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Max Park: The new King of Rubik’s Cube speedcubing

Max Park: The new King of Rubik’s Cube speedcubing

Everyone, at one point, has taken a crack at the Rubik’s cube. This is an entertaining toy that many love and is an absolute icon of the 80s. It challenges your intelligence and unleashes the inner playfulness. But did you know that Rubik’s cubes are…

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Some of the best novels of the 80s

Some of the best novels of the 80s

It is no surprise that some books have cemented their reputation as iconic literary masterpieces. Throughout the 1980s, dozens of books were written and published globally. The crucial point is that only a few such books deserved their titles of being called the best novels…

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This 1984 Toymaster Christmas catalogue is jam packed with awesomeness

This 1984 Toymaster Christmas catalogue is jam packed with awesomeness

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good catalogue. Particularly a toy catalogue and especially a Christmas toy catalogue. I’ve got possibly the biggest online collection, and one of the biggest physical collections, of Argos catalogues. I just love them. I think old…

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These Smurf and Poker Pocketeers kept me busy as a child

These Smurf and Poker Pocketeers kept me busy as a child

Tomy’s Pocketeers were a thing of genius. I believe the bulk of them were produced between 1975 and 1978 although several more were made into the 80s too. They really were a great idea. Unlike many devices that bore the name ‘pocket’ (Pocket Simon I’m…

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Some of the best retro toys and gadgets for road trips

Some of the best retro toys and gadgets for road trips

I love a good road trip. The feeling of freedom from the open road. The hours watching the world go by. The excitement of travelling towards a new destination. There really is something cool to me about a journey where you are in control of…

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Three of the most influential retro arcade games

Three of the most influential retro arcade games

It appears that a great many of us are a nostalgic bunch. We love to look back to see what the popular trends of times were in days gone by – actually there are quite a few things that although considered ‘retro’ still command a…

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The pros and cons of collecting retro memorabilia

The pros and cons of collecting retro memorabilia

Since I got really into retro stuff about ten years ago, my collection has vastly increased. I became a bit hooked on adding things to my retro collection and increasing my amount of sources of nostalgia. Firstly, here are the three ways that I had,…

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Why is 15 years often the assigned retro game age?

Why is 15 years often the assigned retro game age?

Like wine, some things get better with age. This is often true for high fashion, the finest whisky, and of course, classic art. Many people also feel the same way about video games. But one of the age old questions is, how many years does…

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Raising children in a retro collector’s home

Raising children in a retro collector’s home

I remember when my children were very young, I couldn’t wait to watch all my old retro cartoons with them that I loved as a kid. My son’s second word was ‘Skeletor’, would you believe, so obviously they were growing up in a retro collector’s…

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Movie Novelisation – The Goonies by James Kahn

Movie Novelisation – The Goonies by James Kahn

My plan to read one of my many movie novelisations every month hasn’t really gone very well. My last one was August, when I read The Blues Brothers, and it’s now November. Better late than never though right? Let me just say again that if…

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