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Super Daddio (Mario) T-shirt

If you're looking for a fun gift for a gaming Dad, maybe for his birthday or Father's Day, and you want to let him know that he is the best Dad in the world, then let me introduce to you the Super Daddio T-shirt! Obviously, it's based on the iconic Super Mario logo, but even if your Dad didn't grow-up playing the popular Nintendo games in the 80s or 90s, unless he has been living on Mars, he will probably of heard of Super Mario, as the games are recognised the World over.  There are quite a number of suppliers selling the T-shirt, but to save you a lot of time, I've hand-picked the best-rated and best-priced ones from trusted suppliers, so you don't have to spend an age trawling the web. So whether you're on a tight budget or you want something organic, you'll find it here. Best Value Super Daddio T-shirt If you have an eye for a bargain, then this white T-shirt by Buzz T-shirt (which is made from organic cotton) should be on your shopping list. As I

Prince Purple Rain 80s Costume for Men

When anyone mentions Prince in a conversation, the very first thing that springs to mind is that iconic and majestic Purple Rain costume which he wore in the cult 80s movie, which the musician scored and also starred in. There is also the brilliant title song, of course, but for this post I am going to focus on that flamboyant outfit, which borrows from the New Romantic scene with its frilly ruffle shirt. You can also buy the Prince Costume on Amazon.com in the U.S. Thankfully, you can buy a ready-made outfit. The most which popular and best-rated choice is available from Smiffy's on Amazon, and it is also the best value, too, and comes in a nice range of adult sizes from small to X-Large. Included is the purple jacket, trousers and a mock shirt. However, you will need to order the Prince wig and tash set seperately. A costume with the wig included is available, but it is rather expensive when compared to buying the items seperately. You can pay homage to the musician, who we s

80s Cartoon Heroes T-shirts

If, like myself, you grew up in the 1980s, then you'll know just how awesome the cartoons were. You can remind yourself of those care-free times with this very popular 80s Cartoon Heroes T-shirt for men, which is available in a choice of colours and sizes from Amazon.co.uk. 80s Cartoon Heroes T-shirt for Women 80s Cartoon Heroes T-shirt for Kids (Ages 3-13 years) The T-shirt features the main characters from many of the best toons, including Optimus Prime from Transformers (Robots in Disguise), Lion-O from Thundercats , He-Man and Skeletor from Masters of the Universe , The Real Ghostbusters, Dangermouse, Count Duckula and Donatello and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .  I really like the unique design (which is unofficial fan art) and the characters nicely set out with Optimus Prime towering over them - it particularly looks good on the blue tee. Grey and white are also available from sizes Small to XXL. Not only is this shirt highly rated by customers, but it'

Official Nintendo Duck Hunt T-shirt

This official Nintendo Duck Hunt Box Art T-shirt is ideal for showing your love for the classic 80s video game, and comes in a choice of black, charcoal and charcoal heather colours. It features the art that was on the original cartridge and also the box that it came in. As I write, the black tee comes in a full range of sizes for adults from small to 5XL. However, the charcoal heather tee is limited to sizes S to XXL, and the charcoal tee is only available in 4XL for some reason. These size choices could change at any time, of course, so click through to Amazon using the link above and check out the latest sizes. The T-shirt is being sold through the official Nintendo storefront on Amazon.co.uk.  Now just to confuse you, Nintendo are also selling this black Duck Hunt T-shirt in a separate listing for a lower price, although it is limited to sizes S, M, L and XL. There is also a third official option available (shown above) which comes in plus sizes 3XL and 4XL, but only in charcoa

1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg

For today's post, I'm going to take a look at a paperback book I recently discovered on Amazon. It's been in print since around 2009, and now in 2021, I have finally managed to get around to reviewing it! 1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg is a sourcebook which features a wide array of prints from the 80s, a decade that refuses to go away in the fashion world, at least. The book includes hundreds of illustrations and artworks, many of which are exclusive and original, making this an ideal source for students and designers. But it's also an essential read, too, which I'll come to in a moment. Five chapters are inluded; 1. Glamazon - a look at the bold and vibrant patterning associated with big hair. 2. Neon Blitz - ostentatious, dazzling colour and the influence of graffiti. 3. Urban Jungle - the urban take on floral prints using colourful, exotic images. 4. Catch The Wave - surfing and skateboarding trends which influenced high voltage motifs and a new take on the

If Stan Laurel became Adam Ant - Stan and Deliver!

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, it would have been impossible not to have noticed two icons that graced our TV screens and also the pop music charts. Stan Laurel, of course, was one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, and their much-loved 1920s and 30s comedy shorts and films were regularly shown on British TV during my childhhood.  The duo's popularity in the 1970s helped them to reach No.2 in the UK charts on 14th December 1975 with "Trail of the Lonseome Pine" (with The Avalon Boys ft, Chill Wills), helped greatly by Ollie's beautiful singing voice, of course - it was kept off the top spot by the mighty "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. The song feature in the 1937 movie Way Out West , and is best remembered for the lip-synced falsetto part by Stan, after he is hit on the head with a mallet by Ollie - this was actually sung by the British-Canadian actress and singer Rosina May Lawrence. You will remember that Adam And The Ants released hit after hit in th

1980s Fads and Fashion Colouring Book for Adults

Back in the 1980s, colouring books were viewed as something you bought for your kids. However, these days they have become increasingly popular with adults, and they are a great way to relieve stress and induce calmness. Back to the 80s: Fads and Fashion Colouring Book is proving to be a very popular choice with adults, but, of course, the kids and grandkids can also join in, too! Please note, though, that these illustrations are quite complex, so they might be a little overwhelming for young children. Published by Lightburst Media, the A4 sized paperback features a glossy cover and 35 detailed illustrations with an 80s fashion theme. These will provide many hours of enjoyment, and there is enough here to keep you entertained for weeks. Thankfully, the illustrations are printed only on one side of each page, which is always a good idea with colouring books as the colour can bleed through if you're using felt tips - I prefer pencils myself! You can go wild with your colouring skill

The Young Ones 80s Comedy Tribute T-shirt

Pay tribute to the anarchic British 80s comedy The Young Ones , with this popular T-shirt for Men, which is availble from the Retro Tees store on Amazon.co.uk. The tee features a top quality photo print featuring the four main characters; Vyvyan Basterd (played by Ade Edmondson), Neil Pye (Nigel Planer), Rick (Rik Mayall), and Mike "the-cool-person" (Christopher Ryan). As with the customer feedback, I recommend ordering a size-up, as the shirt is a little tight. That's the only negative, though, as the shirt itself is of excellent quality. While BBC1 was still airing traditional comedies such as The Two Ronnies , this off-beat sitcom found a cult audience on BBC2, and helped bring the new wave of alternative comedy to our attention. It was violent, it was surreal, and it was a refreshing change from the old-school comedy which was starting to look a little stale. So who was your favourite character? If I had to choose, then it would probably be the melancholic and pessimi

Crazy For Swayze T-shirts

Crazy For Swayze Ladies T-shirt If you had a bit of a thing for Patrick Swayze back in the day, then you were certainly not alone. The American actor became an 80s heartthrob after starring in numerous movies including The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Young Blood, Dirty Dancing and Road House, to name but a few. This popular and colourful Crazy for Swayze T-shirt features the actor with blonde locks, as he was in the wildy entertaining 1991 action thriller Point Break, in which he starred as a surfer known as Bodhi.  It's very much a 90s shirt, and features a relaxed, boyfriend fit. It's made from 100% soft cotton and available in ladies sizes from X-Small to X-Large. You can also buy the tee in an XXL size from the Retro Tees Store on Amazon. However, if you're after something to wear at an 80s event, or maybe something with larger size options, then you may like this unisex T-shirt which is available from Amazon in blue or grey in a full range of sizes from small to 5XL. This Cr

Danny DeVito 80s Landscape T-shirt

Danny Devito 80s Neon Landscape T-shirt He may be short in stature, but Danny Devito certainly has a big on-screen presence. He is certainly one of the most-recognised and best-loved American actors, who rose to fame during his time playing Louie De Palmain in the classic 70s/80s comedy sitcom Taxi . If you're a fan of Devito and/or 80s movies, or you know someone who is, then this unique T-shirt will certainly be of interest. It features the head of the man himself inside a big triangle, set against a neon 80s grid landscape, enabling the lucky recipient to pay homage to both the actor and the best decade ever!  This high quality T-shirt is available in men's sizes from small to XX-Large. It only comes in black (which reminds of Henry Ford's famous quote!), but this is certainly the best coloured background for helping the neon graphic and Danny's unforgettable face to really stand out. Devito has had roles in numerous movies from the 80s to the present day, and starre

General Lee 01 Baseball Shirt

General Lee 01 Baseball T-shirt Anyone who grew up in the 80s will certainly remember watching The Dukes of Hazzard on TV on a Saturday evening. My weekend wasn't complete until I had enjoyed 45 minutes of mayhem, which included police car chases, stunt jumps and Rosco P. Coltrane crashing his police car into the river. Oh, and not forgetting Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) in her hot pants, of course! You can celebrate those long lost times with this very popular orange and black General Lee baseball shirt, which features the iconic octaganol "01" emblem. I say "popular", because this shirt has been a huge seller through my website Simplyeighties.com. As a huge fan of the TV show, I bought the shirt myself last year (which I was very pleased with) and it has still retained its deep orange colour. The unisex, raglan sleeve T-shirt is available in sizes from small to XX-Large, and can be bought from Amazon.co.uk. The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger with its doo

Kia-Ora 80s TV Advert - I'll be your dog!

Anyone who watched British TV during the 1980s (or went to the cinema) will remember the Kia-Ora crows advert featuring the slogan "I'll be your dog".  You may well remember the Kia-Ora drinks in plastic cartons which the usherette used to sell in the cinema. They also sold them in our local youth club, although sometimes it was Tip Top orange, which kind of tasted like the carton.  The advert itself was pretty bizarre but also a lot of fun. It featured a child wearing a straw sunhat and carrying his belongings over his shoulder, while walking in the hot sun carrying an empty glass. Suddenly, a dog appears from nowhere and tips Kia-Ora orange into his glass. The sun wrings itself out into the glass to top it up.  A crow is following the child and shouts "Kia-Ora!". The child replies "It's too orangey for crows, It's just for me and my dog." The crow replies "I'll be your dog!", and then starts barking. As they continue to walk, an

Grange Hill Roland Eating Crisps T-shirt

Was Roland Browning always eating crisps on Grange Hill? Well, that's open for debate, but it would seem that I'm definitely not the only one to think that is was often crunch time for Roland, and there is actually a T-shirt available to pay homage to Roland's notorious crisp-eating habit. If, like myself, you watched Grange Hill between 1982 and 1987, then you will almost certainly remember Roland Browning, who was played by Erkan Mustafa. He was one of the biggest characters in the show (in more than one sense of the word!), and, thankfully, he isn't just remembered for eating crisps. You will probably also remember his black female friend Simone Nylander (Janet St-Clair) trying to help him fit in with school life. She was regularly asking him tedious questions such as "Ro-land, why are you so sad? and regularly repeated her catchphrase "I just want to help you Ro-land!". Her heart was in the right place, of course, but her constant questioning and that

Prepped and Punked: Bringing 1980s and 1990s Flair to Your Wardrobe

While recently searching through Amazon's huge array of 80s themed products, a book that really caught my attention was Prepped and Punked: Bringing 1980s and 1990s Flair to Your Wardrobe by Allison Crotzer Kimmel. If you lived through the 80s or 90s, then you will know that many of today's fashions trends borrow heavily from these decades, and also other decades from the 20th century. Indeed, if you keep anything in your wardrobe for long enough, then it's almost guaranteed to come back into fashion! But unless you're a fitness addict, then it's also guaranteed not to fit you any more, too - time for an 80s workout! According to the author, this book will show you how to add some 80s and 90s flair to your current wardrobe, and let 20th century fashions style your current look.  In the first chapter, 80s and 90s Fashions Lurking in Your Closet , you'll discover that if you wear leggings and crop tops, then you are already paying homage to the 1980s, and many of