Zaxxon

Zaxxon

Jaws dropped when Sega released Zaxxon in 1982. Oh sure, gamers had flown spaceships into strafing raids and interstellar dogfights before, but Zaxxon placed these battles into a never-before seen 3D environment, complete with shadows. These innovations changed the course of action games and secured Zaxxon its rightful place in arcade history. Continue reading...

Super Jock

Super Jock

Able to take the abuse time and time again, without ever having to worry about landing on the disabled list, Super Jocks, introduced by Schaper Toys in the mid-70s offered a line of invincible athletes with a penchant for abuse and the ability to perform brilliantly under the pressure. Continue reading...

The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

During the same year that Toy Story would bring countless toys to life on the big screen, another endearing film managed to animate a few playthings of its own, much to the bewilderment and delight of their young owner, in the 1995 fantasy, The Indian and the Cupboard. Continue reading...

Wonder Bread

Wonder Bread

One of the staples of childhood cuisine is the sandwich, a lunch that requires no culinary skills to make. Any kid can slap a few slices of meat and cheese together or spread a layer of peanut butter and jelly and be on their way to school in no time. For millions of parents, the bread of choice was Wonder. Enriched with vitamins and minerals, it gave every sandwich a nutritional helping hand. Continue reading...

My Two Dads

My Two Dads

It is often said that two is better than one. And for a young girl named Nicole Bradford, the old adage would be put to the test. With the untimely death of her mother, she learned that mom had been splitting her romantic time between two men, and furthermore, both were awarded custody of the girl. Such was the premise of the 80s television sitcom, My Two Dads. Continue reading...

Area 51

Area 51

As any conspiracy theorist can attest, deep within the Nevada desert lies the super-secret Area 51, a hotbed for extraterrestrial activity unlike any other. Atari took arcade gamers to this mysterious locale in 1995, as a highly trained marine from STAAR (Special tactical Advanced Alien Response, of course) whose mission was to rid the base of unfriendly interplanetary visitors and (for good measure) their human zombie cohorts. The result was a certified arcade around the globe. Continue reading...

Koosh Ball

Koosh Ball

Anyone who has ever been a young child – yes, that includes you – is no stranger to the terror of playing catch for the first time. A sphere of hard plastic or stitched up animal skin blazing toward your face can be traumatic. Sure, in most cases the fear was easy to eventually overcome, but it was no fun to face it the first time, especially with a clumsy set of pre-adolescent motor skills. Enter the Koosh Ball... Continue reading...

Oh Henry

Oh Henry!

As the official story goes, a boy by the name of Henry used to frequently visit the Williamson Candy Store in Chicago. He would flirt with the girls that worked there who would respond with “Oh, Henry!” Later when Mr. Williamson needed a name for a new candy bar, he remembered the remarks and the rest was history. Or was it? Continue reading...