I miss the 80s, Pt. 2
July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July, all!

This holiday always makes me think of being a kid back in the 1980s, hanging out with my friends for backyard grilling, then going to another house for more grilling, then another house for even more grilling….you get the picture. Since I moved away from home in 1990 I’ve rarely been able to reconnect with old friends for the 4th or even family: if I do anything special it’s usually hanging out with local friends or catching up on old movies and documentaries that I’m normally too busy to watch. We had fireworks here last weekend (and Three Dog Night was playing) but nothing can compare to when I lived in Marina Del Rey the past few years and they fired off this huge show from a barge in the middle of the marina only about 300 or so feet from my apartment. The first time it happen I thought we were under attack; my windows literally shook with every blast!

Anyway, today I’m off to visit some of those old friends from 20 years gone by, and it puts me in a nostalgic mood. I really enjoyed the 80s at the time, and still like to look back on what I think was the last "innocent" age to grow up in: we had the dawn of MTV, Saturday Morning Cartoons, only 4 channels for the beginning of the decade (for a big part of the country, at least) and no internet. I think if I had access to the internet growing up I would have turned out a much different person than I did. And that’s a very good thing.

So to celebrate the holiday, here are a few random, but fondly remembered bits of nostalgia from my youth:








Music videos next time!

Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
AFi Editor-In-Chief Jason Geyer has been part of the online pop culture world for nearly 20 years, having founded some of the very first toy sites on the web including Raving Toy Maniac, ToyOtter, and now Action Figure Insider. Along the way he helped pioneer online coverage of industry events such as San Diego Comic Con, E3, Toy Fair, and CES. He is also a former toy designer who is now a marketing genius. If he does say so himself. And he does.
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  • ZenKimchi says:

    Totally awesome!!

  • Jason JJJason says:

    Yep, that’s about right.

    I was the only one I knew who had ColecoVision, by the way.


  • Jim_Abell says:

    Ah, the ColecoVision… I remember seeing so many cool games at the CES in ’84 that never saw the light of day and I had such high hopes for the Adam computer add-on… Need to go dig that sucker out and play a round or two of the Star Wars Arcade game…

  • Jeff Cope says:

    Ah, the 80s.

    Although, being born in ’65 I am technically a “child of the 70s”, outside of Star Wars the 80s were far more significant in my life. Everything from friendships (many of which I still have), movies (too many to mention), TV (Cosby, baby) and toys (GI Joe, MOTU). Even the most significant event in my life, becoming a Christian, happened in the 80s. I will always look back at that decade with great affection.

    Thanks for the memories, Jason!

  • manthing says:

    I like how ~22 years ago McDonalds had to advertise to get people to eat there for dinner

  • Jason ToyOtter says:

    Yeah, I never actually owned a Colecovision, but I wanted one very, very badly.

    It’s just as well as there was a joke among my friends, though, that I killed every system I ever bought. I got an Odyssey¬≤ in 1982, a TI-99/4a in 1983, and an Atari 130xe in 1986. When I got my first PC I wanted to make sure it was totally future-proof, so I got what the tech guy who built suggested: a fully expandable 16 drive bays! It was about 3 feet tall…

  • zaxilla2 says:

    Very cool! I loved the Mac Tonight commercial and completely forgot about the New Energoizer guy! Oy! That must have been right before the Energizer Bunny.

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    The sidekick from Highwayman! “And Jacko as Jetto…” Oy! The Energizer Bunny had nothing on this Aussie dude.

    ColecoVision was the Holy Grail of second generation VGCs. Closest I got was playing my cousin’s Atari 2600.

    I’m still a TRUs Kid at heart, it’s the toys than changed, instead.

    Mac Tonight and Max Headroom should’ve had a duet somewhere along the decade there.

    R.I.P. Spuds, you lucky dog, you.

    My parents took me to see Temple of Doom as a “grin and bear it” gift for upcoming surgery which never happened. Brought my worn-out Kenner Indy along with us. My mom hated the money brain scene while Willie and Short Round annoyed the heck out of me. I now recall that my friend from school liked Kathleen Turner better in Romancing the Stone than Kate Capshaw in TOD.

    Full Metal Jacket. Along with Platoon and Hamburger Hill, the three “good” Vietnam films of the 80’s. You had the Rambo and Missing in Action series on the flip side, but my favorite of all will always be Uncommon Valor.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Jason.

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