Category: Friday Flashback
Pizza Pizza! If you’re like me, that phrase, quickly uttered by a tiny humanoid dressed in a toga brings back memories of crazy bread and…
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Yes, I realize Little Caesar’s still exists today, but it’s not nearly as easy to find one as it used to be. And when you do, it’s usually in a run-down shopping plaza or remote K-Mart store. To relive the better days of pizza deals and lots and lots of crazy bread, here’s an old Little Caesar’s ad:
And now I will prove my Little Caesar’s fan-ness by showing off two collectible items that I possess:
Click the images to enlarge them.
On the left, you see a Little Caesar’s finger puppet / window hanger, standing (or hanging) at around five inches tall. I had one of these when I was in elementary school, lost it somewhere while growing up, and recently purchased one from a local antique store. I wouldn’t call him an antique but would definitely call him fun.
On the right, you see a Little Caesar’s inflatable pizza. Yes, an inflatable pizza! It’s around 3 feet in diameter and works great as a pool float. The smaller package at the bottom is a second inflatable pizza, not yet unpacked. After all, you can’t have “Pizza Pizza!” without two pizzas!
Both can often be found on eBay.
Do you still visit Little Caesar’s? Do you remember the “Pizza Pizza” character? Comment!Tweet
Now is a great time to be nostalgic. I don’t mean right this second or even today, but just “now” as a general term for the years surrounding this moment in time. Many kids who grew up in the ’80s (like me) now in the twenty-something age range are now taking ’80s memories and turning them into must-own items. Of particular interest to me are…
Nintendo Products and Crafts
Even though there are plenty of great “next-gen” console games out there, I still regularly sit down to enjoy old school Nintendo gaming. Watching a pixelated Mario jump around the screen simply never gets old. That enjoyment easily carries over into collectibles, apparel, and other merchandise, so here are a few fun items I’ve recently come across online:
If you’re looking for a Nintendo shirt or hoodie, you need not look any further than 80stees.com.
Most Nintendo fans remember playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and beating the pants off of King Hippo, getting frustrated with Soda Popinski, and entering in the magic code (007-373-5963) to skip all the nonsense and go after Tyson himself. With the shirt above, you can embrace your inner Little Mac and proudly run through the streets of New York as the champ that you know you are.
80stees.com has plenty of other great Nintendo shirts as well. In fact, half of my wardrobe came from this site.
If you’re looking for something a little less ordinary than a t-shirt, how about decking out your home’s decor with some Nintendo style? Here are a few options:
These Super Mario Bros. wall decals allow you to turn any room into something straight out of the Mushroom Kingdom. They’re moveable and reusable but come with a hefty price tag of $75. Also available are New Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong decals. They’re all officially-licensed Nintendo products so by purchasing them you’ll not only be showing how big of a fan you are but also supporting the company that started it all.
This snazzy classic Nintendo controller pillow case is not an officially-licensed product but is still pretty darn cool. They are made-to-order and thus can be made in any size you need. A standard pillow size is $35, but that can vary depending on what you’re looking for. If I had one of these, I’d make sure to enter up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start before going going to sleep every night, hoping to wake up with 30 lives in the morning.
Not all Nintendo-inspired items are created with mass-production in mind. Here are a couple of incredibl and one-of-a-kind home crafts:
This scarf would be a perfect companion piece to the above-linked Punch-Out t-shirt. The likenesses of Little Mac and Mike Tyson (at least his 8-bit version) are incredibly accurate and even in the daily heat of Florida, I’d be proud to wear this as a fashion accessory. Unfortunately, only one was made and it was sold last year for $175.
Practically every kid who grew up in the ’80s has at least one original Game Boy lying around. I personally have three of them (two were mine and one was my wife’s). One crafty fan turned his dead Game Boy into a shadow box for a Super Mario Bros. papercraft project. This one isn’t for sale but anyone can download the papercraft project and make it. If you happen to have an old Game Boy that you’re willing to gut, you can replicate this fairly easily.
I obviously couldn’t list all Nintendo-inspired products and crafts that are out there, as there are thousands of them. If you have a favorite or have made one yourself, post in the comments!
Many of the items seen here came from this fantastic Nintendo product round-up.Tweet
When it comes to computer desktop wallpaper, I like to keep mine fairly simple, but still feature something interesting to look at. Recently, I was looking for a new image online that met that description but couldn’t find anything that appealed to me, so I decided to create my own modern versions of…
’80s Cartoon Logos
You can click any of the images below to enlarge & save them or download a Photoshop PSD (80sLogos.PSD, 26.4MB) containing all of these wallpapers and graphics, organized into layers. You can also jump to the end of this post for text links to each individual wallpaper.
My hunt for wallpaper initially began with the idea that I wanted the MAD symbol from Inspector Gadget, which is one of my favorite cartoons of all time. I could not find the MAD logo anywhere, so I screen-captured it from a DVD and created these:
Every time the MAD logo was drawn throughout the Inspector Gadget series, it looked a little bit different and was never quite clear, so it took a lot of work to create a version that looked just right.
Those two images are great for centering on a black background for use as desktop wallpaper, but I though all the black around them was a little dull, so I placed the image onto a dark wood texture:
But now that I had the MAD symbol, I couldn’t stop there, so I drew Dr. Claw’s chair:Tweet
While not everyone recognized Carly the Cardinal from last week’s flashback, I guarantee most of you know Chairry from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. But I bet most of you don’t know that…
You can have your own official Pee-Wee Brand Chairry!
Before we get to the pictures of the best piece of furniture I may ever own, here’s a refresher on who Chairry is, courtesy of the Pee-Wee’s Playhouse theme song and introduction:
(Interesting Note: That video was posted to YouTube by George McGrath, a writer, puppeteer, and actor on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel.)
Now that you’ve re-familiarized yourself with Chairry, behold the ultimate in retro childhood dreams come true:
Yes, I now own Chairry, thanks to my wife who found this furniture masterpiece on eBay. She is approximately 31″ tall x 23″ wide and “life size” for a child… but still big enough for an adult to comfortably sit in. Surprisingly, the foam that comprises Chairry’s cushion, back, and armrest has withstood the test of time very well. This particular one was kept in storage for the last 20 years or so and arrived in amazing condition -- all for the low price of around $75 + shipping!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Where can I get a Chairry of my own?” My suggestion would be to click here to search eBay. After all, that’s where this one came from!
Unfortunately, the only one that’s listed right now is a bit torn up, but I have seen several different ones posted over the last few weeks. So, as with anything on eBay, persistence is the key to scoring something as cool as your very own Chairry.
As much as I love having Chairry around, there’s another member of our household that seems to love it even more:
Bonus points for anyone who creates a funny LOLcats picture from this photo. If I receive any, I’ll post them here.Tweet
Let’s face it: We’re all still living in the past to some degree. For me, that degree is huge. Nearly all of the music I listen to is from the early ’90s or prior. I regularly watch cartoons from the ’80s on DVD. And YouTube searches for old commercials regularly consume hours of my life.
So, to start off Friday Flashbacks, I bring you none other than the Arbor Day Foundation’s Carly the Cardinal talkin’ about trees:
I loved this commercial when I was growing up in the ’80s and I still do today. In fact, thanks to my wife and her ability to buy amazingly thoughtful Christmas gifts, I now own the following wonderful products from the Arbor Day Foundation store (you can click on each item below to buy it from them).
And, best of all…
Don’t believe me? Here’s a picture of the back my hand (making a fist downward toward my desk):
It’s been on my hand for nearly a week, so it’s held up pretty well for a temporary tattoo. It looked perfect when I first applied it.
My wife also wanted to buy me a Carly the Cardinal t-shirt but, unfortunately, they only have junior sizes and as much as I act like a kid, I just can’t fit into a tiny t-shirt.
Now, sing it everyone! “Trees, trees! Carly’s Arbor Day Foundation, spread the word across the nation about trees. Trees are terrific! Ha ha!”Tweet