Love Beads

Love Beads

They didn’t call it the "Summer of Love" for nothing. If there was one concept the peace-loving counter culture of the 60s embraced more than any other it was the genuine love they felt for their fellow man. And what better way to express this affection than through a set of love beads, man. Can you dig it? Continue reading...

Lone Ranger Action Figure

Lone Ranger action figures

For over 80 years, kids have been enthralled by the many adventures of a masked man known simply as The Lone Ranger. In the 30s, they sat transfixed to radio broadcasts, reliving the thrilling days of yesteryear and by the 50s, they were able to watch their favorite hero and his trusty companion, Tonto, keeping the west safe each week on television. And as was to be expected, more than a fair share of masks, cowboy hats and toy guns were sold to kids so that they could step into the shoes of the beloved lawman. But the real playtime fun came almost twenty years later, when Gabriel Toys released an extensive line of Lone Ranger action figures and accessories - thereby proving that, while a fad may only last a year or two, a legend lives forever. Continue reading...

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Acid Wash / Stonewash / Distressed Denim

Denim jeans have always been a classic American staple. But in the anything-goes ‘80’s, denim’s popularity got, er, ripped to shreds. Acid-washed denim had arrived, and the deep blue indigos were now streaked with messy white bleach marks and spots. For the next few years, it seemed, if your jeans weren’t splotched with bleach stains, they were an unacceptable fashion choice. Let's take a look back at this memorable trend. Continue reading...

Rubik's Cube toy

Rubik’s Cube

Few toys are as equally fascinating and frustrating as the Rubik's Cube. They lure the unsuspecting populace in with their bright colors and mysterious mechanical workings, never giving a hint of the addictive properties just waiting to be unleashed with a few simple twists and turns. Through much of the 80s, the world twisted and turned, their minds in overdrive as they tried to solve the complex computations that once again right the cube to its original form - an aligned form that some of us only saw on the first day we opened the package, then never again. Today, we take a look back at this iconic toy that the world worked so tirelessly to solve. Continue reading...

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Combat Boots

From necessary battlefield footwear, to part of an oft-repeated childhood taunt, to rugged fashion statement, combat boots have certainly left their footprints on society. Boys and girls alike have embraced the formidable footwear over the years to make a variety of statements about themselves and each other. Continue reading...

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...

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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...