Games

I was excited to say the least when I got the privilege to un-box and play the much anticipated Labyrinth The Board Game which has just hit the site once again! We gathered a few pals, popped a bottle of fizz (befitting the occasion we felt) and set off on our way to take on the Labyrinth!

In order to not affect the wonderment and mystery surrounding this oh-so popular creation, I won’t give too much away about the details of play, however I will share with you that this game is focused around dice play and you all play as a team to achieve the end goal of defeating Jareth The Goblin King and releasing Sarah’s little baby brother Toby!

Here are a few pics to whet your appetite!

So what’s in the box?? This amazing game includes…

  • 5 highly collectable figurine renditions of the main characters: Jareth the goblin king; Sarah; Hoggle; Ludo; Sir Didymus and Ambrosius
  • Rules booklet – 16 pages
  • 2’x2′ game board – lavishly illustrated with inspiring new artwork featuring all the legendary places from the movie, including the Obliette, the Bog of eternal stench, the Goblin City and Jareth’s Castle.
  • 32 Labyrinth cards
  • Over 30 game tokens
  • 6 polyhedral dice (D4,D6,D8,D10,D12,D20)
  • 6 Reference cards
  • 4 character sheets, 4 ability cards & 4 weakness cards.
  • 4 card stand ups: Humongous, Goblin Infantry, Goblin Cavalry & Goblin Artillery.
  • Goblin clock & clock hand.

If you are a fan of the magical, wonderful, superb, movie Labyrinth, you NEED to play this game. You could even paint the collectable figures should you so wish (paints not supplied).

As true fans of Labyrinth ourselves, we have a huge selection of amazing (and often exclusive to TruffleShuffle.com) Labyrinth merchandise for you to peruse. Sure to find something for any fan.

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Wall art is a really simple and easy way to spruce up any room and we’ve got a very cool selection that can give your home a stylish and retro touch, you’ll be the envy of every visitor!

Whether you’re a movie buff, retro gamer or music lover we’ve got all bases covered with fab original art for such retro icons as Labyrinth, Back to the Future, Marvel Comics, Sega, David Bowie, Roald Dahl, Coca-Cola and sooooo much more! Whatever your taste, there’s definitely something for everyone at a range of prices that really won’t break the bank! Let’s take a look…

We’re particularly proud of our Harry Potter art collection with a range of magical framed prints featuring the likes of Sirius Black, Bellatrix, Lucius and of course Harry himself.  We also have a Hogwarts crest for those of you wishing to be a wizard in training!

And below are a few of my favourite movie prints that I’m planning to adorn my walls with, let us know which prints would look perfect in your home!

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Great news retro gamer fans! The iconic Spectrum consoles which first came into our lives way back in 1982 is set to make a comeback in spectacular fashion!
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For those of us not in the know or simply perhaps too young to be clued up (some of us included!), The Spectrum was among the first mainstream home computers in the UK and came in a few different models and specs through the following years including a 16kb RAM and one with 48kb RAM. Mad compared to the number of gigabytes of RAM we have now! Probably explains why the thing took so long to load :)

As exciting as all that was back in the day, it’s probably almost as exciting as the news we’ve just received that this will be making a comeback and will be better than ever!

Produced by SMS Electronics in Nottinghamshire, the project has been in full swing with fans all over the world donating over £130,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to get things off the ground and to become a reality.

The latest iteration of the console will look the same as the original, and comes pre-loaded with more than 1,000 classic games including…
Jetpac

Manic Miner

Jet Set Willy
Ant Attack
Elite
R-Type
Chuckie Egg
Plenty of awesome games to be played! So how much will this cost you wonder? These are expected to sell for less than £100 when it goes on sale later in April. You’d better start clearing a space under you telly then….

Don’t forget to check out our huuuuge range of retro gaming T-Shirts available at TruffleShuffle.co.uk! The perfect place to celebrate your inner (or not so much inner) geek!

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Remember the days before iPads and Playstations where you had to use your imagination a little or play the game with an actual person in the same room?? No nor me, but apparently they are now retro games and toys!! Whether it was the family favourite board game or your favourite sylvanian family it now seems far more friendly and sociable than shouting at a french 15 year old whose just crushed your kill ratio on Call of Duty. Get ready to hop back to the 1980s, because we’re revisiting some of the best 80s toy commercials. They may have only lasted an average of 30 seconds (Hard to believe, right?) and been packed with loads of imagery, a jingle and the usual fast-talking small print but they live on for years conjuring great memories of enthusiastically writing Christmas lists mid September! So get ready for a trip down memory lane as I show you my favourite toy commercials of the 1980s! So sit back, relax and get ready to remember what playtime was like before technology took over.

Teddy Ruxpin the storytelling bear was one of the most popular 1980s toys. Today, a toy like this would be able to recognize what kids said to him and respond and be completely programmed on some sort of chip. Back in the day, Teddy Ruxpin worked with a cassette tape but we all still thought he was the coolest thing in the world. Can you imagine a toy running on a cassette tape today?

In the 80s, there wasn’t a single girl that didn’t have at least one My Little Pony in her toy collection. You could do all sorts of fun stuff with a My Little Pony like comb and brush her hair, tie a ribbon on her tail and look at her standing on her immobile legs. It’s hard to imagine a toy like this keeping kids’ interest today, but my sister and my cousin used to spend hours with their My Little Ponies.

The 80s also had some cool outdoor toys. The Pogo Bal was definitely one the coolest. I was definitley a Pogo Ball master. It even turned parents in to big kids (Oh, just mine then?). Simplicity like this probably wouldn’t entertain kids these days for too long but I remember having competition with my sister for hours!!

A boy gets to a certain age and all he cares about is winding up and grossing out his parents and siblings. To help please welcome the Madball – the totally sick, gross, freaky, ugly and funny ball. Gross for one! Gross for all! At least until you dog decides to spend the afternoon ‘playing’ with it….

Being car-mad from a very young age this minature marvels were of course my favourite toy!! With micro ads the MicroMachine guy was REALLY good at fitting as much information as possible into a 15-second slot. I can’t understand all of what he’s saying, but he sounds so excited that I wanted to buy all the MicroMachines, NOW!

What was your favorite childhood toy? Let us know in the comments!

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Cluedo, Twister, Connect 4, Whack Attack, Monopoly T-Shirts, Games, Homewares

Our new range of T-Shirts, Gifts and Homewares inspired by the very best board games of yesteryear can’t help but get those nostalgic feelings stirring!

First up we’ve got the legendary Twister and the resulting memories of joints creaking, backs cracking and sweat collecting on brows thanks to odd positions being held for ungodly lengths of time (held that is, until they could be held no more…)

If those familiar words of ‘Right foot red’ ‘Left foot green’ echoed through your house back in the day, our awesome range of Tees and Gifts inspired by the “game that ties you up in knots” are sure to appeal!

Hurrah for capitalism!

Family favouite Monopoly has also inspired a brilliant range of and homewares and T-Shirts which are exclusive to TruffleShuffle!

You can have the Monopoly in the kitchen with this brilliant Tea Towel…

Monopoly T-Shirts, clothing, accessories and gifts

Click here to shop our full range of Monopoly T-Shirts, clothing, accessories and gifts

And we particularly love this brilliant Skint design which is available for guys and gals and pretty much sums up the mood of the nation right now!

Monopoly T-Shirts, clothing, accessories and gifts

The perfect tribute to the most successful board game in history, we say Advance to Go and check them all out here!

Did You Know?
  • More than 275 million games have been sold worldwide and it’s available in 111 countries, in 43 languages.
  • The longest MONOPOLY game in history lasted for 70 straight days.
  • The most expensive version of the game was produced by celebrated San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell. Valued at $2 million, the set features a 23-carat gold board and diamond-studded die.
  • The character locked behind the bars is called Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory sent him to jail.

Next up is the brilliant Cluedo! Cluedo giftsAnd our range of gifts and homewares are the perfect way to relive classic Cluedo moments in style! We particularly love this apron inspired of course by the resident femme fatale, the beautiful Miss Scarlett!


Check out our full range of Cluedo Gifts here!

Then finally we have our last two cracking childhood classics, Whack Attack and Connect 4!

The coolest range of 80s, vintage and retro Whack Attack T-Shirts and Clothing you can buy online & wear tomorrow

If you have fond memories of ‘The smash hit race against time’ which involved setting the timer then  doing your best to whack as many of the critters as you can until the timer bell rings, this awesome design is sure to appeal!

Men's Gonna Get Myself Connected Connect 4 T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Gonna Get Myself Connected!

Last but not least…. we feel a real connection with this tee, maybe because it brings back tons of happy (if, competitive) memories playing Connect 4! With a cool retro slogan, Gonna Get Myself Connected, it also harks back to the heady days of the Stereo MC’s and their massive hit single!

If all of that has got you nostalgic for those lazy sundays spent huddled round your favourite board game, why not check out our full range of Board Game Gifts and Tees here and don’t forget to let us know your favourites too!

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Great Gifts For Men

by Iain Matheson on November 4, 2011

It is getting to that time of the year when the search engines take a real bashing as people search for gift ideas for their friends and family. One of the most often searched terms is ‘Gifts For Men‘ which led us to believe that many of you appear to struggle when it comes to buying gifts for men.

With that thought in mind we decided to make the process a lot simpler for you by pulling together a selection of our great men’s gifts.

A great place to start your search is in the Gadgets section. Men get super excited about the simplest of gadgets so why not consider a Henry Hoover Desk Vacuum, a Star Wars Light Saber Torch, a Top Gear Iphone Case or the hugely retro Calculator Databank Watch:

Once you have picked up a great gadget for your man, you next need to take a look into great mens stocking filler ideas, we highly recommend the Morph Waving Keyring, Mr Cool Ice Scraper, Pac-Man Bottle Opener and the Koosh Ball Keychain:

Still stuck for ideas? You simply cannot go wrong with Star Wars gifts, here are some great examples:

We hope that this post has given you some inspiration for gifts for men. If you missed yesterday’s post you may want to check out Claire’s idea of Retro Cufflinks as a great example of a present for men, especially as a gift for dads.

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