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Totally Tubular ’80s Toys: Taking 80’s toys ‘to the max’

Totally Tubular '80s ToysLove toys? Love toys from the decade of the 80’s even more? Well, do we have a book for you! Whether you’re a collector, reconnecting with your childhood or simply a toy fanatic who wasn’t even born in the 1980s, you’ll love Totally Tubular 80’s Toys.

Totally Tubular 80’s Toys is filled with super rad toys and bodacious memories, Totally Tubular ’80s Toys  is a righteous ride back in time when Madonna ruled and Spinal Tap amplifiers went to 11. You’ll find everything from He-Man to Cabbage Patch Kids, Trivial Pursuit to Rubik’s Cube, Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Pac-Man to Mario Bros Donkey Kong-as well as lots of fun and smiles.

You’ll enjoy:

  • A Year-by-year look at the greatest toys of the ’80s
  • Awesome color photos featuring more than 500 fabulous toys and period shots of the people who made the decade gnarly
  • Lists of the top 10 TV shoes, movies, and music for each year

About the Author:

A child of the ’80s, Mark Bellomo is an enthusiastic and passionate toy collector, and one of the leading toy authorities in the country. Bellomo has authored a number of books, including Transformers: Identification and Price Guide and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, 1982-1994, published by F+W Media.

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Eighties toy Bigtrak is making a comeback

The 80’s hit toy Bigtrak is back, enabling parents of today to buy one of the most memorable toys from their past and bring it back to life for their own children to enjoy – and of course for those who simply wish to have the toy they were never lucky enough to own as a child. It was the subject of a massive craze in the 1980s and the toy you simply had to have! A simply brand new retro experience! Bigtrack is available at play.com for £34.99 or approximately $54 USD.

In addition to the original Bigtrak toy making a comeback, there’s also the iPhone Bigtrak iCalc app to download. It’s based on the Bigtrak control pad and makes the Bigtrack sounds when the keys are pressed. The Bigtrak iPhone app is free to download at iTunes at the time of publishing this article.

History

Bigtrak was a programmable electric vehicle created by Milton Bradley in 1979. It was a six-wheeled tank with a front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp, and a keypad on top. The toy could remember up to 16 commands which it then executed in sequence such as “go forward 5 lengths”, “pause”, “turn 15 minutes right (90 Degrees)”, “fire phaser” and so on. There was a “repeat” instruction allowing simple loops, but the language was not Turing complete, lacking branching instructions; the Big Trak also lacked any sort of sensor input other than the wheel sensors.

The US and GB/European versions were noticeably different. The US version was moulded in gray plastic and labelled BIG TRAK whereas the GB version was white and labelled bigtrak with a different keypad.

Bigtrak also included an optional trailer accessory. Once hooked to Bigtrak, this trailer could be programmed to dump its payload.

Bigtrak Jr.

Dubreq is releasing a desktop version of the Bigtrak toy along with new updated accessories to include a rocket launcher and a digital camera.

Larry Hama relaunches his ’80s “G.I. Joe” series

The cover of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 156, written by Larry Hama and drawn by Agustin Padilla.

Larry Hama, the man who turned the G.I. Joe toy line into a multimedia mega-force in the 1980s, is being called back for more operational duties.

Hama is teaming with IDW to publish G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero No. 155 ½ for Free Comic Book Day on May 1, and the issue will pick up where Hama’s original 155-issue Marvel Comics series left off. And there is even better news for longtime Joe fanatics: IDW is relaunching Hama’s series in July and making it an ongoing title starting with issue 156.

Other Work by Larry Hamas

At Marvel in the early 1980s Hama edited the Conan titles, and from 1986–1993, he edited the acclaimed comic book The ‘Nam, a gritty Marvel series about the Vietnam War.

Hama wrote the 16-issue Marvel series Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja (Aug. 1989 – Sept. 1990), concerning the adventures of John Doe, an American ninja and Special Forces commando in an alternate reality in which World War III is sparked after the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles are all destroyed. Hama also edited a relaunch of Marvel’s black-and-white comics magazine Savage Tales, overseeing its change from sword-and-sorcery to men’s adventure. Other comics Hama has written include Wolverine, Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm and Logan, The Punisher War Zone, and the X-Men brand extension Generation X for Marvel; and Batman stories for DC Comics. He wrote filecards for Hasbro’s line of sci-fi/police action figures, C.O.P.S. ‘n’ Crooks and contributed to the relaunch of the G.I. Joe toy line and comic book in 2000.

Rubik’s Cube illusion

While we here at i80s.com are fanatics about well, just about anything 80’s related, this is the first time we’ve seen someone just a bit more fanatical about an 80’s toy than we are. In any case, we thought it would be cool to post this interesting Rubik’s Cube illusion.

The person who posted the YouTube video mentions that this is another version of the Rubiks Cube Poster Illusions. The goal was to make it look like an unsolved rubiks cube from one angle …then slowly it changes to a solved cube.

If we find other versions of this illusion, rest assured it’ll be posted on i80s.com!

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