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"This is how I remember the 80s - there were no parenting blogs or peanut allergies, just a whole lotta crazy."

That's the opening narration from THE GOLDBERGS, Patton Oswalt providing the off-camera voice of the adult Adam Goldberg, the youngest of the three kids at the center of ABC's breakout hit from last year. While kids of the 60s eventually had THE WONDER YEARS, and those a decade later getting THAT 70's SHOW, it's only fitting that kids like myself - the ones who grew up in "1980-something" - finally get a series that properly captures our decade. While there have been a few who've tried and failed, THE GOLDBERGS (out this week in a Complete First Season DVD set) is undoubtedly the best we've ever seen.

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About a year ago, my girls got their first LITE-BRITE, which on the surface, I would've called "an upgrade" from the classic toy that Hasbro has been marketing in one form or another since 1967, if only because it borrowed styling from the iPad and called itself the "Lite-Brite LED Flatscreen." Thing is, while the nostalgia factor was certainly there, the version was clumsy, not as bright as it's old-school counterpart (remember the, big hot light bulb inside?), and the pegs were meant to fit within a flip-open storage tray at the bottom of the unit... one that didn't really fit all the included pegs, and to be stored in it's box, had to be folded flat - thus dumping the pegs. There were design issues (Amazon reviews have not been kind), but at it's core was the peg fun that generations have enjoyed, complete with black paper designs that were essentially use-once-then-toss, but as in the past - we kept them and made them work more than once. Fast-forward a year and the Lite-Brite has received a true upgrade, and what it appears to have taken is some fresh eyes on the project, these courtesy of Basic Fun, who have licensed the Lite-Brite brand from Hasbro and have run with it, sending us for review their first incarnation - The LITE-BRITE MAGIC SCREEN.

ABC's THE GOLDBERGS was one of the big surprises for me over the past year - a new comedy that I actually dug, one rooted in the era of my own childhood, the glorious 1980s. The production design is perfect, and the scenarios (and the toys) could've been ripped straight from my own youth (especially... a kid running around with a big-ass VHS video camera). Now, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is issuing the complete first season on DVD, and on September 9, it could be yours for the taking - with all 23 episodes of the series contained within three discs. Lets take a look at the details...

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This is one of those posts where I have to preface things with the old "if you're new to the site" bit, as simply tossing up an item with STAR WARS in the title is bound to bring a few new readers in my general direction. You see, when it comes to STAR WARS, I'm old school - a kid that was there in the beginning, amassed an incredible collection of the vintage Kenner toys, saw those get sold in the late 80s, rekindled the collecting bug in '97, turned the whole thing into an addiction, and eventually sold 90% of what I had after "kicking the habit." I've also worked on a film about STAR WARS, and did a song about the saga that popped up on TheForce.net and was later featured right here on THE ROCK FATHER. So when news landed here this morning about a documentary on STAR WARS action figures? Yeah, I'm in. PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys is available now on DVD, and I've got a 13-minute preview for you below...

If you grew up in the 1980s as did I, you blew into a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge more than a few times. I did, and I still have my non-functioning NES (and a Power Glove!) stored safely away for eventual repair. But did blowing into the cartridge really work to aid in the weird NES start-up glitches? That depends on who you speak with about it, but the one thing I've heard most over the years has been confirmed by Nintendo themselves - that blowing into the cartridge can cause damage by corroding it due to the moisture in your breath. This week, PBS Digital Studios' IT'S OK TO BE SMART looks into the mystery of "Why Did we Blow On Nintendo Games?" Take a look at what they have to say about it...

If you grew up in the 80s as I did, you know that MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE was fantastic. I still remember the first figure I received from the line (Beast Man) and who I got it from (a kid who lived down the street, whose mom managed the local Taco Bell). Fast-forward three decades, and the adventures of HE-MAN and the gang are still fresh in the minds of many, and while the MOTU have influenced pop culture, now pop culture has influenced the MOTU. Prime example: Mattel has announced the June release of BABY SKELETOR. And by the power of Grayskull, is he cute...

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