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The Gloriously Ugly Christmas Sweaters Of Pop Culture!

I love ugly Christmas sweaters. If you've seen some of the old Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum holiday episodes, you've probably seen a few of my more ridiculous ones already. It's become a tradition of sorts for me to buy a new cheap one every year at flea markets and such, because there's something about wearing a sweater so bright and tacky that it instantly puts your brain in full-on holiday mode. This month, I was surprised to find some amazing new ones based on pop culture icons in my mailbox:

An ugly Christmas sweater based on The He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special!
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Turns out my chums over at 80sTees have gotten themselves into the ugly Christmas sweater business, but they've put their own spin on the concept by making them less ugly and more awesome with the addition of fictional characters from my childhood. In this first one, they pay homage to the incredible He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special, which you know I'm a huge fan of if you've read my in-depth review of it. Having a Christmas holiday sweater with these two Eternian heroes amidst a snowflake backdrop is something I never would have dreamed would be possible. Of course, I never thought I'd see a DVD release for the special too, yet it happened. Gotta love how He-Man is even wearing a Santa hat. Here's hoping they do one for Skeletor next year too.

Darth Vader places a Death Star on top of his Christmas Tree!
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Next up is this Star Wars sweater featuring Darth Vader and his very special Christmas tree. You see, when Darth celebrates the holiday season, he does so in style by decorating his tree with Tie Fighters, X-Wing Fighters, and glowing lightsaber ornaments. My favorite part of the design, however, is the fact that Darth is using the force to place a Death Star as his tree topper. Classic! And hey, at the very least, this sweater is infinitely better than the Star Wars Holiday Special or the Star Wars Christmas Album.

This holiday season, I celebrate Christmas with Turtle Power!
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Here we have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ready for a radical holiday season. I really like that they're placed in front of that classic diamond sweater pattern to give it a more authentic look. Also, it still weirds me out anytime I see Raphael looking happy. This is the same grumpy turtle who saw Critters and got in a fight with Casey Jones in the same night. I'd love to see a design with him standing off to the side, dressed like the Grinch, while the other three turtles smile and eat a Christmas themed pizza. Still, it's a sweater with all four turtles wearing Santa hats... you just can't go wrong with that.

Optimus Prime and Megatron want to crack your nuts this Christmas!
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Last up, it's a Transformers themed Christmas Sweater featuring Optimus Prime and Megatron as nutcrackers. Now, I'm sure there's plenty of disturbing fan fiction out there featuring Optimus and Megatron crunching on some nuts, but this is the first time to my knowledge that they've appeared on a Christmas sweater. Even better, they've been given special holiday names on the sweater: Nutcracker Prime and Crackertron. That's pretty great if you ask me, and at least they didn't turn Optimus into some kind of corporate shill like when he was once turned into Pepsi Prime. Fantastic.

I should also mention these aren't itchy like the old wool sweaters grandma used to make. They're warm faux sweaters made from a cotton polyester blend, so they're definitely comfortable to wear around the house while having your fill of eggnog as you watch yet another marathon of A Christmas Story. My favorite of the bunch is probably the He-Man and She-Ra one, probably for nostalgic reasons alone. How about you? Big thanks again to my pals at 80sTees for sending these my way!


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HowardC on 12/07/2012 3:52 am

Those are awesome Rog, but they aren't sweaters, they are sweat shirts. Sweaters have to be knitted. ;-)

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-RoG- on 12/07/2012 3:58 am

Yeppers, that's why they're called "faux sweaters" on their site.

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A-bomb on 12/07/2012 6:46 am

As much as I love the Vader design, I have to agree that He-Man/She-Ra is my favorite, even if their Christmas special didn't include Bea Arthur.

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HubrisAnimalis on 12/07/2012 9:54 am

I do have to disagree with the Darth Vader one. Wouldn't he be choking and withering the Christmas tree?

He-man and the Turtles were actual shirts - at least if my memory serves me correct. However, the Transformers nutcracker is awesome.

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Rob Man on 12/07/2012 3:15 pm

Very nice RoG. I wish they had one of Silent Night Deadly Night movie poster on the sweater. There'd be nothing like seeing the santa arm & axe coming out of the chimney.

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ChrisGlass on 12/07/2012 3:35 pm

Man, an Optimus Prime nutcracker would be awesome.

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dextire on 12/07/2012 7:28 pm

I gotta go with Turtles as my favorite. The He-Man and She-Ra design makes my eyes hurt. Nostalgia and serious eye strain in one ugly sweater!

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Zounds on 12/11/2012 12:52 pm

Hmm yes a Skelitor sweater would sute me just fine. Hm and 200 for the dude's sweater? Yeeshohman that's a tad steep but its awesome.. hrm you see people this is why I'm poor all the time!

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Joel3K on 12/12/2012 12:17 am

Funny that I chose my He-Man Santa hat avatar just a couple days before this was posted! Nothing else says "'80s pop culture Christmas" quite like it.

So, what would be the ingredients of "a Christmas themed pizza"? My idea: tomato sauce topped with blobs of spinach for the red-and-green color scheme, with flecks of cheese for snowflakes.


Danny w (Guest) on 12/15/2012 6:46 pm

Hey rog check out darkbunnytees they have an awesome die hard themed Xmas sweater and loads of horror movie and 80s tees

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HubrisAnimalis on 12/18/2012 9:35 am

Joel3K: I would agree with you there but big MOONS of mozarella ball slices - the buffalo kind.

You are MSTie? ;)

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