Pokémon

Pokémon

A love of collecting bugs and playing video games led to one of the biggest toy crazes of the 90s, when Japanese gamer Satoshi Tajiri concocted a little game called Pokémon. As the editor of his own magazine, Tajiri became enamored with the Nintendo Game Boy system, especially the fact that two systems could be connected, and wanted to create something unique for the system. After six years of work, Nintendo bought the rights to his game and the Pokémon craze was officially launched. Continue reading...

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Nobody ever said it was easy to be dead. But, no matter how exasperating eternal life might be, a recently deceased couple learned the hard way that one should be careful of what they wish for – they just might get it. Such was the plight of the Maitland family in Tim Burton’s wonderfully quirky and decidedly dark 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice. Continue reading...

Haunted House

Haunted House

When pinball manufacturer Gottlieb released Haunted House in 1982, it was unlike anything fans of the game had ever experienced. From its menacing graphics to its unique playing surface filled with unexpected twists and turns, Haunted House became one of the most popular pinball games ever devised. Continue reading...

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo

Recalling 1996, some might think of the Olympics - others, the Presidential elections. But for retail workers, parents and other would-be gift givers, 1996 was the year of Tickle Me Elmo. It reminded of the last true doll craze, the 1980s juggernaut called the Cabbage Patch Kid. There were Beanie Babies and a good number of other must-have toys that also had their day, but none that could match the Elmo-mania that gripped the nation during that crazy year. Continue reading...

House of Wax

House of Wax

While the 1933 film, Mystery of the Wax was the inspiration for this flick, it simply couldn’t hold a candle to the 3D adventure that was 1953’s House of Wax. With the inimitable Vincent Price in the lead role and screen-popping special effects, House of Wax was destined to become a classic. Continue reading...

The Munsters

The Munsters

Every community has the one family that raises the collective eyebrows of the neighbors due to their non-conforming ways. Sure, they appear to be nice enough folks but they just don’t fit in with their surroundings. Well, over on 1313 Mockingbird Lane, raised eyebrows gave way to sheer terror when they got a look at the inhabitants, better known as The Munsters. Continue reading...

Runts

Runts

Those wacky inventors over at the Willy Wonka factory have introduced plenty of innovative confections over the years, from the Everlasting Gobstopper to the Wonka Bar. But one of their most popular creations over the past few decades are Runts. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you likely remember the small, realistically-shaped, fruit flavored candies that are not only sold in the candy aisle, but also countless gumball-type vending machines around the world. Continue reading...

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty

Surprisingly, it all started with a mere change purse, one adorned with the face of a sweet little mouthless kitty – a nice little product that one would imagine would make for a cute little short-lived fad. But “fad” doesn’t even begin to describe the magnitude, the enormous impact, the marketing machine, the iconic status that this darling little feline we know as Hello Kitty would have on the world. Continue reading...