On this very day in 1977 our hole galaxy changed forever, Yes I’m talking about Star Wars IV A New Hope was originally released in cinemas breaking record ticket sales across the world and giving birth to some of the greatest and most dedicated fans in Sci-Fi movie history. So epic was this event, it has spawned 2 sequels and 3 prequels, spin offs, cartoons, video games, boardgames, toys and much much more.
Star wars also blew away all the competition when it came to merchandise. With it’s brand one of the most recognisable in the universe (think about it), it sparked somed amazing inventions and creations that were inspired by some of the very buildings, places, people and creatures from the film.
So as you probably know, it’s not just our collection of official Star Wars T-Shirts that fall under this umbrella, with clocks, backpacks, mugs, iPhone covers and more all available to help quench your Star Wars thirst, not every ideas gets the green light. Check out some amazing, but sadly rejected Star Wars concept merchandise we recently found on our travels….
1) Cloud City Desk Lamp
Looking for an easy way to avoid the ‘Dark Side’ of life? Easy with this amazing Star Wars lamp and it’ll brighten up your day with the flick of a switch…literally.
2) AT-AT Walker Chair Caddy
If you’re like us, you can never find the darn TV remote!! Problem solved and in some Star Wars style of course with this fab AT-AT Walker chair caddy that will be at your service ready to serve all your organising needs.
3) Star Wars Mini-Fridge
Carbonite, is just for freezing prisoners before hyper space travel right? NO! It also works great for keeping your favourite drinks cold. ‘Han’dy!
4) Star Wars Sun Shield
Is your car getting to hot in the sun? Then put you’re shields up and turn your car in the Millennium Falcon with this amazing Car Sun Shield.
6) Death Star BBQ
How do you like you’re steak? On the dark side?
Well you can have it exactly how you like it with this awesome Death Star BBQ Grill that’s out of this world!
Sadly…you won’t be able to get your hands on any of these just yet, but we can dream right?
Don’t forget to check out our ever-growing range of Star Wars tees and gifts for some amazing ideas you actually can get!
Zippidy Doo Da! It has to be a bank holiday bonanza!
As waves rhythmically crash against rocks on a beach, let us be your tiny but eager archaeologist, equipped with a bright red bucket and spade as we excitedly build for you a castle of mega cinematic greatness surrounded by a mote of celluloid wonder so we can proudly raise our flag of retro movie awesomeness.
Have a happy retro weekend
Space Camp (1986)Watch 12:55pm-3:05pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Six high-school students at a summer academy for would-be astronauts find themselves fighting for survival after being accidentally launched into orbit, and individually have to draw on their own particular talents as oxygen levels start to drop. Children’s sci-fi adventure, starring Kate Capshaw, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson, Joaquin Phoenix and Tate Donovan.
The Witches (1990)Watch 5:00pm-6:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A boy goes on holiday with his grandmother to a seaside hotel hosting a convention of witches, who have come together to hear their leader’s plan to turn all the children in England into mice. When the chief hag discovers the young lad eavesdropping at their meeting, she decides to make him one of her first victims. Children’s fantasy directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Jane Horrocks, Rowan Atkinson and Brenda Blethyn.
Arachnophobia (1990)Watch 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A mild-mannered doctor sets up practice in a small town, but a cloud gathers over his career due to a series of unexplained deaths. Before long, he has to convince the locals that a horde of venomous spiders is responsible and confront his intense fear of arachnids into the bargain. Comedy horror, starring Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julian Sands and Brian McNamara.
Forrest Gump (1994)Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.
Look Who’s Talking (1989)Watch 2:15pm-4:10pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Pregnant Mollie is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)Film4 3:05pm-4:50pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A scientist perfects a device for making objects grow when they come into contact with electricity. Unfortunately, his two-year-old son is accidentally turned into a giant and goes on the rampage through the streets of Las Vegas. Disney comedy sequel, starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri and Lloyd Bridges.
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)ITV2 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.
Romancing the Stone (1984)Channel 4 1:05pm-3:10pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A romantic novelist goes in search of her kidnapped sister in the steamy jungles of South America, only to become the target of a villainous general who demands as a ransom the valuable treasure map in her possession. Help is at hand in the form of a craggy daredevil fortune hunter, who has his eye on a share of the profits. Comedy adventure, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.
Cool Runnings (1993)BBC1 London 1:55pm-3:25pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)Film4 5:00pm-7:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely boy and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.
Short Circuit (1986)Movies 24 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own. The machine embarks on a series of comic misadventures, but the company that made him want him back. He realises his only hope is to convince the scientist who invented him that he really is alive. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens.
Bam! Bonus movie clip time for y’all to get in the mood a lil’ bit o’ shrimp knowledge.
Whatever you get up to this Bank Holiday, remember don’t eat the gum from under the table and enjoy yourselves.
As you know – we’re always on a fact hunting mission, if it’s interestng and related to the cool t-shirts we sell – we will most definitely share it with you! Whether it be on the TruffleShuffle facebook page, or on the TruffleShuffle twitter page, we always like to share the retro goodness. We thought it was about time we put together our favourites….let us know if you have any interesting facts – we’d love to hear them!
Did you know…
The Beatles earned $90,000 in 35 minutes for their Minneapolis show in August 1965.
They had to stop touring as the music couldn’t be amplified loud enough to play over screaming fans.
The name “Harry Potter” is mentioned 18,956 times throughout the entire Harry Potter book series.
J.K Rowling originally planned to kill Arthur Weasley in Order of the Phoenix but decided on Sirius Black.
Rupert Grint (Ron) wanted to be an “Ice Cream Man”, he bought an ice cream van with his Potter money.
If police officers in Thailand break the law they are forced to wear pink armbands featuring Hello Kitty!
The whoopee cushion was invented by a 14-yr-old Roman Emperor who was assassinated by the time he was 18.
Jack Daniel’s last spoken words before he died were “One last drink, please.”
Jim Cummings, voice of Winnie The Pooh, calls children in hospital & talks to them in character! (this is one of our favourite facts!)
Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor for “lack of creativity”.
Hugh Hefner started Playboy after resigning from Esquire mag because he was being denied a $5 pay rise.
Playboy was originally going to be called ‘Stag Party’.
Marvel Universe has created over 9000 superheroes & other characters in the 74 years its been publishing.
In the original stage-play “The Wizard of Oz” Dorothy’s companion was not Toto, but a cow named Imogene.
The first couple to ever be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Santa started wearing red after CocaColas 1920 advertising campaign, he used to wear blue green or yellow.
For more interesting facts, check out our other blog posts…
Back in mid April we announced an opportunity for fans of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series to let us know what you wanted to see on our next range of official MLP Tees.
The response from you all has been absolutely amazing and we’ve had so many awesome submissions that it’s been really hard to pick our winners, so a massive THANK YOU to everyone who submitted designs, illustrations or ideas. It’s been such a pleasure speaking to you all and getting the chance to see the fantastic things you came up with.
We’ve had the tricky job of whittling down the submissions to our favourite eleven and would like you guys and gals to get involved by voting for which of these you would like us to actually produce.
The three designs with the most votes will go into full production and be made available to buy ASAP, so every vote really counts! Simply select the each design you like, in the preferred gender and then click ‘Vote’ for each design that you like separately. Easy!
Here they are…….
Vote for your favourite using the poll below each design (also selecting which gender you would prefer) and the three with the most votes by Wednesday 29th May will be chosen to go into production (subject to Hasbro’s final approval!). We’d then hope to have them available for sale by mid-June but we will of course keep you posted.
We hope you love all of these designs as much as we do and thanks again for getting involved! This has been a great way to show the guys at Hasbro UK what a skilled and dedicated fan base Friendship Is Magic has – hopefully you’ll see more fan design opportunities coming up in the future as a result.
And one last thing before I sign off… GET VOTING!
Now if you’re looking for an easy way to show some love for the great and good of the music world AND stay bang on trend for the more…well…’Summery’ days that we’ll hopefully be having soon, then this classic KISS T-Shirt from Junk Food Clothing is the sure fire way to go!
As seen on boy band heart-throb Harry Styles from One Direction, this amazing vintage tshirt featuring the bands 1980 tour design is just about as good as they come and will have you spreading the word of one of the biggest glam rockers ever.
Available for £32.99, this high-quality rock t-shirt is sure to be a crowning glory of any rockers collection and is a great find for all you KISS fans out there.
Pick yours up today and get next day delivery if you order before 4pm. You can also get FREE shipping when you spend over £40 if you fancy picking up a little something extra too.