Armagideon Time

Posts tagged ‘boys and their toys’

I first come across 1982′s Hit Express while sifting through the Discog’s exhaustive (and exhausting) listings for K-Tel offerings. While it contained a few crucial cuts from that magically apocalyptic era, it lacked that certain something which would inspire an immediate purchase. I made a note of it — complete with a question mark — […]

Ho ho oh no

August 24th, 2017

Discovered while researching the slot car post a couple of weeks back: A 1988 holiday insert buried in the middle of an issue of Boys Life. Who could’ve guessed “You’ll never outgrow us” was a sinister generational curse? For some reason, my sense of history gets unstuck in a few places where video games are […]

No more vrrrrooooom

August 10th, 2017

Slot Car Night was a big event, ranking somewhere between Christmas and network airings of The Wizard of Oz on the childhood anticipation scale. Our apartment was too cramped to set up anything of a permanent nature and my brother and I were too young to play with the set unsupervised, so the box of […]

Sometime around my fortieth birthday, my interest in plastic crap took a steep dive. I’d like to say that a growing (if long delayed) sense of adult responsibility was the cause. The truth is I had a sad realization that these overpriced artifacts of arrested development would spend a couple of years cluttering up a […]

Sold for sixty-six

June 7th, 2017

I had a few hours to spare yesterday. While I considered writing up something on the fly to celebrate that rare occurrence, my pre-post research led me down a rabbit hole which burned away an entire afternoon. The time-wasters in question were scanned copies of the 1966 Sears and J.C. Penny holiday catalogs. My original […]

Figured it out

May 10th, 2017

I was five years old when Star Wars hit theaters, which also means I was at ground zero for the action figure craze of the late Seventies. Though the unholy alliance of Kenner Toys and George Lucas reigned supreme in the hearts and minds of covetous tykes, they were joined by scores of bandwagon jumpers […]

After successfully completing a marathon playthrough of the Temple of Elemental Evil “mega-module,” my little brother and my new buddy Scott were itching to take their absurdly overpowered characters to new heights of loot-intensive glory. As it happened, I had just the adventure for them…. …The Mines of Bloodstone. A follow-up on what had intended […]

Train in vanity

April 4th, 2017

There are currently seven and a half billion people on this planet. Statistically speaking, that’s a large enough number for there to be three or four people out there who are devoted fans of both model trains and the gimmick-driven, sludgy glam rock of Kiss. Well, I’ve got some good news for those rare creatures. […]

After trying — with most mild success — to create a homebrew military-espionage RPG, my lazy teen self decided it would be less of a hassle to just purchase the genuine retail article. I picked up my box set of TSR’s Top Secret at Eric Fuchs (pronounced “feeyooks,” you filthy-minded gits) Hobbies, across from the […]

Presents and accounted for

December 22nd, 2016

Following up on Monday’s post about my Seventies holiday memories, here’s a quick and incomplete rundown of some of the cherished childhood treasures Saint Nick deposited beneath my family’s artificial tree. The first on the chronological list would be Fisher-Price’s Sesame Street playset, complete with Little People figures of the show’s principal characters, a garbage […]

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