Friday, November 21, 2014

The Weekly Links: RIP Glen A. Larson, Flux Capacitor Wristwatch, Pre-GNR Axl Rose Recordings

Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! I was in list mode this week and brought some ideas to life for '80s toys and franchises. I'm not a comic book buff by any means and have only started collecting over the past few years. However, I remember a few toys from my childhood coming with free "minicomics" and did some exploring to see just how many I could find. Turns out there was at least 7 different toylines that snuck those in their boxes. I also did some research on how many cartoons/franchises were created from greeting card companies. The results were surprising to me, especially My Pet Monster and Madballs.

On a somber note, news broke last Saturday that Glen A. Larson passed away. I had wanted to post a tribute to the creator of such TV shows as Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider, but didn't get the time. I've included a couple tributes I found on the web shortly after in this week's TV section, so be sure to check those out. I enjoyed many of his shows growing up and still do to this day with my kids, so my heartfelt appreciation and sympathies go out to his family.

Turkey Day is less than a week away so I went back to an article I posted last year and revamped a list of '80s Thanksgiving specials, TV episodes, and videos. I also created a playlist on the RD80s YouTube channel so hope everyone enjoys watching before the big feast next week. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Video of the Week came to me courtesy of UPROXX and featured a fun modern scenario of gaming in the '80s. Of course, most of us remember playing on the Atari 2600 with Pac-man being one of the most commonly owned games (although a horrible port from the arcade.) Well, using the environment of today's app-based games, Gaming Garbage shows us what it would be like had this classic Atari game been released today. Very funny...

TWL Video of the Week
"If Pac Man for the Atari 2600 Was Released Today" by Gaming Garbage


Enjoy the rest of The Weekly Links!


MOVIES
The 25th Anniversary Batman Blu-ray comes with a Keaton Batman figure! - io9
There Was Never Supposed To Be A Sequel And Other Things You Might Not Know About ‘Back To The Future II’ - UPROXX
Highlander reboot: Tom Cruise targeted to co-star - Den of Geek
'Back to the Future' Town Recreated for Immersive Screening of the 1985 Film - Yahoo! Movies
An Honest Trailer for The Little Mermaid - Neatorama
Where Are They Now? — Everyone Behind ‘Back To The Future Part II’ - UPROXX
This "Modern" Empire Strikes Back Trailer Is Shockingly Great - io9
Back to the Future: The Other Marty McFly Theorem - Branded In The 80s
Which Character From "The Never Ending Story" Are You? - BuzzFeed Rewind
Okay, Who Else Wants a Last Starfighter Sequel Now? - io9


TV
This Supercut Proves He-Man Was Kind Of A Jerk - UPROXX
Glen A. Larson – A Tribute - Retromash
Tom Selleck on 'Magnum, P.I.' Creator Glen A. Larson: "He Gave You the Confidence to Take the Risk" - The Hollywood Reporter
The Essential TV Guide Fall Preview Issues of the 80s, Part 10: 1986! - Branded In The 80s
He-Man And The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade - The Retroist

Michael Jackson’s Signature Eats ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s On The ‘Eat It’ Contract - UPROXX


VIDEO GAMES

Nintendo NES Set For HDMI Upgrade Modification Kit 'NESHD' - RetroCollect
Atari games found buried in a landfill sell for $37,000 - Mashable
9 Beloved Classic Arcade Games Revisited (and How We Can Learn From Them) - Topless Robot
Here's a movie that will make you fall in love with video games all over again - Polygon


CULTURE
You Can Never Really Be Late With a Flux Capacitor Watch - Gizmodo
Masters of the Universe Classics Battle Ram - Topless Robot
24 nostalgic gifts to remind you of holidays past - Mashable
How Would You Like A LEGO “The Dark Crystal” Set? - Retroist
Raiders of the Lost Ark Nazi Face Melt Candle - Neatorama
Jetfire, One Of The Best Transformers Toys From The 1980s, Is Back - Gizmodo
80s Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Like Totally 80s
Ready to join us on The '80s Cruise? Here are the official details - Stuck In The 80s
Custom Batman 1989 Movie Style Action Figure By Mintcondition - Toy News International