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10 Labyrinth Products You Can Buy

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Much more understood and beloved today than it appeared to be at the time of its release 30 years ago, Labyrinth was the unapologetically strange, darkly comedic children's tale that was put together by writer-director Jim Henson, executive producer George Lucas, conceptual designer Brian Froud, and writer—and Monty Python memberTerry Jones. Thrown into that once-in-a-lifetime creative stew were the acting talents of David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, and a host of puppets courtesy of the Henson Creature Shop.

As one can imagine, the film was open to analysis and multiple viewings by growing fanatics, and with fanatics comes merchandise. To be closer to your youth, or to show your admiration for uncompromising work, or Jim Henson, or George Lucas, or David Bowie, or all of those things, here are some products you can display proudly. Ask for some as a gift—after all, you ask for so little ...

1. 'ELLO WORM PLUSH SLIPPERS

Price: $54.99

While having worms for feet might sound like a nightmare, nothing is as it seems in this world. Which makes having your feet warmed by The Worm from Labyrinth with these plush slippers an exciting prospect. It doesn't come with a guarantee saying as much, but out of any other footwear, this one is most likely to gently urge you to continue on your life's journeys and to the great big castle in your mind.

2. 'THE BABE WITH THE POWER' SHIRT

Price: $25

What does this shirt, which comes in all unisex sizes, remind you of? It reminds you of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. You know, the one with the power of the voodoo? Who do? You do. Do what? Remind you of the babe, that is.

3. ONLY FOREVER FLEECE BLANKET

Price: $45

When you rest your world-weary head at night, wrap yourself—and your troubles—in the "It's only forever, not long at all" fleece. Instead of counting sheep, trying to recount all of the words to David Bowie's The Goblin King's "Underground" should get you to slumberland.

4. REPLICA RED BOOK

Price: $75

The replica tome, bound in red buckram, features a red ribbon marker and a cover stamped with gold foil and black designs for verisimilitude.

5. LEGGINGS

Price: $49

On the left of these leggings, a silhouette of Sarah. On your right, a silhouette of The Goblin King—the two forever separated by the line that frees Sarah and Toby, yet forever entwined.

6. DAVID BOWIE iPHONE 6 CASE

Price: $9.97

Silently judge those you can tell are staring at your iPhone case, trying to figure out which David Bowie album cover your case is signaling is your favorite. "Ziggy Stardust?" the coffee shop gawker pathetically guesses, at least according to your increasingly inflated ego. "Surely it isn't The Thin White Duke era." Oh just stop, you are embarrassing yourself with your "inner" monologue.

7. REPLICA DOOR KNOCKERS

Price: £19.99

These solid cast resin scale pieces are replicas of the door knockers from the movie. There are no actual knockers to them, but there are two guide holes and a flat back so it could be placed on a door, in case you want your abode to be immediately welcoming to mid-1980s/Jim Henson movie fans.

8. BOWIE-INSPIRED KEY FOB KEYCHAIN

Price: $5.50

Created from grosgrain ribbon with a heavy duty black cotton webbing, this keychain would work great with keys that would make traversing a door-filled labyrinth a lot easier.

9. HOGGLE WOMEN'S T-SHIRT

Price: $22.95

How can we forget Hedgehog? Horrible? Hedgewart? Hogwart? Ensure everybody remembers it's Hoggle in 100 percent cotton.

10. LUDO 'FRIEND?' ADULT TANK TOP

Price: $10.00

100 percent cotton, 100 percent does not smell bad.

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11 Times Mickey Mouse Was Banned
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Despite being one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved characters, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Mickey Mouse, who turns 89 years old today. A number of countries—and even U.S. states—have banned the cartoon rodent at one time or another for reasons both big and small.

1. In 1930, Ohio banned a cartoon called “The Shindig” because Clarabelle Cow was shown reading Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn, the premier romance novelist of the time. Check it out (1:05) and let us know if you’re scandalized:

2. With movies on 10-foot screen being a relatively new thing in Romania in 1935, the government decided to ban Mickey Mouse, concerned that children would be terrified of a monstrous rodent.

3. In 1929, a German censor banned a Mickey Mouse short called “The Barnyard Battle.” The reason? An army of cats wearing pickelhauben, the pointed helmets worn by German military in the 19th and 20th centuries: "The wearing of German military helmets by an army of cats which oppose a militia of mice is offensive to national dignity. Permission to exhibit this production in Germany is refused.”

4. The German dislike for Mickey Mouse continued into the mid-'30s, with one German newspaper wondering why such a small and dirty animal would be idolized by children across the world: "Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed ... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal.” Mickey was originally banned from Nazi Germany, but eventually the mouse's popularity won out.

5. In 2014, Iran's Organization for Supporting Manufacturers and Consumers announced a ban on school supplies and stationery products featuring “demoralizing images,” including that of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, and characters from Toy Story.

6. In 1954, East Germany banned Mickey Mouse comics, claiming that Mickey was an “anti-Red rebel.”

7. In 1937, a Mickey Mouse adventure was so similar to real events in Yugoslavia that the comic strip was banned. State police say the comic strip depicted a “Puritan-like revolt” that was a danger to the “Boy King,” Peter II of Yugoslavia, who was just 14 at the time. A journalist who wrote about the ban was consequently escorted out of the country.

8. Though Mussolini banned many cartoons and American influences from Italy in 1938, Mickey Mouse flew under the radar. It’s been said that Mussolini’s children were such Mickey Mouse fans that they were able to convince him to keep the rodent around.

9. Mickey and his friends were banned from the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a roundabout way. As they do with many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Disney had contacted American favorites to win in each event to ask them to say the famous “I’m going to Disneyland!” line if they won. When American swimmer Matt Biondi won the 100-meter freestyle, he dutifully complied with the request. After a complaint from the East Germans, the tape was pulled and given to the International Olympic Committee.

10. In 1993, Mickey was banned from a place he shouldn't have been in the first place: Seattle liquor stores. As a wonderful opening sentence from the Associated Press explained, "Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny and teddy bears have no business selling booze, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has decided." A handful of stores had painted Mickey and other characters as part of a promotion. A Disney VP said Mickey was "a nondrinker."

11. Let's end with another strike against The Shindig (see #1) and Clarabelle’s bulging udder. Less than a year after the Shindig ban, the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America announced that they had received a massive number of complaints about the engorged cow udders in various Mickey Mouse cartoons.

From then on, according to a 1931 article in Time magazine, “Cows in Mickey Mouse ... pictures in the future will have small or invisible udders quite unlike the gargantuan organ whose antics of late have shocked some and convulsed others. In a recent picture the udder, besides flying violently to left and right or stretching far out behind when the cow was in motion, heaved with its panting with the cow stood still.”

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Samsung’s Star Wars Vacuums Offer Everything You Want in a Droid
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Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).

In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you'll hear his iconic breathing).

“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”

Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?


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