A day later than usual but it’s time to take a trip back in time to our childhoods, or your parents childhoods for you younger readers out there. So let’s go with no further delay to the past!
1. Reese’s Pieces ad (1985)
In 1982, Steven Spielberg released E.T. The Extra Terrestrial to the love of all. Fun fact, it was M&M’s in the script, but Mars Candy wouldn’t sign off on the candy’s use in the movie, which is one of the biggest promotional blunders in history in my book, as every 80s kid that I know was introduced to this candy because of this movie more often than not.
To keep that hype train rolling for delicious peanut butter candy, their marketing team made their own mini sequel about another alien who comes to earth presumably after E.T. returned home for the candy. And faster than you can say “Ooh piece of candy” they were selling out of these things everywhere.
2. Choose Your Own Adventure (1985)
What child of the 80s or early 90s doesn’t recall these awesome books that were part book, part single player rpg. Very simple concept, you read the story as any book, but at certain points you have to make a decision and this alters the course of the story, sometimes to continue on to the next part, often times you die or have some worse fate sprung upon you, in other words..
3. Dr. Chaos (1990)
I don’t recall ever playing this game but it seems like something that would be right up my alley. Also, I totally would have purchased two games to get that free WCW t-shirt had I been paying attention back then.
4. Rocket Raccoon (1985)
Years before he was a wisecracking, leg, eye, battery, and scene stealing member of the Guardians of the Galaxy with the voice of Bradley Cooper, he was a gun toting anthropomorphic raccoon with a British accent and a Beatles song reference for a name.
I haven’t read this series yet but I am coming up on it soon in my reading through the history of the Marvel Universe. If anyone wants a review let me know.
5. Dick Tracy (1990)
The amount of love I have for this movie is amazing. It hit me at just the right time, I was 10, and super into comics and old radio shows, so Dick Tracy I just thought was brilliant. I had the toys, the trading cards, and saw the Dick Tracy stage show at Disney MGM Studios like every time we went there (we had a season pass) which was quite a bit that summer.
I loved the bold, bright colors, crazy looking villains, a scene chewing Al Pacino, and Madonna in this movie, like everything was hypercolor dream of film noir and comics mashed up to awesomeness.
My brother and I that year went as Dick Tracy and my favorite Dick Tracy villain, Flattop for Halloween that year, that’s how much my fandom went for this thing.
Go see this movie if you haven’t, it’s a lot of fun.