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Friday, 22 July 2016

Manic Miner Retro Gamer Tee Shirts


Those of us above a certain age will remember spending many an hour back in the mid eighties tearing our hair out trying to complete the platforming classic Manic Miner. Some of us now have little hair left to tear out, of course, but the golden days of gaming will be forever etched in our memories.

Inspired by the Atari 800 game Miner 2049er, Manic Miner was initially released on the ZX Spectrum, before being ported to other popular platforms including the Commodore 64 and eventually the Amiga.

Although not quite as well known as major characters such as Mario or Pac-Man, Miner Willy quickly found a cult following, and these days the coolest retro gaming fans can be seen wearing T-shirts and drinking out of mugs to celebrate a vintage platform game that once won a Golden Joystick Award in the magazine Computer & Video Games.


I really miss gripping onto my joystick, and I've never really felt in full control of any game using other methods, particularly with driving games. Rotating an android device or touching arrows on the screen really doesn't float my boat.

Anyway, this article is supposed to be about Manic Miner T-shirts, so let's get down to business!

The first two T-shirts below are available at Amazon's UK store. If you're from other countries, then scroll down past these to find more tees.
The T-shirt shown in military green is also available in grey, black or white, and comes in five sizes to fit 32" to 54" chest. The black T-shirt can also be bought in an X-large size, and this will be displayed underneath at Amazon.

These particular shirts are not available at the U.S. store, but there is an alternative, thankfully.
The tee above is available in a whopping 15 colours for sizes ranging from X-small to XXX-large. It's also ethically sourced and uses sustainable manufacturing processes.

Manic Miner Black T-shirt for Women or Men
Manic Miner Shirt at Redbubble.com
I discovered two designs at Redbubble who ship worldwide. Every design on the site is available for both men and women in a range of colours, sizes and styles, and can be printed on tank tops, hoodies, V neck shirts etc.

I a found a couple of Manic Miner shirts on ebay UK which are brand new and can be bought using the "buy it now" option. You can use the generic link below to view all available designs in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. I can't guarantee that there will be anything available in your country, but it's worth a try, at least.

Manic Miner T-shirts at ebay

As you will appreciate, the subject matter is very niche and sources for T-shirts are pretty limited. However, I was pleased to have found a few designs, and if you want something quirky and retro to wear, then a Manic Miner shirt is a great solution.

You will find an A-Z of Retro Gaming T-shirts at my website SimplyEighties.com.

You can also play Manic Miner for free at my website if you're on a PC. The game is flash-based and, therefore, won't work on smartphones and tablets.




Monday, 27 June 2016

Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag


Rubik's Cube Clutch Handbag
Rubik's Cube PU Leather Handbag
Whether you're looking for a quirky, fun handbag, or an extra accessory to add to your 80s fancy dress party costume, this fantastic-looking clutch handbag should fit the bill. It's made from high quality PU leather and features two inner pockets. It is, of course, designed to look like the best-selling puzzle of all-time, the Rubik's Cube, which first became popular back in the 1980s - I could never solve the darn thing and resorted to peeling off the stickers and placing them in the right order!



This handbag is certainly a head-turner and a great talking point, being ideal for both teens and adults, and once your friends (or work colleagues) see you sporting this bag they'll all want one, that's for sure! I certainly know one young lady who would be very happy to receive this bag as a present as it's just such a cool retro idea - that's one idea added to the Christmas gifts list, at least.



Rubik's Cube Handbag close-up

You may also be interested in the post Rubik's Cube Fancy Dress Costumes on this blog. By the way, you can also find a wide-range of 80s fancy dress costume ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com.

Melting Rubik's Cube T-shirt for Women
Melting Cube T-shirt for Ladies
If you weren't tempted by that handbag, then how about this melting cube T-shirt? This particular one is available in four colours and in sizes 8-18. However, the link above will take you to a choice of women's tees with a melting cube theme.





Sunday, 26 June 2016

Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

No one can argue that the king of pop was at the peak of his career during the 1980s. If they do, then just mention the fact that the 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all-time and they'll need need a damn good explanation why he wasn't.

Staying with the subject of Thriller, Michael Jackson also brought us one of the most iconic videos of the 80s with the epic Thriller single, and the costume he wore has become iconic, too. If you're thinking of an awesome idea for an 80s or Halloween fancy dress party, then you can't go far wrong with that red leather outfit he wore.

Buying a real leather replica costume is, obviously, going to cost a small fortune, so unless you work as a costume designer for Madame Tussaud's, this option is not going to be very practical. Instead, I will show you a range of more reasonably-priced options which won't leave a nasty dent in your bank balance.

Okay, so this first selection of costume is available at Amazon.com. If you're from the UK, then you will also find a decent range of items available at Amazon.co.uk.




The benefit of using Amazon as all of the leading fancy dress suppliers are competing with each other on the site, so you're guaranteed an excellent price.

As you can see, the oufits do vary in quality, and selecting the deluxe option is going to leave a bigger dent in your bank balance. If you really want to look the part, though, then you may want to treat yourself to the best quality outfit.

Although a couple of the pictures above show the lookalike wearing those famous sequin gloves, MJ didn't actually wear them in the Thriller video, so for authenticity you're better of without them. However, to complete your look you really need a wig like this one;

Michael Jackson Thriller Wig

View all Michael Jackson Thriller wigs at Amazon.com

View all Michael Jackson Thriller Wigs at Amazon.co.uk

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

80s Fair Isle Jumpers and Cardigans

1980s chunky knit fair isle sweater
An original 1980s Chunky Knit Fair Isle Sweater
If you remember being forced to wear a mock Fair Isle jumper that your gran had knitted for you as a child, then you're certainly not alone! My gran tended to knit "loose" and my pullovers always used to be way too big for me. "Don't worry, child, you'll soon grow into it" was a phrase that was frequently used. By the time I had finally grown into it, the sweater was no longer fit for purpose!

Fair Isle is actually an island which is situated within the Shetland Islands in bonnie Scotland. Fair Isle knitting first became popular when the Prince of Wales wore a tank top in public during 1921. These days, the term is used to describe the patterning, and, I suspect, that most Fair Isle style clothing is now manufactured in the far east, and not the genuine article.

Zig zags, diamond shapes, star-like flower heads, lines and dots generally made-up the patterns we all grew up with, However, at Christmas time the patterns were given a rather unpleasant Nordic-style, festive makeover. Unbelievably, those ghastly Christmas jumpers with reindeer and snowmen (that you wouldn't be seen dead in during the 1980s) are actually trendy again, and the more ghastly the look, the more people seem to like them. It's all quite bizarre to me!

Fair Isle has been very fashionable again in recent years, and that gives me the perfect excuse to wear a cardigan - you can't beat a good, old-fashioned cardigan for comfort and practicality - and now I can be en vogue, too!



Fair Isle Jumpers
Matching Fair Isle Jumpers for him and her
Nordic Fair Isle Red Christmas Cardigan
Nordic style Fair Isle Christmas Cardigan

The Starsky Cardigan

One of the most infamous cardigans was the one worn by Paul Michael Glaser wore in the 70s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Finding an exact replica is likely to be an impossible task, but there are cream fair isle cardigans available that have a similar feel. Besides, can anyone really remember the exact patterning anyway?

Cream, Fair Isle Cardigan
Mens Cream Fair Isle Cardigan
Starsky wearing a cream cardigan
The original Starsky & Hutch
As you can see, the patterning on Starsky's cardigan is slightly lower down than featured on the cardigan above.

Starsky Cardigan Costume
Starsky Cardigan Costume
I found this cardigan at Amazon which is designed to be used as a costume, rather than to be worn as casual wear. At £60.99 (price is subject to change) it's certainly not cheap, but if you've always wanted to dress like Starsky, then now's your chance!

The cardigan is also available for £49.99 at Amazon's US store.

Paul Michael Glaser Cardigan at Amazon.com



Thursday, 12 May 2016

Create A Blues Brothers 80s Movie Costume

The Blues Brothers - John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

The Blues Brothers film is very memorable for a number of reasons, and it had everything a decent 80s movie should have; Two well-known actors (John Belushi and Dan Akyroyd), mouth-watering chase sequences, amusing dialogue and infectious music with lots of appearances by big name singers including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker, to name but a few.

For a movie or 80s-themed party, or maybe a stag/bachelor night, a Blues Brother's theme is a great idea, and it can also be a low-cost option if you dress-up wisely. The most essential part of the look is a Fedora/Trilby hat, black tie and Ray-ban wayfarer shades. Don't worry, though, as you don't need to spend a fortune on original items.



Blues Brothers Fedora and Wayfarer Glasses Kit
Blues Brothers Fedora and Wayfarers Costume Kit

The versatile costume kit above includes a fedora style hat and Wayfarer style shades and can be bought very cheaply at Amazon - this is cheap option for group dress-up. The kit can also be used to create a 2 Tone/Ska or gangster look, too. Kits can also be bought with a black tie.

Blues Brothers Costume Kits at Amazon US

Blue Brothers Costume Kits at Amazon UK

Total Blues Sunglasses and Hat Set
Total Blues Hat and Glasses Set
This hat and glasses set by TrendyFashion was only £3.99 at Amazon UK, although the price is subject to change, of course.

Buying separate items

A whole range of black Fedora/Trilby hats and replica Ray-Ban Wayfarers are available at very low prices on Amazon.

To complete your look you'll need a black suit, a white shirt and a black skinny tie. In the summer months you won't really need the jacket, and if you have some black jeans then you can wear these instead. However, if you really do want the complete look, hen you'll need a black suit.

Official Blues Brothers Suit Costume by Smiffys (UK Only)
The official Blues Brothers costume includes a jacket and trousers and features a Blue Brothers inscription on the chest of the jacket. The costume does not include the accessories, so you'll need to order the kit above to complete your look. With the suit and accessories together you'll have little change from £35, and you'll need two, of course.

A far better option is to actually buy a proper suit. If you're in the UK then Asda or Matalan is the place to go for a cheap suit. A search for black suits at Amazon came up with some excellent offers, with a couple of suits available for under £30, so it's worth checking out the offers. Of course, you can then use the suit for other occasions afterward.

Black Suits at Amazon.com

Black Suits at Amazon.co.uk

Black Skinny Tie for Blues Brothers Costume
Black Skinny Tie



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