Retro Rainbow- The Red Collection

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Updated 1/21/23

Back in September, I started a photo series that I unofficially titled "Roy G. Biv". The premise was that I would post photos of items from my personal collection based on color. In case you don't know, Roy G. Biv is an acronym for the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. For my series, I chose nine colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink, black, and white. First up, here’s Red. 


1."Power Rangers "Day of the Dumpster"(1993)

Way back when, I was a part of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fanclub. One of the perks was receiving tapes. My siblings and I received exactly two tapes: Bloom of Doom and this one, "Day of the Dumpster". This tape is iconic because it features the very first episode of MMPR. I recently started my rewatch of the series and I must say that the series still holds up. I found myself shouting the roll call like I did back in the 90s.

2.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "The Shredder is Splintered" (1987)

I had this tape as a kid growing up. I watched it so much that the tape popped. Luckily, I was able to find another copy in a thrift store about a decade ago. This episode is basically TMNT meets Freaky Friday when Splinter and Shredder switch bodies. I still find the episode entertaining which is why I wanted another copy.

3.Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon (1989/1998/2013)

Back in the 90’s, Dragon Ball Z was recorded by Ocean Studios in Canada. Known fondly as “The Ocean Dub”, this set features the original 53 dubbed episodes first aired on Cartoon Network plus the first three movies: Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and The Tree of Might. There’s also a booklet that explains the history of the Ocean Dub and a character guide. Although it was only around $50 in 2013, this set is now for sale for at least $400+.  I love this set dearly because it has my favorite dub, my favorite episodes, a new my favorite DBZ movies all wrapped in one package. Plus, I got it signed by Brian Drummond (Vegeta) and Peter Kelamis (Goku-episodes 38-53 and the movies).


4. The Last Dragon (1996)

Even though I am technically an 80’s baby and a 90’s kid, I’ve always had a fondness for 80’s movies. “The Last Dragon” is iconic. This film follows the story of a man named Bruce Leroy as he completes his martial arts journey. It’s a fun-filled, action-packed romp with good music (DeBarge’s hit “Rhythm of the Night” is featured in the film).  Some many find the film corny but for me, it’s amazing.

5.Dragon Ball Z Budokai (2002) For many years, North America did not have a widely available Dragon Ball game. This all changed in 2002 with the release of Dragon Ball Z Budokai for the PlayStation 2. This game allowed players to reenact iconic scenes from the series for the first time. Although I needed my brother’s help to hold Raditz, it was a still a fun game to play.

6. Armitage III (1995) Prior to seeing this series, I saw the film, Armitage III: Dual Matrix. I really enjoyed it which led me to discover the other films, the series, and OVA. If you enjoy sci-fi, I highly recommend this series.

7. Robot Carnival (1987) I honestly have not seen this film since I was a kid. But when I saw it at a thrift store for a few dollars, I had to pick it up. This anime anthology film features segments directed by renowned anime players including Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Golden Boy, Blood: The Last Vampire), and Komi Morimoto (The Animatrix). Their common theme: robots. It has been a while since I’ve seen it so I need to watch it again. 

8. Mission:Impossible N64 game(1998) I spent too many nights playing this game with my brother. In addition to Golden Eye, we often rented this game on Blockbuster Fridays. I think my favorite part was “borrowing” disguises from unsuspecting bystanders. We still reference those cutscenes to this day.

9. "Aaliyah" by Aaliyah (2001) This album may seem out of place on this list but for 12/13 year old me, it fits right in. I used many of the songs for my anime songfics. I wrote many, many fanfics back in the day but I never published them. I was too embarrassed. I’m glad that I have no idea where those notebooks are.

10.Inuyasha plushie (2000) This series introduced me to Ayumi Hamasaki and BoA; two of my favorite artists. Aside from the music, I enjoyed watching Kagome and company’s antic every night before bed. While there’s some parts that make me cringe, I still enjoy this series today. 

What do you think of this list? What are some of your favorite red things? Let me know below! 

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