Junk Pile

/ July 27, 2012 10:13 am

Do a Star Fox Watch Roll!

Nowadays, I’m sure it’s no problem to use a cell phone in school; I doubt you even have to sneak it in to the building.  In “my day”, however, anything resembling fun was 100% banned from school.  It was the 90s and you enjoyed your reruns of Mr. Wizard’s World shown in class like it was the only time you...

/ July 20, 2012 8:30 am

Sonic the Hedgehog Gum Figure

The 90s and bubble gum go together like other object and another object that goes really, really well with first said object. Today we have a Sonic the Hedgehog plastic figure that Topps released in 1993. This used to hold a bunch of those delicious gum pellets, and unlike all my other candy-related paraphernalia, I actually ate this gum. So...

/ July 13, 2012 8:30 am

Where’s My Waldo Keychain?

  It’s funny how you can live decades with something completely absurd, but never realize the absurdity.  Some time in the early 1990s, I ended up with a Waldo keychain.  Maybe I found it at recess, maybe I won it in a jump roping contest, or maybe the mystery is part of the charm.  This thing has melted in my...

/ July 6, 2012 8:30 am

Strange Brew Book

A must for any book collector– a beer-shaped book! Back in 1983, Bob and Doug McKenzie of Strange Brew and SCTV fame were all the rage. Those kooky Canadians, striving to hit all the CRTC requirements, were a hit with Canadians and Americans alike. Besides a cult hit movie, Bob and Doug also put forth a beer-shaped book full of...

/ June 29, 2012 8:30 am

Relic Cellular Telephone

That’s the battery on the right. Ring… ring… ring… Before the days of apps and speed dial, there was this Motorola cellular telephone.  Most commonly referred to as the “Zack Morris Phone”, this device calls for the attention of every passerby.  Many would consider it bulky by today’s standards, but I argue that it can fit in one’s pocket with...

/ June 22, 2012 8:30 am

Sailormoon Drinking Glasses from Japan

This is something a little different from my collection—Sailormoon drinking glasses from Japan. These were released in 1992 by Animation International and were a Christmas gift from my grandfather in 1997-1998-ish. Taking photos of these glasses reminded me that my grandparents were pretty cool. They were notorious for giving ugly sweaters for Christmas, but a couple years after my grandma...

/ June 15, 2012 8:30 am

Knight Rider Board Game

This is another thrift store find from a few years back, when I was obsessed with KITT. I still am, but I’ve calmed down a lot, which most people can appreciate. Players control poorly made rubber cars. The object of this game is to go around the board and clear up “trouble spots,” with the player clearing the most trouble...

/ June 8, 2012 9:12 am

McDonald’s Changeables Happy Meal Toy

I think all children of the 80s and 90s have the same McDonald’s Happy Meal toys—lots of Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies, those Barbies and Hot Wheels, and of course—Changeables. Overall, Changeables has to be my favorite Happy Meal toy series. Well, series…es—there were three different lines that were released. This is the Ice Cream/Turbo Cone from Series 2 (1989). Changeables...

/ June 1, 2012 8:30 am

Honey, I Shrunk These Delightful Promo Pins

One of the greatest movie franchises of the 80s and 90s is Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, starring Rick Moranis. To show my dedication to said franchise, today I’d like to share my promo buttons– a changing Honey I Shrunk the Kid pin and a regular Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves pin to promote the direct-to-video release. You’ll note that I...

/ May 25, 2012 8:30 am

E.T. The Video Game: The Sign

Atari would later regret that exclusive deal. Here it is, the centerpiece of my video game collection: an Atari 2600 E.T. cardboard cutout. This four foot tall beast was displayed in department stores, presumably only for five minutes, in 1982. Considering how significantly the game failed, most of these signs were probably discarded. In an online search, we couldn’t find...