Confessions of a 1982 video game junkie

When I think about 1982, my mind drifts to three things, action figures, Doctor Who novels (mostly written by Terrance Dicks) and VIDEO GAMES. My then eleven year old brain had Pac-Man fever bad, I was a total junkie. I bought terrible magazines about video games where even i could point out the grammatical errors, […]

Atari Dreams

My grandmother never threw catalogs out, she let them sit until the new one came in. So I can remember spending the better part of a year staring at this image, plotting as to how I would make the Atari 2600 mine. I had to get my first job but it was so worth it […]

Sears Video Arcade

As a kid, I was pretty brand loyal to Atari, even getting into fisticuffs with an Intellivision fan once, which is pretty embarrassing to admit now. I bought my 2600 with my own money (from menial labour gigs no less) and even though this Sears knock off was a better deal, there was some stigma attached to it […]

Parker Brothers Video Games

Parker Brothers really seemed to dominate my video game purchases in the early eighties and seeing this toyfair ad from ’83 made me smile. They had my favourite arcade game of all time (Tutankham) and the Star Wars license, so my loyalty was assured… If I didn’t have one of their games, it surely was […]

Atari Halloween

For some reason I didn’t add this page to the 1983 Collegeville Catalog when i did it and it only took me 7 years to figure that out. I can’t imagine the conversations when the designers were told tha they had to develop a costume for Asteroids but in the end, I can’t say I could do […]

Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 16

In an effort to combat the end of summer blues, I’ve dig deep to the days of Pegboard and regional toy stores to bring the 16th edition of our vintage toy stores feature. Installment 16 features old favorites such as the Bionic Woman and Six Million Dollar Man, Barbie, the Osmonds, Atari, Fisher Price, Mego […]

Vintage Toy Store Pictures Part Ten

I cannot think of a better update for our fifth anniversary other than doing another vintage toy store update. When I set out to create  the original vintage toy store gallery for the site, I never imagined I’d get to part 2 let alone roman numeral X!  Being a toy nerd this is my favourite section […]