1980s Crushes

For February 2017 the 80s League have put together blogs and podcasts on the subject of 80s Crushes. I’ve never been a “crush” kind of guy but have included a selection of ladies that I look back on fondly for various reasons. Some becasue I enjoyed watching them in movies or on TV and others becasue they were my only access to scantily clad glamour models at the time.

You can follow the #80sCrushes hash tag on Twitter and fellow 80s League articles and podcasts including 80s Reboot Overdrive PodcastRediscover the ’80sRealweegiemidget, Return to the 80s and Return to the 80s Podcast. Got all that? You have? Good, then I shall begin.

My starter for ten is the very lovely Kim Cattrall from the movie Mannequin (1987), one of my guilty pleasures becasue it really is very cheesy. Kim goes through several fashionable 80s looks and various states of undress during the movie which is basically just boy meets mannequin, mannequin becomes girl when nobody else is looking and several chase scenes featuring Captain Harris from Police Academy. Next!

Kim Cattrall in Mannequin (1987)

Sticking with another movie from my guilty pleasure list, my next crush is actress and singer Olivia Newton John as the muse Kira from Xanadu (1980). Xandau is a fantasy musical that features some amazing musical numbers and pop songs from ELO and tracks written for Olivia Newton John by producer John Farr. We even get an alternative 80s track by The Tubes and a memorable final performance by Hollywood legend Gene Kelly who teams with Olivia on “Whenever You’re Away From Me”. Olivia goes from floaty rollerskating muse to a hot disco chic by the end of the movie, even rocking a leopard print mini skirt and knee high leather boots.

Olivia Newton John as the muse Kira from Xanadu (1980)

As an alternative look at 1980s life in the UK I’ve picked two models that became (in)famous in the computer gaming community for lending their image to titles of the time, namely Maria Whittaker for Barbarian I & II and Corinne Russell for Vixen. The promotional imagery used for both these games caused a bit of a stir at the time and I remember the posters quite vividly. “Sex sells” as they say and it certainly helped raise the profile of these games, amongst other things (fnar, fnar).

Maria Whittaker - Barbarian II
Corinne Russell - Vixen

My final choices are two space vixens with attitude from the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century which ran from late 1979 to 1981. Pamela Hensley as Princess Ardala and Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering, one an evil but incredibly hot space princess with attitude and the other a dedicated, motivated pilot and soldier who also happens so be a smoking hot blonde / brunette with attitude. I was younger at the time this show first aired and I only remembered the space battles but later viewings opened my eyes to a few things. As Twiki once said “BeedeeBeedeeBeedeeBeedee, what a body!”.

Pamela Hensley as Princess Ardala in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981)
Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Series 1

Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Series 2
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Custom Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movie VCR’s by Sorce CodeVhs

Hand painted and illustrated custom VCR’s featuring artwork from classic Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies such as The Evil Dead, Escape from New York, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jurassic Park by Sorce CodeVhs.

The Evil Dead custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

Sorce CodeVhs created a graffiti art custom VCR and, as he was sitting at home watching VHS movies and browsing poster artwork online, the idea of illustrating those posters onto video recorders was born. Starting with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, he used his VHS collection as reference and created several more for happy customers.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“The process: I use many different techniques to achieve the finished deck including free hand drawing and painting, rubs, transfers, stencils. I use spray paint, acrylic, paint pens, anything that will make a mark on a VCR I will utilize if it helps me. It’s been a learning process as a VCR is not the easiest thing to paint on.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“We had a custom Jurassic Park and Nightmare on Elm Street made. His work is absolutely outstanding!! A+++” Kelsea Young, 2016.

Jurassic Park custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“Josh at LunchmeatVHS.com and @thewallofvhs on Instagram really helped me by initially taking notice and sharing the deck with their followers. Super grateful for those guys help.”

To enquire about prices and keep track of new projects check out Sorce CodeVhs on Facebook Instagram or by email: sorceproductions@gmail.com

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Children of the Corn custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs
Escape from New York custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs
Escape from New York custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“My custom Escape from NY is getting his final touches as I write these lines. It is beyond all my expectations and more, worth every single penny !!!!” Francisco Laranjo, 2016.

Practical Visitor’s Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro

Artist Aelia Petro has been working on a beautifully illustrated guide-book style celebration of the 1986 movie Labyrinth for the past several years. The guide will cover all the major characters such as Jareth, Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo and Sir Didymus along with all the other denizens of the Labyrinth including that cute little worm “Allo.”

Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Hoggle
You will find regular additions to the guide on the artist Facebook Page and hand crafted items for sale on Aelia’s Website.

Check out the new Labyrinth board game by River Horse Games on my previous blog post.

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Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Ludo
Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Sir Didymus
Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Jareth The Goblin King
Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Alph & Tim
Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Ralph & Jim
Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Goblin Knight
Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth by Aelia Petro - Labyrinth Worm

Neon Horror by RetkiKosmos

Flower Power collides with Miami Vice to create beautifully horrific art. Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, Leatherface and Jack Torrance rub shoulders with Carrie, Regan and Pinhead in these psychedelic neon portraits by RetkiKosmos. Check out the sneaky cute / sinister all-over prints hiding on the clothing.

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Neon Horror - Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare on Elm Street by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Jack Torrance - The Shinning by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Carrie by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Regan - The Exorcist by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Pinhead - Hellraiser by RetkiKosmos

Amazing, and humorous, character portraits from The Hobbit by euclase

Check out these amazing character portraits from The Hobbit movie trilogy by the artist euclase. Directed by Peter Jackson, and based on the classic book by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug.

“I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.” 

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The Hobbit - Thranduil by euclase

Loving the inclusion of a few familiar faces from another famous underground adventure. For more of euclase’s work head over to Deviant Art and prepare to be impressed. “I’m going on an adventure.”

The Hobbit - Tauriel by euclase
The Hobbit - Bard the Bowman by euclase
The Hobbit - Dwalin by euclase
The Hobbit -Thorin Oakenshield by euclase

Donkey Kong mash-ups by Pixel Baz

Pixel Artist Pixel Baz presents Donkey Kong mashed with pop culture movies and TV shows in classic 8-bit pixel-art style. As a retro gaming fan, and massive geek, these designs tick all the right boxes. Aliens, Adventure Time, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Sesame Street characters climb those sloping levels trying to reach the top, save their ally and hopefully take out the fiendish kidnapper at the end of the game (with a big sword, pulse rifle or in Cookie Monsters case a giant cookie distraction).

Donkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Adventure TimeDonkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Sesame Street

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Donkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - AliensDonkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Prometheus

Donkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Star Wars The Empire Strikes BackDonkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Star Wars The Return of the Jedi

Donkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Game of ThronesDonkey Kong mash-ups by BazNet - Doctor Who

Dale Walter’s custom Interceptor by Mad Max Cars

Michigan born Dale Walter’s life long passion with George Miller’s Mad Max movies has reached a pinnacle in collecting terms. ‘”Someday I will own that car”….and now he does.

Dale Walter’s custom Interceptor by Mad Max Cars

The famous Interceptor car has featured in three of Miller’s four pictures, including the latest Mad Mad: Fury Road. In 2008, Dale commissioned specialist company Mad Max Cars to convert his 1972 Australian Falcon into the iconic Interceptor – a process which took five years and $125,000.

“It was a 30 year dream, and a 5 year project”

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Dale Walter’s custom Interceptor by Mad Max Cars

Mad Max Cars have also produced a replica Humungus Machine from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Bud’s Goose Bike and an XB Falcon Fairmont Interceptor Sedan as well as selling Mad Max related clothing, props and merchandise. Story via The RPF.

Dale Walter’s custom Interceptor by Mad Max CarsDale Walter’s custom Interceptor by Mad Max Cars

Humungus Machine by Mad Max CarsBud's Goose Bike by Mad Max Cars

Marvel Zavvi ZBOX May 2015 = Marvellous!

Just received the May Marvel Comics themed Zavvi ZBOX (don’t click that link yet!), it’s a mixed bunch of fun things lovingly picked out for you and sent directly to your doorstep for only £19.99. Does this represent good value for money? Let’s find out….

The box arrived late afternoon, well packaged in a mailer bag that was tough and sturdy (requiring scissors). It was at this point I whipped out my camera and filmed an Unboxing video which can be found HERE on YouTube . Upon opening I was greeted by the mighty Captain Iron Pool and a smorgasbord of delights (see below), then I made my video and the items ended up magically displayed like this……

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Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015

Contents rundown:

  • Marvel Funko Pop! I got Black Widow which is good considering the general lack of female toys doing the rounds at the moment. She looks great and wobbles nicely (steady on boys).
  • NECA Scalers Silver Spider-Man that seems to have taken up pole dancing as a new profession. Attach the little fella to headphones or another cable and you’re guaranteed to look like a swinger.
  • Topps Avengers Hero Attax tin and unpunched cards (see unboxing video for my terrible pronunciation problems). I’ve never played this game but the cards and tin are very nice.
  • The History ChannelStan Lee’s Superhumans Season One DVD set. Five and a half hours of super human documentary goodness.
  • Marvel Secret Wars 001 ZBOX exclusive variant cover. The multiverse is dying. Only two universes remain. Today, Earths collide.
  • June Issue 232 of Total Film featuring the Incredible Hulk on the cover. Movies, comics, games, TV and more in a slick looking glossy magazine plus a special subscription offer if you’re feeling that way inclined.
  • Marvel Comics temporary tattoos, which I might take to a party tomorrow night and see what happens after a few beers.
  • Spider-Man candy sticks, edible white things with a fun little sticker inside.
  • The ZBOX Marvellous magazine.

An all together impressive array of all things Marvel Comics for a reasonable price. Next month sees Cops as the theme and we’re already promised a Judge Dredd item, which it all rather exciting. You can place your order for the next Zavvi ZBOX here and watch my YouTube Unboxing Video here.

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 NECA SpiderMan Scalers Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Topps Avengers Hero Attax

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Funko Pop! Black WidowMarvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Stan Lee's Superhumans DVDMarvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Secret Wars 001 Variant CoverMarvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Total Film Incredible Hulk

Avengers: Age of Ultron – two new posters released.

Two versions of the new poster for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron have hit the net today.

Possibly as a pre-cursor to Civil War we have either Captain America or Iron Man leading the pack of superheroes. Nice artwork and some interesting names on the credits including Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard and Danny Elfman. Wait a minute, Danny Elfman? Mmmm my Spider Sense is tingling.

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Images via Slash Film.

Kung Fury – An Over-the-top 80s Style Action Comedy

Kung Fury is an indie over-the-top action comedy that has it’s foundation in 80s cop movies. Combining elements from 1980s games, pop culture and fist pumping music the team at Laser Unicorns have produced this awesome crowd funded movie. Think Hobo with a Shotgun & Planet Terror mixed with Streets of Rage & Time Bandits.

Highlights include a Nintendo Power Glove & ZX Spectrum (with Microdrives) time hacking scene, talking dinosaurs, an 80s cartoon homage, the killer robot arcade machine,  David Hasselhoff and an epic final (?) battle sequence that will literally kick you in the balls.  Check out the Kung Fury Website & Facebook Page for updates and behind the scenes photos and videos and watch the movie below!

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Kung Fury
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“Kung Fury is a renegade 80s cop from Miami. Furys precinct is destroyed by the dangerous criminal and master of Kung-Fu – Adolf Hitler aka Kung Führer. With the help of a hacker, Kung Fury aims to travel back in time to Germany in 1940, planning to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all. But something goes wrong and our protagonist ends up in the Nordic land of Asgard kicking off this amazing adventure.”

Directed by David Sandberg.
Produced by Laser Unicorns, Lampray and Salmon Fox.
Cinematography by: Linus Andersson, Martin Gärdemalm, Jonas Ernhill and Mattias Andersson.
Aerial Cinematography by: Henning Sandström.
VFX by: David Sandberg, Klas Trulsson, Simon Tingell and Jimmy Sahlin.
Starring: David Sandberg, Joanna Häggblom, Leopold Nilsson, Andreas Cahling and Per-Henrik Arvidius.