May The 4th Be With You: A New Stern Star Wars Pinball?

With the internet rumour mill running amok regarding Stern’s next pinball machine, we wonder if they will announce a new Star Wars themed pinball machine on ‘May The 4th Be With You‘ Star Wars day? We can only hope!

If you weren’t aware, there have been quite a number of Star Wars themed pinball machines over the years, from Hankin’s wide body The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Sonic’s Star Wars (1987), Data East’s Star Wars (1992) to Sega’s awesome Star Wars Trilogy (1997) and Williams’ Star Wars Episode I (1999) built on the ill-fated Pinball2000 platform.

If Stern does announce a new Star Wars pinball machine, then we cross our fingers that it will be a mix of the Data East and Sega Star Wars machines. Oh yeah, we would love some Dark Side and Light Side LE machines too – hope you are listening Stern!

What are your predictions for Stern’s new pinball machine? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

May the force be with you!

One of our favourite Star Wars themed pinball machine, Sega’s Star Wars Trilogy

A close second, Data East’s Star Wars

You either loved it or hated Williams’ Star Wars Episode I

The first Star Wars themed pinball machine, Hankin’s The Empire Strikes Back

Straight out of Spain, Sonic’s Star Wars
source: Internet Pinball Database

 

Top 5 Games Charts: December 1999

Thinking back to the 1999 Christmas season, we were still playing our Nintendo 64 quite a lot, but we were saving up frantically for a Sega Dreamcast. Star Wars games featured prominently in December 1999, but after the massive disappointment of The Phantom Menace prequel released earlier that same year, we steered clear of these games as a matter of protest. It was our loss, as some of these new Star Wars games on the 32-bit and 64-bit platforms were absolute crackers! Other notable games that we loved playing around that time were Driver and Soul Reaver on the Playstation.

Casting an eye over the top 5 December 1999 games charts for each platform, we were mostly looking forward to slicing and dicing in SoulCalibur and shooting zombies in House Of The Dead 2 on Sega’s Dreamcast!

What were your gaming memories from the 1999 Christmas season – tell us now on Twitter or Facebook!

PSX_150x150 1) Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (LucasArts)
2) Driver (Acclaim)
3) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (Activision)
4) South Park (Acclaim)
5) Soul Reaver (Eidos)

 

N64_150x150 1) Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Nintendo)
2) Star Wars: Episode 1 – Racer (Nintendo)
3) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (Nintendo)
4) F-1 Grand Prix II (Video System)
5) Quake II (Activision)

 

1) SoulCalibur (Namco)
2) Sonic Adventure (Sega)
3) Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000 (Sega)
4) Ready 2 Rumble (Midway)
5) House Of The Dead 2 (Sega)

 

Tomica Star Wars: Star Cars Darth Vader Carrier

If you are a Star Wars fan and are struggling to find stuff to add to your Christmas wishlist, then you are in luck! Cross out whatever is number one on your current wishlist and add the awesome Tomica Star Wars Star Cars Darth Vader carrier truck!

As you can see from the product photos, this truck is one mean looking vehicle – you can finally be driving on the dark side of the force! If you want your truck to carry cargo, you may want to add the Tomica Star Wars vehicles to your list too.

Hit Amazon now and grab yourself some cool Star Wars gear for Xmas!

This is one truck than can lure us to the dark side of the force!
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You can carry some pretty cool vehicles
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You better back off!
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Unloading the precious cargo
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Fill your truck with these cool Tomica Star Wars cars!
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image source: Amazon

 

Supa Cosplay at Supanova Expo Melbourne 2016

We love watching cosplay – the wigs, the makeup, the lycra, the armor, the props – wow! We especially love seeing the amazing variety of characters and interpretations people come up with. Well, our fellow Melbournians did us proud at the recent Supanova Expo, here are our cosplay highlights from the 2016 Supanova Pop Culture Expo Melbourne.

Amazing dwarf makeup – we think this was done by the Weta Workshop
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Kool Kylo Ren Kosplay
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This – This is Negan, and he is awesome
(surprisingly, this was the only Negan we came across)
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A stunning display at the Torb and Reiner booth
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Punky Bowser
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Ready… Fight!
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Welcome to Silent Hill – quick, where’s my Rock Drill?!
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So much Star Wars
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Boba Link: The Zeldalorian bounty hunter
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The steampunk elf king
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You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper
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Wow – Fallen Captain, Destiny
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Marvel-ous cosplay by David Cunning a.k.a. Delta one cosplayDSCF1039

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Star Kart: Star Wars + Mario Kart By Dark Pixel Digital

featured2Casen Sperry, Mike Brown and Landon Sperry of Dark Pixel Digital spent a whole year making this amazing 3D animated Mario Kart / Star Wars mashup. We say that’s a year well spent!


Video source: Dark Pixel Digital on YouTube

Source: Via Laughing Squid

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Altar Furniture: Beautiful Pinball Coffee Tables

Budapest-based furniture company Altar Furniture make beautiful (mostly interactive) coffee tables with superb attention to detail. Here are just a few of their marvellous creations, be sure to check out their website to see the whole amazing collection.

Future World
(made from 1978 ‘Future World‘ by Zaccaria)
Future WorldPanthera
(made from 1980 ‘Panthera‘ by Gottlieb)
PantheraHot Tour
(made from 1978 ‘KISS‘ by Bally)
Hot TourSMASH!
(made from 1979 ‘Incredible Hulk‘ by Gottlieb)
SMASHThe Beast
(made from 1987 ‘Arena‘ by Gottlieb)
The BeastThe Shuttle
(made from 1991 ‘Star Trek‘ by Data East)
The ShuttleThe Droids Series
(all made from 1992 ‘Star Wars‘ by Data East)
The Droid
The DroidThe Droid EVII
The Droid EVIIThe Red Droid
The Red DroidR2PO
R2PO

Source: Altar Furniture

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Star Wars Original Trilogy – 8-Bit Cinema

The talented guys from CineFix are back with the 8-bit cinema video we have been waiting (looking?) for – the Star Wars Original Trilogy! This is one of their best videos yet, how many different game references can you spot?

Source: CineFix on YouTube

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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