The All New Branded in the 80s podcast, Episode 7!

By Shawn Robare

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On this episode of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast I spend some time talking about what it’s like to be a nostalgia addicted guy in the world of pop culture collecting.  Though I adore most all 80s nostalgic kid’s stuff, these days it takes more than a tub full of Masters of the Universe figures or a wall of Nintendo NES cartridges to get me excited about collecting.  No, to really make my head spin the stuff that I love to find has to be the kind of things that simply just should exist anymore.  So join me as I talk about a few items I’ve stumbled upon in the wild that really made my eyes bug and gave me that metaphorical punch of nostalgia to the gut.

Here are some pictures of the stuff I talk about in this episode…



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  • ShadowWing Tronix

    I’m more media-minded, so I have to see old shows or comics that are obscure to anyone who didn’t grow up in the 80s to get excited, or things I never thought I’d see. Like at a comic convention I came across some old Masters Of The Universe minicomics and bought them. Someone also had the complete Starbird line which I had to stop myself from getting due to their price and lack of space. (It was the same reason I didn’t buy a reissue Starbird ship one time. I never owned one but a cousin did and it was the coolest spaceship toy to me back then.)

    • Yeah, size has become an increasingly important factor in whether or not I buy certain things these days. I just can’t stack stuff everywhere and I’m past the point where I want to deal with dusting toys or having them fall over like dominoes when placed on regular bookshelves. I ended up picking up the book that collects all those old Masters mini comics recently. Those are so much fun and I love that alternate story of what Eternia is like. Way different from the cartoon…

      • ShadowWing Tronix

        I would love to get that book but I’d rather have the actual minicomics for my collection. I don’t like going to to get the scans for review and images for my articles.

        • Yeah, I totally understand that (not snagging from, and it’s always coolers to have the real deal for sure.

  • Steve L.K. Macrocranios

    I’m planning a trip to Atlanta so I thought I’d look up Billy’s Toys based on your recommendation-and it looks like it’s closed! Dang!

    I’m totally with you on near desensitization to what more mainstream types would consider nostalgia triggers. I feel like for you and I it transcends owning hordes of old toys or other collecting oriented pursuits done for materialistic sake, and becomes a search to capture a more complete feeling of the time, of the era somehow.

    I think the reason the ‘things that should not be’ are so captivating is that it is hard as adults now to recreate the feeling of being a kid in the 80s and having the world surprise you with that special cultural style unique to that era. Nowadays we can know so much about what happened back then that it is really hard to recapture that sense of surprise and wonder that could only come from not knowing what was coming next and having the 80s throw more 80s at us.

    It would take several lifetimes to experience everything I wanted that the 80s had to offer. Being a kid who won a Toys R Us shopping spree, attending grand openings of every major toy chain, and watching every cartoon as it came out would keep me pretty busy if I was given the extra childhoods to do it.

    • Yeah, that’s what I’ve been hearing, that Billy’s closed. That’s a bummer because there aren’t really any other stores like it in GA.
      I don’t know if you’ve checked out the new show Stranger Things on Netflix, and I know it has a lot of crazy hype that’s probably building it up way too much, but I think the show hits on something that we’re scratching the surface on here. This idea of experiencing something new from the 80s that we never had the opportunity to experience for the first time. This show certainly has a lot of homages to the decade, but the Duffer Brothers managed to capture a little bit of that 80s magic in creating something that feels new and old at the same time. For once, while I was watching a show that is a throwback to the 80s I wasn’t sitting there picking out all the references and homages, I was just tuned into the story and the characters. That’s quite a feat in my opinion.
      Also, roller coasters are cool, but if a theme park offered me the experience of doing the Toys R Us shopping spree run, even if I couldn’t keep the toys, I would be in heaven.