The Top Ten Toy Lines Of The 60’s through 2000 (And More) According to Watch Mojo

3 01 2015

I subscribe to Watchmojo’s Youtube channel due to my love of trivia. Well they also manage to combine my love of lists with my love of toys on there series of Best Toy Lines of various decades. If you got some time to spare, check them out below and don’t forget to subscribe to watchmojo’s channel.

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1960s

 

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1970s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1980s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1990s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 2000s

Top 10 Toy Lines of All Time

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Calgary Pincade Show September 28, 2013

30 09 2013

I had an awesome time this weekend at the Calgary Pincade Show. Local pinball and arcade machine owners brought out their machines to all to play. Admission was $15 at the door or $20 for the weekend. Quite a few games were up for sale and they had two pinball machines for raffle. It was an awesome time and I can hardly wait for next year.

Check out The few pictures and video I caught while there:

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My Visit To The Pinball Hall of Fame

29 08 2013

We (my fabulous wife and I), visited the amazing Pinball Hall of Fame while on vacation in Las Vegas. This was an amazing experience and definitely suggest you stop there in in Vegas.

The first video is taken by my resting my phone against my belly to improvise a sort of belly height first person view of the pinball table, Pinbot. I apologize in advance for the stupid balls joke part way though that video. The second video is me walking through the hall trying to give you an ideas as to just how many machines are in here. Take note that I missed an entire row of the oldest machines (sorry – I suck).

Then we have a link to a huge gallery of pictures and some more videos I took at the Hall of fame. The thumbnails are just a tiny portion of the pictures – click on any one to get to the entire gallery.

 

Pinbot – in “Belly-Vision”

 

A stroll around the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Captured on my cell phone on August 27, 2013.

And a CRAP-LOAD of pictures!!!

Pinball Hall of Fame, a set on Flickr.
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The Arcade’s Robot Ancestors: Electro Mechanical Games

3 09 2012

When I was really young (in the very early 1970s), there was a style of game arcade game that would seem alien to most gamers of today: electro mechanical games. Preceding the [commercial] video game, they were arcade games that utilized motorized mechanical bits and lighting effects to create a gaming experience.

Humongous, noisy cabinets with flashing lights and sirens recreated everything from naval battles to horse and motorcycle races with varying degrees of success and or failure. Companies like SEGA (among many other companies) with their 1968 game, Periscope, bridged the gap between pinball and videogames.

The specific games that I recall playing as a kid were a motor cycle game with model bikes, a lunar landing game with a model of the moon and a replica lunar lander on a cable, and a cool (for the time) car chase game called The Car where a movie clip played of a chase scene (you’re following a orange car) and you have to move the steering wheel back and forth to keep from…uh… hitting the sides of the road and traffic. If you went off track a loud grating noise was heard and an orange light flashed. It was simple but I was young and easily impressed by shiny things. I still am, actually.

There was a lot of ingenuity and hard work put into these machines and few survived the years due to the fact that moving parts break down and become scarce and eventually impossible to replace in time.

Actually, a number of electromechanical games made it to the home in the form od various racing, bowling and other games, including a mechanical representation of Pong called Blip.

If you ever get a chance to play one of these machines, I definitely suggest it. Check out some videos below of some different machines that were out in the wild, back in the past.

 

Missile (1969) Sega
Captain Kid Light Gun Game (1966)
Space Flight (1969) Bally
Hill Climb (1972) Bally
Moto Champ (1973) Sega
American Indy
Silver Gloves (1948) Mutoscope
Panzer Attack (1974) Midway
Sonar (1972) Sega