Kenner’s Greatest Toy: The AT-AT

From the swamps of Dagobah to a city in the clouds, there’s no question my favorite location from 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back was Hoth. The cold, wide open space conveyed to viewers just how far the Rebels had traveled to hide from the Empire. Other than mystical inhabitants such as Wampas and Tauntauns, Hoth […]

Strawberry Shortcake: Musical Match-Ups for the Atari 2600

In the 1980s, every department store had separate aisles for boys and girls toys. The aisles may not have been specifically labeled as such, but everyone (especially kids) knew which was which. I remember wandering up and down the toy aisles in my local Walmart as a kid. The aisle with Star Wars, G.I. Joe, […]

Meet the… Frankenstones?

Almost everyone is familiar with the Flintstones, but few people know that for a short period of time, Fred and his family lived next door to the Frankenstones! The Frankenstones made cameo appearances in only a few episodes and television specials before getting their own spin-off, beginning in 1980. Prior to getting their own show, […]

Laverne & Shirley in the Army

In the 1980s, Saturday mornings were synonymous with cartoons. Almost everyone who grew up in the 80s can, if asked, rattle off a list of his or her favorite Saturday morning cartoons. In those days, I set my alarm religiously every Saturday morning so I wouldn’t miss episodes of The Smurfs, Dungeons and Dragons, Superfriends, […]

Mimi’s E.T. and Me

I am standing next to an old man in a small bedroom. His clothes are too big for him and his face looks tired. The two of us are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of a small card table. Spread out across the table are an industrial stapler, two pairs of scissors, a basket full of […]