Inhumanoids were one of the freakiest collection of characters to ever come out of the 80′s, second only to Boglins. Inhumanoids started as a cartoon about the discovery of giant subterranean monsters (Tendril, D’Compose, and Metlar) encased underground. After escaping their tombs, they begin their rampage of global desctruction. Our only hope lies with the government-funded Earth Corps, a geological sciences research team outfitted with large exosuits and other high-tech equipment. The series did not begin as a regular 22-minute cartoon, but rather six-to-seven-minute shorts that aired as part of the Super Sunday half-hour block that included other Marvel/Sunbow series, Jem and the Holograms, Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines and Robotix. Unfortunately, it only lasted one season with the last episode airing on December 14, 1986. I remember getting Tendril, D’Compose, and Metlar for Christmas back in ’86. They were large, ugly and totally awesome! The toy line was only a part of the Inhumanoids product line as they also appeared in their own comic book.
The Power Glove was the most awesome piece of junk Nintendo ever released to the public. Originally it only sold 100,000 units and was a commercial failure. Back in 2006, IGN editor Craig Harris ranked the Power Glove as the seventh worst video game controller. Could it have been due to the fact that it hardly worked? Maybe it was because you had to be a rocket scientist to figure the thing out. To make matters worse, only two games were ever released for the Power Glove: Super Glove Ball and Brad Street Brawler. Over the years it has made a few brief appearances on the big screen. One in particular and probably the most memorable was The Wizard (1989) starring Fred Savage. Some critics would refer to it as a “full-length commercial” for Nintendo because of all the games and accessories that got screen time. One particular scene featured the Power Glove being used to play Rad Racer for the Nintendo NES in a way that we could have only dreamed of. The character wielding the glove was Lucas Barton (Jackey Vinson) whose line “I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad,” would prove to be one of the biggest let downs ever. Although the Power Glove was short lived, it’s legacy lives on through pop culture. Nintendo had the vision of motion control all those years ago and to see that same basic idea being used today in the Wii, makes me love Nintendo even more.
It has arrived! Ed Fries (former Vice-President of Game Publishing in Microsoft and co-creator of the Xbox) has created Halo for the Atari 2600 called Halo 2600. You get to play as Master Chief while you blast enemies and scour the land in search of keys. The game comes complete with retail box, cartridge with shiny label, and full color 8-page manual. It’s available at Atari Age for $50 USD each. BONUS: Receive a free Halo 2600 magnet with your purchase! While supplies last.
One of only a couple of magazines that was totally awesome to read back in the day. Every cover usually featured some type of movie star or athlete such as Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger to name a few. Each issue was full of stories, games, comics, and even some educational stuff. It began in 1990 with Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk The Kids) on the cover. Issues would be released ten times per year with the final issue arriving on newsstands in November 2007. There is some speculation surrounding the sudden cancellation of the magazine as the October 2007 issue contained a “Cool Christmas” subscription gift order form which would have been an indication that the magazine would have continued into 2008.
What could be cooler on a hot 80′s summer day than a popsicle shaped like your favorite monster? Nothing! Monster Pops were unlike anything else you’d see in the frozen section of your grocery store. I remember busting into a box of these way back around 1987. Today little is known about these totally rad frozen confections and evidence of its prior existence is limited – very limited.
If there were ever a movie that embodied the Nintendo NES craze that took over the late 80′s – this is the one. It’s chocked full of so much Nintendo NES goodness it’s a wonder that Nintendo didn’t release a game for it. It’s funny, warm-hearted, and brings back memories of the 8-bit era.