Disney Princesses “The hair struggle is real” by C. Cassandra

A Disney Princess can live in a castle with a singing teapot, underwater, up a high tower, a cottage in the forest or the great outdoors and the one thing they all have in common are hairstyles that always seem to look fabulous. Artist C-Cassandra imagines what it might be like in the real world where hair takes an everyday beating from the elements. The hair struggle is real.

Disney Princesses The hair struggle is real by C. Cassandra - Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Disney Princesses The hair struggle is real by C. Cassandra - Ariel from The Little Mermaid
Disney Princesses The hair struggle is real by C. Cassandra - Rapunzel from Tangled
Disney Princesses The hair struggle is real by C. Cassandra - Snow White
Disney Princesses The hair struggle is real by C. Cassandra - Pocahontas

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Disney Princesses "The hair struggle is real" by C. Cassandra featuring Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel, Snow White and Pocahontas.

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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1980s Innovations

The January 2017 80s League crossover blog and podcast event is all about 1980s innovations, things that came on leaps and bounds and gave us something fresh and new or mind blowingly amazing. I could have picked toys, games, gadgets, fashion or movie special effects but I’m focusing on the technological innovations that had a direct impact on my life in the early to mid 1980s.

Links to all the other 80s League posts & podcasts – 80’s Reboot Overdrive podcast80’s Reboot Blog, Rediscover the 80sReturn to the 80sRealweegiemidge Blog

Feel free to visit, read, listen, share and join the conversation by using the #80sInnovations hash tag on Twitter.

#80sInnovations Acorn BBC Micro Computer

The BBC Microcomputer System, or BBC Micro, is a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by the Acorn Computer company for the BBC Computer Literacy Project, operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Designed with an emphasis on education, it was notable for its ruggedness, expandability, and the quality of its operating system. For these reasons the BBC Micro was adopted by most schools in the United Kingdom.

#80sInnovations Acorn BBC Micro Computer

The above recreated scene represents a typical IT classroom in the early 80s, although we had less computers and hard plastic bucket chairs. Lessons involved learning the BASIC programming language and occasionally we were allowed to play Chuckie Egg. The BBC Micro was not a hugely popular home computer due to its cost but this is where my love affair with computers really began. Today children learn how to use computer applications, in the 80s we were learning how to write the software.

#80sInnovations Sony CDP-101 Compact Disc Player

The Compact Disc is a digital optical disc data storage format released in 1982 and co-developed by Philips and Sony. The format was originally developed to store and play only sound recordings but was later adapted for storage of data.

The Sony CDP-101 is the world’s first commercially released compact disc player. The system was launched in Japan on October 1, 1982. Sony’s partner in development, Philips CD100 launched their model in November 1982 and the system was launched worldwide in March 1983. Despite costing up to $1000, over 400,000 CD players were sold in the United States between 1983 and 1984.

As an avid follower of music in the 1980s I had a large record and cassette collection. It took me a while to wrap my head around the new format, they were expensive but sturdy, portable and easy to store. My second music system had a built in CD player and until downloads became the in thing I accumulated an extensive and varied music collection on compact disc.

#80sInnovations Space Shuttle Columbia STS-1 April 12, 1981

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA’s Space Shuttle fleet. Columbia launched on 12 April 1981 and returned on 14 April, 54.5 hours later, having orbited the Earth 37 times. Columbia carried a crew of two – mission commander John W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen. It was the first American manned space flight since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. The launch occurred on the 20th anniversary of the first-ever human spaceflight.

#80sInnovations Space Shuttle Columbia STS-1 April 12, 1981 John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen

I’m no rocket scientist so I’ll leave the technical mumbo-jumbo out of this but as a ten year old the excitement for the launch was immense. The build-up was featured on news and science programmes here in the UK and the launch was broadcast live on Tomorrow’s World. The Space Shuttle is an awe inspiring feat of science, technology and engineering and certainly ranks as my top 1980s innovation.

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What’s Your #Fave80sCar?

So, several bloggers and podcast folk have stuck their collective heads together and decided to talk about 1980s pop culture cars and vehicles via the #Fave80sCar hashtag on twitter. The brain-child of 80s Reboot Overdrive features a cross-section of like-minded geeks waxing nostalgic about stand-out or personal favourite vehicles that blew us away in movies, TV and games from the 1980s.

Check out the cross-over blogs from Realweegiemidge, Return to the ’80s Part I Part II, 80s Reboot Blog and the 80s Reeboot Overdrive Podcast!

It was hard limiting myself but as I didn’t want inflict “War & Peace: 1980s Car Edition” upon you here are my top five vehicles in no particular order. Feel free to drop me a list of your favourites via my fast paced Twitter Account or main Facebook Page. Enjoy.

B is for Batmobile

#Fave80sCar Batman 1989 Batmobile

The hype for Batman (1989) was through the roof, I was at college so myself and a few mates hit our local ABC Cinema and sat down to watch a new kind of superhero movie. Dark, twisted, action packed and heaps of fun. The casting was spot on, the sets and effects were exemplary, the music was inspired and the new Batmobile was awesome. Built specifically for the movie the car was constructed using a Chevrolet Impala chassis, Chevy V8 engine and modified 1970 Corvette body. Movie merchandise included action figures, die-cast vehicles and the cool missile launching Batmobile toy by ToyBiz.

#Fave80sCar Batman 1989 ToyBiz Batmobile

E is for ECTO-1

#Fave80sCar Ghostbusters ECTO-1
Winter 1984 and I went to watch Ghostbusters with my parents. They were a little shocked by the sprinkling of colourful metaphors from the offset of the movie but I’m glad I got to enjoy this ride at the cinema. Funny, scary, tongue-in-cheek comedy horror featuring the outstanding ECTO-1. Created by Steven Dane, ECTO-1 and ECTO-1A are a Miller-Meteor Futura Ambulance/Hearse Combination mounted on a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Professional Chassis. Kenner would go on to release ECTO-1 as part of The Real Ghostbusters toys and action figures line.

#Fave80sCar Kenner Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1

K is for KITT

#Fave80sCar Knight Rider KITT

Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.” As a teenager in the 1980s this was the THE car you wanted to be seen cruising the streets in. Cool and fast with an array of weapons and gadgets which including “Turbo Boost” and a frickin “Laser”, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand) is a fictional computer that controls the high-tech Knight 2000, a black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am T-top. The voice for KITT was provided by actor William Daniels. ERTL produced several diecast KITT models in various sizes including this large 1/16 scale version.

#Fave80sCar ERTL Knight Rider KITT Knight 2000
A is for Aliens APC

#Fave80sCar Aliens APC

The school holidays of 1986 were in full swing, my mates decided we should try and sneak in underage to watch Aliens (Cert 18) as we were all fans of Alien. We put on our “oldest” clothing and strutted in with deep voices “Four tickets to Aliens please.” which led to instant success. In retrospect, it was the middle of the day and the screening was empty so the cinema were probably glad we turned up. I’ll never forget the scene with the Facehugger that launches at the side of the stasis tank causing me and my friends to shout “whoah!” simultaneously.

Back to cars… Aliens is my favourite movie, it blew me away at the time and it still does to this day. The APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) is a heavy duty bit of kit that takes some serious punishment from acid, fire and rugged surface driving before finally giving up the ghost. Gutted we never got to see what kind of punishment the weaponry could have dished out to the pesky Xenomorph infestation on LV-426.  The APC is based on a four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, 635 hp Hunslet Air Towing Tractor, acquired from British Airways at London Heathrow Airport.

#Fave80sCar Aliens APC

A is (also) for Airwolf

#Fave80sCar Airwolf

Okay, so this defo isn’t a car but as kick-ass helicopters go this one is top of my list with Blue Thunder running a close second. With a killer main theme by Sylvester Levay, this high-octane cold war action show really grabbed my interest in the 1980s. Airwolf was derived from a Bell 222, a twin-turboshaft helicopter produced for the civilian market.

I bought the Crash Smash! Airwolf game for the ZX Spectrum and several years later picked up the large and small ERTL diecast vehicles. It was without doubt a mean machine.

#Fave80sCar ERTL Airwolf

That’s my top picks but there are so many more I could have included including Back to the Future DeLorean, A-Team Van, Street Hawk, Automan’s Car, The General Lee, ThunderCats Thundertank, Transformers, MASK, Tron Light Cycle, Christine, Mad Max 2, Spy Hunter, Magnum’s Ferrari, Fall Guy Truck and Miami Vice. Iconic cars as far as the eye can see, the 1980s officially rocked!

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60 Iconic Weapons from Fiction

When we think of our favorite fictional characters, we often associate them with an item, or talisman, that is every bit as iconic as the characters themselves. In many cases, this item is a weapon. Weapons come in many forms; there are guns, swords, and everything in between. They can be as amazing as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber or as unique as the Fat Man from the Fallout video game franchise.

Via: Target Sports USA 

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The Ultimate Arsenal: 60 Iconic Weapons from Fiction - TargetSportsUSA.com - Infographic

Famous Oldies by Alex Solis

Pop culture characters as old timers by Alex Solis. Will Ash still be choosing Pikachu? Will Finn and Jake still be going on adventures? Will the Ninja Turtles still be radical? Will Darth Vader be able to keep his saber up? Will the Flash still be flashing? Let’s find out! You can view more of Alex Solis artwork on Instagram.

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Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Pokémon Ash and Pikachu
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Adventure Time - Finn and Jake
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Joker
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Darth Vader
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Flash
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Batman
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Incredible Hulk
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Minions
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - He-Man Vs Skeletor

The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar

Beautiful portraits of the ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by the artist Whitney Jiar. The line-up for DC includes Supergirl, Zatanna, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman. Marvel is represented by Jean Grey, Emma Frost and Storm. You can check out more of Whitney Jiar’s work on Bēhance and Instagram.

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The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Supergirl
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Zatanna Zatara
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Jean Grey
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Catwoman
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Poison Ivy
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Emma Frost
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Batgirl
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Harley Quinn
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Storm
The Ladies of DC and Marvel Comics by Whitney Jiar - Wonder Woman

Robots by Eric Joyner

Pop culture collides in artist Eric Joyner’s paintings of robots, space rockets and monsters. Autobots battle Deceptacons in a grand arena, Robby the Robot plays the blues, Godzilla takes on King Kong and robots play, fight and contemplate life.

The Final Blow by Eric Joyner
Universe Car by Eric Joyner

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3 Robots by Eric Joyner
The Collator by Eric Joyner

“I was born in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco. My childhood was fairly uneventful, doing the usual things most kids did, reading comics (mostly Mad, Creepy, Eerie and newspaper comic strips), playing sports, and going to school, as well as drawing and painting.”

Just Another Day In LA by Eric Joyner

“In 2000, after years of painting other people’s pictures, I made the decision to only paint things that I liked. Four series of paintings of different subjects were started; they were: San Francisco urbanscapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican masks, and last but not least, Japanese tin (toy) robots.”

Sunken Treasure by Eric Joyner
Looking For Trouble by Eric Joyner

“Armed with a small collection of tin robots and spaceships I began painting them in earnest. In attempt to bring them to life without loosing their charm, I showed them where they belonged: outer space. By 2002 the paintings were looking good, but they still needed something to play off of… perhaps a nemesis.”

Fall Outing by Eric Joyner
Blues Machine by Eric Joyner

“After a month or so of searching for a ‘nemesis’ I had an epiphany while watching the movie ‘Pleasantville.’ In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life of…donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to see the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when I went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Too Many Choices II by Eric Joyner
Melee by Eric Joyner

Geeky cakes at Cake International 2016

This years Cake International show was held on the 16th – 17th April 2016, at Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Of interest to myself, as always, were the wonderfully geeky movie, television and fantasy cakes that are skilfully created by hard working fondant masters for this event. Life-size Batman v Superman and Maleficent, castles, creatures, Rocket and Groot and Best in Show Albert Einstein by Dinky Doodle Dawn. Now, where’s my fork?

If you are the creator / artist of any of these magical cakes feel free to drop me a message at killer-kitsch@hotmail.co.uk so I can add a credit / link. Photographers are credited with each image.

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Albert Einstein by Dinky Doodle Dawn at Cake International 2016
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Fantasy Creature at Cake International 2016
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Fantasy Creature at Cake International 2016
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Fairytale Castle at Cake International 2016
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Fantasy Design at Cake International 2016
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Steampunk at Cake International 2016
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Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket & Groot at Cake International 2016
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Batman v Superman at Cake International 2016
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Maleficent at Cake International 2016
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Labyrinth the board game by River Horse Games

Developed by the team at River Horse, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth the board game is a simple, fun game that allows 1 to 5 players to join forces in an attempt to rescue Toby from the Goblin King.

“You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us… forever.”

Labyrinth the board game by River Horse

Players must navigate the maze to save Sarah’s baby brother. Each game is different with the blank card spaces being filled with the magical encounters and monsters that are depicted on the deck of cards that comes with the game, this ensures a great deal of replayability and unpredictability in the game, giving the Labyrinth its signature feel.

The game consists of two distinct stages, one where the group must adventure through the labyrinth trying to find the goblin city whilst keeping their willpower as high as possible (nobody wants to fall into the oubliette!), and a second action packed stage where the players must fight their way into Jareth’s castle where Sarah must say the magical words that will release her brother.

“You have no power over me.”

The playing pieces are beautifully detailed as seen below in the pre-production images. The game is scheduled for a summer release and you can find you more via River Horse’s website, Facebook Page and rapidly expanding Facebook Group.

Check out beautiful Labyrinth inspired artwork by Aelia Petro on my next blog post.

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Labyrinth the board game by River Horse - Jareth
Labyrinth the board game by River Horse - Sarah
Labyrinth the board game by River Horse - Hoggle
Labyrinth the board game by River Horse - Sarah and Sir Didymus
Labyrinth the board game by River Horse - Ludo