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!

#Fave80sCar 1980s Blog Podcast Crossover Event, November 17 2016

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Geeky wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design

I often use over the top words to highlight how immense some of the things I stumble upon really are. Amazing, Excellent, Superb and Outstanding are amongst my favourites. Guess what? They all apply here. These hand built pop culture wood burners and fire pits by Alex Dodson of Burned by Design are hot, hot, hot! From Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to Iron Man, Alien and Predator these burners are literally turning up the heat when it comes to functional works of art.

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UPDATE 04 Jan 2016: New design Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Captain Phasma

Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
These amazing wood burners and fire pits ship worldwide and are available as commissions via the Burned by Design Facebook pageYou will also find a huge library of build photos, video footage and article links.

Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Stormtrooper & Darth Vader
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Boba Fett
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Darth Vader
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Lord of the Rings The Witch-king
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Batman
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Iron Man
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Ultron
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Predator
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Alien vs Predator

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

Alien Pez dispenser by Peter “Rat D” Davidson

Alien Pez dispenser by Peter “Rat D” Davidson… in space, no one can hear you craft. Very little is known about the artist that created this rather wonderful Xeno-Pez. It has been featured on various blogs and articles as far back as 2001 with no direct link to it’s creator. Perhaps he will always remain anonymous but one thing is for sure, this is one hell of a cool thing. I’ve heard most people eat their Pez sweets at night… mostly.

Are you the master of this creation? Link me to your work and step forward into the light.

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Alien Pez dispenser by Peter “Rat D” DavidsonAlien Pez dispenser by Peter “Rat D” Davidson

While we are on the subject, here is an Alien themed Wedding Cake by Jet City Cakes. I’m all for breaking tired and tested wedding normality, make a union your own and geek it up. “Hello my baby, Hello my honey, Hello my ragtime gal!”

Alien themed Wedding Cake by Jet City Cakes

WIN a set of cool TV, movie and toy posters from Bill McConkey Illustration.

Bill McConkey is an award-winning illustrator based in the North of England known for lively character and pop culture infused art.

80s Last Supper by Bill McConkey

Along with providing many of the biggest selling British magazines with illustrations for over a decade, he also produces prints of his most popular artworks, many of these currently reside in the homes of discerning owners in every corner of the planet, from the West and East Coast of America to mainland Europe, Australia and the UK. You can find more amazing art and illustration by Bill McConkey on his website, blog and Twitter. He is more than happy to take on commissions *hint hint*.

Here is a chance to win a set of posters comprising of I ♥ He-Man, Aliens & Robots, 80s Last Supper (see below) and a couple of random surprises!

Two ways to enter, you can do both if you like and double your chances –

Follow Retro Action Figures on Twitter and re-tweet this post.

And/Or

Head over and follow Killer Kitsch on Pinterest and re-pin this post.

Please note: the prize can only be despatched to UK residents so feel free to share but don’t expect to win if you live in Outer Mongolia, sorry. Competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 29th April 2015.

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I Heart He-Man by Bill McConkey
Robots & Aliens by Bill McConkey
Harry and the Hendersons by Bill McConkey
Greatest TV Shows by Bill McConkeyMovie Spots for EMPIRE by Bill McConkeySherlock by Bill McConkey

(Competition Now Closed!) Win a free t-shirt from Arcane Store and Killer Kitsch

The wonderful people over at Arcane Store, movie & gaming clothing and accessories, have rustled up a cool competition to win one of three amazing t-shirts that come in all shapes, colours and sizes for men, women and children. A few of the many cool designs are featured below.

Alien USCSS Nostromo from Arcane StoreThe Shining HERE’S JOHNNY from Arcane Store

There are three t-shirts up for grabs and three ways to enter. You are not restricted to only entering once but the way things work you can only get one shot each via Killer Kitsch on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  • “Like” and “Follow” my Facebook page then share the top highlighted post about this competition. Leave a comment so I know who you are.
  • Follow me on Twitter and re-tweet this post.
  • Add me on Google+ and +1 / share this post. Leave a comment so I know who you are.

Three chances to win, you can enter all three of the above if you want. A winner will be randomly selected from those that have entered on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for a t-shirt of their choice from Arcane Store. The competition will close at midnight on 15th April.

Alien Suspects from Arcane StoreHorror Suspects from Arcane Store

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one of these top designs from Arcane Store you can use the discount code ‘killer20‘ for a massive 20% off your purchases until the 15th April. You can also find the Arcane Store on Twitter and Facebook.

TRON Encom from Arcane StoreThe Incredible Hulk from Arcane Store

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Aliens ‘Vasquez’ Cosplay by Sin Fisted. Let’s Rock!

Model, performer and cosplayer Sin Fisted is ready to rock with this totally bad-ass Aliens ‘Vasquez’ cosplay. The M56 Smart Gun has been designed by Infamous Duane Cosplay and there are loads of additional build photos on the Facebook page.

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Aliens Vasquez cosplay by Sin Fisted
Aliens Vasquez
Aliens M56 Smart Gun by Infamous Duane Cosplay

IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans

Illustrator Ed Harrington has drawn up a series of IKEA style instruction sheets for famous movie monsters via his Twitter account nothinghappenedtoday. Freddy Krueger, Alien, Jason Voorhees and Pinhead rub shoulders with Beetlejuice, the aliens from They Live and The Walking Dead.

These handy guides detail the items you require and give basic construction guidelines for each miscreant. Not sure what the Allen key is for, but it looks like it comes with every set. You always need more Allen keys, string and Rawl plugs to help fill that kitchen draw, the one that’s always full of crap. Anyhoo…..

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IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Gremlins by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Beetlejuice by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - They Live by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Lost Bosy by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Walking Dead by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Pet Cemetery by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Freddy Krueger by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Ring by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Alien by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Jason Voorhees by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Human Centipede
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Pinhead Hellraiser by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Fly by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Edward Scissorhands by Ed Harrington

Ripley’s ‘Aliens’ Reebok Stompers

Revive Customs is a custom footwear brand which was founded in 2006 by Evan Macpherson.

They have created a one off pair of Weyland-Yutani Alien Stompers, the retro shoe with a futuristic vibe as featured in the classic movie ‘Aliens’.

“This is a very special project to me, Reebok Alien Stompers are a rendition of the shoes that Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) wears when she is killing off the Aliens kicking ass”



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Kenner Alien 18″ Action Figure, 1979

The amazing, and much sought after, Alien Action Figure from Kenner. What possessed them to release such an item with advertising aimed at children is anybody’s guess but it’s still one heck of a great toy.

Meanwhile, at the Kenner Factory in 1979……