Ahhh how we’ve missed these! It’s been a little while since we did our last 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…feature. It’s just all gone wild here at TruffleTowers with more and more cool products hitting the store and everyone getting nice and ready for Christmas. Exciting!

So! To kick things back off with a bang, we’ve been searching the cyber-space-web-net for some of the coolest, most interesting and unknown facts about one of the world’s most-lived cartoons, Tom and Jerry!

Taking us right back to our childhood of watching this at home and at school on rainy days when we couldn’t go outside. (Remember the big old TV’s??….scary). Sit back and take a trip down memory lane with us as we teach you some of our top Tom and Jerry facts. Enjoy!
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1) Tom and Jerry were actually lined up to star in 1988 classic flick ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, sadly legal smegle issues stopped it from ever happening happening. However! The cartoon team had already featured in live action films before including the 1945 ‘Anchors Aweigh’, when Jerry stole the show in a dance sequence with Gene Kelly!

Some might know this from the Family Guy adaptation with Stewie...

2) The fantastic creators of this cartoon classic – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera went on to create The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs and countless others. Imagine the cartoon world without all of these!
3) Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless.
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4) Back in 1975, Tom and Jerry actually became friends, proper friends! In a special series, we saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying some good old fashioned bromance. Luckily, it didn’t last.
5) Tom and Jerry had a spin-off! A series called Spike & Tyke was created in 1957 and saw the American bulldog father-and-son team who occasionally beat up Tom! :( Sadly they only released two episodes before the studio was shut down.
6) Sometimes criticized for being what many consider unnecessarily violent, in reality, there is actually no blood or gore in any of the original cartoons and neither are ever seriously injured.
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7) Thirteen entries in the Tom and Jerry series were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Seven of them went on to win the Academy Award, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak in that category! Tom and Jerry won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series. Amazing!
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8 ) Back in 2000, Tom and Jerry was named one of the greatest television shows of all time by Time magazine.
9) Bit of a sad one folks! In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track. See for yourself
10) Did you know that we’ve got our hands on some amazing Tom and Jerry T-Shirts including our latest collection below! Take a peep…
So there you have them folks! Lot’s of little facts for you to enjoy (or not at some may be). Know any other cool Tom and Jerry facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks everyone!

xoxo



With Winter starting to rear its cold dark head, one things is for sure for us TruffleShufflers, it’s gaming time!

With the land of outside looking less and less inciting, we love nothing more than getting to have a night in with the lights down low and some of the latest mind-blowing games on a big screen. Heaven right?!

As much as we love these latest titles, sure one of the top 80s sites in the land can’t forget our retro roots which is why we’ve just paid homage to a real 80s icon with our exclusive new Game Over T-Shirts! Take a peep….

Men's Game Over Heavyweight T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Ladies Game Over Rolled Sleeve Boyfriend T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Inspired by those lazy, hazy days of retro gaming, this old school design is sure to push the buttons of any nostalgia fans out there and makes a great Winter pick me up or perhaps the ultimate Christmas gift for the gamer in your lives.

Pick up your today for only £19.99!

xoxo


It’s official folks! TruffleShuffle is now a whopping ten years old!! We can hardly believe it and it’s all gone way too fast!

We’d just like to say a massive THANK YOU to each and every one out there who has picked up something from our store, told your friends about us or even just got in touch on our social media. Without all of you being totally amazing we simply wouldn’t be where we are today.

So what would any self-respecting bunch of people do to celebrate this big event? Throw a huuuuge retro themed party of course which is just what we did back on Saturday the 8th. Taking place at Bristol’s creative hub The Paintworks, we couldn’t resist sharing a few choice snaps of our celebrations from our uber talented photographer, Jamie Corbin.

Our founders - Pat and Claire

Of course any party needs some decent security on the door. Thankfully we had some Stormtroopers on our side for the night keeping everything under control…

Dealing with some questionable guests came naturally to these guys. A huge TruffleShuffle thank to you to the amazing team at The UK Garrison for making our party a force to be reckoned with!

Once guests had started to arrive, the fun could really start and people quickly started to work their way through our huge list of retro (naturally) themed cocktails from the expert bartenders at Origami Events!

As well as a whole host of 80′s themed cocktails, we also had an amazing Hot Dog stand from the lovely folk at Relish! Nom nom nom…..

So with everyone fed and watered, the party could really start and who better to kick things off than our hero, the one, the only Timmy Mallett! Blaaaaaah!

Timmy even hosted an “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ contest which went down a storm with all us 80s kids!

We then took a short break to hear from the guys who made it all possible, Pat and Claire, who had put together a short video with a little look back at TruffleShuffle’s humble beginnings and lots of thank you’s to everyone who helped us along the way – we’re hoping to get the vid on our About Us page soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Once all the thank you’s and teary stuff was covered, it didn’t take long for Timmy to bust out his legendary Pinky Punky and start bashing all of us on the head during our very own special edition of Mallets Mallet…

Even the Stormtroopers couldn’t resist some classic Timmy action!

The retro treats weren’t over there though! Our resident DJ for the night was the one and only Pat Sharp who took to the decks and blasted out a whole of of classic 80′s choons so we could put those dancing shoes to good use!

Couldn’t resist sneaking this shot in of our founder Pat with his hero Timmy….

We has such a blast and would also like to thank everyone who came along to celebrate with us, especially our legendary developer Jon who came all the way from New Zealand! A massive thank you also goes to the fabulous Olly from Enhanced Entertainment who took over on the decks when Pat had finished his set! Oh and last but not least – the totally awesome Marcus Rendle – our awesome event organiser! Check out his website for all your party planning needs!!

Here’s to another 10 years and an even bigger party !! :)

xoxo



Knights Templar! It’s the weekend all over again!

Like a great, tall, dark and powerful knight getting ready for the next battle, we’ll strap and tie on our shiny retro movie greatness as our armor against boredom before mounting our noble steed of cinematic greatness and ride into this weekends movie adventures. Let us ride into enemy lines and return with their treasures of gold, minerals and celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

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Dungeons and Dragons (2000)
ITV2 2:30pm-4:35pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
In a fantasy kingdom ruled over by powerful wizards, a young empress plans to use their powers to bring peace and prosperity for all. However, an evil sorcerer plots to use a magic sceptre to force dragons to do his bidding so he can seize control. The only hope is to obtain an even more powerful mystical artifact, so a pair of thieves are sent on a quest to find it. Fantasy adventure, starring Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, Marlon Wayans and Lee Arenberg.

Street Fighter (1994) 5* 3:35pm-5:35pm (2 hours)
A military officer goes in search of a power-mad general who is holding several hostages in a secret location. He soon finds he is not the only one on the maniac’s trail, and joins forced with a mismatched band of martial artists to save the captives. Action adventure based on the video game, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Kylie Minogue and Ming-Na Wen.

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Film4 4:55pm-7:05pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew uncover a conspiracy by their own superiors and a sinister alien race to take over a peaceful world and exploit its power to prolong life. However, the crew is forced to defy Federation orders and turns renegade to protect the planet’s inhabitants. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Patrick Stewart, F Murray Abraham, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn.

Innerspace (1987) 5* 5:35pm-8:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A Navy test pilot is shrunk in a ground-breaking scientific experiment, but instead of being injected into a laboratory rabbit, the tiny specimen accidentally winds up inside a hypochondriac supermarket worker. As he tries to find a way out, criminals come after the unlikely duo in search of the secret of the miniaturising technology. Sci-fi comedy, starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis and Vernon Wells.

Fun Fact: All of the cells seen outside the pod were in fact made out of Jello according to Peter Kuran, the special effects supervisor.

A View to a Kill (1985) ITV4 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
James Bond clashes with a megalomaniac international businessman plotting a global takeover of the computer industry by engineering a devastating earthquake in California’s Silicon Valley – and killing millions in the process. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore in his final appearance as 007 alongside Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Tanya Roberts and Patrick Macnee.

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) Channel 5 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
An amnesiac teacher starts to experience disturbing flashbacks of her former life and hires a private eye to help her learn more about her history. His findings unearth a murky past and her involvement with a shadowy government organisation – whose agents have been dispatched to kill them both. Action thriller, with Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson, alongside Patrick Malahide, Brian Cox and Craig Bierko.

Raging Bull (1980) ITV4 11:45pm-2:25am (2 hours 40 minutes)
Biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, who rose to fame as the world middleweight champion in the 1940s. His career was marred by an inability to deal with his anger, leaving his family bearing the brunt of his rage and paranoia. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring an Oscar-winning Robert De Niro alongside Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty.

SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER

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Richie Rich (1994)
5* 4:10pm-6:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The world’s wealthiest youngster has everything he could possibly want except friends. When his parents go missing, he must try to keep their fortune out of the clutches of a scheming executive, with the help of some less well-off children. Family comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, John Larroquette, Jonathan Hyde, Edward Herrmann, Christine Ebersole and Mike McShane.

The Truman Show (1998) Sky Movies Comedy 6:10pm-8:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A man is unaware his uneventful life is really a sham, and his every move is being secretly filmed and broadcast to the world as part of a 24-hour TV soap. However, a series of unforeseen events leads him to question the nature of his existence. Peter Weir’s media satire, starring Jim Carrey, Natascha McElhone, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and Ed Harris.

Fun Fact: The Trumania bit, where Jim Carrey draws on the mirror with soap and acts strange, was completely improvised by Carrey. In another take he drew long curly hair and a dress.

The Golden Child (1986) Film4 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A private eye is recruited by a group of Buddhist mystics and sent on a mission to rescue an abducted boy whose supernatural powers will enable him to bring about world peace. However, the kidnapper is actually a demon in human form, determined to ensure the youngster does not fulfill his destiny. Comedy fantasy adventure, starring Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance and Charlotte Lewis.

Tron (1982) Sky Movies Disney 8:00pm-9:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A computer genius hacks into the mainframe of the company he used to work for, hoping to find evidence against the executive who stole his ideas. However, the intelligent master program running the system transports him into an electronic world, where he is forced to battle gladiators in a series of deadly games. Disney sci-fi adventure, starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner.

First Blood (1982) ITV4 11:35pm-1:40am (2 hours 5 minutes)
Vietnam veteran John Rambo is wrongfully arrested in a backwoods town and tested to the limits of his endurance by a brutal deputy. Rambo escapes from his cell and heads out to the woods, and with the forces of the law in hot pursuit he finally has the chance to fight them on his own terms. Action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna and David Caruso.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember bigger isn’t always better and you can always loose, just don’t loose the lesson.
xoxo



It’s here again folks! With the Christmas season well and truly upon us, we’ve been so super busy with all the packing, sorting, and of course chatting to you lovely lot. BUT we have managed to once again grab one of the TruffleShufflers for just a few moments to take their turn in the spotlight in our latest TruffleShuffle insider feature!

This time it’s the turn of our licensing, accounting and paperwork extraordinaire Tracey …. good luck! :)

What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
I pay the bills, so I expect people to be extra nice to me. I also deal with reporting royalties to our licensors amongst other things.

How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
Almost 7 years now, and no I am not beginning to get an itch!
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What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I love the people that I work with.  We are all like one big family and we all muck in together to get things done.  I also love seeing the new stock arrive and reminiscing about time gone by.
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What is your favourite item currently on the site?
I love anything to do with Disney’s Frozen, so it has to be one of them.

Ladies Grey Marl Disney Frozen Characters T-Shirt

When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
I love going to live gigs and as a lot of the people that I loved when I was younger are now dead, I find myself following lots of tribute bands – some of which are amazing.  I love Limehouse Lizzy as Thin Lizzy and I have watched this band about a dozen times and I never tire of them.  I also love T-Rextacy as T-Rex.  Danielz plays Marc Bolan and he is absolutely amazing.  I have also watched them on numerous occasions.  Last week I saw Sir Bob with the Boomtown Rats, so as you will see my music tastes are very varied.  They allow me to play some of the music in the office that I like, but they draw the line at Barry Manilow or Dolly Parton (who I also saw recently).
Name three things you like…
I love curry and eat at least 3 a week. I love my family (cheesy!), Oh and my doggie woggie Bella!
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Name three things you don’t like….
Big Brother, Tomato crisps, Dame Edna Everage.
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What were your favourite three films as a kid?
OMG there are so many.  I loved all of the Carry on films, but my favourite has to be Carry on Screaming.  I loved any of the Pink Panther films with Peter Sellers and was also into any of the old Sinbad films, like Sinbad and the eye of the tiger.  I used to be so scared by all the monsters who looked so real, that I would hide behind the sofa.  I saw one on the TV the other day and actually laughed at how crap the special effects were.
Who is your idol?
I would have to say Bob Geldof is one, I think he has the makings of an amazing MP and really seems to get things done.
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Who is the last band you saw live?
The Boomtown Rats at the Bristol O2. Best gig ever!
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are still so many places that I would like to tick off of my places to go list, but I guess it would have to be Australia, so I could see our best friends who abandoned us and moved there a few years ago :(
Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
I would love to own the amphibious car from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.
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What music are you listening to at the moment?
I have downloaded the Band Aid 30 single today to support this amazing cause, so I am listening to that.  I have my iPod on shuffle, so some Christmas songs have also popped up and played today.
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If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
“Life is too short, so you have to make the most of it and get out and enjoy yourself.”
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would do the obvious things, like buy a nice house and a new car. I would make sure all of my family are financially secure and then I would go on as many holidays as I could to see the world.  I think the last cruise that I looked up was a 120 day world cruise for the bargain price of £49,000 per person, so perhaps I would treat me and hubby to one of them.
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So there you have it folks! Stay tuned for plenty more staff insights and discover even more names and faces from inside TruffleShuffle. See you next time with our next victim instalment!

xoxo



We’re back! Yep this is the second part of our gift guide adventure. Yesterday we give you some of our top gifts for girls and today well be diving head-first into man land as we take a peep at some of our Top Gifts for Guys.

Now we all know buying gifts can be tricky, but here at TruffleShuffle we like to think that with our huge range of cool gifts that we’ve got a little something for everyone to enjoy. To make life just that extra bit easier this year, we’ve divided up our suggestions into some handy sections to give you out top gift ideas depending on who you’re shopping for. Take a peep…

Top Gifts for TV Addicts…

Know someone who is to-TELLY addicted to some top TV? Pick up something from our huuuge range of vintage and modern classics including Only Fools and Horses, Doctor Who Gifts, Breaking Bad T-Shirts and Superhero gifts.

Men's Only Fools And Horses Del Boy Parker Fleece Dressing Gown

Justice League Of America Characters Set Of 4 Shot Glasses

Black PU Breaking Bad Logo Messenger Bag

Boxed Doctor Who Tardis PU Wallet

Top Gifts for Movie Buffs…

If like us you or someone special loves nothing more than heading to the cinema to catch the latest blockbuster, or perhaps curling up on the sofa and settling in for an action packed movie night in, we’ve got the perfect gifts for you with our amazing range of Retro socks, Star Wars Gifts, Loungepants and of course Goonies Merchandise!

Star Wars Light Saber Torch

The Goonies Never Say Die Skull Sports Bag

Men's 2pk Ghostbusters Socks

Unisex DC Comics Batman Flying Lounge Pants

Top Gifts for Animation manics…

After something for someone who’s loony about toons?! Whether it’s Adventure Time mugs, Transformers gifts, Superhero goodies we’ve got just the thing for you, your friends and family.

Adventure Time Jake 3D Ceramic Mug

Men's Retro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles All Over Print Boxer Shorts

Marvel Vintage Comic Book Covers Back Pack

Transformers Autobot Shaped Mug

Top Gifts for Music lovers…

If music makes your world go round, hearing just hour amazing our massive range of rock gifts is will be sweet music to your ears. Get imaginative with vinyl, mix things up with some cool retro mix tapes and more…

Boombox 15" Laptop Case

Iron Maiden Set Of 12 Plectrums

Beatles Abbey Road Travel Mug

Boxed Retro Cassette Tape Cufflinks

So there you have them folks! Hopefully we’ve helped to inspire you on your gifting adventures and made this year that little bit easier.

Don’t forget to check out our complete range of Christmas Gifts and retro clothing today to find that perfect item for someone special.

Happy hunting folks!

xoxo