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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.


The RetroBlasting YouTube channel takes viewers back to the 1970s and 1980s through analysis and commentary on popular cartoons, movies, and toys of the era.

Hosts and channel creators, Melinda and Michael, have a lot to say about the franchises that informed their childhoods. The duo takes a critical look at characters, manufacturers, and productions with the intent of inspiring thought and discussion among its community. As avid toy collectors, Melinda and Michael use their wealth of knowledge and comprehensive research to expose plot and production issues within movies (see their series about Dick Tracy) and manufacturing issues that contribute┬áto easily lost and/or broken accessories on classic toys. Restoration how-tos round out the channel’s content for DIY enthusiasts.

Viewers may find themselves occasionally talking back to their computer screens. Michael isn’t shy about making provocative statements – it’s an important factor in RetroBlasting’s appeal.

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