Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cartoon Saturday: Pole Position

Nothing says exciting television than another cartoon made from a video game. This time it's Pole Position!

Now, in case you were wondering, the Pole Position is the inside, front row position on a race track...the best spot. The Pole Position cartoon was about a bunch of stunt driving teenage special agents taking on the family legacy and hunting down the bad guys in their super cars. Oh, and one of these super cars talked and had the cool name of Roadie.

I always thought that Pole Position had a very Speed Racer vibe about it. From the tricked out cars to the helmet visors, it's really similar. However, while I always sort of felt Speed Racer's them song was lame, the Pole Position song rocked. And I can hear it to this day.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bad Toy Thursday: Sit 'N Spin

Sure, let's develop a toy that allows children to become nauseated, staggering children. It's like a frat party minus the frat.

The concept was simple. Sit on the disk. Grab the handle. And spin your cares away. However, this device ended up turning children into reeling little zombies. And if you weren't careful, you'd soon be seeing that fruit punch you just drank make its way all over the walls.

Perchance this toy was just a government ploy to prepare future generations for space travel to other galaxies. That does make sense...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday Reminisce: Speeder Biker Club

Even with those ever so cute and cuddly Ewoks, Return of the Jedi had one of the greatest chase scenes in history: Speederbikes through Endor.

Sure I felt a little woozy in my stomach watching this on the big screen. And, yes, I regretted eating all that red licorice and pop corn. But, dang, this scene blew my young mind. But, then, I almost had a coronary when I came across this while perusing the shelves of my local toy store:

Whoa. You mean I can treat my living room like the Wookie's home planet? AND if I push the right button my speeder bike will blow up? How can I not purchase this?

And, let's admit it, the Biker Scout was one of the coolest Storm Troopers ever!!

Alas, with constantly blowing up my Speeder Bike, it finally fell apart. But fortunately George Lucas has never met a dollar he didn't like. And in 1997, I was reunited with a Speeder Bike COMPLETE with Biker Scout. Life was indeed good.

And if only life could truly be like this:

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Toy Tuesday: Let's Go Back to the Future

So I caught all three Back to the Future movies in a marathon session, and I, again, realized how much I love them. And, frankly, I want to live them.

And now, thanks to Entertainment Earth I can!!

First, I need a tricked out DeLorean.

Next, I need to make sure it's registered with the California DMV.

Oh, and I need to add a Flux Capacitor.

And, finally, I need some cool threads to fit in when it's the year 2015.

Now, I just need to burn rubber, hit 88 mph, and travel in time.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Game Day: Atari Age Magazine

The great thing about having an Atari 2600 was that everyone in my family enjoyed it...including adults. Therefore, they decided we should subrscribe to Atari Age Magazine. I guess they figured its insights would allow us to dominate the video game realm.

And AtariAge.Com has some of those very same issues I used to have. Including Issue #1.

Find the rest of the issue here. Happy Reading!!