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TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
May 22nd 2014 at 3:03:12 PM

So much learning! So much 80's!

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TParadox Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
May 24th 2014 at 10:07:53 PM

The number one song the day I was born was "Monkey". I like 80s music, but this amps up the 80s-ness so much it gets annoying.

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TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
Medinoc Chaotic Greedy from France
Chaotic Greedy
Jun 21st 2014 at 11:07:00 AM

Oh my, a link from Irregular Webcomic! sent me to a LEGO wiki, where I managed to find this. It was my first "serious" LEGO set, after years of having only known Duplo and Fabuland...

edited 21st Jun '14 11:14:09 AM by Medinoc

"And as long as a sack of shit is not a good thing to be, chivalry will never die."
Nohbody "In distress", my ass. from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
Nohbody "In distress", my ass. from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
Nov 15th 2014 at 6:06:11 PM

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

At Dragoncon I picked up a Transformers: Generation 1 boxed set, but until tonight hadn't saw any of it. Now that I have watched some eps, I wonder why my pre-teen self thought they were cool. I was either snarking at it or groaning about the bad puns.

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TheLyniezian from South Bernicia Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Feb 3rd 2015 at 5:39:27 AM

[up] To be honest that's pretty normal for those sorts of cartoons, I've found. A lot of '80s cartoons are pretty much glorified toy commercials aimed at little kids, so it's hardly surprising if they're a bit short on dialogue and plot. But then, with Transformers, that would be kind of missing the point, as the appeal is more "look at the cool transforming robots!" than anything else.

(Having said that, why is it anime of the period seems to do much better, even American adaptations, even if it were kid-oriented, when watched again as an adult? Or is that just me?)

TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
Feb 3rd 2015 at 7:26:45 PM

[up]Funny, because most anime was also a toy commercial, but even then most of those series were written with plot and stuff. Some were aimed at adults in Japan, but the dubbs were censored in the name of Think of the Children!.

The writers for the Transformers G1 and Gi Joe cartoon did do a few good episodes.

The one good thing all those toy shows did, was give new writers a break in Hollywood. Even kiddie shows needed writers. JMS of Babylon Five fame cut his teeth in the cartoon market. It was so big that a producer who quit just before the crash of 1989 bought a village in France. Not a villa, an entire village due to his success in cartoons.

abloogy woogy woo
not_illuminati from somewhere hot Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Mar 6th 2015 at 7:54:59 AM

"Stand by me"

Shit made me cry every time

Oh god no
MeninistWunderkind Rust Belt Pants Parade from Dahntahn Picksburgh Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Rust Belt Pants Parade
May 21st 2015 at 8:32:13 AM

Anyone else just watch the Punky Brewster cartoon intro(but just the intro, I didn't like the cartoon) because they thought it was Cyndi Lauper? Even thought your alternatives at first were Rock 'n' Wrestling (also tangentially tied to Cyndi Lauper) and the 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo?

But that intro though. So appealing.

edited 21st May '15 8:32:22 AM by MeninistWunderkind

TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
May 21st 2015 at 1:06:22 PM

So much 80's cheezy goodness in cartoons back then....

abloogy woogy woo
ElectricalLass from California Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Jun 21st 2015 at 9:34:41 AM

Speaking of 1980's animation, I have had Earworm in my head since Friday. I am a mid-teens young person with late-reproducing Boomer parents. I already have had a fondness since my early childhood for old saturday morning shows of my parents's childhood in the late 60's and 70's. I don't know much about 1980's animation, however. My parents were young adults then. Thus, when I was introduced to a show from the early '80's with a very earwormy theme via a Wiki Walk here, I was unprepared. The similarity of this theme to the Hall of The Mountain King does not help!

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InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Jul 10th 2015 at 12:02:15 PM

Doole-ee-doo-de-doo, Inspector Gadget...

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
shrikelet Square with Vertical Fill
Square with Vertical Fill
Jul 10th 2015 at 8:11:06 PM

Oh God, now I'm looking at the LEGO wiki. Thanks, Medinoc.tongue

A little searching turns up my first LEGO set: http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/4015_Freighter

Ah, the eighties, where box art only needed to state that the toy boat does, in fact, really float.

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InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Jul 11th 2015 at 2:53:41 AM

I love Bricklink. It's like the Lego wiki, but with a 'buy it now' option.

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
shrikelet Square with Vertical Fill
Square with Vertical Fill
Jul 11th 2015 at 7:41:28 PM

So, not a website for those of us with poor impulse control then?tongue

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TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
Jul 11th 2015 at 10:19:39 PM

Alrighty, did the UK have a retailer like Toys 'R Us or Linoel Playworld? It was candyland for a girl who wanted her barbie (and yes GI Joe), legos and latter micromachines and other goodies.

I remember when $100.00 toys needed the "special counter" where you had to take a slip of paper to the nice man who when into the back to get that expensive toy.

And Daddy did buy me an erector set, my cousins got one so I got one. I used to play with it and make stuff. Barbie got her hair caught in a motor once...

Anyways...

How did you tropers buy the toys of your childhood?

abloogy woogy woo
InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Jul 12th 2015 at 7:36:58 AM

We had Toys R Us here, but in my neck of the woods it was mostly independent toy shops.

I bought them with my xmas or birthday money.

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
Nohbody "In distress", my ass. from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
Jul 13th 2015 at 5:02:03 AM

Allowance money, supplemented by some lawn mowing.

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TairaMai rollin' on dubs from El Paso Tx Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
rollin' on dubs
Jul 13th 2015 at 8:07:08 AM

And here I was just batting my pretty eyes, (and working my ass off trying to get good grades). A girl's best weapon is "Daddy, pleassee"...

abloogy woogy woo
Medinoc Chaotic Greedy from France
Chaotic Greedy
Feb 19th 2016 at 1:11:28 PM

So, mental Wiki Walk led me to try and look up the Fighting Game I played as a kid on good old Amstrad CPC, with only the knowledge that the executable was named "FIST.BIN". Turns out it was The Way of the Exploding Fist.

A TV Tropes search led me to the GameBreaker.Fighting Games page and... oh my god! I used to do exactly this! (before getting wtfpwned by the first AI opponent that knew how to jump).

Which means there's at least another person on this site who played this game.

edited 19th Feb '16 1:11:46 PM by Medinoc

"And as long as a sack of shit is not a good thing to be, chivalry will never die."
Jan 5th 2017 at 10:00:20 PM

For those that grew up in the 80's when they had Nickelodeon. Does anyone remember seeing Maple Town or Maya the Bee?

"A Lady does not start fights but they can finish them"
Euodiachloris Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Jan 7th 2017 at 5:45:39 AM

[up]South Africa got Maya — big time. No Nickelodeon required. Just SABC 1 and 2.

sarysa Purrloin Jani by shrubBird from a time vortex Relationship Status: Mu
Purrloin Jani by shrubBird
May 25th 2017 at 1:44:51 PM

I was 0-9 during these years. My limited memories include:

  • No one in my family, extended included, had poofy hair in spite of being all over the media at the time. In fact, my father's mother (retired, lived with us) was the only poofy haired among us, with one of those 1950's perms that stunk up the house.
  • Actually going outside! Had a lot of fun exploring the neighborhood, biked to the park often which was *gasp* unsupervised.
  • Atari, and then Nintendo...and how life consuming Tetris was. (I got to level 23 a few times as a 9 year old)
  • Writing down passwords in old games.
  • Nintendo Power!
  • Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Weird Al...the Holy Trinity of 80's music.
  • Animation had gotten so good so fast that I couldn't stand to watch the stuff my older siblings liked. I felt like I was watching cardboard. (incidentally, cardboard is now one of my favorite shows)

All I can think of right now. :)

edited 25th May '17 1:45:29 PM by sarysa

Current WHABP alts: Jani (Sarah) the Purrloin, Hudson the Togetic. Tilly/Lilly (Digletts) are being put on a bus.
sarysa Purrloin Jani by shrubBird from a time vortex Relationship Status: Mu
Purrloin Jani by shrubBird
May 25th 2017 at 5:35:42 PM

@Taira Mai: I can't believe I forgot about Square One. Maybe my brain pushed that into the 90's, but I loved that show. :D

@Re: Shows not aging well, didn't watch the worse ones until the 90's. Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, MLP, TMNT...all had good plots even though most merchandized.

@Meninist Wunderkind I vaguely remember it, and the intro rings a bell. 85-86 is why I barely remember it, I guess.

@Taira Mai: Allowance money? I had like none until the '90s. Had to beg my parents, though they present-bombed us on Christmas. Also got prize money one year (prob '90s) doing hoagie sales for my school, though I think my parents subsidized my win.

I'll end with the song I perhaps imitated most:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6tuzHUuuk

Current WHABP alts: Jani (Sarah) the Purrloin, Hudson the Togetic. Tilly/Lilly (Digletts) are being put on a bus.

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