Taking a Closer Look at an Awesome Bedroom!


By Shawn Robare

I was recently inspired by Tim over at Flashlights Are Something to Eat and Johnny at Freddy in Space to finally get off my butt and write about a topic I’ve been meaning to get to for what seems like forever, namely, taking an awesome 80s film and finding cool stuff in the background that makes said film even more awesome.  Specifically I wanted to take a closer look at some of the kid’s bedrooms that I kind of obsess over.  Not sure if I’m going to make this a reoccurring column just yet, but either way I wanted to focus on just one room today.  Probably my favorite kid’s bedroom in an 80s flick, let’s take a closer look at Sara’s room  from 1987′s Adventures in Babysitting!

Adventures in Babysitting

So, Matt at Dinosaur Dracula recently wrote about this room, mainly to point out the inclusion of a certain plush toy that I’ll get to in a minute, and pretty much anyone who has seen this flick knows that Sara is mildly obsessed with a nordic Marvel character that goes by the name Thor (ever heard of him?), but there is a metric ton of other cool stuff in this room…

AIB 1 Small

So, let’s take a look at what I was able to spy in the room.  In the screen shot above we of course have a ton of Thor references (which I haven’t numbers because that was just going to get out of hand) including the large cut-out standee on the wall to the right, the wicked awesome Thor bedspread, the Thor Halloween mask hanging from the right bedpost, and the super cool drawing of Thor on the rainbow bridge to the upper left of the bed.  So, what else is hiding in this image…

1). A Wrinkles Puppy puppet plush made by Ganz in the early 80s.

2). A Geoffrey the Giraffe Toys ‘R Us plush

3). A Cabbage Patch Kids plush.

4). Transformers Walkie Talkie (the 2nd handset in in another shot)

5). Giant Donald Duck coloring book.

Here’s a closer look at that Transformers Walkie Talkie and the Wrinkles plush…

Wrinkles Transformers

There’s some sort of big action figure behind the walkie talkie that I can’t place (purple, yellow and red with a silver head), any guesses?

*UPDATE #1* You guys are quick!  Huge thanks go out to Jaime of Shezcrafti.com and Matt of Geektarded for solving a couple of the toy mysteries!  As Ms. Hood points out in the comments, the large plush on the bed is none other than one of the Pillow People, in particular Punky Pillow!

pillow people

Dr. Geektarded identified the toy behind the Transformers Walkie Talkie as an Inter-Changeables Cosmobot, a re-colored Micronauts Biotron figure.

Inter-Changeables Cosmobot

Photo from Microforever.com

This sequence moves pretty fast as the camera pans across the room, so most of these shots are kind of blurry, but let’s take a look at another shot a few frames past the first…

AIB 2 Small

The Thor reference count now jumps from 4 to 7 as there are two more drawings on the art desk and a third on the floor next to the dresser.  But what else is there to spy in the room?

6). AMToy Super Pickle Hot Dog Plush hanging from the ceiling…

7). A Rainbow Brite plush, the Sprite known as Sparks (and this is the second series Hatful Sparks – ’cause he has an Indian headdress…)

8). A super rad poster of Jelly Beans that I felt I had to point to…

*UPDATE #2* I don’t know where that Hot Dog is from (Thanks to Jack Frost for solving the Hot Dog mystery!), but I managed to find a clearer picture, as well as a better one of Sparks…

Spark Hot Dog

Moving right along, here’s out next screen shot…

AIB 3 Small

Okay, I’m officially going to give up counting Thor references because there are like a billion on the floor by Sara.  I will say that it’s rad how often she can be seen sporting the Thor helmet.  More importantly, this shot has two more awesome background elements…

9). A Lots-a-Lots-a-Legggggs plush toy.

10). Probably my favorite background spotting, a 1985 Transformers Soundwave Cassette Player by Durham Industries that actually plays full size tapes (many thanks go to Steve at the Roboplastic Apocalypse for helping me identify this rad piece)!  I had never heard of this tape player existing before I spotted the over-sized Soundwave in the background.  So cool!

Soundwave Leggggs

AIB 4 Small

There was one straggler that I couldn’t get into the same screen shot with the last two, another favorite spotting in this room…

11). A Darth Vader “The Force” Light Saber from 1983!  I had Luke’s green one form Return of the Jedi.  For those that don’t remember, these had hollow plastic blades that were designed to catch the air to make some pretty wicker saber noises.  Reis at the Dork Horde has a great write up about his Vader Saber

AIB 5 Small

Next up we have three more Thor sitings with another large standee, the light switch cover above it (not on the actual light switch as it’s one of those weird paddle switches) an another drawing above that.  And on the shelf to the right…

12). Transformers Dinobots Snarl wall clock from Concept Clocks (which happens to have a reversible image plate with the Insecticon Bombshell on the other side!)  It’s so damn rad that Sara is also a major Transformers fan…

AIB 6 Small

In the above shot you can get a better look at that Thor drawing on the wall (and there’s another off to the right.)  But let’s take a look at the bookshelves shall we…

13). A Disney Fluppy Puppy plush.

14). A 2nd set of Transformers Walkie Talkies, this one shaped like Optimus Prime

*UPDATE #3* I have no idea what that red plush is next to the Transformers clock.  It looks like it has a ton of sharp teeth though. *Thanks to Newton G. of Infinite Hollywood for identifying the red toothy plush as LB the Bounder from Teddy Ruxpin!

Optimus Fluppy

LB the Bounder Teddy Ruxpin

And for the last screenshot, a much more recognizable background item…

AIB 7 Small

15). A My Pet Monster plush.  Always wanted one.  Never got one.

So there you have it.  Sara from Adventures in Babysitting has a pretty darn awesome bedroom filled with all kinds of rad toys,  a lot of which I wished I had as a kid.  Did you spot anything that I missed?

*UPDATE #4Can anyone identify the grey and red robot by Sara’s feet?  Thanks to Tintod at the wicked awesome Junk Fed for identifying the robot at Sara’s feet as none other than a Jim the Politician remote control robot!

Jim the Politician

Other Awesome Bedrooms I’ve covered…

Eugene’s Room from The Monster Squad

Mikey’s room from the Goonies

David’s room from Flight of the Navigator

Robbie’s room from Poltergeist

Ben’s room from The Explorers

Pee Wee’s room from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Elliot’s room from E.T.

Fred Savage’s room from The Princess Bride

Josh’s room from Big

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

    There’s a “Pillow People” character on her bed, too! Found a commercial for them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyZY2ZSaYbs

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Cool! I’ll need to post an update! ;)

  • ShadowWing Tronix

    There’s also an art desk. I wonder if she became a cartoonist? One odd thing is how many of these things would be more likely seen in a boys room than a girls room. I haven’t seen the movie. Is she a tomboy in this ?

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Total tomboy who is obsessed with Thor. I’m betting she grew up into a pretty rad lady (in the fictional future of that world…)

  • Dr. Geektarded

    The robot behing the TF walkie talkie is an “Inter-Changeables” Cosmobot, which is a recolor of the old Micronauts Biotron robot. This is one of my “holy grail toy wants”. I love the odd-ball colors.
    Thanks for posting these. I never have spotted this in the movie!
    -Matt

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Whoa, that was quick, and thanks! That was driving me nuts trying to find on google. Also, no problem, had a fun time looking for this stuff….

  • jackfrost

    The hot dog was made by AmToy and was part of the Super Pickle line.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Dude! Thanks so much for solving the Hot Dog Mystery! That was bugging me, especially since I could find better images but not the toy name or line. You rule!

  • http://tophatsasquatch.com/ Tommy Day

    This is awesome. Imagine how fun it must have been to be a set decorator and get to just go to Toys R Us and get a shit-ton of toys and stuff for these sets.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      I would love that job. Also pretty much every set I would work on would be stuffed with new TMNT, LEGO, and some old school Robo force toys just for fun!

  • http://www.timlybarger.com/ TIm L

    Awesome job, Shawn! This kind of stuff is what watching movies is all about! Your clearly labeled images make me want to go back to my FBDO post and do the same.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks man, and thanks for the inspiration. Thinking about tackling a couple more rooms in the near future…

  • Belle Dee

    I don’t know how I got this far in life without a Squeaky Door Pillow People.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      That is a question a lot of us are beginning to ask! ;)

  • DUSTINDUSTRIES

    for some reason I think of My Pet Monster every other month, I recently rewatched the Live action movie and some cartoons. Am I too old for a My Pet Monster now, or cartoons for that matter? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vmvoLh9YYA

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Heck no! We can be adults and do adult things, but staying a kid at heart is what makes life fun. It’ll be time to check out when I’m “too old” for cartoons or toys and stuff. I wonder how much a mint My Pet Monster goes for these days…

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  • http://OldSchool.tblog.com/ OldSchool80s

    Love this post and this concept. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and noticing things I never really gave a second thought to when watching the movie.
    It was just Keith Coogan’s birthday and I mentioned my interview I did with him from a couple years ago. Worth checking it out for a few Adventures details.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Heading over to read it now! And thanks!

  • Paxton Holley

    Oh man, great post. How funny, I was just prepping my second movie arcade tour article. We must have ESPN, Shawn.

    Pax

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      We totally do Pax, and that’s why the Cult Film Club is like so damn cool!

  • newtongimmick

    The red thing with teeth is a plush of a Bounder from Teddy Ruxpin. In fact it’s the main Bounder, L.B. He was actually a puppet. I know this, because my name is Newton Gimmick, after all.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Dude, thanks! I never would have made that connection (and I own the complete Teddy Ruxpin cartoon, shhh, <.< don;t tell anyone…)

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