25 Sep 2012

JUNK FOOD: BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL SPACE RAIDERS PACKAGING

I have never been one to moan about taxes and prices of products going up with inflation, but I must say that when the makers of Space Raiders doubled the price of their crisps to make them a staggering 20p a pack I thought enough is enough. In a previous article I wrote about eating 48 packs in one night when I was stoned in 2003 but even then something left a tiny bitter taste in my mouth.

That little something was the horrendous new packaging which housed my beloved corn crispy snacks.


Just look at them. They look fucking shit! I have been eating Space Raiders since the 80's and part of the appeal (as well as only being 10p) was the amazing packaging.


It was awesome and had a cool comic on the back of the packet. The reason it pisses me off is the fact they did not replace it with something better or even decent looking just some shitty alien head. If something is not broken than why fix it? Its like Kelloggs doing this


and then putting the price up. Until the makers of Space Raiders return to the original design or one which resembles it I will not be buying anymore.

TRAVEL JOURNALS: SALOU SPAIN


So after very busy summer keeping all the readers of Lost Entertainment occupied during the very rainy season we just had I decided I needed a vacation. After a spontaneous booking I found my self in the sunny Spanish seaside town called Salou. I had never been there before and I learned quite a bit of new knowledge in my short time spent there. For instance did you know that the town of Salou is over 15 years old and there are over 45 locals who speak Spanish as their native tongue? Well now you do!

"Limes Farmio" 

The resort we stayed in kinda looked like the Limes Farm council estate plus a swimming pool.. which was locked and not allowed to be used at all. Its a good job the nice hotel next door had an open pool for us to use without their permission!

 Copyright infringement is a leading career in Salou

In Salou (and any tourist place in central Europe for that matter) bootlegging and copyright infringement is all the rage. All the local tourist shops are filled to ceilings with fake Barcelona shirts, bootleg action figures and loads of other crap which I will be showing you in this article. The best bootlegged item I found was in a local supermarket. A bag of crisps claiming to be the real Monster Munch. Now everybody knows about Monster Munch and how they are a household name which have been around for the last 30 years or so. Spain however blatantly could not give a fuck about the real Monster Munch or copyright laws for that matter. 


The best thing about fake Spanish Monster Munch is the fact that they are not monsters at all. In-fact  they are just crisp smiley faces. For the record they were some of the nicest crisps I have eaten. And I have eaten a lot of crisps in my time. 48 bags (an entire box) of beef Space Raiders when I was stoned in 2003 was my largest recorded binge.

"Sinatra's" Mickey Flannigans favorite haunt when going "out out"

Salou has lots of bars and restaurants which are all very nice. Eating in restaurants is very reasonable price wise and the food and service is of excellent quality. Due to the amount of restaurants and bars in the area it is very competitive and the restaurant and bar workers take to the street trying to entice the costumers in. This makes deals on food and drinks very good on the costumers behalf and you get treated very well along with complimentary drinks etc in the hope that you come back the following day. We went to one bar on the first night called Rooneys and the owners gave us some Ipod speakers free of charge as well as complimentary shots. We went back to the pub the next day but it was shut which was a shame because we never got to properly thank them sober so if you guys are reading thanks again!


Packaging designs in Spain are very out there and quite fucked up to say the least. For instance look at the picture above which is a bingo set in the toys department. The box has two latin men at a bar with one pouring lots of booze away and another having a staring match with a 7 foot tall poltergeist. What does that have to with bingo? I still dont fucking know! 


All the shops in Salou are filled to the brim with illegal weapons, drugs paraphernalia and any other stuff you could be arrested for carrying round with you in public. Wether it be replica guns, butterfly knives and weed grinders with Pat Sharps face on, these shops had it all. There were many bizarre items like sling shots with weed logos on and one shop was selling crack pipes which were central to the Hello Kitty soft toys. On the street you get harassed by Nigerian "looky looky" men who try to sell you stolen perfumes and sunglasses at any cost so if you go to Salou you have been warned. Mind you they are not that much of a pain but can be a real annoyance on the beach when you are just trying to chill out and mind your own business.


As well as bootlegging crisps Salou also stocks some great bootleg T-Shirts. Wether it be music, football shirts, fake designer shirts and bags and fake metal shirts Salou has it all and its all cheap cheap cheap. Most of the stuff is horrendous like the above pictured Rey Mysterio shirt but sometimes you can come across something cool. I got some cool bootlegged KISS and AC/DC shirts all for the price of 10 Euros in one of these places.


Spain has some great translations from Spanish to English. Like the above picture which is of a theme park which is simply titled "FAMILY CENTER". The same country which labelled Baywatch "The Guardians of the Bay" did not let me down one bit during my short stay.


In closing Salou is a really nice place to visit for a weeks holiday. I think 2 weeks would be a bit too much. The weather is amazing, the locals are friendly and there is fake Monster Munch. Also if you do go to Salou dont book with Easy Jet as they are a shower of cunts. Until next time.

24 Sep 2012

HALLOWEEN 2012 COUNTDOWN: TOYS: THE SUPER NATURALS


Back in the late 80's Tonka released a line of really cool action figures called the Super Naturals which were action figures which sported holograms in their torso areas. Kinda like the Visionaries figures but more over the top in the hologram department. Check out the commercial



The figures were pretty awesome and of very good quality. There were good guys and bad guys just like any toy line but these guys all looked like bad guys because they all had these amazing horrifying holograms on their chests which when moved in light would deform even more.


A Tomb of Doom playset was released as well as mini midget figures. I had most of the figures but none of the midget ones. Not because I have a problem with midgets (or small people as they like to be called.. actually I think they should be called "fun sized" just like them little chocolate bars you get in the multi packs which actually.. are ideal for midgets!) I just didn't care much for them.


Vehicle accessories were also released soon after and they were pretty cool to. I know that a bunch of ghosts driving a pick up truck may sound a bit absurd but at the same time it is one of the coolest things you may ever see in your life.


Like most flash in the pan toy lines from that period the Super Naturals wound up in the pages of its very own comic. After a short success the toy line faded out in just as much time as it got popular and disappeared thus becoming another Lost Entertainment gem.

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14 Sep 2012

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN 2012: RADIO: THE KRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ AND SQUID ROCK SHOW HALLOWEEN SPECIAL


Back in 2010 when I was doing the rock show with Squid we recorded a Halloween special. This episode is one of our most successful shows of all time. Seeing as it is almost Halloween time again I thought I would repost this show. There will be a Lost Entertainment Halloween special show coming up in the coming weeks so keep posted. The show as always is free to listen to and download.



13 Sep 2012

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN 2012: GAMING: I VANT TO BITE YOUR FINGER

"I Vant to Bite Your Finger" was a board game released in the early 1980's by the giant toy and games company Hasbro. While reviewing the 1985 Spring Summer Argos catalog (click here to read) I spotted this game in the board game section and it brought back such great memories.

This was a game I used to play a lot when I was a kid with my sisters and other kids in the area. The game had a very simple concept and could be picked up almost immediately.

The idea of the game is to get round the board without waking Dracula. Each player would pick a number between 1 and 12 and move around the board in steps according to the number they just picked.

However you must also move the clock around in accordance to the number you just picked. If Dracula's cape opens during this the player must stick their finger in Dracula's mouth. Sometimes the bite does not register and you can get away without any damage but more often than not Dracula would bite your finger leaving 2 puncture wounds on your poor finger.

I VANT TO BITE YOUR FINGER TV COMMERCIAL


Of course the puncture wounds and blood were all harmless thanks to the nifty button operated red felt tip pen device at the back of the game.


As you can see from the above image, this was what the game looked like once set up. During play you would shut Dracula's cape. The more the clock would move the more likely that the cape would open and all hell would break loose. The game was pretty well designed and was very pleasant to look at in terms of artistic quality. The rule book was pretty cool as well, check out the scans below.


I love the replacement teeth part at the bottom of the rule book. I am going to write to them and see if they will send me some teeth in the post. If they dont then... they are just cunts!


To the best of my knowledge they stopped making this board game many years ago and never re launched it. I wish they would because I fucking loved this game, and I want to play it on Halloween. Thats it for today but if you have missed any of the Halloween countdown so far then dont panic, as all of the Halloween articles featured so far are linked underneath this post.

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5 Sep 2012

HALLOWEEN 2012 COUNTDOWN: TOYS: MONSTER IN MY POCKET


Monster In My Pocket where small rubber figures released by Matchbox in the mid 90's. They where the same size as the ultra popular M.U.S.C.L.E Men from Mattel. These toys were also confused with Pokemon which translates to "Pocket Monster" in English (or Engrish as the Jap's would say) and there was even some lawsuits involved which came to nothing.


The toys came in singular plastic packages or packs of 4, 12 and huge box sets. The figures will be mainly remembered by UK readers for being given away inside of boxes of Kelloggs Frosties.


I remember during the amazing summer of 1995 eating as much cereal as I could humanly consume just so I could get more of these figures. Due to them being given away inside of cereal boxes almost everybody had them and they were great to swap in the playground.


The figures included Witches, Vampires, Hunchbacks, Zombies, sea creatures, Mythological monsters and even Dinosaurs in the earlier sets. There were also lines of glow in the dark figures as well.


The line was successful enough to spawn its own comic book series and even a really shitty game for the Nintendo. Monsters in my Pocket faded out in just as much time as they did getting popular and become another Lost Entertainment gem. The sets are not worth much to buy now or sell on ebay so if you kept yours thinking they would be some nest egg in the future well.. I am very sorry to disappoint you.


The series also spawned off another popular line of figures called Monster Wrestlers (which I will review in the near future) which were painted muscled up monsters which were also free inside of Kellogs cereal boxes.

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3 Sep 2012

HALLOWEEN 2012 COUNTDOWN: GAMING: HORROR PINBALL MACHINES


Just like the world of video gaming, pinball is also a major license grabber when it comes to the world of fiction and movies. With a rich history going back over 100 years there has been a pinball table released for almost everything. From music, sports, cartoons, TV shows and movies there has been no stone left unturned when it comes to the world of pinball.

As we are now at the time of the year for the Halloween countdown I thought it would be a splendid idea to take a look at horror related pinball machines. Also if anyone wants to get rid of a pinball machine (or just donate me one in general for being such an outstanding young man) please send 1 my way.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FREDDY PINBALL GAME



BRAM STOKERS DRACULA


THE ADDAMS FAMILY


ELVIRA PARTY MONSTERS


MONSTER BASH


MARY SHELLY'S FRANKENSTEIN


SPOOKY PINBALL


VAMPIRE


TWILIGHT ZONE


THE X FILES


THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON


TALES FROM THE CRYPT


HAUNTED HOUSE


PHANTOM OF THE OPERA


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