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Fashshot is bringing back the 80’s fashion trends

It used to be described as the decade fashion forgot but nowadays fashion seems to have forgiven the eighties and welcomed it back with open arms.

First the leggings, then the high waists and now even shoulder pads and neon accessories are making a splash on the catwalks and the bodies of the style-savvy.

Fashshot studios went to check out some of the eighties trends being rocked on the streets of London while looking at what eighties inspired gems the high street had to offer.

So go backcomb that hair and embrace your inner eighties child.

Courtesy of: The Online Fashion Agency & The FashshotStudio

Eighties toy Bigtrak is making a comeback

The 80’s hit toy Bigtrak is back, enabling parents of today to buy one of the most memorable toys from their past and bring it back to life for their own children to enjoy – and of course for those who simply wish to have the toy they were never lucky enough to own as a child. It was the subject of a massive craze in the 1980s and the toy you simply had to have! A simply brand new retro experience! Bigtrack is available at play.com for £34.99 or approximately $54 USD.

In addition to the original Bigtrak toy making a comeback, there’s also the iPhone Bigtrak iCalc app to download. It’s based on the Bigtrak control pad and makes the Bigtrack sounds when the keys are pressed. The Bigtrak iPhone app is free to download at iTunes at the time of publishing this article.

History

Bigtrak was a programmable electric vehicle created by Milton Bradley in 1979. It was a six-wheeled tank with a front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp, and a keypad on top. The toy could remember up to 16 commands which it then executed in sequence such as “go forward 5 lengths”, “pause”, “turn 15 minutes right (90 Degrees)”, “fire phaser” and so on. There was a “repeat” instruction allowing simple loops, but the language was not Turing complete, lacking branching instructions; the Big Trak also lacked any sort of sensor input other than the wheel sensors.

The US and GB/European versions were noticeably different. The US version was moulded in gray plastic and labelled BIG TRAK whereas the GB version was white and labelled bigtrak with a different keypad.

Bigtrak also included an optional trailer accessory. Once hooked to Bigtrak, this trailer could be programmed to dump its payload.

Bigtrak Jr.

Dubreq is releasing a desktop version of the Bigtrak toy along with new updated accessories to include a rocket launcher and a digital camera.