November 15th 2015
November 15th 1985:The day Rainbow Brite took to the big screen in her first full length feature film. She had a lot of competition that year, playing along side other holiday classics like Santa Claus the Movie with Dudley Moore. I remember going to the movie with my family. The movies were a family event for me. Every one packed in our little blue Pinto and we went to our local Carmike. I sat in the dark theater and looked up at the screen in pure awe of the details, shining lights and magic of Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.
I remember my dad gave me an my sister a copy of the DC Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer comic when we got home. They had given it to him as we checked in and he had hid it in his pocket and show it to us when we got home. I loved my Rainbow Brite comic and kept it for many years until it was destroyed when I moved when I was 12. It broke by heart, but luckily the comic still lives. You can see it on eBay often.
A couple of years ago I had a chance to meet Bettina Bush, the voice of Rainbow Brite, and I gave her a copy of the comic. She didn't know there was a comic and gladly accepted it for her collection. So yes, folks. Rainbow Brite is a DC Character. She's up there with Batman...deal with it! LOL
Anyway, being the 30th anniversary of the film I wanted to do something nice. It would take too long to re-ink the comic, as I had previously meant to do, so I used screen shots from the film and recreated page one. Here it is, in a side by side to enjoy.
Happy Anniversary Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer!
I was very excited this week to receive a package from TrufflesShuffle.com! They wanted someone from the Rainbow Brite community to receive a few of the new items released in the UK and I was very happy to be their guinea pig!
The jumper was the first thing I saw when I opened the box and I was so happy to see how well made the product was. I had the jumper knitted for me by my great aunt when I was a child and it was always my favourite piece of clothing. It ended up being passed down to my sister and then my cousin, so I am not sure what happened to it in the end. This jumper is very nostalgic for me in that respect. I saw the initial images online a few weeks ago and was excited to see the similarities, and when opening the package on Tuesday this excitement only escalated.
The jumper itself is very high in quality. Brightly coloured as you’d expect from a Rainbow Brite purchase it also has a very cute embroidered pattern of both Rainbow and Twink on the front. Rainbows face and hair is a felt material as is Twink’s fur and face, yet the pony tail bow and clothing in the design is made from a shimmering thread that catches the light very impressively. The rest of the design of the jumper is knitted and is very cute.
The jumper is double lined and so makes it thick. The sizes offered by Truffle shuffle range from XS to XL. I would have preferred an XXL on first thought as I like clothing to hang loose and be comfortable and so had reservations at the XL. Yet when I tried it on I needn’t have worried as it still fit me pretty well.
At £39.99 I would definitely recommend this item to any avid Rainbow Brite fan or in fact any retro 80s cartoon fans!
The next product I received was a Rainbow Brite mug. Costing only £6.99 it was displayed in a plain black box but was well protected by a cardboard box for transport, which is a plus for anything fragile you would be expecting in the mail. The design is the same design as the mug that was released in the 80s and so I like that as it gives the mug its charm. Rainbow is featured marching along with Twink, Champ and I think Spark (though could be OJ, hard to tell) following behind with musical instruments. Rainbow Brite text above them. I will definitely be taking this mug to work next week to have my coffee in every day.
The final item was a very cute necklace with a rather large pendant charm of Rainbow and Twink riding Starlite. I LOVE this item! Normally costume jewellery like this can look cheap or breaks easily. But this one definitely doesn’t. Priced at £14.99, It was presented in a little packet with a colour motif of the Rainbow Brite logo with Truffle Shuffles logo also and protected by a little clear clip bag.
The chain is gold coloured as is the pendant. I tend to prefer silver jewellery myself and this pendant is stuck connected at two ends by its chain so you wouldn’t be able to swap out the chain if you normally do this to pendants. However, what did surprise me is how long the chain fell. I didn’t feel like the necklace was tight for once. Definitely a bonus considering you can’t take the pendant away from the charm.
Looking online Rainbow Brite is a clickable image on Truffleshuffle.com‘s main page. There are loads of things available to buy. Which is great to see as when I was originally collecting 15 years ago when I first joined the Rainbow Brite community it was very hard to find people that sold clothes here in the UK, or find online overseas retailers that would send to the UK . So go for it Rainbow Brite fans! Colour the world with love and have a Rainbow day!!
Category: Press Releases and Newsletters
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 22, 2015) — Fans of Rainbow Brite™, the 1980s character created by Hallmark who uses the colors of the rainbow to make the world brighter and hearts lighter, are in for a colorful treat.
The first batch of Hallmark’s new products reviving the classic Rainbow Brite characters is now available for sale exclusively online at Hallmark.com.
Hallmark is offering a limited edition run of new Rainbow Brite itty bittys®, the popular four-inch high, stylized plush line featuring the classic characters. Only 500 of each of the six Rainbow Brite Limited Edition itty bittys characters were produced, and they are being sold only through Hallmark.com.
“We’re thrilled to bring Rainbow Brite fans the characters they love with a new level of pint-sized cuteness,” says Hilary Butler, product manager for Hallmark. “These online-only, Limited Edition itty bittys will just be around for a short time, but never fear, more colorful, classic Rainbow Brite products will be coming to Hallmark Gold Crown stores starting in August.”
The online only, limited edition versions are variants of the Rainbow Brite itty bittys that will be available starting in August in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The Limited Edition itty bittys have slight differences in color and details, and they sell for $6.95 each. The characters are Rainbow Brite, Twink, and four Color Sprites – Champ (blue), Lucky (green), O.J. (orange) and I.Q. (purple).
Hallmark.com can ship to valid USPS addresses within the United States; international shipping is not available.
Follow Rainbow Brite on Facebook and Twitter for additional details about the other classic products coming to Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Hallmark.com this fall.