see the Green Goblin himself, gliding back and forth at the top on his Goblin sled, and if you weren’t careful he could cut your web causing you to fall. You’d have to then shoot a web onto the building to save yourself or hit the bottom and start over.
 
 
If you got past the Green Goblin at the very top of the building was a little room which to me looked like a shed with a screen door. You had to swing past this to end the level and start the new one, which would result in a new color scheme, a longer building, and a faster moving Goblin.
 
Parker Brothers designed this game in 1982. What was cool about this game first off was this was the very first spider-man game ever. Though the Nasties, The Green Goblin and even Spider-man looked like a couple of digital blocks lumped together, you really got the feeling like you were playing as Spider-man, and for a kid like me, who day-dreamed about climbing up the sides of buildings like Spider-man or swinging from webs like him, this was the greatest thing ever. Another great thing was the TV commercial. It had a smoky NY rooftop with Spider-man in a cool Spidey pose playing the game as the Green Goblin (in a really decent costume) taunted him and jumped around holding a pumpkin bomb with a sparkling fuse. This TV commercial was incredible (though by today’s standards most likely considered too jokey), and to get to play the game was even more so.
 
 
As time went by Atari would release newer gaming consoles that still played their old games, but by the late 1980′s it wasn’t odd to find an Atari for sale complete with a bunch of games at a yard sale or flea market as the latest gaming craze began to hit: Nintendo.
 
For me though, Atari will always be about playing Spider-man and battling the Green Goblin. It’s one of my favorite Spidey memories of being able to play as my favorite super hero, and he still is to this day.
 
THWIPP!
 
Mr. Nostalgia
 
 
 
 
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Mr. Nostalgia Presents…the Best Hat Ever!

Posted on: July 23, 2013

‘Nuff Said.

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia Presents…Cool Marvel Stuff

Posted on: July 23, 2013

So yesterday my wife had a baby shower to go to, so I pretty much had the day to myself, so I called my friend Rich to see if he wanted to do something.  He was free and I went to go get him.  We did something we haven’t done in a LONG time, go to a toy store.  So, while there I figured I’d bring my camera for research just incase I saw anything for the blog.  These are the cool Marvel items I saw:

An Iron Man 3 doll:

A cool set of 4 Marvel character glasses starring: Iron Man, Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America.  The best part of these glasses was that they were made of a nice sturdy, thick glass and weren’t cheaply made.

Finally, 288 pages of Marvel Comics Coloring Glory, this I bought for $3.99, which wound up on sale for $2.00. It has all the same pictures that are in my Spider-man coloring book, but lso has hte following characters: Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Beast, Colossus, Mr. Fantastic, The Sandman, Daredevil, Juggernaut, Black Cat, the Liard, and a few others I’m sure I’m forgetting:

 

 There were many cool things, but all I could afford was the coloring book, but that is cool, cause it sure is relaxing to color!

 

Mr. Nostalgia

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