The Olden Days podcast

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Re: The Olden Days podcast

Post by TheOldenDays » Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:47 pm

Oh my God, I went overboard for Tazos! I managed to get all except about 4 and put them in the presentation folder! The 4 I don't have are all Tasmanian Devil ones, which annoyingly only came with Doritos!

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Post by Pooka » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:55 pm

I collected Tazos, although I wouldn't say I was obsessed. I originally saw them as a rather cheap attempt to capitalise on the success of POGs - which is, basically, what they were. But Tazos did have the slots for building, plus better designs than POGs, so they had that going for them.

My main collection of Tazos was around the time they did the Star Wars ones. I got (bought, actually) a Force Pack from Walkers to keep them in, and I still have it somewhere, with an almost-complete collection. I didn't quite manage to get all of them, but most. I even got the special edition trilogy Tazo (#40 in a collection of 40).

My main problem with Tazos was the name "Tazo" - as far as I can recall, their affiliation with Taz was temporary, and brief - by the end of their lifespan, the name seemed totally incongruous!
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Post by Canadanne » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:49 pm

The local newsagent must have got pretty tired of my friends and I going in every day after school and crushing all the crisp packets in our attempts to feel which ones had a Tazo inside. :P

I recall being particularly delighted to acquire the purple one with Sylvester on it. I think that was everyone's favourite and it was quite hard to find.

Still have the folder somewhere... don't remember how close I came to completing the collection!

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Post by Canadanne » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:32 pm

I did watch Fantastic Max (because I watched pretty much everything on CBBC) but I really can't remember a thing about it, apart from the titular space-travelling baby. (I thought he also had a toy dinosaur that came to life, but I seem to have been confusing it with Potsworth & Co.) The only specific thing that's stayed with me is one strange occasion when they accidentally broadcast the same episode twice in consecutive weeks!

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Post by TheOldenDays » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:30 pm

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Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:32 pm
The only specific thing that's stayed with me is one strange occasion when they accidentally broadcast the same episode twice in consecutive weeks!
Oh my goodness, I remember that now and I was really annoyed! "Whip us up a flying carpet, FX!" Yeah, we've already seen that! I seem to remember Andi Peters being forced to apologise for the mistake.

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Re: The Olden Days podcast

Post by Pooka » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:33 pm

I loved Fantastic Max - I even had one of the annuals. (Probably still have - it may be in my parents' attic somewhere.)

Looking back now, I can see how clever some of the scripts were: the characters' names (A.B. Sitter, FX, XS...), the storylines which made sense, and the asides from some of the cast:

Magic: Gaa-goo!
Max: Magic says she's itchin' for some action too!
A.B.: All that in "gaa-goo"? What an economical language.

It's probably not as good as I remember it, but at the time I really liked the concepts, and I loved FX, and all the amazing things he could do with those odd protrusions on his head! :green:
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Re: The Olden Days podcast

Post by Canadanne » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:32 pm

I *did* watch The Crystal Maze from the start, when I was 6, and I have incredibly fond memories of doing so. That was back in the days when we only had one TV so we'd watch things together as a family (and make fun of the stupid contestants together, haha). The awesome closing theme was the last thing I'd hear before heading off to bed on Thursday evenings. Good times!

I can only really discuss the impressions it made on me as a kid, as I haven't seen that many episodes as an adult - I don't have an urge to rewatch the whole thing like I did with Knightmare, probably because it's less character-based, and of course I'll never be able to recreate that special experience of seeing it for the first time with my parents.

Richard O'Brien was a huge part of what made the show so enjoyable, so it just wasn't quite the same for me after he left. Ed was a perfectly competent host, but RO'B *was* The Crystal Maze - it would be like someone else replacing Treguard in the later series of Knightmare, you know? And it kind of felt like Ed was trying a bit too hard, without managing to bring the same warmth and charm to the role. If Rick was visibly fed up then I didn't notice at the time. :)

Similarly, Industrial was probably my favourite zone, so I was a bit gutted when they replaced it with Ocean, which I was never especially keen on. There was just something so atmospheric about Industrial, and I liked the game where they had to break into the house, and the metal detector, the spider's web, the murder mystery, and the one with the giant doorbell. (I could have sworn the terrifying bomb defusal game and the one with the giant plug were in that zone too, but the fansite says they were both in Futuristic. Hmm!)

I also bought the Crystal Maze gamebook by Dave Morris, having previously bought a couple of his Knightmare books. Ahh, school book fairs. :)

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