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CRASH – the Annual

CRASH, the Spectrum magazine from the 80s and 90s, is back in a one-off crowdfunded hardback annual! Fusion Retro Books, producers of many retro themed publications, has teamed up with a few original CRASH employees to bring us a brand new issue. Finally, issue 99! CRASH originally ended in 1992 at issue 98, leaving millions […]

Poochie

My sister had a Poochie. I thought it was a strange idea for a toy, a bright pink and white stuffed dog, but in retrospect it wasn’t any stranger than any of the toys I had at her age. At her age I had an Action Man which, lets be honest, was a Barbie for […]

Strobe

I think I was the only person in the world to own a Strobe. Genuinely, I don’t know anyone else who owned one, and in researching my memories of Strobe I scoured YouTube for the TV advert. It wasn’t there. When I was at my Grandads one December, he said he had bought me an […]

Teddy Ruxpin

Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic teddy bear that would come to life and read you stories. Don’t get me wrong, he was no Chucky from Childs Play, no no no, he was a cute bear whose calming voice was incredibly entertaining and in no way disturbing. You inserted specific Teddy Ruxpin story cassettes into the […]

Interview with Hewson Consultants

With the recent release of Hewson Consultants book, Hints and Tips for Videogame Pioneers, I thought it would be a great idea to have a brief chat to original founder Andrew Hewson, and games developer Rob Hewson. Andrew Hewson was the original founder of 80s publishing giant Hewson Consultants. Rob has been the lead designer […]

Play Expo – Event City Manchester

If you’re a fan of retro gaming there simply isn’t a bigger, more comprehensive show than the re.play event at this years Play Expo at Event City in Manchester. This year, for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October, it will feature the most expansive and varied celebration of video games history ever seen. Re.play will […]

Random Interview #7 – @IUsedToLoveThat

Interview number 7 is with Brian, from www.IUsedToLoveThat.com. He runs a site that reviews old toys, that I could spend hours on end looking at. He-Man toys, Transformers, a selection of interviews and more. Over to you, Brian! Did you ever have a birthday party, and which was your favourite one? Only one that I […]

Random Interview #5 – Simon Hewitt

Next in the series of Random 80s Interviews, we have a quick chat with Simon Hewitt. Simon was the event manager of Silicon Dreams, which featured a vintage computer festival. What were the best freebies in breakfast cereal? I vaguely remember cartoon stickers, but they never lasted longer than a day! Were you ever so […]

Random Interview #4 – @AdamPickering

Todays Random 80s Interview is with @AdamPickering, from Twitter. To read more about the “Random Interviews”, see this page. Did you collect anything and what happened to it? No it all got lost or thrown out, I’m making up for it now with my ever expanding Thundercats collection. Were you ever so naughty at school […]

Random Interview #3 – @RetroWench

Interview number 3 in the “Random Interview” series is with @RetroWench. I’ve chatted to Retrowench a few times online, as she shares the same interest in retro gaming. She also won one of my 80s competitions a year or so ago. To read more about the “Random Interviews”, see this page. Were you ever so […]

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