Saturday, April 13, 2024

Behind the Screens: Taito (Electronic Gaming Monthly #19 - February 1991)

This is a four-page article that appeared in the pages of Electronic Gaming Monthly's (EGM) 19th issue published in February 1991. Although the header at the start of the article says "EGM Visits - Taito of America," most of the story is about Taito's business in Japan and its smart decisions throughout the '80s. One thing EGM appears to have wrong is the release year for Space Invaders. EGM states that it was released in 1979 and I believe it is referencing the Japanese release, but all sources, including Taito's corporate history page, have Space Invaders releasing in 1978.

This is the third Taito post on the blog with the first being the ads post (Taito of America) and the second being scans from a 1989 issue of Commodore Magazine about Taito's arcade to Commodore 64 ports. I should point out that the Facebook links on all the ads posts are broken because of a change Facebook must have made, sorry about that. The Google Photos links work and you can find the correct Facebook links under the "Game Ad Links" tab.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

X-Men on Television

Today's X-Men post is from Wizard magazine and TV Guide, plus a bonus YouTube clip from another channel I run. Wizard dedicated a special issue to the X-Men's 30th Anniversary in 1993 and while the issue has a lot of articles, I only scanned the one about television since I'm posting X-Men coverage to coincide with the debut of the new animated show X-Men '97. It doesn't have many images but it is an interesting read as it discusses all of the Marvel Comics mutants' appearances on TV before 1993 and how the 1990's animated series struggled to find a home. The article from TV Guide is about a 1996 television movie based on the Generation X comic book that spun off from the X-Men in 1994. Reviews of the movie are on the poor side and I don't recall if I ever saw it, but I don't think I did.

TV Guide - February 17, 1996

Inside Edition (1993)
This is a story that the show Inside Edition ran about the animated series not long after its debut. I may have recorded over the very end though, I'm not too sure if I only cut off Professors X's dialog or something more. 

Monday, March 18, 2024

[YouTube] X-Men 1990's Action Figures

Both the X-Men comic book and animated series were quite popular during the '90s which led to numerous X-Men-branded toys and other products being produced. Some of those included Micro Machines, trading cards, playing cards, yo-yos, Colorforms, board games, video games, and action figures, of course. Toy Biz made the most of its partnership with Marvel that began in 1990, even becoming part of the Marvel empire in a 1993 deal. Throughout the '90s it released a variety of X-Men, X-Force, and some other "X" character action figures and accessories. This is by no means a comprehensive look at what Toy Biz made, just at the X-Men action figures I collected, plus a Bend-Em! To save time I did take group photos for many of them.



Generation X