Pencil Fights

Pencil Fighting

As the Five-Finger Fillet of elementary school games, Pencil Fighting is perhaps one of the more destructive games found in classrooms and playgrounds everywhere. Readily accessible mechanical pencils as well as school rules have caused the once-popular game of pencil fighting to dwindle away into the memories of those who were active participants in the fights. Of course, at Retroland, we thrive on those memories. And so, today we reminisce about the lost art of the pencil fight. Continue reading...

fashion plates

Fashion Plates

For all the little girls dreaming of being a dress designer when they grew up, Tomy Toys had just the thing to get those creative ideas flowing. Granted, they weren’t exactly an original concept; fashion plates have existed as far back as the 18th century. But these were specially made so that young hands could experience the exciting world of fashion design without ever leaving the kitchen table. Now, you could be the Christian Dior of your family! Continue reading...

All New Mickey Mouse Club

The All-New Mickey Mouse Club

When the original Mickey Mouse Club debuted in 1955, it quickly earned the loyalty of millions of young viewers, who gathered around the set to visit with their favorite Disney cartoon characters, and some human friends as well, such as Annette, Tommy, Bobby, Doreen, and Cubby. When the popular show ended its run in 1959, it made a short-lived comeback in the 70s, with The New Mickey Mouse Club. And three decades after the original, youngsters could once again tune into The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, a modernized version of a classic for an all-new 90s generation of Disney fans. Let's take a look back. Continue reading...

Foto Electric Football game

Foto-Electric Football

For those who wanted a taste of the strategic side of football before they were old enough to actually manage a team of players on the field, came an ingenious way to learn the skills necessary to carry your very own clipboard someday as an offensive/defensive coordinator or head coach. Foto-Electric Football provided all the training you needed - *Bucket of Gatorade not included. Today, we take a look back at this memorable game from yesteryear. Continue reading...

Bandanas

Bandanas

For just a simple square of cloth, the bandana enjoys a long and storied history. Far from being a mere fashion statement, its uses are as varied as the palette of colors and styles that are readily available. Today, we take a look back at this versatile cloth that has served the masses so well over the years. Continue reading...

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Cabazon Dinosaurs

You are making a trek through the California Desert on your way to the vacation resort of Palm Springs, when you encounter a strange sight. Are your eyes playing tricks on you, a road-weary victim of some time-warped primeval mirage? No, you have just come across Dinny and Rex, the world-famous and delightfully offbeat Cabazon Dinosaurs. Continue reading...

Tootsie Roll

Tootsie Roll

There are few American candies as iconic as a Tootsie Roll. Through two world wars, a great depression and every other milestone of the past century, those little rolls of chewy goodness have been gracing the candy aisle and delighting all that indulge. With their unique flavor and texture, they have stood the test of time, watching many competitors come and go along the way, while the simple Tootsie Roll continues to delight the taste buds of all that indulge. Continue reading...

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoops

Fads are not an easy thing to explain, especially to future generations. Take a kid who is accustomed to being surrounded by computers and gaming consoles and try to get them to understand the impact that a simple ring of plastic could have on the populace and you are likely to be met with the blankest of stares. They might even accuse you of making the story up. But truth is often stranger than fiction and the truth is, this single ring of plastic known as the Hula Hoop was something that, at one time, was the most coveted toy in existence. Its popularity transcended both gender and age and got a whole generation to gyrate their hips (and other body parts) with reckless abandon. Let's go back in time. Continue reading...