While browsing the magazine racks at Barnes & Noble last week, I came across this awesome “Bookazine.” I guess that’s a fancy British term meaning: a magazine without ads that we can charge a lot of money for. Okay, it was a little steep for $19.99 but I feel like I got my money’s worth.
There are over 140 pages filled with nostalgic memories from the 80’s. The “bookazine” covers movies, music, and video games, but the main focus is on the products we bought — mainly, the toys. The magazine hits on all the big brands, and since it was published in the UK, many of the pages report on items that are only vaguely familiar to me, such as Panini stickers and Funnybone books, and then some items that I have never heard of before, such as Subbuteo, Space Hoppers, and the Trap Door.
Big name properties like Star Wars get quite a bit of coverage on everything from the toys to the media that grew from the movies.
If you are a child of the 80’s and want to take a deep dive in the nostalgia pool, this book is well worth checking out.
The Toy Box says
$20.00?!?!?! For a magazine I’m going to read on the can, and never again? NO WAY!
Cody Mix says
Same folks who do Retro Gamer, seems like a fit.
I like the idea but I feel like these vague topics have been explored to death. Now if they were focusing in on something specific that would be a great pickup, but I guess the market wouldn’t be as wide.
The Toy Box says
Agreed. Too many magazines with articles that basically say, “Member G.I. Joe?” “I member!”
Might need to grab this one!
Hey Brian. Yeh it’s £9.99 over here which is still quite pricey but is the standard cost of ‘bookazines’. They actually asked me to provide some images. The Rubik’s cube on the cover is mine, and the He-Man and Skeletor are mine, plus lots of others throughout the bookazine. Was fun to be involved in it. I did a blog post highlighting which photos were mine. http://retromash.com/2017/07/26/i-contributed-photos-to-the-new-ultimate-retro-collection-bookazine/
Fantastic!!! Those were the best photos in the book, BTW. 😉
Now I know who to contact when i need images for the next issue of Cool & Collected.
Ha. Definitely the best photos 😉
Anytime, my friend.