News Flash! Possible A-Team TV Show Remake In The Works?

Retro telly fans! We’ve just caught wind of some pretty big news here at Truffle Towers which miiiiight just get a few tongues wagging.

Yep, it seems the beloved 80s Stephen J. Cannell classic The A-Team is set for a reboot from the people at 20th Century Fox. They like to play it safe huh!

Originally running from 1983 to 1987, The A-Team was THEEE show of the time with more stunts and crashes than you could shake a stick at, iconic catchphrases, guest star appearances and one of the coolest vans ever created!

Teaming up with the Fast & Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan, this reboot will once again revolve around a diverse team of American Special Forces operatives, but this time with both male and female members to help jazz is up a bit. The group has been framed for a crime they didn’t commit and set out to clear their names by uncovering the black-ops conspiracy that set them up. Usual stuff.

As always, they will discover people in need along the way who they can lend a helping hand the best way they know how.

As soon as we can uncover more about cast and dates we’ll let you know!

So what do you think folks? Would you watch and who would you pick to play this iconic team?


TruffleShuffle Insider: Meet…Pat

It’s back folks! Yep the TruffleShuffler insider is back again and ready to dive head-first into our next unsuspecting victim’s willing participant’s life!  Giving you an added insight into the inner workings of TruffleShuffle, who we are and what we do is the aim of the game.
This time round we’re taking a cheeky peep into the world of the father of TruffleShuffle, head honcho and MD Pat! Take it away….
What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
Everything and anything… I’m joint Managing Director along with wife Claire.

January to March I’m normally debriefing from our busy Christmas period, working out how to improve our operations for next Christmas, finding out what sold well and how we can provide more great products for our customers over the next 12 months. (Did you know, we ship about half of our annual orders in the six weeks leading up to Christmas? Each day in December is busier than a week in January – who’d have thought it for a predominately t-shirt company – I certainly didn’t!). This winter I’ve been working hard distributing lots of interesting goods for a project called EKOCYCLE, a new brand created by and Coca-Cola featuring product from suits to 3D printers all made from recycled Coke bottles and cans. We have distributed this to Harrods who are running a European exclusive launch for 2015.

Summer months are spent supporting our buying, marketing Amazon and eBay teams ensuring we’re buying the right product in the right quantities for our upcoming busy season. We check that our advertising and social media channels are providing the right information to the right people. This is the time of year that I’ll work hard on getting any new projects ready to go live. Last year we were working hard on launching – a joint venture with Coca-Cola, providing a one-stop branded shop for Coca-Cola merchandise. This year we’re going through a website redesign which should be hitting your screens towards the end of the summer.

Then in October we stress test our new systems in preparation for the Christmas rush and make any changes we feel are necessary to ensure that our customers receive their parcels in our trademark super-speedy time.

And in November and December I work on the shop floor, picking and packing orders, supporting my colleagues in the warehouse and helping train our small team of temporary staff enlisted to support us at peak times.

How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
I can categorically say I’ve been here the longest as I founded TruffleShuffle back in April 2004!
What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I love the relaxed and jovial atmosphere we have here at Truffle Towers but I think my absolute favourite part of the job is Simon’s annual Christmas bonus meeting, please insert photos here!!!

...all others are to 'explicit' shall we say.
What is your favourite tee currently on the site?
I’d have to say it’s the old favourite Top Gun Maverick t-shirt. It’s an awesome design that epitomises the style of product we love to sell. That and as our best seller for a decade, that one design has probably helped out with the mortgage more than any!
When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
I love anything to do with the sea and seaside, home or abroad. Beaches, fishing, boats, snorkelling and sandcastles! This love of the seaside has been amplified by a relatively recent addition to the Truffle family, our little son Freddie who thanks to pressure from me, also loves beaches, fishing, boats and sandcastles!!.
Name three things you like….
Driving (anything), ambition, pizza
Name three things you don’t like….
Laziness, cold (I’m allergic), fish.
What were your favourite three films as a kid?
Crocodile Dundee II, The Goonies, Forrest Gump.
Who is your idol?
Fictional idol, Forrest Gump – he achieved so much and was extremely gracious about it!

Non-fictional idol, Richard Branson – the real life Forrest Gump in his varied career, now making the world a better place in his retirement.

Who is the last band you saw live?
I’m crap at music, so I do what my wife tells me and bought us tickets to Ed Sheeran last month.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My bucket list has changed since my mate got me a scratch-map for Christmas. To look more travelled I now want to visit Russia, Greenland, Canada and Brazil.
Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
Well, I was once lucky enough to own an A-Team Van replica, so I can cross that one off the list. Probably a General Lee – it’s an iconic TV car but underneath that zany orange paint job is one of the best 60s muscle cars out there – plus I have an addiction to V8s and an old American muscle car might finally quell that inefficient hankering I’ve had since a kid!
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Per the last band seen live question, I do what my wife tells me and listen to Ed Sheeran. But secretly I listen to Radio 1 in the car, as my immensely complex musical tastes are catered for.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
‘T-Shirt Idiot.’
If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Since I was about 11 and the lottery first started, I vowed I’d donate a lifeboat to the RNLI if I won the lottery. As my love of driving, boats, and driving boats has matured over the last 20 years, I’d now like to donate a lifeboat to the RNLI and buy one for myself to muck around it and act like an orange suited vigilante sea rescue idiot. And now my 2 year old son has demanded he wants a lifeboat too, so I’d need a hefty Euromillions win to buy all three!
So there you have it folks! Stay tuned for plenty more staff insights and discover even more names and faces from inside Truffle Towers. See you next time!


A-Team First Aired 32 Years Ago Today Fool! Here’s 32 Cool A-Team Facts!

Can you believe it! One of the most-loved and iconic retro TV shows ever to hit the small screen (and now big screen!) first helicopter stunted, car chased and exploded its way into our lives way back in 1983!
Following the story of a crack team of ex-special forces soldiers on the run from the military police for a crime they didn’t commit but did, but didn’t. Mr T (B. A. Baracus), Dirk Benedict (Face), George Peppard (Hannibal) and Dwight Schultz (Howling Mad Murdock) were mercenaries for hire and would find themselves in some of the most explosive situations possible helping innocent victims and people in need It was mega!

This real retro legend had everything you would ever need, a story of good vs evil, plenty of action and fights, catchphrases, the most amazing van ever made and of course the best opening titles EVER! Not that we’re biased or anything 🙂

So! To help celebrate this 80s hero, we thought we would do some digging around ourselves and sniff out some of our favourite facts and trivia about the show and anyone who made it all possible. Sit back, take notes and enjoy our 32 facts about The A-Team!

1- In the opening credits, Dirk Benedict reacts to a passing metallic “Cylon warrior”. Cylons were the nemesis in Benedict’s earlier series, Battlestar Galactica (1978).
2- Guest stars of the show included; Dean Stockwell, Boy George, Hulk Hogan, Rick James, John Saxon, Isaac Hayes and Pat Sajak.
3- Although the show has been heavily criticised for its violence, people do not bleed or bruise when hit (though they might develop a limp or require a sling), nor do the members of the A-Team kill people.
4- Although he was their pilot on the Hanoi bank raid, Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock was technically not part of the A-Team and was never hunted or tried by the military.
5- The gold that was worn by Mr. T during filming varied in weight, usually between 35 and 40 pounds or around 16kgs to you and us. Madness!
6- Amazingly, there are actually only two instances of anyone ever being hit by a bullet throughout the 98 episodes.
7- B.A Never Actually Says, “I pity the fool.” This actually happens a lot with shows and films, “Beam me up Scotty”, “play it again Sam” and even Breaking Bad’s “Science Bi*ch” are never actually said in the shows. Weird huh! He did however say in in Rocky 3 when asked about the rematch. Great branding 🙂
8- The show suffered from a lot of continuity errors because of the iconic A-Team van, sometimes if had a sunroof, and other times (usually during stunts) it didn’t.
– In the third season’s “The Bells Of St. Mary’s”, in a scene where Face jumps from a building onto the roof of the van. There is clearly no sunroof. Moments later, in an interior studio shot, Face climbs in through the sunroof. Oooops!
9- While filming the fourth season premiere on a cruise ship, T had just suffered a loss in his family. Also the air-conditioner was annoying him. He had himself helicoptered off the set and phoned the producer with a list of demands, at which point he was “fired.” But the two were able to work out their grievances and filming resumed.
10- The Spanish (Spain) version of the series has two significant changes with character nicknames. “Face” is called ‘”Fenix” and “B.A.” Baracus is known as “M.A.”
10- Amazingly, most of the episodes were filmed just five weeks before they aired.
11- The name A-Team comes from a military nickname which stood for Alpha team who move into action first, backed up by Bravo Team etc.
12- Hulk Hogan was actually asked to make more appearances in the show because he got on with George and Mt T so well but WWF commitments meant he couldn’t do it.
13- According to Stephen J. Cannell, the writers had a running gag where they would stage these horrific car crashes, but the people would come out unscathed. They would do this to test the limits of realism on purpose.
14- NBC executives originally wanted Murdock to be taken out of the show because they felt that he was too over-the-top. Test audiences for the pilot actually loved Murdock and gave him the highest ratings of all so the executives had to change their minds.
15- The A-Team’s cool GMC van was not black and red, as commonly thought, but black, red and metallic grey.
16- Three cast members have prior U.S. military experience: George Peppard served in the Marines, while Eddie Velez served in the Air Force, and Mr. T was an MP in the U.S. Army.
17- The crime the team didn’t commit was that their commanding officer in Vietnam, Colonel Morrison, ordered them to rob the Bank of Hanoi. The hope was that this would help bring the war to an end. The mission was successful, but when they returned to headquarters, the A-Team found it burned to the ground, and that Morrison was murdered by the Viet Cong.
18- The show’s producer Stephen Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network. He was then hired by NBC and his first project was The A-Team!
18- The first regular episode which was aired on January 30, 1983, reached 26.4% of the TV audience.
19- The show ran for a total of 98 episodes from 1983 to 1986.
20- Laurence Tureaud’s role as Mr T was actually written for him rather than him being cast as a character.
21- Marvel Comics produced a three-issue A-Team comic book series, which was later reprinted as a trade paperback.
22- The iconic and instantly recognisable theme tune was written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter who separately also wrote the theme songs for; Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., Bewitched, Law & Order, NYPD Blue and more. Also winning Grammy’s!
23- During its time, The A-Team was nominated for 3 Emmy Awards: In 1983 (Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series) for the pilot episode, in 1984 (Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series) for the episode “When You Comin’ Back, Range Rider?” and in 1987 (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series) for the episode “Firing Line”.
24- The voice during the intro was actually the shows producer (seasons 1-4) John Ashley.
25- Mr. T and George Peppard did not get along very well on the set. Peppard didn’t like that Mr.T became the ‘star’ of the show and also discovered that he was being paid more than him too. According to Dirk Benedict, George refused to talk to Mr. T and would use Benedict as a messenger between them. Eeeeek!
26- Tim Dunigan actually played Face in the pilot for the show but was later dropped because he looked too young on camera to be considered a war vet.
27- Melinda Culea was fired from the series over ‘creative differences’ with the producers. Culea wanted to have more lines, and be more involved in the fight scenes. The other cast member always made it clear they didn’t want a female in the show as a distraction.
28- According to Dirk Benedict, Robert Vaughn was added to the cast in the fifth season because he was a long time friend of George Peppard’s and it was believed that he could ease the tensions between Peppard and Mr. T.
29- “Howling Mad” Murdock’s real first name is never really revealed throughout the series.
30- George Peppard was kicked off the game show Password Plus for fighting with and shouting at the producers while the cameras were rolling. Bad*ss
31- Better late than never, the B in B.B Baracus stands for Bosco….but he likes to think it’s Bad Attitude. Oh and the A stood for Albert.
32- After four years on Tuesday, NBC decided to move The A-Team to a new time slot on Friday for what would be its final season. Ratings continued to drop, and after seven episodes, The A-Team fell out of the top 50 altogether. Booo!
So there you have them folks! Sooooo much to take in but hopefully there are a few gems in there that you might not have known.

Did you love the show too? Why not take a quick peep at some of our range of cool Mr T merchandise including Mr Tea Teapot, Mr T Fancy Dress Costume, or Mr T mugs!

See you there!


Don’t forget your New Year’s Eve outfit!

Going all out this year with a fancy dress party or just looking to spice up a great night out? We’ve got you covered!

To help you guys pick out the perfect fancy dress costume for you, we’ve pieced together some of our best selling and our personal favourte fancy dress items for you to take a peep at.

Be quick though! Our last delivery date will be on the 23rd of December so make sure you grab something while you can. Enjoy!



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Chunk – A great British t-shirt brand!

Hi my name’s Simon and I’m a Chunkaholic. There I said it. Now, If you haven’t come across any of our men’s T-shirts from Chunk then you’re in for a right treat. I’ll start with a quick history lesson…

Chunk started back in 2001 having launched some designs all based on the Haynes Car Manuals iconic cover illustrations. Ten years on and Chunk is now one of the UK’s leading urban street-wear labels. Chunk’s ethos was, and still is, to produce great designs on quality garments, targeting 18-35 year old males with a strong emphasis on cool nostalgia. Famous for their bold graphics, tongue-in-cheek humour and unique design quirks, Chunk now has worked with some of the biggest licenses in the world, which include Marvel, Hanna Barbera, Fremantle Media (Danger Mouse) and Lucas Films (Star Wars) – for which Chunk won a licensing award in 2007 for its Star Wars range. The future promises to be incredibly bright for Chunk as the brand expands into even more retro goodness further cementing its reputation as a great British brand.

With offering a massive range of amazing retro t-shirts, gifts and accessories we get to see cool new stuff all the time. But for me nothing matches the excitement of a new Chunk catalogue turning up because I know it will be full of amazing new designs. It’s their ‘outside the box’ approach to designing a t-shirt that I love, generally taking a familiar character such as Darth Vader or Mr.T and putting them in an unusual situation, IT’S GENIUS. I could only wish that when I’m down at the coast for a cheeky weekend surf that I catch a Stormtrooper ‘out the back’ riding that perfect wave or driving past my local scrap yard would reveal that Mr.T, Luke and Bo Duke, Michael Knight and the Trotters famous ‘rides’ had reached the end of their lives (probably due to the government Scrappage scheme!!). Only t-shirts from Chunk make this happen.

EXCLUSIVE Men's Star Wars Surfing Storm Trooper T-Shirt from Chunk!Men's Trash TV Car Pile Up T-Shirt from Chunk

Here’s some of my current favourites T-shirts from Chunk that you can buy RIGHT NOW!

Men's Black Street Vader T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's Black Street Vader T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's White Clonestock T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's White Clonestock T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's Ink Blot Mr T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's Ink Blot Mr T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's Blue Fresh Air T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99
Men's Blue Fresh Air T-Shirt from Chunk - £27.99

Oh and keep your eyes peeled for more retro goodness coming soon from Chunk including the likes of more cheeky Star Wars designs (Darth Vader – who’s your daddy and Yoda – short may be I but your ass kick I will) and even more excitingly, a new collection inspired by that 90’s classic, Ren and Stimpy!!