The Retro Store in Pasadena, California

The Retro Store Storefront
The Retro Store Storefront, by Toby Marks on Flickr

While in Pasadena recently I got a chance to visit The Retro Store and peruse their large and varied inventory of nostalgic comics and toys. The owners were very friendly and welcoming people, and graciously allowed me to take a few pictures of their stock. I was impressed at the variety of stuff they were able to cram into their space. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to spend much time there, as they needed to close early to put up a new and largish comics display stand, but they encouraged me to drop in again next time I’m town, or to visit their online store. Give it a look yourself.

Comics Display Stand
Comics Display Stand, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Batman vs The Hulk
Batman vs The Hulk, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Batman Stuff
Batman Stuff, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Dr. Dude Pinball Machine
Dr. Dude Pinball Machine, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Homer Looks On Accusingly
Homer Looks On Accusingly, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Transformers and Battle Beasts
Transformers and Battle Beasts, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Battle Beasts 02
Battle Beasts 02, by Toby Marks on Flickr

Man, Battle Beasts are a sentimental favorite of mine from way back. And this was about the largest collection I’d seen with my own eyes. I believe they tried to revive the concept sometime in the 2000s with the Gormitis line, but those lacked the little weapons and heat-sensitive stickers that made Battle Beasts so cool.

I ended up picking up a couple for the little one, to share some of that special magic from when I was a kid, which is the true point of nostalgia, right?

Megatron
Megatron, by Toby Marks on Flickr
King Kong
King Kong, by Toby Marks on Flickr

It was good to see some eclectic offerings in the mix, too, and not just major toy lines.

WWE/WWF Wrestling Case
WWE/WWF Wrestling Case, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Wrasslers 01
Wrasslers 01, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Wrasslers 02
Wrasslers 02, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Star Wars case
Star Wars case, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Darth Vader Helmet
Darth Vader Helmet, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Star Wars Promotional Materials
Star Wars Promotional Materials, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Masters of the Universe
Masters of the Universe, by Toby Marks on Flickr
He-Man and Crew
He-Man and Crew, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Moss-Man and Ram-Man
Moss-Man and Ram-Man, by Toby Marks on Flickr
The Cryptkeeper
The Cryptkeeper, by Toby Marks on Flickr
Mr. Miyagi Toy
Mr. Miyagi Toy, by Toby Marks on Flickr

Just in time for the release of Cobra Kai!

I loved this Mr. Miyagi toy and in retro-spect wish I’d picked it up for my wife for her desk. I like that each figure comes with a different “lesson” — the most important of which is, presumably, how to sucker kids into buying multiples of the exact same toy. Also, the “official karate outfit” is removable, so kids can finally answer the question of what does Mr. Miyagi wear under there? I’m not aware that they ever sold alternative outfits for Mr. Miyagi, so it makes you wonder what the point was of being able to take his karate outfit off.

Wonder, and then shudder. TB