Truffle ShuffleI 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!

TSJumper01Rainbow Brite JumperRainbow Brite JumperThe 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.

Jo wearing her Rainbow Brite Jumper 2015Jo wearing her Jumper as a kidThe 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!

Truffle Shuffle Rainbow Brite MugRainbow Brite MugRainbow Brite MugThe 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.

Rainbow Brite NecklaceJoey wearing the Rainbow Brite NecklaceThe 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.

Rainbow Brite NecklaceThe 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.  

Rainbow Brite NecklaceLooking 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!!

Rainbow Brite Fan Fiction Review #1
3/25/2012

She sat back, stunned. These books should not exist. None of these books should be found off her home world.

It's not too often that you run into a fanfic that sucks you in like a published novel. Much more rarely, you find one that you read with the kind of enthralled fervor usually reserved for the newest book in your favorite series. But just occasionally - a bare few times in your whole life - you encounter a fanfic which you read passionately, save to your hard drive, make a title image for, laboriously reformat to suit your word processor, and reread at least once a year.

Back in 2000, I discovered just such a fanfic.

Rainbow Brite and the War of Darkness is a collection of three short novels written by Robert Teague: book one is Shadows of the Past, book two is Lights of the Present, and book three is Rainbows of the Future. Collectively, they're a decent chunk of text - about two-thirds the length of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The strongest point of this story, I would have to say, is that it feels very much like the original cartoon. A focus on dialogue and simple narration lends to this. A close second would be the worldbuilding - unusual in Rainbow Brite fic - that obviously went into this story.

If there's any downside to this trilogy, it's that they don't take to the FF.net formatting too well - they were originally for Katy Cartee Haile's RainbowBrite.net, but the site stopped hosting fanfic and fanart a few years back for a reason that is unknown to me. It doesn't look bad or anything, but it doesn't look as good as I remember.

All said, this is a gem of a fanfic - especially in the sparsely-populated Rainbow Brite fandom. I don't want to overhype it (that's the best way to seed disappointment), but nevertheless I have to admit that Rainbow Brite and the War of Darkness is not just my favorite Rainbow Brite fanfic, it's my favorite fanfic of all time.

Without knowing why, the rest of the Universe trembled.

Article originally posted on girlythingsforgeekypeople.tumblr.com
Reprinted with permission.

 

Rainbow Brite Game Review

Rainbow Brite.Com released a game called “Rainbow Rescue”, in the game you complete puzzles and collect “Star Sprinkles” at the end of each level.

In this game the "Dark Princess" has stolen and hidden 6 color crystals around Rainbow Land in 6 different puzzle games.  It is your job to find each crystal by solving the puzzles and help Rainbow Brite restore color and order to Rainbow Land.

The games are fun, colorful, energetic and really make you think. I loved each puzzle, as they challenged my memory, focus, and were so different it kept me from becoming bored. The music changing for each level was also a welcome change. Other games that seem to beat their themes in your ears until you are sick of hearing them. The music in this game was fresh and up beat making me humm along with each level. I must admit, I found myself playing it often, and challenging my previous scores!

If you haven't played it yet, I hope you do! Go to RainbowBrite.Com and check it out!

 

Over all Game Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Challenging, but short. Would love to have seen more character interactions and story plot.


Here is a complete break down of each game

Rainbow Rescue

Level 1: the Red RaceRainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Red (3 boards) 
Character: Rainbow Brite
Setting: Rainbow Land
Game: Matching Cards. 
Total Levels/boards: 3 each adding more cards

Level 2: Color Cascade (part 1) Rainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Orange (1 Board) 
Character: Tickled Pink
Setting: Color Cascades 1 
Game: Shuffle game like Hexic, one level, shuffled stars, suns, and flowers
Total Boards: 1

Level 3: Crystal CavernsRainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Yellow (3 Boards) 
Character: Starlite tell you to help Twinkle, you use Twinkle to help you win
Setting: Crystal Caverns
Game: Use Twinkle to move back and forth across a bridge and bounce Yellow Stars from one side of a bridge to the other as they bounce off a small trampoline in Twinkle's hands. The stars bounce at different speeds, so you have to bounce them across and in to a basket/cart on the other side using your arrow keys. (left and right)
Total Boards: 3

Level 4: Color Cascade (part 2) Rainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Green
Character: Twilite and Twinkle
Setting: Color Cascade Part 2
Game: Shuffle game like Hexic, one level, Shuffle apples, leaves, clovers and stars
Total Boards: 1

Level 5: Color ChemistryRainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Blue
Character: Nite Sprite
Setting: Color Chemistry
Game: Color Patters; put the stars in to the potion mixer, and if you get the combination right, you win! 
Total Boards: 3

Level 6: Color Cascade (part 3) Rainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Violet
Character: Moonglow
Setting: Color Cascades 3
Game: Shuffle game like Hexic, one level, Shuffle fish, Moons, and Stars, Here is the twist; You have to match them diagonally!
Total Boards: 1

Level 7: The Bridge to Rainbow Land Rainbow Rescue
Color Crystal: Final Level
Character: Rainbow Brite
Setting: The Bridge to Rainbow Land
Game: Similar to Zuma, the star sprinkles snake around a storm cloud and you have to match the stars using Rainbow Scepter and shooting the correct color to get 3 in a row. As they match the line shuffles back. If you get too close to the middle you have to star over.

Ending: Rainbow and Starlite ride back to Rainbow Land on a Rainbow and like in the first animation, melt away the dark princess's magic and return Rainbow Land to color.