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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Custom action figures by Stolf

Custom, re-painted and re-purposed action figures by Stolf including Fallout-Man, Mick-He-Mouse, Kung Fury, The Toxic Avenger, Solid Snake G.I. Joe, Transformers and He-Man. Some of these customs are for sale, you can contact Stolf and see more of his work via customstolf on Instagram.

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Custom action figures by Stolf - Fallout He-Man
Custom action figures by Stolf - Fallout He-Man
Custom action figures by Stolf - Bamse BebopBamse Bebop based on a design by Grim Nyberg
Custom action figures by Stolf - The Toxic Avenger
Custom action figures by Stolf - Mick-He-Mouse
Custom action figures by Stolf - Solid Snake G.I. Joe
Custom action figures by Stolf - Transformers Hot Rod
Custom action figures by Stolf - The Real Ghostbusters Janine's Genie
Custom action figures by Stolf - Skeletor
Custom action figures by Stolf - Merman
Custom action figures by Stolf - Teela
Custom action figures by Stolf - King Randor
Custom action figures by Stolf - Hordak
Custom action figures by Stolf - Kung Fury

Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65

The internet is full of cool people making cool things, like this Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65, and showing them off to the world. This started life as a Craig’s List Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Police Patrol Ride-On Car (try saying that when you’re tipsy, ossifer). With the addition of a removable handle bar, custom decals and license plate and extra components from thrift and hardware stores Ecto-½ was born. Modelled on the classic Ghostbusters Ecto-1 this even comes with flashing lights and a junior looking Ghostbusters logo.

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Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65

“I’ve seen a bunch of these on the internet, so I decided I needed to make my own!”

Be inspired, build something cool, amaze your children and have fun while your at it. Parenting win via Livingdead65 on Imgur, not enough up-votes, would be great to push this build to the front page a few months after it was posted.

Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65
Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65
Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65
Ghostbusters Ecto-½ by Livingdead65

Custom made action figure dioramas by Louise Townend

Custom dioramas made in 1/12 and 1/6 scale for your action figure set ups by Louise Townend. Hand crafted commissions are constructed, modelled, painted and detailed with signs and props for a truly unique display piece.

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - RobocopCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - ED-209

From back alleys and small rooms to space ships corridors and epic movie sets, Louise brings your ideas to life via her Craft Geek Dioramas page on Facebook. Drop by and like the page, browse build photos and perhaps leave a message of encouragement for a job well done.

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Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Batman

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Freddy KruegerCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Jason Voorhees

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Batman ArkhamCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Ghostbusters

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - AlienCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Alien

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Silent Hill Pyramid Head

Steampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy

Big time Ghostbusters fan, and lover of all things steampunk, James Mclardy from Grantham, UK,  has combined his passions and constructed his very own Protonic Spectral Ensnarement Device fit for 1889.

After scratch building a pack about two years ago he decided it was time to really pull out all the stops… and cogs, pipes, metal parts, blinking lights, pressure gauges and to top it all off, an Extreme Ghostbusters trap ghost in a tasteful shade of copper. James has also constructed Ecto Goggles for his bowler hat and a Clockwork Ghost Trap to complete his spectral ensnarement ensemble.

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Steampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson MclardySteampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy

“Audrey is her name and she’s mostly MDF, wood and plastic. Keeps the weight wearable. She has a full light kit in the powercell, cog grinder and cyclotronic generator as well as the hand unit.”

Steampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy - Ecto GogglesSteampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy - Clockwork Ghost Trap

“After finding new metallic paints I decided to re visit the pack and update her.
I’d been collecting bits for a while as well to bring her more to what I had originally envisioned”

Steampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson MclardySteampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy

Steampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson MclardySteampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy

On the left the nearly completed re-fit version and the original build on the right. “Now she’s more metallic and less David Dickinson.” Quite, old bean. Let the busting commence, tally ho!

Steampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson MclardySteampunk Ghostbusters proton-pack by James Odinson Mclardy

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell

A great series of cute pop culture vehicles by the mysterious artist Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws. I say mysterious as, bar a Flickr account, I can’t find much info on this talented artist. Some of the work is familiar to me but not usually credited to this artist. These caricatures of famous Retro Ridez, paired with their equally famous drivers, were just too good to pass up.

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Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Batman BatmobileRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Ghostbusters ECTO-1

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Back to the Future DeLoreanRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws -  Herbie

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Starsky & HutchRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - A-Team

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Wayne's WorldRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Scooby Doo Mystery Machine

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - The Blues BrothersRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Mr Bean

Retro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - ElvisRetro Ridez by Jason Cadwell aka JayDraws - Speed Racer

Custom Converse by Lea Williams Art

Rock N Ruby Custom Doctor Who Converse
Custom hand-painted footwear, apparel, canvases and prints by Lea Williams Art.
Designs range from 80s cult classics such as Ghostbusters and Back to the Future to the Smegtastic British comedy Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, music icons and personal commissions for anything you can think of. Considering you get a new pair of shoes included in the price these are an absolute bargain.

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Rock N Ruby Custom Ghostbusters ConverseRock N Ruby Custom Red Dwarf Converse

Rock N Ruby Custom Red Dwarf ConverseRock N Ruby Custom Red Dwarf Converse

Rock N Ruby Custom Oasis Converse
Rock N Ruby Custom Back to the Future Nike

He-Can and Skelecan: The pop culture art of Grim Nyberg

Graffiti and mural artist Grim Nyberg has taken a couple of broken Masters of the Universe figures and created He-Can and Skelecan. Custom figures taken to a whole new level of awesome, they have the power!

His work also includes huge bespoke murals inspired by Ghostbusters, Star Wars, RoboCop, Mario and other Pop Culture Icons. I’m sure he would be happy with more commission work so drop him a line via the website.

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He-Can and Skelecan by Grim Nyberg (He-Man and Skeletor)
Robocop by Grim Nyberg
Ghostbusters Slimer by Grim Nyberg
Mario by Grim Nyberg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Grim Nyberg
Star Wars Darth Vader by Grim Nyberg
Mars Attacks by Grim NybergReturn of of the Living Dead by Grim Nyberg

Turtle Movie by Grim Nyberg
“Here’s a piece I did last summer to show the community that graffiti can be beautiful if it finds a legal place to exist.”

Grim Nyberg

Geeky Nesting Dolls by The Butler Art

I own a set of nesting dolls that belonged to my mum, the traditional Russian kind.

The Butler Art has produced some brilliantly geeky, but disturbing, nesting dolls featuring Ghostbusters, Mario and Friday the 13th. They would look great ‘nesting’ on my shelf.


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It Came From 1984

Last year the Bottleneck Gallery, 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York held an art show, curated by Chogrin, entitled It Came From 1984.

Artists interpreted films from 1984 in all kinds of interesting ways. I have picked out my favourites, including Police Academy, Gremlins and Beverly Hills Cop, which you will find below along with an alternative 1980s music mix to set the mood.

It Came from 1984 by Paul Shipper
“5 Favorite Films Of 1984” By Paul Shipper
Freddy Krueger by Alexander Iaccarino
Alexander Iaccarino “Sweet Dreams”
Police Academy by Barret Chapman
Barret Chapman “Integrity, Knowledge, Courage”
Purple Rain by Christian Garland
Christian Garland “Purple Rain”
Gremlins by David Slebodnick
David Slebodnick “Heigh Ho”
Buckaroo Banzai by Jeremy Wheeler
Jeremy Wheeler “Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers Gig Poster”
Terminator by Marco D'alfonso
Marco D’alfonso “The terminator or (de fyoocha)”
Conan by Mathieu Reynes
Mathieu Reynes “The Destroyer”
Ghostbusters by Michael Bramley
Michael Bramley “No Job Is Too Big”
Karate Kid by PJ McQuade
PJ McQuade “Karate Kid: Final Fight”
Beverly Hills Cop by Sam Gilbey
Sam Gilbey “Gross Dereliction of Duty”

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