Posts Tagged: 1984

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There has been two Indiana Jones RPGs. The first of them, The Adventures of Indiana Jones Role-Playing Game, was released in 1984 by TSR and is featured in this ad. The second one was released by West End Games in 1994.

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1984 Risk ad. This popular strategy board game has been produced by Parker Brothers since 1958.

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Voltron was an animated TV series aired between 1984 and 1985 with over a hundred episodes. It was a Japanese-American co-production. The Voltron robot (GoLion in Japan) was the product of the combination of five mechanical lions, the Lion Force, piloted by human characters, Keith, Lance, Pidge, Hunk and Princess Allura. Their mission was to avoid the conquest of the planet Arus by the evil King Zarkon. Basically, it was an animated version of the Super Sentai japanese series.

The first line of toys was released by Popy in Japan in 1984 and distributed by Matchbox in the USA. This page advertises the second line of action figures, released by Panosh Place the same year.


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In 1984 the transformable robots were in, and one of the most popular franchises was Robotech/Macross. Revell took advantage of this situation, releasing a line of robot models, like Condar, the one starring this ad, called Robotech Defenders, although these kits were not transformable. Plus, DC Comics published a two-issue series under the same title.

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Among the M&M’s mechandising for the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics (that included glass candy jars, ice cream dishes, pins, t-shirts…), this set of 44 trading cards stands out.

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In 1984 you could get for free the very first appearances of Batman, Robin and the Joker just sending three Fig Newtons or Apple Newtons brand seals.

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai movie was released in 1984. This ad is from Marvel Comics, which published the comic adaptation the same year, drawn by Mark Texeira.

This is the movie trailer, with the music and images of the end titles:

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Pitfall! was one of the most successful Atari video games of all time (only Pac-Mac sold more copies). This is the ad of its sequel, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, released in 1984. Both games were developed by David Crane and starred by the jungle explorer Pitfall Harry. This game became very popular too.

The original game TV commercial featured a very young Jack Black:

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In 1984 TSR Inc. released the first role playing game based upon the Marvel Comics characters. The game was designed by Jeff Grubb and contained a 16 page Battle Book illustrated by Al Milgrom and a 52 page Campaign Book illustrated by Sal Buscema. It also featured the Day of the Octopus adventure, eight character cards and twenty-five playing pieces.

The game was so successful that during a decade TSR published several supplements with new adventures.

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The Gobots were transformable toys that appeared in Japan under the name of Machine Robo in 1983 after the success of Hasbro’s Transformers. In 1984 the Gobots began to be sold in the USA.

This is the TV commercial of the same year: