Awesome Retro

Where Is My Mind? Roy Orbison Style

Where Is My Mind? Roy Orbison Style

We’re suckers for The Pixies song Where Is My Mind? and always love hearing fresh interpretations of the track. Vocalist Allison Young teamed up with Postmodern Jukebox to deliver a great cover version with a melodramatic style inspired by the late Roy Orbison, who gave us such great songs like Crying and Only the Lonely.

Hell Comes to Frogtown Trailer

Hell Comes to Frogtown Trailer

In 1988, pro wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Conan the Barbarian’s Sandahl Bergman starred in a campy sci-fi action movie called Hell Comes to Frogtown. Perhaps the producers thought people would take it more seriously with the voiceover in this trailer. The second trailer is equally entertaining.

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VHS Hoodie

VHS Hoodie
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Be kind and rewind to the 1980s with MoonLambo’s graphic hoodie, inspired by VHS cassette box art. Its made from a soft and cozy mix of polyester, cotton, and elastane for stretch, and is dye-sublimated to keep its looks from fading – unlike that Lethal Weapon tape you rented from Blockbuster that’s been played 1000 times.

Timex T80 x Space Invaders Watches

Timex T80 x Space Invaders Watches
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8-bit gaming fans will dig these retro-style Timex watches with pixel artwork and sound effects from the arcade classic Space Invaders. They have an old-school green-gray LCD screen with Indiglo lighting and 24-hour chronograph, alarm, and month/day/date functions. Available in black, silver, or gold finishes.

Retro Tech: Cassette-Changing Boombox

Retro Tech: Cassette-Changing Boombox

Techmoan takes a look at one of the stranger boomboxes ever made, the Mitsubishi TX-L50. At first glance, it’s a perfectly ordinary-looking boombox, but this one has a mechanism that lets it play both sides of up to five cassettes for up to 10 hours of continuous music when used with 120-minute tapes.

Arcade1up TRON Arcade Machine

Arcade1up TRON Arcade Machine

The 1982 TRON arcade machine known as much for its awesome glowing blue joystick as it is for its gameplay. Now, Arcade1up has replicated the machine in a 3/4-scale version for home arcade enthusiasts, complete with a black light and reactive cabinet art. It also plays Discs of TRON. Pre-orders start 10.19.2021.

Peter Hook + Joy Division Orchestrated

Peter Hook + Joy Division Orchestrated

Peter Hook, musical director Tim Crooks, and an ensemble of musicians perform Love Will Tear Us Apart from their Dreams EP, which features four classic Joy Division tracks reimagined with an orchestra. Tracks include Atmosphere, New Dawn Fades, and A Means to an End, plus two alternative versions.

Welcome! Sweatshirt

Welcome! Sweatshirt
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’90s kids, remember the squeal of your modem as it connected to America Online? Vapor95 pays tribute to the once-massive online service with a vibrant polyester micro-fleece sweatshirt, embellished with the AOL logo on its chest, a colorful community of people on its sleeves, and the familiar cry of “¿A/S/L?” on its back.

Igloo x Star Wars Can Tumblers

Igloo x Star Wars Can Tumblers
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Celebrate your love for classic Star Wars with these travel tumblers from Igloo. Each one is decked out in retro graphics printed on a tall 16 oz. can. Double-wall stainless steel construction keep drinks cold or hot, and they have spill-proof lids. Igloo also makes some sweet Star Wars coolers.

Thumby Keychain Game System

Thumby Keychain Game System

Developed by TinyCircuits, the Thumby is basically the world’s smallest Game Boy. It measures just 1.2″ x 0.7″ x 0.3″, and packs a Raspberry Pi RP2040 processor and a tiny 72×40 OLED screen. The system comes pre-loaded with five retro games, and players can upload their own custom games. Launches on Kickstarter 9.28.2021 for $19.

VHS Sneakers

VHS Sneakers
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MoonLambo asks us to be kind and rewind with its tribute to the bold and colorful graphical style of 1980s VHS tape boxes. While the chunky hi-top look of the Classic Collector’s Edition is our fave, they also make a less expensive canvas VHS sneaker.

Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

To promote their electric G-Class Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz enlisted director Nina Holmgren to create a lighthearted promotional film that imagines this futuristic vehicle from the perspective of a 1970s television viewer. The style of the cinematography, color grading, and voiceover work are spot-on.

Retro Cartoon Mascot Toolkit

Retro Cartoon Mascot Toolkit
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Love the look of old-school advertising mascots? This collection of digital assets from Brian Ritter Design makes it easy to incorporate these whimsical characters into your designs. The set includes five ink brushes and 250 stamp brushes for use in Procreate, along with Adobe Illustrator AI, PNG, and Affinity Designer asset files.

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EC1 Briefcase Synthesizer

EC1 Briefcase Synthesizer

Artist Love Hultén is a genius at designing and building retro-modernist technology. His EC1 is a custom analog synthesizer and beat making machine that folds up briefcase style when not in use. Someday, we hope to commission Love to build us something for The Awesomer HQ.

Midcentury Modern Movie Posters

Midcentury Modern Movie Posters
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Sandgrain Studio creates minimal posters inspired by classic motion pictures and TV shows. Using a clean and contained color palette of muted greens and oranges, they bring a quiet sophistication to everything from Robocop to The Big Lebowski to Back to the Future. They also make Star Wars, Avengers, and Lord of the Rings sets.

Into the Pit (Trailer)

Into the Pit (Trailer)

This retro-inspired roguelite FPS replaces guns with magic. It drops players into a cursed village where they must take down an army of dark magicians while building build powers and rescuing survivors. Coming to Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass on 10.19.2021.

Windows 1 to 11 Installation Time-Lapse

Windows 1 to 11 Installation Time-Lapse

If there’s one thing we don’t miss about computers, it’s having to install software and operating systems from dozens of floppy disks. Nobel Tech condensed hours upon hours of footage into a 6-minute time-lapse showing the time-consuming installation process of every major version of Microsoft Windows, from 1.01 to 11.

Nextube Digital Tube Clock

Nextube Digital Tube Clock

Featuring a backlit LCD/IPS tube display like the EleksTube clock, the Nextube takes things to the next level. In addition to selectable fonts, it has a handsome black walnut base, brass accent rings, and built-in weather, timer, and music visualizer functions. Open-source firmware means you can develop your own apps too.

Amiga A500 Mini

Amiga A500 Mini

The Commodore Amiga was one of the more powerful PCs of the 1980s. Known for its graphical prowess, it offered some of the best games of its era. This mini version looks like the A500, but supports A1200 graphics. It comes with 25 games, and the ability to load more. Comes with a 2-button mouse and a gamepad. Drops early 2022.

Cairo Throw

Cairo Throw
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Artist Susan Kare is known for her design of the system icons used on the original Apple Macintosh. In addition, she created the Cairo “dingbats” typeface, which can now be enjoyed on one of Areaware’s woven 50″ x 70″ blankets, crafted from 100% organic cotton. Available in black/white, green/pink, or grey/yellow.

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Atari 2600 3D Voxel Art

Atari 2600 3D Voxel Art

Despite their primitive gameplay and rough graphics, we have a fond place in our hearts for the old Atari 2600. Mauri Helme pays tribute to the classic 8-bit console with a 3D voxel art animation, featuring scenes from Pitfall, River Raid, Frostbite, Keystone Kapers, and the oft-maligned E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Back in the 1980s, the demoscene was all about creating cool motion visuals and music using the computers of the day. Engineer Matthias Kramm figured out a way to create an old-school demo without a computer by hacking the output of an old Commodore 1541 floppy drive into a video signal. More details on his blog.

The Last Video Store VR Game

The Last Video Store VR Game

RareBird Games created this VR gaming oddity. The game sends players back in time to a Blockbuster-style video store to wander the shelves looking for movies to rent on VHS and DVD. In survival mode, you’ll work to make money for bills and movie rentals, and you’ll even be able to watch some movies inside of the game.

LEGO Batman Classic Batmobile

LEGO Batman Classic Batmobile
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Was Tim Burton’s LEGO Batmobile too expensive or complex for you? Celebrate your love for the classic Batman TV show with this easy and wallet-friendly version of Batman and Robin’s 1966 ride. The 345-piece model includes LEGO stud launchers, a hinged trunk for storing ammo, and Batman and Joker Minifigures.

The Print Shop Online

The Print Shop Online

’80s kids might remember a little computer program called The Print Shop. Broderbund’s whiz-bang piece of software let users print out greeting cards, banners, and signs on dot-matrix printers. Now you can relive this classic thanks to Melody and April Ayres-Griffiths online emulation, complete with the ability to print to PDFs.

Your Illustrated Childhood

Your Illustrated Childhood

If you grew up in the ’80s, ’90s, or ’00s you saw the work of artist Gary Ciccarelli. You might not know his name, but the illustrator created airbrushed images for countless products, including action figure packages, toy boxes, board games, movie posters, trading cards, and more. His work is gradually being archived on Instagram.

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