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#1 SilentBob50023

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

We're marketed collectibles all the time from shows or movies that seemed to define our childhoods at a certain point, and I'm guilty of buying my fair share of stuff like that.

But have you ever gone and rewatched the original source material and wondered "What the hell was I thinking?" And, if so, does that diminish the allure of your collectible item?

I'll give you an example: my brother is an absolutely unapologetic Airwolf fanatic. For whatever reason, this show brings back happy memories, and he collects models, patches, uniforms, and other stuff. He even placed an auction bid on an actual Airwolf replica that was supposed to go in a museum. I remember watching the show with him, and I certainly enjoyed it as a kid, but rewatching it now is painful. It doesn't affect him the same way, so I don't know if he's built such a solid illusion of magnificence with respect to this show that nothing can crack its veneer or if his adult taste is relatively unchanged.

Any of you have experiences like this? (And I don't expect your nostalgic shows to be from the 80s like his since I know many of you are much younger.)

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

The monster squad. As a kid I loved this movie. I recently showed it to my kids thinking they would love it like I did and I realized this movie does not hold up well. And to top it all off the kids are like it either

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

Harry and the Hendersons

#4 SilentBob50023

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Harry and the Hendersons


I don't mind this one so much; it has its charming moments. If you need to, you can always fantasize about how Harry came thisclose to the Trinity Killer and lived.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

The monster squad. As a kid I loved this movie. I recently showed it to my kids thinking they would love it like I did and I realized this movie does not hold up well. And to top it all off the kids are like it either


I was going to say the exact same thing. I remember this being so great, when the dvd came out I rewatched it and it was horrible.

For tv shows, Thundercats. It is still good but in more of a 'lets make fun of how bad this is' way. To be fair though, most older tv shows dont stand up to time.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

OP, your brother even has an Airwolf Windbreaker?

Maybe for me... the first season of Family Matters, though you can say by making it focus more on Urkel's scifi exploits, it also went downhill. But I still love the show anyway, since it was an integral part of my chlidhood.

Actually there are tv shows that I couldn't stand when I was younger but enjoy them now, like Married with Children. I'm now interested in X-Files despite wanting to switch the channel every time it came on TV. I guess I didn't have the patience for one hour shows as a child.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

X-men and spiderman cartoons.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

Yea, the 90's X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons are hard to watch nowadays.

As for me, the first season of Power Rangers is very painful. It got better, but Season 1, yeesh.

Also, the original TMNT. I started collecting the series when it came out, but never made it past Volume 2. Much prefer the 2K3 series.

#9 DestroVega

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

The monster squad. As a kid I loved this movie. I recently showed it to my kids thinking they would love it like I did and I realized this movie does not hold up well. And to top it all off the kids are like it either


Wow, have to totally 100% disagree with you. I've watched it twice since picking it up on Blu and it holds up pretty amazingly well. The monsters are actually bad-ass scary, an angle which would never be taken today, it's pretty adult for what was essentially aimed at the Goonies crowd.


EDIT: shocked others list Monster Squad. Went back to look at the reviews and most found it just like I did, to hold up very well.



For me it's Danger Mouse, a show I absolutely loved as a young kid. I bought the DVD set when it came out and was thoroughly disappointed. It's basically a zero plot cartoon action time waster. Maybe later episodes get better? But I can't bring myself to watch further.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

Transformers and G.I. Joe. I remember watching those almost religiously as a kid. I've tried to force myself to watch them recently (they're on HUB) and I can't make it more than about 5 minutes.



#11 SilentBob50023

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

I'll add another in without throwing my brother under the bus this time. When Johnny Lightning came out with 1:64 die-cast of the Mach 5 from Speed Racer, I had to have it. And when ERTL did the same for their gorgeous 1:18 scale, I was in heaven.

I remember every Hot Wheels or Matchbox car I had as a kid would always become the Mach 5 during play. I'd mimic the sound it made when jumping ("kew kew kew") and pretend I was mowing down a forest (of Lincoln logs) with the imaginary saw blades up front.

...then I bought the complete series when it was finally released for Region 1 DVD and wanted to stick an ice pick in my ears to dull the pain in my brain.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

Garbage Pail Kids, I remember this movie being so much better as a kid, pretty horrible now.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

X-Men
Ernest Goes to Camp

I was prepared for X-Men to not hold up from childhood, but it was still disappointing. I was crushed by Ernest. It was awesome as a kid. Now it's just...bad.

#14 razrvamp

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

X-Men
Ernest Goes to Camp

I was prepared for X-Men to not hold up from childhood, but it was still disappointing. I was crushed by Ernest. It was awesome as a kid. Now it's just...bad.


I had the same problem with Ernest goes to jail. But I'm, sticking with the monster squad. "Wolfman has nards!"

#15 Javery

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Transformers and G.I. Joe. I remember watching those almost religiously as a kid. I've tried to force myself to watch them recently (they're on HUB) and I can't make it more than about 5 minutes.


Same here. They are terrible.

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#16 dohdough

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

Yeah, those cartoons are tough. I have to add Knight Rider to that list as well. On the other hand, Street Hawk is still pretty good.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:10 PM

Howard the Duck. The one time I watched it as a kid, I thought it was incredible. I have since tried to watch it 2-3 times and can't even make it through. The Last Unicorn is also one that has been much harder to watch as an adult. I remember being spooked and confused as hell watching it as a kid.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

Space Jam. It was my favorite movie when I was 10. Now I can't make it through more than 5 minutes.

#19 DestroVega

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

Garbage Pail Kids and Howard the Duck. Terrible then, even more terrible now because the special effects are so god awful.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Captain N and the Game Master.

Garbage Pail Kids: The Original Topps card series was and still is fantastic, but NEVER EVER should have been made into a movie.

You ever go back and listen to the same music that dominated your young adult/high school years? (For those of us that are older) Man, downright embarassing.

Gremlins 1 & 2 still hold up for me. I'm blown away they haven't remade it or released a third. (Not saying it's a good idea)
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#21 eldergamer

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

What, Airwolf isn't cool anymore? What about Blue Thunder?

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

For it's:
He-Man (it's not only bad, i see prince adam as a gay character now.)
X-men (The parts of the 1st, 2nd and last seasons suck hard)
spider-Man from the 90's (The 1st season is horrible)
South Park (The 1st few season i cant watch)

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

I loved Sailor Moon back when it first aired in America, but watching it now, it's pretty bad.
I kinda want to rewatch The Neverending Story, but I'm afraid I'll just taint my good memories of it.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

All That, it used to be one of my favorite shows when I was a kid and I remember how funny I thought it was. I have watched a lot of the reruns since they started airing them again and don't understand why I liked the show so much.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

See, I actually still like classic GI Joe. It is corny as hell, but Shipwreck, Roadblock, and Cobra Commander were awesome. They never did make another character as badass Roadblock.

#26 SilentBob50023

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:26 AM

I could never get into the "new" G.I. Joe stuff you guys are fond of. My G.I. Joes were 12" tall, had fuzzy beards, Kung Fu grip, and said a bunch of different things when you pulled his dogtags. I'm gettin' old, man.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

I Remember loving the Double Dragon cartoon and movie as a kid. I Made my aunt rent it and watch it with me once and she said "I'm guessing I'd enjoy this more if I played the video game" and I basically said yeah as if she was the dumb one. Little did I know I was stupid as Fuck at that age.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon (from the 80's on CBS) is another one that doesn't hold up well. Are you telling me goddamn Shredder and them don't know how to stop or kill the Turtles while they're in a giant slow moving blimp? That and the third Ninja Turtles movie I loved as a kid, but watching it again, Jesus.

Also as everyone else said, Spider-man and X-Men cartoon from the 90's on Fox. Same with Transformers.

Meanwhile, Batman: The Animated Series? Still as good, if not much better then what I remembered as a child. As an adult I appreciate the music in that show so much more now and the depth of writing for a "Saturday morning cartoon".
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

You ever go back and listen to the same music that dominated your young adult/high school years? (For those of us that are older) Man, downright embarassing.


Yup. Luckily, I wised up towards the end of my 8th grade year and started listening to the good music. Anything from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Disturbed to The Rippingtons. I was proud of myself in my freshman year. :applause:

Still have all that stuff and more on my iPod.

Coming back to the topic, the sure fire winner is, without a doubt, Power Rangers. I can still watch the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers just fine. Although it was pretty corny, it wasn't nearly as corny as anything after that. If I go back and watch, say, Lightspeed Rescue Power Rangers, or Power Rangers in Space, I'll just shake my head thinking "What the Fuck was wrong with me?"

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Even tho I still do love it, Hey Dude. That show was just campy as hell lol

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

Coming back to the topic, the sure fire winner is, without a doubt, Power Rangers. I can still watch the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers just fine. Although it was pretty corny, it wasn't nearly as corny as anything after that. If I go back and watch, say, Lightspeed Rescue Power Rangers, or Power Rangers in Space, I'll just shake my head thinking "What the Fuck was wrong with me?"

Usually it is the other way around. Most fans can barely watch the original but love In Space, which is usually considered one of the best seasons, along with Time Force and RPM.