Big Trak

Big Trak

In the ever-expanding universe of toys, November of 1979 witnessed a significant advancement in the world of domestic science fiction with the entrance of Big Trak, a toy that appealed to every aspect of childhood imagination. Added to the idea of a tank were lights, noise, and a relatively new feature in the technologically burgeoning toy industry -the ability to program. Continue reading...

Lemonade Stands

Lemonade Stands

The sweltering summer heat is relentless, and if you only had a little spending money, perhaps you could take refuge in a nice cool place like a movie theater. But, how to raise some quick funds when mom and dad won’t fork out a few bucks? Sure, you could take a summer job, mowing the neighbor’s lawn or delivering newspapers, but why risk heat stroke when it was much simpler to build a nice, shady lemonade stand. Continue reading...

Bubble Tape

Bubble Tape

Five sticks not enough gum for you? A Big Pack too small for your Violet Beauregarde tendencies? Have we got the solution for you. Created by the makers of Hubba Bubba, Bubble Tape was the thing for kids and teens to chew in the 90s. That little canister in your pocket meant you had six full feet of chewing pleasure ready to be rolled out in whatever quantity necessary. Continue reading...

Night Court

Night Court

Who knew that the American justice system could be so bawdy? You can thank Night Court for that little revelation. Through nine prime time seasons, this hit sitcom turned a New York City courtroom into a den of naughty humor. It wasn't that Night Court was just about sex; it's just that the libidinous parts were the ones the kids stayed up to watch. Continue reading...

Young Guns

Young Guns

The extralegal exploits of Henry Carter, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," received the treatment of a rock star in 1988 with screenwriter John-Fusco's western redux, Young Guns. With a cast of brash young actors and a rock n' roll soundtrack, Christopher Cain created an account of the events surrounding the Lincoln County War in 1877 New Mexico. And while the film was sketchy on some of the facts, it was spot on with wit, humor, and hell-raising gunfire. Breakfast Clubber Emilio Estevez, Stand By Me villain Kiefer Sutherland, La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips and Ferris Beuller bad-boy Charlie Sheen comprised the title characters while Superman's Terence Stamp, City Slicker Jack Palance, and Lost star Terry O'Quinn shored up the supporting cast. Continue reading...

Water Rockets

Water Rockets

Who says that science and summer can't co-exist? Thanks to these nifty spaceship-shaped toys, kids were able to get some firsthand experience of the power of water pressure, and have loads of fun while doing it. A staple on toy store shelves for over 50 years, they are affectionately remembered as water rockets. Continue reading...

Sea World

Sea World

The public has long held a fascination with the aquatic critters lurking below the ocean surface. TV shows like The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau captivated millions in the 60s and 70s by offering a glimpse of this unseen environment from afar. For those willing to travel, Sea world has offered a way to get up-close to these majestic creatures for over four decades. They aren't the first oceanarium (Marineland holds that distinction), but they are now one of the best known providers of undersea entertainment, while always keeping the focus on research, education and conservation efforts. Continue reading...

Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

Perhaps one of the most fondly remembered live-action series to ever grace the Saturday morning airwaves, Land of the Lost stranded a family of modern humans in a prehistoric setting where they had to contend with underdeveloped technology, strange people and of course, a few hungry dinosaurs. The brainchild of iconic children’s show producers, Sid and Marty Krofft, Land of the Lost was far from being just typical campy and kooky Saturday morning fare; it was a well-written and ambitious offering and its continued popularity is a testament to its quality. Continue reading...