Couldn't find anything out about these games. Even the ever resourceful www.boardgamegeek.comhad nothing on this. Did Model Expo make the games or just distribute. I'm guessing the later. They are still around, Model Expo that is. Anyone ever order any of these games?
Muppet Babies and Monsters only lasted three episodes. the program was an expanded one hour long episode that paired the successful Muppet Babies with Muppet baby monsters. The Wuzzles lasted only 13 episodes which makes it one of the shortest animated series produced by Disney. Dungeons and Dragons lasted three seasons (27 episodes) and had Steve Gerber, the creator of Howard the Duck as story editor. Now here's where it gets interesting. The Young Astronauts was an animated show about a space family. The show was ready for the beginning of the fall launch and was therefore scheduled to debut in February of 1986. You might remember that on January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challengerexploded moments after lift-off killing everyone aboard. The show was shelved and never seen again.
Moon Patrol was the first video game to popularize parallax scrolling, giving the illusion of depth to 2D video games. In the game you drive, shoot and jump your way to check points while you patrol the dangerous Luna City.
I'm not a role player, at least not much of one. I did however try and get into it when I was a kid. My friends and I started out playing a lesser know RPG called Boot Hill. It must have been the theme that attracted us, I don't really know how we stumbled on to it. From there we created our own world and system based on Roman gladiators. You have to take into account that we were probably around 12 years old at the time. Then I saw the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set at my local comic book shop. We had a lot of fun with the system although thinking back we probably played all those games so wrong, but hey it was all fun. They recently re-released this box although I've heard it's not a straight reprint.
Lazer Tag...the toy (or game, or sport, or lifestyle?) that spawned a cartoon, video game and a new birthday party event in the eighties. The Lazer Tag set featured in the ad above peaked between 86-88. I bought my Lazer Tag set manufactured by Worlds of Wonder (or WoW...hmm) in 1990, in a bargain bin. We only had one set between my friend Jason and I so we created our own versions of the game to play in my basement.
Besides contributing all the above to our collective culture, Lazer Tag also helped teach a generation of kids how to incorrectly spell laser.
When I first saw this ad I doubted if this Stuntman's Association of Motion Picture even actually existed. Then I Googled it and it does! Now I want one of these T-Shirts. The art in this art...horrible. I can't tell if I'm looking at the front of this dude or the back. That's really messed up man.
From 1985 comes a Marvel house ad for the Star Comics line. The line started the year before in 1984 and primarily featured adaptations of children's cartoons and toys. The only one I remember reading was Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. I was immediately fell in love with the play on words...Porker! Spider-Ham! How can you not love that...
These 8 inch collectible figures were released by Galoob in 1989 to coincide with the release of the William Shatner directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The film did was a box office disappointment and so were these toys as they were cheaply made (but not cheap at $19.95 each). Visit the "A Piece of the Action" blog for a detailed review of the Spock figure. Maybe Galoob should have stuck to making Game Genies.
A cereal based on a video game? Not a first but the Nintendo Cereal System was unique that it gave you the choice of two different cereals. The box was split in half with one side offering fruity flavored Marios, Koopa Troopas and other Super Mario related characters while the other sided featured berry flavored Zelda related gear like boomerangs, keys and shields. A box of this cereal recently sold on eBay for $200! You can see the TV advert here.