Comic Book Preview: Peepland #4

peepland04001Peepland #4 drops today from the Hard Case Crime imprint.  Dead bodies everywhere!  The cops are getting weary of Roxy and friends.

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Dolce & Gabbana Radio Bag

dolcegabbanaradiobagIf you were to look into my closet one of my favorite accessories is the bag.  I have lots of bags.  I have bags for different outfits and bags for a specific night out on the town.  Here is one bag on list, the Dolce & Gabbana Radio Bag.  The bag is made to look like a vintage boombox with the 2 speakers and cassette deck.

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ALIENS – The Set Photography

aliensartbookOne of the huge blockbuster movies that made a strong impression on me growing in the 1980s was James Cameron’s ALIENS.  It was scary with kick-ass action, had a memorable cast of actors and just a great science fiction storyline.  With a collection of artwork, on-set location pictures and behind-the-scenes photographs, author Simon Ward takes us ALIENS fans on a journey with ALIENS – The Set Photography by Titan Books.

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Music: Stranger Things Soundtrack Vol 1 & 2

strangerthingssoundtrackHave you watched Stranger Things yet?  Well, get a Netflix subscription!  A few weeks ago, our Retrenders colleague Johnny Moreno binge watched Stranger Things and wrote a review on it (Stranger Things review).  He then called me in the middle of the night to tell me to watch it!  So I did and it was well worth it.  Like many 80s kids, I had fond memories of movies and music from that era.  And one of the many important factors in the success of Stranger Things is the music made by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.  They have just released 2 new tracks to preview for the upcoming Vol 1 and Vol 2 releases digitally and CD format.

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Labyrinth Board Game for the World!

labyrinthgameThe iconic fantasy adventure 1980s flick Labyrinth comes to board game world.  Just like the film, the mission is to save Toby.  Euro game company and The Jim Henson Company have put together a solid board game experience with dices, cards and game figures.  Players can take on the task being Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo or Didymus to stop the Goblin King.

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STRANGER THINGS – A Throwback to the Best Movies of the ’80s!

Stranger Things - Netflix - RetrendersIf you haven’t seen this Netflix Series, you should!  Because I went into a sleepless night binge watching this!

Stranger Things takes place in the ’80s and with plenty of ’80s music.  It brought back so many memories of past films, this took me back to being a 5 year-old kid, because it had a little bit of The Goonies, a team of kids on bicycles. I also couldn’t help recognize the use of same dramatic theme track too.  Then there’s E.T., because of the weird girl; The Explorers, kids exploring; Stand By Me, the train track trail to find their friend; and it even had an X-Files Sci-Fi conspiracy twist that will lure you to want to watch the series until the end. Also, it’s worth mentioning, if you love Dungeons and Dragons, you’ll appreciate this series!

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Custom Old School Nintendo-Style Action Figures

The 1980s was a heyday for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and what if they had action figures made.  This is what it would look like!

deathbytoysnintendostyleToy fanatic Dan Polydoris aka Death by Toys makes these custom 1980s Nintendo-style action figures and packaging.  It’s like Super 7/Funko ReAction line-up.

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Music: The Music Masterminds – Full Force

fullforcecoverJames Brown, Isaac Hayes, UTFO, Hall & Oates, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Samantha Fox, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Britney Spears, Selena, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna – just to name a few.  What do all these musicians have in common?  Full Force!  Before producer/writing teams like Stock Aitken & Waterman (SAW), The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo) and Cheiron Studios (Max Martin & Denniz PoP.  More than just producers/writers/remixers – Full Force is a band too.  I grew up in the 80’s listening to many Full Force produced jams.  Check their interview out on Sway’s Universe.

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Music: The PSB are back with Pop Kids!

psbsuperOne of my favorite 1980s’ bands was the Pet Shop Boys and you might find it hard to believe they are still around making music.  The Pet Shop Boys caught my attention again in 2013 with their single “Vocal” from the Electric album.  A return to that 1980s and early 1990s sound that got me hooked, and now here in 2016 – the Pet Shop Boys are back with their latest single “Pop Kids.”

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Music: Kid ‘n Play

housepartycoverOne of the top rap duos I listened to growing up in the 1980s was Kid ‘n Play.  I remember watching House Party on VHS and jamming to “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.”  Sway in the Morning does in-depth interview with the rap duo on the past, present and future of Kid ‘n Play.

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Yahtzee “Back to the Future” Collector’s Edition

yahtzeebacktothefutureboxThe classic dice game Yahtzee gets a “new look” for fans of the iconic Michael J. Fox 1980s flick “Back to the Future.”  Instead of the usual Yahtzee dice cup, you now get a light-up “flux capacitor” cup to shake the dice around.

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“Storytime 2” Children’s Book Covers by Joey Spiotto

CBCover00If you’re a kid born in the Internet-Age, you probably download and read books on your tablet or Kindle, but if you’re old like me … you might remember these Little Golden Books for kids.  My cousins and me used to have many of these books that got us reading.  Artist Joey Spiotto took the Little Golden Book covers and replaced it with cute cartoon-style pop-culture characters.  How cool is that?

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Must Watch! King Fury!

kingfurymovieI remember when King Fury was just a 3 minute trailer, now it’s a full on 30 short film and it looks fantastic!  If you grew up in the 1980s, then you’ll love this flick.  Just sit down and watch:

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TIE Fighter ’80s Anime-Style

tiefighterposterA few years back someone uploaded a 2-minute short of Star Wars TIE Fighter in 1980s anime glory, now after 4-plus years of animating on the weekends and approved by Lucasfilm, this is the TIE Fighter 7-minute animated version.

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The Back to the Future II DeLorean Crazy Case!

crazycasebacktothefuture2Bandai Japan has always made a splash with their Crazy Case line-up of super nerdy geeky “you-so-fresh” iPhone cases.  This time Crazy Case takes the “Back to the Future II” DMC DeLorean car and turns into a iPhone6 case with LED lights galore and special effects.  Look for a June 2015 release and will be priced around $52.00USD.

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Robotech 30th Anniversary SD Blind Box

robotech30The iconic 1980s cartoon Robotech celebrates 30-years in 2015 and Toynami in the upcoming weeks will drop a neat Robotech blind box set of vinyl figures.  The mini-figures vary from 2-3 inches and features: Destroid Tomahawk, Hikaru Ichijo, Regult, VF-1A 1 and VF-1A 2.  No word on any chase figures just yet.

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AMC DeLorean Goes Tron-Mode

dmccoverpackageI’m flashing back to the 1980s.  This animated short “Retrowave” feels like a mix of TRON, Knight Rider and Miami Vice in one.  Animator Florian Renner took the iconic ’80s car AMC DeLorean DMC-12 and made it a star of his animation short.

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Adidas Originals x Rita Ora Superstar Kicks

adidasoriginalssuperstarAdidas Originals has collaborating with musician/designer Rita Ora for many years now and here’s her take on the iconic Adidas 1980s sneaker Superstar.

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The Best of Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

bestofsnakeeyesLike a greatest hits compilation CD from a band, Hasbro Studios has put up their own “Best of” tribute to a couple of popular G.I. Joe characters from their various cartoon incarnations.  Hasbro Studios gathers the best cartoon clips of Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

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The Princess Bride Board Game

princessbrideIf you’re child of the 1980s’, you’re probably remember this iconic film Princess Bride.  It was swashbuckling adventure with a dose of romance, action and comedy.  There was Andre the Giant and many memorable lines like, “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!”  Now comes Princess Bride-opoly board game from Toy Vault.

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Takara Masterpiece Ultra Magnus MP-22

ultramagnuscoverOne of the hottest toy releases this year is the Takara Masterpiece Ultra Magnus MP-22.  The iconic G1 Ultra Magnus toy gets a fitting Masterpiece release and it will a very hot collector’s item.  Not only does Autobot Commander resemble closely to the G1 cartoons, it features a detachable trailer and two figures:  Spike and Daniel.  The Masterpiece Ultra Magnus also includes 2 different hands, 2 missiles, face plate and “The Matrix” of leadership.

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Super7xFunko ReAction Wish List for 2015!

reactionlogoOver this Holiday season and the various editorial meetings we had, was the question, “What was our favorite toy or toy line for 2014?”  We had some hot feuded geeky discussions, but on everybody’s list was the Super7 x Funko ReAction action figures.

reactionfigures00The old Retrender staffers like Stephen and Johnny who actually grew up in the 1980s (cough … they old) said it brought them memories of being a kid in the 1980s.  As for me, I just remember watching these ReAction figures as DVDs movies at home with my parents.  And that lead to a discussion of “What If?” figure line-ups for 2015.  So, Super 7 and Funko, we are calling you out, please take a look at our ReAction action figure wish list!

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Halloween Action Figures with ReAction

reactionfiguresIf you grew up in 1980s and remember those old school Kenner-style 3 3/4″ action figures with nostalgia, then you have it here with the Super 7 x Funko:  ReAction line-up.  I already bought a couple of these action figures from my favorite films.

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A Guardians of the Galaxy Cassette Tape Release!

guardianscassetteIt’s time to break out your 1980’s Sony Walkman cassette player or cassette boombox.  Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack exclusively through indie retailers on November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSfM0iRLaE [Read more…]

Transformers Generations: Jetfire

generationsjetfireI’m a big Transformers G1 Jetfire fan and this Hasbro release of Jetfire looks amazing.  I’m looking to pick this Transformer at Toys’R’Us.  Check out the review by Optibotimus:

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