Review Time! Our Best Of The Best From 2017

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.

Disney Chip Mugs are NOW IN STOCK!

It’s official folks! Our looooong awaited and hugely anticipated Beauty and the Beast Chip Mugs are now on the site and ready to be yours!

Arriving much sooner than expected, we revealed our latest delivery over on our Facebook Live video to all our fans and it seems people have been snapping them up quicker than we can blink…

So what is all the fuss about? This mega nostalgic find is shaped to look just like Chip as he appeared in the 1991 movie before his curse was lifted and he once again became the boy he once was. Utterly magical! Take a peep at this quick video of Chip in all his glory…

Now available on the site for £11.99, this top quality mug which differs from previously available versions has amazing finishes, larger size and sturdy handle.

Snap up your Chip Mug while stocks last peeps!

10 Things We Learned From Beauty and the Beast….The Original.

What’s that sound? Must be the huge buzz that is the amazing new live-action remake of Disney’s classic take Beauty and the Beast! Hitting the big screens all over the world, this new instalment promised to bring this animated classic which was first released way back in 1991 (26 years ago! Eeeep) into the modern movie scene and audience.

This got us thinking though…. what did we learn from the original? What life gems did we take away from all those VHS (magic video tape things for you youngns) screenings at home on the telly?

To find out we had a little think and have come up with our 10 Things We Learned From Beauty and the Beast….The Original. Enjoy!

You’re never too short-tempered, rich or… hairy to learn.

Okay we’re going to let you into a little secret here, us TruffleShuffler’s are not all the baby-faced teenagers we used to be (I know… the 80s was a long time ago now apparently), this means we’re constantly learning about the latest app, social media profile live chat profile thingy we have to be amazing at suddenly. If you ever think you’re done learning and you’ve got things covered, you couldn’t be more wrong! Be the beast of learning!

Not fitting in, is awesome!

We don’t know about you, but the people we look up to and admire the most are the people who are just out there being themselves and not afraid to be different! We’re pretty sure Belle’s father Maurice isn’t ready from the same chapter as everyone else, but he isn’t afraid to show it! To be weird you need to be brave, and if you’ve brave you can do anything.

Never judge a book by it’s cover.

The Beast is…. well a beast! Horns, mad scary teeth, covered in more hair than a busy salon floor but hey, he’s also kind, brave and you could say has been through a lot in his days. Mr Disney sure taught us that how someone may appear isn’t always the full story. Looking at someone, you’ve never know their achievements, ambitions, struggles, and fears. Why just guess when you can find out for yourself. They might just surprise you.

Stick up fo yo self!

Why is Belle so gosh-darn awesome?! She’s kind, brave, funny and she knows what she wants and goes for it! Is there much cooler than that? She taught us to stick up for what we believe in, what we think and what we want. She didn’t let a whole village bring her down for Pete’s sake!

Nobody likes an angry Beast

If you pay suuuuper close attention to the classic, you might find a few odd moments where the Beast isn’t the happiest camper. Ultimately, this gets him absolutely nowhere. Things only start to go well and him and his relationships when he learns to control his anger and hate which is certainly something we took away from this Disney gem. Keep calm, keep cool and keep moving forward. Thanks Beast!

Good mates always there for you.

Never a truer world said! For us, some of the most iconic and memorable characters in a lot of stories are the supporting roles. In B&TB, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Chip, Lumière, Babette and… the Wardrobe offer some of the best scenes, moments and songs and you could say this is true for life in general. They’re there in times of need, they offer advice, guidance and can always help spread some cheer.

Sometimes popular people aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Remember those popular kids at school? How many of them do you really look up to now? Chances are you just don’t care and are probably wondering why you ever did. The case in point here is Gaston, he can wow the crowds, can lay on the charm and get people to do what he wants, however ultimately he is the villain. Smoke and mirrors people, smoke and mirrors.

Relationship problems happen, and it doesn’t mean you should give up.

This one is sad, but possibly true for a lot of us. Belle and the Beast obviously didn’t always get along, but hey sometimes you’ve just got to look through the messy eating and temper tantrums and see the greater good in any situation. You may fall out, argue but you will also compromise and make up if you both know it’s worth the fight.

People who care will offer good advice, try not to ignore them.

We’re sure there’s a little of Belle and a little of the Beast in all of us right? If there’s one thing this absolute childhood classic taught us it’s that it’s the people around us who really help make things happen, transform situations and help us through almost anything. It’s hard to admit you don’t always know what’s best, but perhaps someone else does.

Everyone is (probably) weird AF in their own homes too!

If anyone ever tells you they’re not, they lying! From dancing around the house to your new favourite song like a total goon, to cupping water in your hands from the shower then dumping it all out like a giant waterfall (come on you’ve done it!), people like to get weird at home and that’s okay, they are not alone!

So there you have them folks! These are just a few of the life-long lessons to be taken away from this total Disney classic.

Are there any that you think we missed? What things did YOU personally learn from the movie gem? Let us know by popping a comment below.

Thinking of going to see this new release? Why not look the part with something from our huge range of Beauty and the Beast Merchandise including Beauty and the Beast TShirts, Beauty and the Beast Jewellery, mugs and so much more!

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

Sky at night! Is it really the weekend so soon?

Like a keen and excitable amateur astronomer heading out into the dark evening, we’re fully prepared for a night with the stars. With more gear than we could possible need, we waste no time in setting up our trusty telescope and aiming it at the vast and infinite universe as we begin to peer through the sights and gasp at what awaits us. Like rewatching old movies, we’re peering back in time at some of the biggest stars we’ve ever seen and wonder just what else could be out there, what events have we missed and of course….are we alone?

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 6th June

.
Beethoven’s 2nd
(1993) ITV2 12:30pm-2:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The slobbering St Bernard is now grown up and in love with his beautiful sweetheart Missy. Together they bring a litter of puppies into the world – but have to go on the defensive when Missy’s owner, the evil Regina, sets out to steal them for herself. Comedy sequel, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Penn, Nicholle Tom and Christopher Castle.

Superman (1978) 5USA 12:55pm-3:40pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
A fledgling superhero crash-lands on Earth after evacuation from his home planet and is taken in by an elderly couple who raise him as their own. But with adolescence comes a greater understanding of his superhuman powers, leading to his rebirth as a crusader for justice and defender of the American way of life. Comic-strip adventure, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando.

Superman T-Shirts

Clueless (1995) E4 3:00pm-5:00pm (2 hours)
A rich high-school student uses all her charm and financial clout to boost an awkward new pupil’s image, but soon finds she has created a monster – while her own popularity suffers in the process. Comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.

Clueless Merchandise

The Borrowers (1997) 5* 4:05pm-5:50pm (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.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 7:25pm-10:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

Jurassic Park T-Shirts

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) Sky1 10:00pm-12:30am (2 hours 30 minutes)
New York cop John McClane returns to duty following an explosion at a department store in the city. The perpetrator contacts the police and tells them that unless McClane and an unfortunate bystander who was in the wrong place at the wrong time carry out a series of instructions to the letter, more bombs will be detonated. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and Jeremy Irons.

Fun Fact: The sandwich board that Bruce Willis wore while filming in Harlem was originally blank, rather than text, to ensure no one was offended by the racist message. The text was added with CGI in post-production.

SUNDAY 7th June

.
Explorers
(1985) Film4 1:00pm-3:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Three boys build an interplanetary craft and go in search of the source of a signal from outer space. However, the aliens responsible are not what the young astronauts expected them to be. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Dick Miller, James Cromwell, and Robert Picardo in three roles.

Beauty and the Beast (1991) Sky Movies Disney HD 4:20pm-5:50pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A bookish woman agrees to take her father’s place as prisoner of a fearsome monster living in a castle deep in the forest. She gradually grows to see a gentler, more human side to her hideous host, and comes to realise she may be able to break the curse that turned him into a beast in the first place. Disney animated fantasy, with the voices of Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson.

Beauty and the Beast Merchandise

Jurassic Park III (2001) ITV2 4:30pm-6:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant is lured to a dinosaur-infested island by a divorced couple who offer to fund his research, unaware their real motive is to find their missing son – and that the creatures on the island are far more intelligent than anyone suspected. Action adventure sequel, starring Sam Neill, William H Macy, Tea Leoni and Alessandro Nivola.

Predator (1987) Sky Movies Action & Adventure HD 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An elite military team on a top-secret mission in the jungles of Central America encounters a merciless alien hunter, which starts to pick the commandos off one by one. Sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Jesse Ventura and Shane Black.

The Simpsons Movie (2007) E4 8:00pm-9:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

The Simpsons T-Shirts

The Shining (1980) Sky Movies Select HD 10:05pm-12:10am (2 hours 5 minutes)
An aspiring writer takes a caretaking job at a remote mountain hotel. It has closed for the winter, and he has been hired to get the place ready for the next season. But evil spirits haunting its corridors destroy his sanity, causing the unhinged author to rampage through the hotel and terrorise his wife and young son. Stanley Kubrick’s horror, based on the Stephen King novel, with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers.

Commando (1985) Sky Movies Action & Adventure HD 11:25pm-1:05am (1 hour 40 minutes)
The daughter of retired special forces officer John Matrix is kidnapped by an old comrade-in-arms, now in league with a deposed former dictator. The tyrant plans to use the girl to force Matrix into assassinating the head of the country he once ruled, but is unprepared for the lengths to which the veteran soldier will go to rescue his child. Action adventure, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong.

Fun Fact: Martial arts expert and fight choreographer Michael M. Vendrell worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the film and by the end of production, Vendrell estimated that Schwarzenegger had become a second degree black belt. WOW!

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget the suncream and remember that there’s nothing odd about odd socks.

xoxo

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown!

It’s only the weekend!

Another week gone and another weekend full of wholesome movie goodness. If the weather’s bad, so be it, you can stay in with us film nerds huddled on the couch eating popcorn and Skittles, drinking Coke and wearing a retro movie t-shirt. If the jolly sun comes out then make the most of it while you can. However you choose to spend this weekend just enjoy yourselves, play nice and be safe.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 9th MAY

.
The Karate Kid Part II
(1986) Sky Movies Family HD 7:35am-9:35am (2 hours)
High-kicking teenager Daniel accompanies his venerable mentor Mr Miyagi when he returns to the Japanese province of Okinawa to visit his dying father. However, an old rival of Miyagi’s is waiting for them, while Daniel is drawn into a vicious conflict with their enemy’s own karate protege. Martial arts sequel, starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Yuji Okumoto.

Beauty and the Beast (1991) Sky Movies Disney HD 9:10am-10:40am (1 hour 30 minutes)
A bookish woman agrees to take her father’s place as prisoner of a fearsome monster living in a castle deep in the forest. She gradually grows to see a gentler, more human side to her hideous host, and comes to realise she may be able to break the curse that turned him into a beast in the first place. Disney animated fantasy, with the voices of Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson.

Beauty and the Beast Merchandise

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Film4 4:30pm-6:50pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Hapless youngster Kevin somehow manages to catch the wrong plane and finds himself heading for New York, while his family jets off to Florida. Having got his hands on his father’s credit card, he is enjoying the good life staying in a luxury hotel – until he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. Comedy sequel, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Brenda Fricker and Tim Curry.

The Sea Wolves (1980) 5USA 6:45pm-9:15pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
The German Navy use three Goa-based vessels to attack Allied shipping, and their British counterparts cannot retaliate as they are moored in neutral waters. A group of retired officers living in India unofficially returns to duty to deal with the threat. Fact-based Second World War adventure, starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard, Barbara Kellerman and Patrick Macnee.

Goldfinger (1964) ITV4 8:00pm-10:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond is assigned to investigate a notorious German gold smuggler and discovers his quarry has ambitions much greater than first suspected. Pursuing the criminal mastermind around the world, Bond uncovers the villain’s audacious scheme to destroy the global economy with a daring attack on Fort Knox. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Gert Frobe and Honor Blackman.

Twelve Monkeys (1995) 5USA 9:15pm-11:55pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A time traveller from 2035 journeys back to the 1990s to discover the cause of a deadly disease that ravaged the world, only to be thrown into an asylum. He meets a fellow patient who may hold the key to his mission, but the longer he spends in the past, the more he comes to question whether he really is from the future or simply delusional. Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi thriller, with Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Madeleine Stowe and Christopher Plummer.

Fun Fact: Terry Gilliam was afraid that Brad Pitt wouldn’t be able to pull off the nervous, rapid speech. He sent him to a speech coach but in the end he just took away Pitt’s cigarettes, and Pitt played the part exactly as Gilliam wanted.

Seven Pounds (2008) Watch 9:00pm-11:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A man haunted by a tragedy he caused seeks redemption. Assuming his tax inspector brother’s identity to gain access to people’s private records, he sets out to atone by helping seven seemingly unconnected strangers with their problems – only to fall in love with one of the people he assists. Drama, starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson and Barry Pepper.

SUNDAY 10th MAY

.
A Few Good Men
(1992) Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD 11:40am-2:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Two marines based in Cuba stand accused of murdering a comrade-in-arms. Three Navy lawyers working on their defence unearth evidence that the soldiers may have been acting under orders, which points to a trail of corruption leading all the way to a top-ranking officer. Drama based on Aaron Sorkin’s stage play, starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollack, Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon.

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996) ITV2 2:00pm-3:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Two dogs and a cat are left to fend for themselves on the streets of San Francisco when their owners fly off on holiday and accidentally leave them behind. As they join a tough group of strays, they must avoid falling into the clutches of the sinister dog catchers. Adventure sequel, with the voices of Michael J Fox, Sally Field and Ralph Waite.

Mannequin (1987) ITV London +1 4:05pm-5:50pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
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.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Sky Movies Family HD 4:30pm-6:20pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Comedy mixing live action and animation, set in a 1940s Hollywood where cartoon characters are real. A seedy private eye with a hatred of `toons’ reluctantly ends up helping to clear an animated rabbit accused of murdering his wife’s human lover. Starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy and Stubby Kaye, with voices supplied by Mel Blanc, Kathleen Turner and Charles Fleischer.

Fun Fact: Since the movie was being made by Disney, Warner Brothers would only allow the use of their biggest toon stars, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, if they got an equal amount of screen time as Disney’s biggest stars, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Because of this, both sets of characters are always together in frame when on the screen.

The Dark Knight (2008) ITV2 9:00pm-12:05am (3 hours 5 minutes)
In the sequel to Batman Begins, the masked hero finds a new ally in his war on organised crime in Gotham’s crusading new district attorney, Harvey Dent. However, both men are pushed to their limits by the rise of the Joker, a criminal mastermind spreading chaos and destruction throughout the city for his own amusement. Comic-book thriller, starring Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart and an Oscar-winning Heath Ledger.

Batman T-Shirts

National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
The disaster-prone Griswolds appear on a TV game show, and through a happy accident, end up winning a holiday touring Europe. The trip takes them to Britain, France and Germany, causing mayhem wherever they go, while the final destination in Rome leads to a run-in with a gang of thieves. Comedy sequel, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

Bowfinger (1999) ITV4 11:05pm-1:00am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A struggling Hollywood producer comes up with a cunning plan to splice secretly filmed footage of a famous action star into his latest low-budget sci-fi movie to give it a veneer of quality. However, his efforts drive the bewildered actor into having paranoid delusions that aliens really have invaded the Earth. Comedy, starring Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Robert Downey Jr and Terence Stamp.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you get your 5 a day and to always keep the receipt.

xoxo