Monday, April 22, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/22/19

Throw on your thick rimmed glasses, cut your hair in the fresh wave style and hit the streets with your crew as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Heavy D and The Boyz
Song: Now That We Found Love
Album: Peaceful Journey (1991)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 11
Bonus Fun Fact: This Teddy Riley produced song is a 90s remake of the 1973 O'Jays hit song. It plays at the end and during the credits of the Will Smith movie "Hitch".

Friday, April 19, 2019

Old Stuff From The WB

While doing a little spring cleaning around the office, I recently discovered that the station I work for used to run the WB Television Network as a secondary channel! 
The WB launched on January 11th, 1995 and focused mostly shows catering to the teenage and young adult viewers. With shows like Unhappily Ever After, Sister/Sister, 7th Heaven and Buffy The Vampire Slayer to name a few. The WB had some hit shows on it's roster, but ultimately ended up folding on September 17th, 2006. The WB & rival independent station UPN came together to form what is now known as The CW.
The WB lastled just over a decade, but I do remember watching some of the shows and especially the Kids WB Saturday Morning Cartoon lineups. I hadn't thought about it for a while until recently when I uncovered these artifacts in my office.
WB Balloons
There were a ton of these stashed away in one of my office cabinets. I may take some of them home so my kids can have an insane water balloon fight this summer in memory of Michigan J. Frog and The WB.
Mucha Lucha Stickers
These were part of a group of stickers that also included The Jackie Chan Adventures and Pokemon. Mucha Lucha must have been the least favorite of the group, because I still have a bunch of these in my cabinet at work.
Kids WB Tattoos 
Once again, we must have received a truckload of these colorful tattoos to giveaway as promotional items at community events, because I have enough of these to keep myself tatted up for the next 85 years! I love the artwork on these and the variety of characters from The WB's cartoon line up is AWESOME! Only problem is since they are so old, they don't really stick to your skin so well.
The Wayans Bros. Mail Box
This is my favorite item of all the WB promotional offerings. First off it's a mail box! I keep some of my kids artistic drawings and crafts inside. Second, I was a huge fan of The Wayans Bros. show. Did you know The Wayans Bros. was the first show to air on The WB Network when it launched in 1995? Pretty AWESOME! My favorite episode had to be the one where Gary Coleman helped the brothers sell a product called "Goop! Hair it is". Also, who can forget that memorable opening sequence.
That's it for now. If I find any other cool retro stuff lying around the office, you can be sure I will share it with you here on 20 Years Before 2000!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Comic Book Pick 4/17/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
ENTER SHADOW WING! THE EMPIRE'S SALVATION! THE REBELLION'S DOOM! As the war against the REBELLION stretches on, it is the innocent people of the GALACTIC EMPIRE who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But how far is this untested team willing to go to preserve law and order? And are the pilots of SHADOW WING as loyal to the Empire as they seem?
(W) Jody Houser (A) Roge Antonia, More (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Elia Bonetti
SRP: $3.99
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/15/19

Throw on your bandanas, cut your hair in the fresh baldy style and hit the rooftops with your Bo Staff as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Partners In Kryme
Song: TURTLE Power
Album: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Soundtrack (1990)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 13
Bonus Fun Fact: Despite the popularity of this song, Partners In Kryme never released a full album. The song "TURTLE Power" was also featured on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Soundtrack in 1993.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Jordan in your Undies

I know this is not the typical post you would see here at 20 Years Before 2000, but hear me out. I went shopping for some undies last week and was looking around in the men's clothing section at Target when I noticed some of the Hanes packages were different than the others. On further examination the specially tagged briefs and boxers contained...
Packs of Michael Jordan Anniversary FLEER trading cards! These specially produced cards were made to celebrate 30 years of Michael Jordan endorsing Hanes underwear. They already had me hooked there, but throw in the chance to unwrap an autographed card and I wanted to take home every single one of these bonus packs! I got in the car and tore open the wrapper to find some pretty cool looking cards inside.
The cards feature Michael Jordan in a myriad of poses from his many Hanes commercials. The bottom 2 cards in the above picture actually have red foil backgrounds on them.
The backs of each cards feature facts about Jordan's Hall-of-Fame basketball career and a "brief" synopsis about the Hanes commercial on the front of each card. The overall design of each card is a tweaked version of the 1986-87 FLEER design which happened to be the set that included MJ's rookie card.
In addition to the base set and red foil parallel cards, there were also some All-Star hologram cards randomly inserted into these packs. I was able to pull this one from my pack. Once again the design is a revamped retro FLEER design and I really like it! It's clean, has a holographic background and it's colorful. the above scan really doesn't do this card justice. So if you are in the need of some clean undies and are a Michael Jordan fan, be on the lookout for these specially marked packages of Hanes underwear. You won't regret grabbing one or maybe even a pair!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Comic Book Pick 4/10/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
"City at War, Part 1." The battle for control of New York City begins! As the city splinters into different human, mutant, and ninja factions, the TMNT find themselves in the middle of the chaos! Eight years of storytelling have led to this! Including the first of eight special "legacy" incentive covers: an IDW TMNT year one homage by Dan Duncan! The storyline that leads to TMNT #100 begins here!
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A/CA) Dave Wachter
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/8/19

Throw on your parachute pants, cut your hair in the fresh flat top style and hit the dance floor as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Hammer
Song: It's All Good
Album: The Funky Headhunter (1994)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 46
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was a response diss track to Redman and Black Sheep. It was produced by The Whole 9 and was the second single released off "The Funky Headhunter" album.

Friday, April 5, 2019

DC Justice League FLiXSTARS

 Just this past week I was in the local Dollar Tree store and I noticed that they had been getting some cool toys in recently. It's in this section that my eyes were drawn to these colorful packages of DC Comics Justice League FLiXSTARS by MATTEL. Each pack contained 3 DC Super Heroes for only $1! I grabbed 2 of the packs, but noticed there were a couple more with some different characters. I may have to go back this week and pick those other packs up, but for now here is what I got...
 The first package I opened contained a running Flash, flying Superman and ready to punch Batman!
 The second pack I grabbed had a ninja kicking Batman, kicking Wonder Woman and another flying Superman this time in Yellow. I'm pretty sure each pack contains a Batman, Superman and another character. I would have preferred to get some more variety, but I also realize that the Dark Knight & Supes are where they money is at.
 The backs of each of these non-poseable figures is hollowed out and contains a small "trigger".
This "trigger" was included so you could pull off the toys' action jumping feature. I'm not gonna lie, I think this is a pretty cool feature. I tested each of the figures and they all jump pretty good, especially and surprisingly the punching Batman went the furthest!
The main reason I picked these up was because they reminded me of the Tim Mee plastic toys of my youth! I loved the space men from the Galaxy Laser Team set and the demons from the Fantasy Warriors sets. These figures are pretty close to those from the 80s with a new action feature twist. For $1 a pack these DC FLiXSTARS were definitely worth the price!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Comic Book Pick 4/3/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
Rocko returns in this new limited series from writer Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) and Mattia Di Meo (Ben 10: For Science!) for a spooky look at everyone's favorite wallaby! Something is turning the good people of O-Town into mindless zombies and Rocko wants nothing to do with it. He barricades himself and Spunky in their home and is determined to outlast the hoards outside. But desperate times calls for desperate measures when Rocko's best friend Heffer becomes infected, Rocko will have to risk it all to save his friends and his city.
 (W) Anthony Burch (A) Mattia Di Meo (CA) Ian McGinty
SRP: $3.99
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/1/19

Throw on your gold chain, cut your hair in the fresh Jheri Curl style and hit the blacktop as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Kurtis Blow
Song: Basketball
Album: Ego Trip (1984)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was covered by Lil' Bow Wow for the soundtrack of his movie "Like Mike" in 2002. Kurtis Blow crafted a remix of this song for an episode of the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs" in 2016. The song changed the lyrics to reflect the game Dungeons & Dragons. You can hear that song below.

Friday, March 29, 2019

It's time to Skate Again!!

This past weekend, I took the family skating at the local rink. I had not been skating in about 30 years! It was a friends birthday party at a place in Bushkill, PA and I know it was 1988 because this was the first time I heard the new smash hit song "Nightmare on My Street" from the up and coming rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. It was so much fun and I was hoping to create those type of great memories for my kids. 
The place was a total throwback! From the airbrushed graphics on the walls, the skate shop, disco ball and black light special skates it was like I was back being a kid in the 80s.
I was a little scared to get back on the skates since it had been so long, but my kids took to it almost immediately. We took a few laps around on the carpet just so we could all get a feel for the wheels, but after that we hit the floor and didn't leave for about 2 hours. Yes, there were some falls and yes my son did take me out a few times, but it was so much fun!!!
They also had a small but pretty nice arcade inside the building. There were your standard games...
like Skee-ball. Which my youngest daughter hit the jackpot on.
Then there was this retro styled 50-in-1 arcade cabinet that had all the classics like Centipede, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and a ton more. My son decided to play Congo Bongo. I have not seen this game in decades and it took him out pretty quick. He wasn't too upset about that, but he was upset when he learned this machine did not spit out tickets.
With the arcade tickets they earned, my kids were able to get a few piece's of candy and a plastic lizard. I am so glad we decided to go. Not only was it a fun and enjoyable family day out, but look at that carpet in the picture above!!! I wish I could carpet my entire house with this stuff! If you have not been skating in a while and you have a rink near you, I highly suggest checking it out. It really brought back some great memories for me and I hope it can do the same for you.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Comic Book Pick 3/27/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! Will have decade appropriate trade dressAfter 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!
(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Dennis O'Neil, Christopher Priest, Kevin Smith, Scott Snyder, Others (A) Doug Mahnke, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Tony S. Daniel, Steve Epting, Kelley Jones, Andy Kubert, Alex Maleev, Dustin Nguyen (CA) Scott Williams (A/CA) Jim Lee
 SRP: $9.99
Synopsis Provided By:

Monday, March 25, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 3/25/19

Throw on your hoodie, cut your hair in the fresh half-fro style and hit the rooftops as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige
Song: All I Need
Album: Tical (1995)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 3
Bonus Fun Fact: This song won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group. Ranked #44 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop" list.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Comic Book Pick 3/20/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
PRESS START ON A BRAND-NEW MARVEL UNIVERSE! Showered with worldwide acclaim, the blockbuster Marvel's Spider-Man has everyone's spider-sense buzzing! Now you can experience the emotional and shock-filled story that takes favorite characters (including Mary Jane, Aunt May, Norman Osborn, Otto Octavius and Miles Morales) and spins them into an all-new and unexpected web of drama, spectacle, and classic Spidey action in the Mighty Marvel Manner...with more original stories to come! After years of seeing Wilson Fisk escape criminal prosecution, the wise-cracking web-slinger finally has the opportunity to team with the PDNY to help them arrest his fearsome foe. But when the Kingpin of Crime is removed from the mean streets of the Big Apple, how will the mysterious Mister Negative's ascent to power bring Peter Parker's civilian world and Spider-Man's superhuman worlds crashing together? Plus: All-new story moments never seen in the game and bonus behind-the-scenes content!
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Clayton Crain
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By:

Monday, March 18, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 3/18/19

Throw on your doo rag, cut your hair in the fresh baldy style and hit the street ball courts as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: SWV
Song: Anything
Album: It's About Time (1992)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was featured on the "Above The Rim" movie soundtrack. There is a remix of this song that features the Wu-Tang Clan. This was the final single to be released from this album.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Whatever Happened to Fruit Islands Cereal?

In 1987 Ralston introduced the world to King Ayumayuma and his delicious cereal called Fruit Islands. I'm going to be honest with you, if it weren't for the beautifully animated commercials with the catchy music I probably would have never even tried Fruit Islands Cereal. They seemed like a rip-off of Fruity Pebbles cereal which was and still is a great cereal. Thankfully for me, I did get suckered in by this well crafted advertising campaign and pestered my Mom to buy us some Fruit Islands Cereal!
The gimmick that separated this fruity flavored favorite was that each piece of cereal or island had real bits of apple baked into it! If my memory recalls, this gave the cereal a unique texture. There were several flavors of Islands you could eat in each bowl including Cherry, Orange & Lemon. I do remember really liking the taste and getting more boxes after we gave it an initial trial run. I remember they had some pretty good premiums packed into those boxes. From boxes of Nerds to fruit scented pens to...
FRUIT ISLANDS PLAYING CARDS!!!! I can't find anything on these cards anywhere on line, so I created the above picture based on what I remember them looking like. They were mini cards and very small, but each card featured King Ayumayuma on the back and they were fun to play with. Did anyone else have these or am I going crazy?
Despite Ralston's best efforts the cereal did not last long and the final push I can recall was Fruit Islands contest to help the King and his BFF Hee-Hee find there way home to the Fruit Islands. They gave away some great prizes, but it must not have stirred up enough additional revenue for Ralston to keep the cereal on shelves. So what ever happened to King Ayumayuma and Hee-Hee? This will forever be one of the greatest cereal based mysteries of our life times. If you see him around tell him I'm looking for him and we miss him!
For more info visit the Fruit Islands page at Mr.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Comic Book Pick 3/13/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
After the life-changing events of SPIDER-GEDDON, Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 has resolved to stay on her home turf and resume her normally scheduled super-heroics as GHOST-SPIDER. But in the wake of the Hand's downfall, SOMETHING sinister has begun stalking the streets of New York at night. Will Gwen be able to track down the thing that goes bump in the dark, or will she become one more victim of the MAN-WOLF?!
 (W) Seanan McGuire (A) Takeshi Miyaza (CA) Bengal
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By:

Monday, March 11, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 3/11/19

Throw on your fedora, cut your hair in any style and head out to the NY jazz club Birland this evening as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Us3
Song: Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
Album: Hand on the Torch (1993)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 9
Bonus Fun Fact: Us3 sampled Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island) for this song. The intro is spoken by Pee Wee Marquette and was taken from Art Blakey's first album titled "A Night At Birdland Vol.1". This song is featured on the Super Mario Bros. Movie soundtrack!

Friday, March 8, 2019

TMNT Sewer Squad!

Months ago I was doing some digging on the Playmates Toys web site and stumbled upon the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sewer Squad Membership page. I looked it over and saw that for $15 you could become a part of the squad and receive 4 Rise of the TMNT action figures, a membership certificate and a membership card! Sign me up!
I love the fact that a TMNT fan club is still a thing in 2019, that alone sold me. But to get 4 exclusive action figures for $15, that is a steal. These toys go from anywhere between $8-$10 a piece. I order the club membership and had to wait a pretty long time before my box came in the mail. When it did it was a joyous day in our household.
Since the ordering of this box of mutated goodness, Christmas had passed and my son had received the entire first wave of Rise of the TMNT figures as gifts. So, we didn't really need a whole other set. I am holding onto these guys first of all as a collector and second, just in case one of the other toys breaks or looses some pieces. Here is a closer look at the ninja teens!

As you can see, there are some minor differences to these toys versus what you can get on the pegs at the store. First off each of the members of the green machine come bagged instead of on cardboard backers. Second each turtle has a slight variation in the paint scheme, such as the bandages on Raph and some of the details to the shells. Lastly the weapons have extra painted on details. 
It's a crazy good deal to all this for just $15 bucks. If you or any of your kids are Turtle fans I suggest you check this deal out today. You can visit the Sewer Squad page by clicking HERE and you too could be a part of the Mean Green Machine! COWABUNGA!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Comic Book Pick 3/6/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
Chen Andalou, the black sheep of a prominent activist family, returns after being accidentally put in cryo-stasis for sixty years. Chen, a cosmic criminal, wakes up to find his younger brother is now the President of the Galaxy. Chen does what he knows best:  he steals stuff and causes a problem.
(W) Jai Nitz (A) Tom Reilly (CA) Greg Smallwood
SRP: $3.99
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Monday, March 4, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 3/4/19

Throw on your Kangol, cut your hair in the fresh baldy style and watch an episode of In The House as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: L.L. Cool J
Song: Ain't Nobody
Album: Beavis & Butthead Do America (1996)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 46
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was released as the second single from the Beavis & Butthead Do America Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles Chart and was nominated for a Grammy in 1998.

Friday, March 1, 2019

80s Commercials From The East Coast 2

I had such a great time finding these nostalgic commercials from my childhood on YouTube a few weeks ago, that I decided to do a second post! Once again these are the commercials that would run on our local stations when I was a kid living in New Jersey. Most of them ran in the Summer when us kids were home in the daytime to watch multiple hours of TV in between pick up basketball games and Nintendo marathons. Man these really take me back. Enjoy!!
Westchester County Fair in NY

Crazy Eddie: Beat The Heat Sale

Young People's Day Camp

Action Park

New Jersey Tourism Ad

Raceway Park

D'Agostino's Grocery Stores

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Comic Book Pick 2/27/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
It's CAROL DANVERS Day!  Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job-as Earth's Mightiest Hero, CAPTAIN MARVEL!  Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force!  Don't miss the excitement of the STRONGEST & MIGHTIEST hero of all in her latest adventure!
(W) Jody Houser (A) Simone Buonfantino (CA) Ron Lim
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By:

Monday, February 25, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 2/25/19

Throw on your flannel, cut your hair in the fresh micro-braid style and watch an episode of Fresh Prince as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Tevin Campbell
Song: Can We Talk
Album: I'm Ready (Released 1993)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 9
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was written by hitmaker Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and was nominated for a Grammy award. It won the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single.

Friday, February 22, 2019

My Faves: Figure Collection #9

I have a fairly big collection of loose figures from the 80s & 90s. I would like to share a few of my faves with you at this time. These are a few of the toys I re-discovered while cleaning out my basement closet this past weekend. Here we go!
Air Raiders: Battle Squad Member (Hasbro, 1987)
These little guys were AWESOME! I loved the Air Raiders line of toys. I never owned any of the big battleships, but my neighbor did and I was envious. I loved the story of how the bad guys controlled the air and the rebels aka the Air Raiders were on a mission to make the air free to all who lived in Airlandia! The ships in the toy line featured some cool air related features from floating orbs to firing missiles. This little guy sadly is the only relic I own from this forgotten series.
 Star Wars: X-Wing Pilot Luke (Kenner, 1978)
Ah, X-Wing Luke he looks nothing like the character and is probably the least wanted of all the Luke figures in the original Kenner line. In principle it should be a cool figure, but the likeness is way off. The positive side of this figure is that you could incorporate him into any battle as an anonymous pilot who just wants to rebel against the Empire! 
 Masters of the Universe: Orko (Mattel, 1984)
I always wanted this figure as a kid, but never got him until years later. He is so cool! He looks just like the character from the cartoon series. From his removable hat to pull cord spinning action this is one of my favorite Masters of the Universe figures of all time!
TMNT: Rocksteady (Playmates, 1988)
The first ever Ninja Turtles action figure I ever owned was the original Donatello. Some time later my Mom took us shopping at Ames Department Store and the entire line of TMNT toys was on sale and for some reason she spoiled me and my brother by buying us the entire first wave of figures! On that trip I ended up getting Leonardo, Foot Soldier and Rocksteady. He was so cool and the toy pictured above is the same toy my Mom got us over 30 years ago.
Thundercats: Snarf (LJN, 1985)
This figure kinda ticked me off as a kid. He was included when you bought the original Lion-O action figure. By the time Snarf was included though, I already had a Lion-O figure and my Mom couldn't justify buying the same figure just to get this accessory. Damn LJN!!! I found this figure at a second hand store for about $1 and now I can finally add Snarf to my Thundercats collection!
Check out some of my other Fave figures by clicking HERE!