Awesome 80s Bedrooms: The Boy Who Could Fly Edition!


By Shawn Robare

It’s been a little while since I took the time to deconstruct an awesome 80s kid’s bedroom and I was recently in the mood to re-watch some Fred Savage movies so I thought it was high time that I take a closer look at Louis’ room from the 1986 flick, The Boy Who Could Fly!

Boy Who Could Fly PosterIt’s been forever since I saw this movie the last, in fact it was probably sometime in 1987 when it was playing non-stop on HBO.  This flick is sort of feels like a made-for-tv after school special, but it’s actually the big screen follow-up project for Nick Castle after his work on The Last Starfighter.  It’s one of those movies that most of my friends from high school and on never saw when they were young and thus they would never believe me when I described it.

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Though he only had a supporting role, this was the film that introduced me to Fred Savage and of all the neat 80s rooms I saw on screen as a kid, Louis’ was the one I coveted the most.  I think a lot of this had to do with the fact that both his character and I were slightly obsessed with G.I Joe toys as you’ll see in this break down.  So lets dig into the room and all of Louis’ stuff…

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1). G.I. Joe Sleeping Bag

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2). Alton Tobey Print of the Apollo 11 Astronauts

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3). Teddy Bear Lamp

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4). G.I. Joe HQ Command Center playset from 1982

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5). Sentinel Toy Robot by Kamco

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5a). Imperial Great White Shark and Frilled Dinosaur toys

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In the above screenshot we get the largest amount of non-G.I. Joe toys in Louis’ room.  There’s some more miscellaneous stuff on his desk in another shot, but there isn’t a good enough angle to really get a look at what’s there.  Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the rad dirt bike wallpaper.  Pretty much everything from here on out is G.I. Joe stuff, like this better look at the stuff at his feet…

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6). G.I. Joe Slugger from 1984

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7). G.I. Joe Footloose Action Figure from 1985

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8). G.I. Joe Amphibious Personnel Carrier from 1983

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9). G.I. Joe Wild Bill figure from 1983 (Pilot of the Dragonfly helicopter)

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10). G.I. Joe Spirit action figure from 1984

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11). G.I. Joe Recondo figure from 1984

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12). G.I. Joe MOBAT (motorized battle tank) from 1982 *UPDATED* Road Power Commander’s Tank by Echo (Thanks tothe rad @Twitziller for the correction!)

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13). G.I. Joe Thunder action figure (driver for the Slugger) from 1984

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One of the things I noticed while re-watching this flick is that Savage’s character Louis has a ton of multiple figures and vehicles.  For instance in the shot above you can clearly see three Thunder and two Footloose action figures.  Later there are multiple Barbecue figures and Cobra F.A.N.G. helicopters.  Bottom line, his mother loved him.  Also, the super cool Rob Lammle (SpaceMonkeyX) pointed out that there is a Doc figure I neglected to mention in the shot above, Thanks Rob!  Upon further inspection I also noticed a Cobra Eels figure on the back of the tank too, and @twitziller pointed out that there’s a Firefly figure on top of the APC.

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14). G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler from 1984

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15). Gumby and Pokey bend-em figures

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16). G.I. Joe Dragonfly helicopter from 1983

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17). G.I. Joe Skystriker from 1983

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18). G.I. Joe Cobra F.A.N.G. from 1983

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19). Customized Tonka Sidewinder Cycle from 1984

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I think it’s interesting that the set designers/prop masters chose to repaint and augment a Tonka Sidewinder big wheel to look like it was army themed instead of just buying an actual G.I. Joe branded cycle.  They were both available at the same time.  Either way, because of the new paint job Louis’ cycle had it took me forever to identify it…

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20). G.I. Joe Torch action figure from 1985

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21). G.I. Joe Alpine action figure from 1985

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22). G.I. Joe Mutt action figure from 1984

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23). G.I. Joe RAM motorcycle from 1982

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There’s definitely a story point about it in the actual movie, but can I just say how adorable it is that Louis buried his “fallen soldiers” in actual graves in his back yard? As I mentioned, this is brought up in the flick when he freaks out one stormy night and goes out back digging through the mud looking for some of them as you can see below.  Maybe this is why his mother always bought him so many doubles…

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24). G.I. Joe Barbecue action figure from 1985

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25). G.I. Joe Snow Job action figure from 1983

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That about does it for Louis’ room and toys.  I wanted to take a second and give a huge shout out to the amazing 3D-Joes site where I sourced the images for all of these toys.  They are doing an amazing job of showcasing the classic Real American Hero toy line with scans, photos, and 3D turnarounds that you need to see to believe.  They also have a bunch of prints for sale including some really great ones that cobble together all the carded G.I. Joe action figures from 1982-1989.  I have both of these and they are hanging proudly in Branded in the 80s HQ!

If you enjoyed this breakdown, here are a bunch of other Awesome 80s Bedrooms I’ve deconstructed…

Sean’s Room and The Monster Squad Clubhouse!

Sara’s Room from Adventures in Babysitting

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

Elliott’s room from E.T. Part 1 Elliott’s room Part 2

Fred Savage’s room from The Princess Bride

Josh’s room from Big

Sarah’s room from Labyrinth

  • SpaceMonkeyX

    This is awesome! I love these features. Just a little help – I see another Thunder next to Recondo, and then I’m pretty sure there’s a Doc behind him. http://www.3djoes.com/doc.html

    • Thanks! I totally forgot to tag Doc with a number :p

  • It’s been a loooong time since I’ve seen that movie, but trying to rescue the figures in the middle of a downpour is always the scene that stands out in my mind. That one always bothered me because, who in their right mind buried their G.I. Joe figures? Man..

    • Yeah, I knew a bunch of kids who lost figures after burying them, blowing them up with firecrackers, or burning them with lighters. SACRILEGE.

      • I don’t have much room to judge I guess. Most of mine fell victim to fire or BB guns when I entered my destructive phase. Man, the ass whoopin’ I would give myself if I had a time machine..

        • Yeah, in my early teens I ended up spray painting my Night Raven red and used it as a battle axe in a play fight with a friend who did the same to his. What I wouldn’t give to have that toy back…

  • Never saw the flick, but once again, this feature has made me curious.

    • It feels very after school special, but it’s a pretty solid 80s kids flick. The Fred Savage scenes are awesome if nothing else and it has Natalie from the Facts of Life!

  • I remember seeing this film when I was 7 and being blown away when he actually said some of the Joe´s names…then I watched it a few years ago and cringed at the heavy handed product placement. Great work on these ´room posts´, love em!

    • Thanks! Yeah, even though it’s basically one big Hasbro advert, I still love it for the blitzkrieg of Joe stuff. And the fact that he names some of the characters is pretty damn cool. It can be frustrating as a kid to see kid characters in films playing with toys and calling them weird, made up names because the filmmakers were trying to sidestep using brand and trademarked names. Or like when you see food packaging that has been altered to hide the logo. Makes the story feel weirdly unreal. (I know that’s ironic…)

  • Jason Copperpot Brown

    I have noticed some other goodies in these pictures! There is a Gi Joe Killer Whale Hovercraft in several pictures, a Gi Joe Sky Hawk in the top right of the picture where he is laying down on the floor, you also got the Gi Joe Watchtower and the Gi Joe Air Defense pieces in several pictures. Just wanted to let you know about those.

    • Oh man, good eye! I’ll totally be updating this and crediting you in the piece soon. Thanks!

  • Dan Challis

    I haven’t seen this movie in ages, I didn’t care for it too much. I saw it in the theater as a kid and found it depressing.

    • Yeah, this one is very weird and sad. I love it for all the Fred Savage scenes, and it’s cool seeing Mindy from the Facts of Life outside of a sitcom, but it’s a rough watch for sure.