Posted on September 19, 2011
Unboxing the iCup Atari Drinking Glasses From The Target Clearance Sale : A Photo Essay
Today I purchased the iCup set of four classic Atari drinking glasses that were on clearance at Target. Instead of telling you this story, and I’m going to show it to you with a web-only exclusive photo-essay of this exciting and monumental event. Click the images for a larger picture.
iCup Boxed set of Classic Atari Glasses. In Box. Notice the $13.98 price tag. They were $20.00. I am such a good shopper.
The back of the iCup box. Notice the very accurate and informative message about "Atari Interactive". Way to license yourself a history current owners of the Atari trademark! Also, "party like it's 1972"? The first game depicted here came out in 1979. Did iCup even know what they were getting with this set?
iCup Atari Glasses In Box. Here are the actual glasses. Safely packed with shaky little cardboard tongues, with no support material at all. Good thing there are no earthquakes in Calfornia where I bought them. Whew!
Asteroids Glass. The graphics are great on this one. Makes me want to drink down a few $.08 cent Cragmont sodas as I turn-over the machine at the Safeway supermarket in 1980. Hey, don't even try to put your quarter up on the glass dude in the Iron Maiden t-shirt, I'm gonna be here a while.
Missile Command glass. I'm very happy with this one too. Reminds me of gulping down root beer floats at Foster's Freeze as I watched the older guys on my little league team wrack up huge points on this game. I was never very good at it my self. Hmm. Root Beer.
Tempest glass. The colors appears a bit drab on this one. This was, IMHO, the first HARDCORE video game. Difficult beyond belief, yet addicting as hell. This one makes me want to drink down a Pepsi with a few Churros at the local Castle Park, where I saw it for the first time.
Centipede glass. This one looks top-notch, just like the first two. This one reminds me of being on vacation and drinking Fresca with my dad (his favorite drink because it had no sugar). We stopped into an arcade in Northern California, where I can only assume this game was being test marketed by Atari because I had never seen it any place else.
iCup Atari glasses box, properly disposed in my recycling bin. Pitch-In. How 1972 of me. Woodsie Owl would be proud (Google it).
iCup Asteroids glass being washed with hot soapy water. Hot soapy water is a good way to remove the bacteria gained from sitting on dusty a shelf at Target for months.
Finally, now clean, the Asteroids glass is filled with a refreshing beverage of my choice.
By the way, in case you are interested, here is the rest of the iCup catalog of Atari products.