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Dunk the bag an pour the water! Another retro movie weekend has just hit our shores and is shaping up to be another beauty from the deep!

With our pillows plumped, our blankets… being blankety and our cups full of something hot, we’re looking as ready as ever to take on another weekend packed full of retro movie gold. Will we be in the future? Will we be taken back to the dark ages? No matter what we’re wearing, we will be able to embark on a mighty adventure from the comfort of our own sofa. Hold on tight peeps!

SATURDAY 13th January

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The Borrowers (1997) E4 12:00pm-1:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A family of four-inch-high people living beneath the floorboards of an ordinary human home help the owner’s son fight back when a dastardly lawyer plans to demolish the house and make way for a luxury apartment block. Children’s fantasy, starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin and Tom Felton.

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) Sony Movie Channel 1:40pm-3:50pm
The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy, especially with their old enemy in hot pursuit. Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field.

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) ITV 2:30pm-4:20pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The friendly whale is reunited with Jesse, the boy who saved him from captivity. Jesse and his younger half-brother Elvis take time out from a family holiday to help save Willy and his pod from the danger posed by oil spilling from a crippled tanker. Family adventure, starring Jason James Richter, Michael Madsen, August Schellenberg and Francis Capra.

Fun Fact: The VHS for this film came with an infomercial to receive donations needed to relocate the star orca, Keiko, back to the ocean.

Short Circuit (1986) Film4 5:05pm-7:05pm (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 wants 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.

Mannequin (1987) 5STAR 5:10pm-7:00pm
A struggling artist gets a job as a window dresser for a department store, only to discover one of his dummies is a reincarnated Egyptian princess who comes to life at night. As he falls for the living doll, she inspires him to transform the shop’s display and make it the most spectacular in town. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ITV2 6:30pm-9:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
An unassuming hobbit is plunged into a battle against the forces of darkness when his uncle bequeaths him a magical ring of immense power. He joins a fellowship of heroes to embark on a perilous quest to destroy the ring before it falls into the hands of its creator – a dark lord who needs it to regain his power and conquer the world. The first part of Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy trilogy based on JRR Tolkien’s novel, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom.

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Payback (1999) ITV4 9:25pm-11:30pm
A small-time crook is betrayed and left for dead by his wife and partner in crime. A year later, he returns seeking his share of their ill-gotten gains – but his former friend has gone up in the underworld and getting his due means taking on a powerful crime syndicate. Remake of 1967 thriller Point Blank, starring Mel Gibson, Kris Kristofferson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, James Coburn and Lucy Liu.

Jaws 2 (1978) ITV 10:45pm-12:45am (2 hours)
The seaside resort of Amity is terrorised once again by a man-eating great white shark. While police chief Brody struggles to alert the townsfolk to the magnitude of the danger, a group of teenagers – including Brody’s two sons – is adrift at sea in waters hunted by the shark. Thriller sequel, starring Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.

Jaws TShirts

SUNDAY 14st January

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Death Becomes Her (1992) ITV 2:40pm-4:35pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Two romantic rivals are both granted the secret of eternal youth by a mysterious mystic. However, as they battle to get their claws into a plastic surgeon, they discover their now-immortal bodies are capable of taking whatever damage they can dish out. Black comedy fantasy, starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini.

Dennis the Menace Strikes Again (1998) Channel 5 3:15pm-4:40pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
The pint-sized terror returns to wreak fresh havoc on his long-suffering neighbours, this time setting out to help grouchy Mr Wilson celebrate his birthday – whether he wants him to or not. Sequel to the 1993 family comedy, starring Justin Cooper, Don Rickles, George Kennedy and Brian Doyle-Murray.

Dennis the Menace Merchandise

Fun Fact: Helen drinks the potion on October 26, 1985. This is the present date in Back to the Future (1985), which was also wrote and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Hulk (2003) Film4 3:45pm-6:25pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-book adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

Superhero Merchandise

The ‘Burbs (1989) 5STAR 4:00pm-6:00pm
The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante’s black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson.

Pixels (2015) Channel 5 6:10pm-8:00pm
Aliens declare war on Earth having seen video games from the 1980s and interpreted them as a threat. Their attack comes in the form of deadly recreations of classic video games, so the US government recruits four former arcade champions to repel the attack. Sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, do the washing up before you leave. You’ll thank us later.

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Phew! Now all the excitement and chaos is over, we thought we would take a few minutes to sit back, grab a cuppa and reflect on the last year to see what our highlights were and what you guys we’re loving on the site.

So! With that in mind, let’s dive in and take a peep at our best of the best from 2017!

Pink Polly Pocket Heart Shaped Cross Body Bag

Truly the icing on the TruffleShuffle cake in 2017 was our amazing Polly Pocket Bags! When we first released these to the wild, the world went wild as we had countless features, articles and posts about them. We could barely keep up!
Reaching far corners of the world, it seems this was just what was missing from many 90s kids collections and the demand was so far beyond what we ever expected. It didn’t take long for this little pink number to hit our top spot which is where it stayed for the rest of the year.

Labyrinth The Board Game by River Horse

In the age of smartphones, an app for everything and even kettles you can control via WiFi (the dream, right?), we were totally blown away with the reaction of this stunning 80s-tastic Labyrinth Board Game. Despite Labyrinth being a commercial flop when it was launched, it quickly reached cult status and earned a permanent place in many 80s kids movie collections.
We love that people are still rocking board games and think they are the best way to really bring everyone together and enjoy a bit of nostalgic fun.

Disney Beauty And The Beast Chip Mug

With the live action box office smash hit being released last year, it truly was the year of Beauty and the Beast. With soooo many fantastic products being created around this modern adaptation, there was was real chance for all fans of this iconic Disney take to get stuck into so many more goodies inspired by their favourte characters. Chip was really a headline act for us with sooo many people rushing to snap up our Chip cups. I mean… what a perfect mix of style and function right?!
We loved the details and finishing touches on this little chap, and apparently so many many others making this one of our top treats of 2017!

Men’s Black Stormtrooper And Darth Vader Selfie Star Wars T-Shirt from Chunk

So there’s no denying 2017 was a big year for Star Wars. With everyone building up buzz through the year for the long-awaited Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the hunger for amazing Star Wars goodies has never been so big with many fans of the classics getting stuck into the new generation, and many new fans of the latest Disney films loving the wealth of amazing merchandise available for their new favourite franchise.
Clearly, this fun and funky design from Chunk featuring Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper taking some time for a selfie struck a chord with soo many fans snapping this up. One of our personal faves here too so we can’t blame them!

Men’s Mr Grumpy I Had Fun Once T-Shirt

Okay… maybe not everyone had a blast in 2017. How do we know this? Well Mr Grumpy was sure busy this year with a whole heap of tshirt fans snapping up this exclusive design to either let the world know their current mood, or pass on to someone else to perhaps ‘send a message’. Either way this was still a front-runner through the year and from what we can see will continue to be a hit with Mr Men Little Miss fans.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Letter Wallet

Despite the first book being launched back in 1997, and the last film hitting our screens in 2011, there is still a HUGE buzz around Harry Potter which only seems to be growing stronger by the year. With a seemly unquenchable thirst for creative and new Harry Potter goodies that fans can really snatch up like a golden snitch, our Hogwarts Letter Wallet seemed to really cast a spell as it was a huge hit from the moment it joined us on the site and it’s not hard to see why.
With amazing detail and practicality, it’s the perfect mix of ‘oh I really like that’ and ‘oh and can actually really use this!’.

Harry Potter Marauders Map Heat Change Mug

Once again Harry Potter taking the main stage with this super fun and useful Heat Change mug. Getting to sit down with a cuppa and enjoy the Marauders Map coming to life just like in the books and movies, bliss with a biscuit right?

Women’s Grey Stranger Things Inspired Upside Down T-Shirt

Wondering what all the noise was and what possibly clogged up the local internet connection once a week on the dot? It was without a doubt the return of Stranger Things with the launch of season two on Netflix. Just like season one, we were treated to a wealth of action, suspense, amazing acting and characters, all cloaked in a warm glow of 80s nostalgia with amazing wardrobe, games and gadgets. Pretty much our perfect show right? Well… as it turns out not just us as it took the globe by storm and many of you wanted to share your passion for this hit with some of our exclusive TShirts and Sweaters. Thank you so much!

Men’s Pac-Man Skyscraper T-Shirt

when two icons collide… you end up with one amazing design which has really hit it big in 2017. For a long time now, this vintage Pac-Man design has been a real favourite with fans and has once again made it in our big hitters list. Available from just £14.99 too, this design speak volumes and is just about as recognisable as they come. Great way to pay homage to the iconic arcade game and raise a few smiles along the way.

So there you have them folks! 2017 officially done but the fun sure isn’t over! We will be here to guide you through 2018 with even more amazing finds and designs that will always keep you entertained.

Plenty of coolness planned so watch this space peeps!

What was your favourite TruffleShuffle goodie in 2017? What would you like to see from us in 2018 perhaps? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sad news all you retro gamers out there. Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco and the man known as the “Father of Pac-Man,” has sadly died at the age of 91.

Nakamura founded Namco waaaay back in 1955 when they originally ran children’s rides with two mechanical horses on the roof of a department store.

The soon to be gaming icon later expanded into the world of arcade games in the 1970s with Gee Bee and Galaxian in 1978 and 1979. However, it was Pac-Man, released in 1980, that came to define his legacy, going on to become a fixture in popular culture and a household name.

The idea for the game, came from the image of a pizza with a slice carved out and Nakamura reportedly chose the word “Pac” to represent the munching of the Pac-Man devouring its prey.

Launched at a time when there were few rival games, such as Space Invaders, Nakamura was one of the people credited with launching the Japanese videogame industry. In addition to retro icon Pac-Man, Namco also released other arcade classics like Dig Dug, Pole Position, and, of course, Ms. Pac-Man.

In 2008, Guinness World Records named it the world’s most successful coin-operated arcade game. It is estimated to have been played more than 10 billion times. Pretty sure we’re responsible for a large chunk of that!

Nakamura sadly died on January 22 which was confirmed by Namco. He will be greatly missed and his mark on the world left behind if truly profound.

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It’s true folks! Winter Wedding season is coming! A wonderful time full of fantastic venues, food, friends, family, partying and the odd sore head (you know who you are), the beginning of Summer sees the arrival of many long-awaited events which have taken more time and planning than most full scale military operations.

Of course part of celebrating with your nearest and dearest on their special day is getting to dress up and look your very best. Something which we’re always more than happy to help you with in our own little way.

So! Giving you beautiful guys and gals out there a little sneak peek at some of our favourite items which we think just could complete your look, check out Our Top 10 Goodies You Need To Smash This Year’s Wedding Season

Retro Gamer Cufflinks

It’s all fun and games at your next wedding reception with this totally cool pair of gamer cufflinks! Featuring an iconic gaming design, these are bound to get a smile from your fellow gamer lovers!

Pac-Man Suit with Tie….

What an a-MAZE-ing suit! Featuring the most cult and classic of all arcade games, Pac-Man in a jazzy statement design, this is sure to earn you some cool points on the dance floor and will sure be something people won’t forget on a special day.

DC Comics Photobooth Set

This DC Comics Photobooth Set is SUPER fun! Perfect for adding some extra POW to any Superhero lovers special day.

Retro Gaming Pixels Characters Belt

Up your ‘game’ in this awesome retro, gaming characters belt. A real gamers choice, this beauty will leave you and fellow guests totally pix-elated!

Star Wars Light Saber Tie Slide

This is a subtle yet VERY cool way to show their appreciation for once of the worlds greatest sci-fi phenomenon’s ever, Star Wars! The silver metal tie slide, comes in the form of the weapon of choice, the Light Saber and is presented in a funky box, making it the perfect addition to your wedding get up for sure.

Platinum Plated Simba Outline Lion King Necklace

A childhood classic for many of us, this super simple but super iconic Lion King Simba design is such a great way to keep it classy and keep it retro!

DC Comics Batman Logo Suit With Tie…

Just like Ross in friends, you too can wear Batman’s suit….just perhaps in a slightly more ‘out there’ different way. Covered in the iconic logo, this amazing suit comes with matching tie to really complete the look.

White Gold Plated Small Mickey Mouse Silhouette Stud Earrings

This super cute pair of White Gold Plated Mickey Mouse stud earrings are the perfect accessory for any Disney fan! Simple yet classy don’t you think?

Harry Potter Dobby The House Elf Watch

Let Dobby The House Elf assist you in your timekeeping on the big day with this delightful, official Harry Potter watch! Always good to know just how late the Bride really was huh!

Red And Gold Harry Potter Clutch Bag With Chain…

Add some wizardy glam to your special look with this magnificent clutch bag featuring the Gryffindor logo!

So! Whatever you wear and whatever embarrassing things go down on the big day, we all hope you have a blast and don’t forget to grab some cake!

For all these goodies and so much more, pop on over to TruffleShuffle.com to check out our huge range of Jewellery, Funky Suits, accessories and so much more. See you there!

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Well….it’s back! Here for another sugar filled year, Pancake Day or Shrove (food in your face) Tuesday as we like to call it is possibly one of our perfect days of the year. We flippin’ love it!
It’s hard not to love a day when it’s practically a crime punishable by death not to bust out the scales and get mixing up some super sweet treats which you can really use to set your culinary creativity wild.

Will you go sweet? Will you go savoury? Or perhaps will you just eat so much it hurts…..the choice is yours.

To help get even the most bah pancake humbugy of people into the spirit of things this year and maybe inspire some top designs of your very own, we thought we would search around and pick out some of our top geeky and retro inspired pancakes that look good enough to eat…..because they really are! Take a peep!

Wowzers! Well all this talk of tasty treats has got us in a panic for our very own pancakes!

Looking to create your very own masterpieces? Check out our earlier Pancake recipe and guide blog post to create the ultimate pancakes HERE.

Enjoy!

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It’s PUMPKIN TIME again every one! Just like many fellow Halloween addicts out there, this week everyone here at TruffleTowers have been busy bees thinking up and creating our very own Pumpkin creations ready to show off to you lovely lot.

We’ve had such a blast getting stuck into these amazing creations, each with their very own retro inspired theme because….well we are TruffeShuffle after all!

Check out all our amazing designs….

so there you have them folks! Which is your favourte? What cool designs have you created this year? Let us know and let us see by commenting below, tweeting on @truffleshuffle_ or getting in touch via Facebook.

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