1980s Movie Villains

It’s been a weird and wonderful month so here is my weird and wonderful 80s League 80s Movie Villains (late entry) post for March 2017.  There are so many amazing 1980s evil doers to pick from so I went for the first villains to spring to mind and had to reel myself in as the list got longer and longer. I’ve listed my choices in alphabetical order.

The 80s League are a bunch of like minded and creative types who enjoy writing and chatting about all things 1980s including movies, TV, music, fashion and so much more. You can check out all the other related 80s Movie Villains posts and podcasts via the links here – Real Weegie MidgetRediscover the 80sReturn to the 80s post and podcastStuck in the 80s podcast and postOld School Evil and 80s Reboot Overdrive.

Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Starting with an inept, yet tyrannical, villain. Dark Helmet didn’t know an asshole from his elbow but managed to, somehow, command a starship and was feared by his crew. Mostly becasue he enjoyed using his ring to dole out corporal punishment to the privates, literally. Played to perfection by Rick Moranis, Dark Helmet’s prowess using Schwartz was only matched by his stupidity and love of dolls. “They’re not dolls! They’re action figures!”

1980s Villains - Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

1980s Villains - Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The flip side of Dark Helmet, a skilled warrior, leader and downright evil dude. Darth Vader is a bad-ass. Yes, he doesn’t always win but in the final duel of this movie he methodically rips Luke Skywalker apart, made even more evil by his final revelation, after slicing off Luke’s hand. Willing to overthrow his own master, freeze folk, break deals and take massive risks involving asteroid fields in a bid to rule the galaxy, Vader is an outstanding 1980s villain.

Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

1980s Villains - Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

The Joker as I like to picture him, a crazy villain with a lust for power and money who will happily kill his own men, and thousands more to get what he wants. Utilising gadgets, weapons, trickery and subversion, Nicholson’s Joker is a triumph of comic book evil. “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? I ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.”

Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

1980s Villains - Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

May Day is a fictional bodyguard and enforcer employed by Max Zorin and acts as the secondary antagonist of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. An original character, created specifically for the film, she was portrayed by actress Grace Jones. A strong and deadly opponent that bests Bond and several other agents throughout the movie, May Day has a change of heart after being abandoned by Zorin and helps Bond foil his plot.

Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

1980s Villains - Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

No beating about the bush, Ming is one evil dude. From his fist appearances in the 1930s he has been the long standing enemy of Flash Gordon. Ming is a ruthless tyrant who rules the planet Mongo and all it’s people. He is infatuated with Dale Arden, whom he plans to marry, and has little regard for life, willing to have his own daughter tortured and enslave entire planets. Possibly the best maniacal laugh of the 1980s, Ming pulls no punches in this wonderfully camp movie, produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

Last, but not least… Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

1980s Villains - Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

Skeletor was the primary villain in the 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe film, portrayed by Frank Langella. As this was a motion picture, Skeletor was allowed to be far more menacing than the cartoon version. During the course of the movie, Skeletor captures Castle Grayskull and imprisons the Sorceress. Later, he absorbs the power of the Great Eye and transforms into a golden-armored warrior god, but is ultimately defeated by He-Man. Rather than dark purple, he wears all black, and his costume is less scant, covering his entire body with a robe and a flowing cape. Langella’s performance is highly regarded by fans and critics alike.

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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

Risqué Star Wars pin-up girls by Andrew Tarusov

Classic pin-up’s in a Star Wars style by the artist and illustrator Andrew Tarusov. I’ve seen a live action re-creation of the ‘Rey’ image causing a bit of a stir on Facebook recently and thought everyone might enjoy, or be slightly offended by, a bit of risqué sauce. Either way here’s Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Yoda, Padmé Amidala, Darth Maul and Rey in various states of undress. These are the censored versions, you can buy NSFW content via Andrew Tarusov‘s website.  Shocking 😉

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Star Wars pin-up Darth Vader by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Stormtrooper by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Boba Fett by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Yoda by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Padmé Amidala by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Darth Maul by Andrew Tarusov
Star Wars pin-up Rey by Andrew Tarusov

Pimp My Star Wars Ride

Jaw-dropping Star Wars car, a one off custom paint job by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections. Filled with images from all eras of Star Wars, the Dark Side is well represented here with Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren and the forces of The Empire all beautifully re-created.

MyStarWarsCar” is available for conventions and charity functions in the UK, the owner had this to say – “I’m a lifelong Star Wars fan and car enthusiast, so I decided to do something a little different to my car. With the help of Sam Hubbard, an airbrushing specialist, I have had Sam airbrush the car with images of infamous characters from the [Star Wars] films. “

“My aim is to use MyStarWarsCar for good causes, whether it be attending events for charity or visiting hospital/hospices just to put a smile on peoples faces. The intention is to do as much ‘good’ as is reasonably possible.”

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Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections

You can contact MyStarWarsCar via the website and Facebook and Airbrush Perfections via their website.

Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections
Star Wars Car by Sam Hubbard of Airbrush Perfections

Futurama Bender Chiminea

Custom geeky chimineas , wood burners and BBQs by Ben Cox of  BC Bespoked. This Bender Bending Rodriguez chiminea was fabricated from a 19kg bottle and a Co2 cylinder, you can also order Star Wars-esque original creations in the style of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and  TIE-Fighters. Hot stuff.

“That’s closest thing to ‘Bender is great’ that anyone other me has ever said.”

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Futurama Bender Chiminea by BC Bespoked
Star Wars Darth Vader burner by BC Bespoked
Star Wars Boba Fett burner by BC Bespoked
Star Wars TIE-Fighter burner by BC Bespoked
Star Wars Darth Vaders TIE-Fighter burner by BC Bespoked
Futurama Bender Chiminea by BC Bespoked

Star Wars pancakes by La Ricetta

The Italian restaurant La Ricetta, based in La Kanagawa Prefecture, Zama Richetta, Japan features an ever growing selection of pop culture pancakes on the menu. Step by step photographs show the skill involved in bringing these edible characters to the table.  Here we have Star Wars R2-D2 & Darth Vader and Rey & Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens plus you can also request your own personal anime favourites. May the nom-nom be with you.

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Star Wars R2-D2 Pancake
Star Wars R2-D2 Pancake
Star Wars R2-D2 Pancake
La Ricetta, Japan
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake

Geeky recycled burners, firepits and BBQs by Caddyshack Creations

Hand crafted Star Wars, Star Trek, Minions, Alien and Judge Dredd  wood burners, firepits and BBQs by Barry Wood of Caddyshack Creations. Eco-friendly reconditioned piece’s of working art, bringing old gas bottles back to life as something totally new and unique. More via CaddyshackCreations  and Star Wars Handcrafted Firepit Wood Burners.

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Star Wars X-Wing by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars AT-ST Scout Walker by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars AT-ST Scout Walker by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars Mandalorian Helmet by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars Darth Vaders Tie-Fighter by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars Darth Vaders Tie-Fighter and Star Trek USS Enterprise by Caddyshack Creations
Star Trek USS Enterprise by Caddyshack Creations
Judge Dredd by Caddyshack Creations
Minions by Caddyshack Creations
Minions by Caddyshack Creations
Rambo Minions by Caddyshack CreationsGeeky recycled burners, firepits and BBQs by Caddyshack Creations

Star Wars woodburned keepsake boxes by Kathleen Kaderabek

Wooden keepsake / jewellery / secret stash boxes by Kathleen Kaderabek of OtherNamesWereTaken. Each piece is made by hand, signed and numbered on the bottom and finished with lining, clasps and quotes. Featured here are classic trilogy favourites Darth Vader (for  your cookies), Yoda and Boba Fett along with BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Do you like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Legend of Zelda and Lord of the Rings? You do? Great, go take a look at my next blog post featuring more of these fantastic boxes.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek

“Because each piece is done by my own hands, each has slight variations which adds character and uniqueness”

You can find these designs, and many more, on Kathleen’s OtherNamesWereTaken Etsy store and via her Faceook Page.

Star Wars Yoda woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek
Star Wars Boba Fett woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek
Star Wars Boba Fett woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek

Star Wars Darth Vader woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek

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

Super Geeky Sand Sculptures 2015

With the summer almost over (it never really started in the UK) here are some amazing geeky sand sculptures from Australia and Findland.  I’ve rummaged through loads of images online and found the best pop culture sand sculptures via Instagram, DeviantArt and blog posts.

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Doctor Octopus, Catwoman and Predator Sand Sculpture
Hellboy, The Thing and Wolverine Sand Sculpture
Finland’s largest sand castle expo is held in Lappeenranta throughout the summer months, this years theme being ‘Heroes’ but a few villains have crept in to balance things out. Images from Lappeenranta come by way of Bemari on DeviantArt and Mikko Kelavaara on Twitter. Australia hosts a huge summer sand sculpture event on Frankston Waterfront, Melbourne, January through April. Images from Frankston Waterfront come via a blog post by Dr Sze Wey Lee. Go show everyone some internet love (including me *waves*).

The Legend of Zelda - Link Sand Sculpture
Rocky IV - Ivan Drago Sand Sculpture
Megaman Sand Sculpture
Superman Sand Sculpture
Super Mario Sand Sculpture
NASA Sand Sculpture
Albert Einstein Sand Sculpture.
Star Wars - Darth Vader Sand Sculpture
The Joker Sand Sculpture
Disney Villains Sand Sculpture
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Sand Sculpture
Star Wars Yoda Sand Sculpture
Star Wars Jabba's Palace Sand Sculpture
Star Wars The Galactic Empire Sand Sculpture