Archive for March, 2011

Looking back at my elementary school sticker collection

Posted in 80s, collecting, Ghostbusters, Michael Jackson, movies, pop culture, stickers with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2011 by Paxton

Shawn over at Branded in the 80s has a great feature called Peel Here that showcases his amazing 80s sticker collection.  I was cleaning up my garage a while ago and found my own sticker collection in one of the boxes.  It was complete with even some extra pages full of stickers stuck inside, plus my collection of bumper stickers and tons of my old Garbage Pail Kids.

So, in the tradition of Shawn’s Peel Here I thought you’d like to take a look inside a mid-1980s elementary school sticker collection.  It could be awesome, it could be totally embarrassing.  Today I’ll look at the main sticker collection.  Later I’ll take a look at my collection of bumper stickers and finally I’ll go through a bunch of the Garbage Pail Kids.

So, without further to do, let’s see the types of stickers I liked to collect in elementary school. You can click all these images to see them bigger in Flickr.

Sticker album cover
Here’s the cover of my sticker album. I honestly can’t remember where I got this sticker binder.  It was probably a gift from my mom or my grandmother.  I covered up it’s puffy, purple-ness with badass, macho Mr T stickers.  The Mr T stickers are pretty awesome.  They feature Mr T doing manly things like bending a steel pipe with his bare hands and lifting up a f**king semi over his head.  But, for some reason, they are…puffy stickers.  Puffy stickers were the girly cousin of regular stickers.  Mr T puffy stickers are like painting a Corvette pink.  WTF?  If you ask me, the makers of those stickers are sending mixed messages to kids.

I don’t remember what the giant white ripped sticker on the cover was before I tore it off.  I apparently changed my mind about liking that particular sticker.  I was a fickle elementary school child.  The faded white stickers with the green border under all that mess were for Mr B’s delicatessen.  It was located in Independence, KS and owned by my aunt and uncle.

Let’s look inside this awesome tome of sticker archeology.  First up is a separate page (front and back) of stickers I had shoved into the binder.
Sticker Page 6a Sticker Page 6b
These are not a part of the actual sticker album. I think I acquired them separately in a trade.  They mostly consist of “scratch and sniff” stickers.  You can see candy apples in the right hand page and cinnamon rolls and bumble bees in the left hand page.  Okay, these pages are slightly embarrassing.  Not exactly the type of stickers I remember liking.  “Scratch and sniff” stickers of cinnamon rolls and candy apples are about as manly as pink fluffy toilet seat covers.  That is to say, not very.

The yellow “Cheap Thrills” sticker and the white Putt-Putt sticker in the right hand page are mine.  Cheap Thrills was a “mom and pop” record store a friend of the family owned in Birmingham, AL.  The sticker was a price sticker used on LPs.  We had huge rolls of these stickers at home.  I remember putting them on nearly every surface in the house.  Lightswitch covers, walls, furniture, pets.  They were EVERYWHERE.

The Putt-Putt in which I obtained the white sticker was located in Hoover just off Hwy-31.  It turned into a Krispy Kreme a few years later, but I think even that is closed now.  The sticker appears to be a 1 free game coupon.  I must have got a hole-in-one.  I wonder why I never used it.
Sticker Album Page 1a Sticker Album Page 1b
Here’s the front and back of the first page in the sticker album. It’s actually not a page, but a clear plastic case that would hold the actual page. I don’t know what happened to the page.  However, I needed the real estate so I started putting stickers all over it.  My favorites of this group are probably all the McDonaldLand stickers.  In the center and in the corners on the left as well as the corners on the right.  You’ll see forgotten characters like The Professor, The Captain, The Fry Guys,  and Officer Big Mac.  As well as stalwarts The Hamburglar, Birdie the Early Bird and Grimace.  If I’m not mistaken, the Reese’s Pieces sticker on the right page is from a group of ET stickers.  I’m not too happy with the hearts behind them, though.

Sticker Page 2a Sticker page 2b
Okay, here are the actual first pages of the sticker album.  We start off with some Michael Jackson puffy stickers.  I loved MJ so you’ll see a bunch of those (and of course, these are puffy).  There is also an Orko (puffy!) on the left and two Ghostbusters stickers under that.  The red and white “Mi” sticker is from a company my dad worked for, Motion Industries.  The black and gold Racing Team sticker is taken from a remote control Smokey and the Bandit Firebird.  You can see the top and bottom stickers from the Rubik Missing Link puzzle.  On the right you can see a bunch of generic 80s “exclamation” stickers.  Good Show! Fantastic! Dynamite! Super!  I have no idea where those came from.  Or the giant ice cream cone (the hell?).  The two rectangle stickers in the upper right came from the Cracked Monster Party magazine.  The tennis ball stickers came from my parents.  They were avid tennis players when I was growing up.

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What 10 video games would be in my dream arcade?

Posted in nostalgia, pop culture, video games with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Paxton

Cavalcade Arcade

I-Mockery put up a fascinating question on Tuesday. What games would be in your own personal dream arcade?  I thought this was a good topic for a lazy Friday afternoon.

So I decided to pick 10 arcade machines I would love to have in my own personal arcade.  They are in no particular order.

I want to thank the International Arcade Museum for the awesome images of the video game cabinets. I surf their site regularly for images of my favorite arcade and pinball games as well as images of some awesome video game advertisement flyers. To see more images (including screen shots of game play) of these and thousands more arcade games as well as get more detailed info, click the images to go to the International Arcade Museum.

Anyway, on to the games.

Street Fighter II Champion Edition
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (1991) – There were like a million different versions of this game.  I’d take any of them, but I hold a special place in my heart for Champion Edition and Champion Edition Turbo.  This was one of the first great fighting games. Great for competitions. It attracted large audiences to watch two guys just go at it.  Lots of fun characters with cool move combos.  The character I preferred to use was Chun-Li.  She was both pretty and deadly.

Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat II (1993) – The only one in the arcade franchise to use Roman Numerals. The next two games would be MK3 and MK4. The first Mortal Kombat was almost too easy but Mortal Kombat 3 was way too damn hard. This fell right in the sweet spot of hard but fun. Also, this game rivaled NBA Jam for the amount of hidden Easter Eggs you could find. Characters, finishing moves like fatalities, friendships, etc. It was insane and fun.  I liked to use Sub Zero and my friend, Steve, liked Scorpion.  I still hear Scorpion’s “GET OVER HERE!” in my nightmares.

NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (1993) – I talked about this game in-depth over on Strange Kid’s Club. Greatest. Basketball. Game. EVER. I would also like to have NBA Maximum Hangtime, but it’s so close in gameplay to NBA Jam that I am reluctant to have two machines that are so similar in the same arcade.

Karate Champ
Karate Champ (1984) – This is the game that got me into fighting games. I LOVED THIS GAME. I used to play it at my local movie theater arcade.  I got pretty good and made it through a punch of matches.  The scenery changed constantly.  One time you’d be in the forest, then on a log spanning a cavern, then on a cruise ship deck.  The bonus stage had you battling a bull.  This game was kicked all kinds of ass.

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Go Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords turns 25 years old

Posted in cartoons, movies, toys, TV shows with tags , , , on March 21, 2011 by Paxton

GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords
(Via rastheater)

The first and only GoBots movie, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, turns 25 years old today. It opened on March 21, 1986.

The movie featured voice talent such as Roddy McDowell (Nuggit), Telly Savalas (Magmar) and Margot Kidder (Solitaire). The movie also featured popular voice over talent like Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Michael Bell and Arthur Burghardt.  The rest of the voice cast was populated by the actors who voiced the regular TV show, Challenge of the GoBots.

Challenge of the GoBots

The GoBots movie reached theaters two months before Transformers: The Movie (Aug 8).  However Transformers had been in production for the previous two years.

The GoBots, like Transformers, were first released in Japan. They were imported by Tonka into America after the popularity of Transformers skyrocketed.

Vintage Gobot MOC

Awesomeness Elsewhere – Mar 18, 2011

Posted in 80s, blogging, movies, music, pop culture, rap with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2011 by Paxton

Fat Boys - Crushin'

Where you can find me this week on the Internets:

New Forgotten Favorites this week. It involves one of my favorite rap groups.  Come see me talk nostalgically about The Fat Boys and how they would rap about comic books and movies.  They also had songs with The Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Freddy Krueger and William “The Refrigerator” Perry.

— I run down the more interesting DVDs/Blu-Rays that went on sale this week.  Come see WrestleMania, BMX Bandits and Sharktopus.  Yes, I said SHARKTOPUS.

— Over on Held Over! I take a look at ads for The Shootist and BeastMaster 1 and 2.

Since I talked about The Fat Boys over on Strange Kid’s Club, let’s see a few videos featuring them.

It doesn’t get any more 80s than The Fat Boys on Miami Vice.

Another great 80s clip featuring The Fat Boys in the movie Knights of the City. Check out Markie Dee sporting that rad crop top. WTF, dude?

And here’s the video for the Fat Boys/Freddy Krueger collaboration Are You Ready for Freddy? It was used to promote the release of Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master.

Mt Dew Pitch Black to return in 2011

Posted in Mountain Dew, Pepsi, pop culture, soda with tags , , , , on March 14, 2011 by Paxton


Mt Dew Pitch Black returns

Yes, according to Mt Dew on Facebook, the fan favorite Mt Dew Pitch Black from Halloween 2004 is returning to store shelves in 2011.  Being a soda dork this, for me, is like the announcement of another Back to the Future movie or The Fat Boys releasing a new album.  This is EPIC.

I reviewed all three of the different iterations of Mt Dew Pitch black in my AWESOME-tober-fest 2008 article here.

Here are some pics of the original Pitch Black:

Mt Dew Pitch Black fridge pack
Box from a 12 pack of Pitch Black cans

Mt Dew Pitch Black label
Label from a 20oz bottle of Pitch Black.

Mt Dew Pitch Black Freeze
ICEE version of Mt Dew Pitch Black sold in Target during Halloween 2007.

Mt Dew Pitch Black caffeine Free(via xpectations)
The fairly rare Canadian Pitch Black which was caffeine free. The Pitch Black in the states, as far as I know, was not offered without caffeine.

Mt Dew Pitch Black lip balm(via Valeri-DBF)
Mt Dew Pitch Black as a lip balm. For the last few years, this was the only way you could get Pitch Black. Notice that it uses the newer Mt Dew logo (well, newer than the 2004 cans and bottles).

The Cavalcade’s review of Twilight: Eclipse

Posted in movies, reviews, Twilight, vampires with tags , , , on March 8, 2011 by Paxton

Twilight Eclipse

So, despite the fact I am constantly speaking out against this entire series, I continue to watch the movies. I’m committed at this point. For better or worse, I’m finishing the series. I originally spoke out about the books while I reviewed the first movie here. I watched and reviewed the second ridiculous movie, New Moon, here.

So after the debacle that was the second movie, I was actually excited to see the third movie because the trailer looked good. And what I mean by that is that I didn’t hate the trailer on sight. It looks like they decided to push the whole Bella/Edward nonsense to the back and focus on a new vampire who is creating a vampire army to take on the Cullens.  It looked, well, if not good, then at least interesting. Let’s take a quick look at that trailer to freshen our memories and to give you the state my head was at when I watched this movie.

See, not too bad…considering what has come before.  And I kept hearing from people that this is the best Twilight movie.  However, now that I think about that, I’m not really sure how great a compliment that is.  That’s like being the smartest guy in Special Ed.  But there looks to be some good vampire vs werewolf action, Jacob has that great line about “…killing some vampires” and the new vampire army walking slowly out of the lake.  Not bad, Twilight.  Not bad.

Anyway, in light of this trailer, I recently convinced my wife to sit down with me and watch the third movie (she hated the first two). I’m going to try to keep my review spoiler free.  Here we go.


I hope that’s clear and concise enough to everyone involved in making and writing the movie.  F**K. THIS. MOVIE.  It’s terrible.  That trailer up above?  It’s the second trailer.  I should have watched the first trailer.  In a quick 1:40 trailer you get the best 10 minutes of the movie.  The rest of the nearly 2 hours is taken up with Bella/Edward bullsh*t.  The big Cullen vampires/Wolf Pack battle with the vampire army didn’t happen until like an hour and forty minutes in.  Yeah, for AN HOUR AND FORTY MINUTES I had to watch the sappy EMO melodrama that is Bella with her ENORMOUS two front teeth and hipster Edward who looks like he never washes his hair.  I actually hated this movie MORE than New Moon.  It’s going to be really hard to sit down to watch Breaking Dawn.  I just can’t take anymore Bella and Edward.  Plus, Dakota Fanning and the Volturi only show up in 2 scenes.  And no Michael Sheen.  What’s the point?

So to the entire Twilight franchise, but especially this movie.  F**K YOU and everything you’ve done to the lore and myth of the vampire.

Pattinson pissing on Lugosi's grave

Oh, my wife’s review was something like, “…the only part of the movie I liked was when Jacob took his shirt off.”

So there you go.

I’m going to watch the last movie (Or two, since I hear the fourth is supposed to be in two parts a la Harry Potter)  but only out of stubborn obligation.

Awesomeness Elsewhere – Mar 4, 2011

Posted in blogging with tags on March 4, 2011 by Paxton

The Quick and the Dead
It’s been a good week.  Hope everyone else has had a good one also.

Here’s some of my other goings on around the Internets:

– I talk about a few of the notable DVD/Blu-Ray releases this week on Strange Kids Club including 3 movie sequels I had no idea existed and a PG-13 version of Showgirls.

– I’ve been reading a bunch of western novels lately so this week on Held Over is Western Week.  I looked at 5 ads for westerns including The Quick and the Dead, Quigley Down Under and Lust in the Dust.