Remember pinball? The folks at Pinballz Arcade in Austin sure do. They’ve got some great older games, including a Star Trek: The Motion Picture-themed machine and one for the Six Million Dollar Man. But the coolest stuff had to be these crazy late 70s/early 80s fantasy-flavored games.
Lost World and Paragon appeared to be part of a series featuring the same horned-helmet wearing barbarian who just happened to be gifted with leathery, green bat wings. I wanna play that guy. Actually, there might just be an entire setting that could be built from the names and situations show on these pinball machines. I’ll have to go back to Pinballz with more of an eye towards making notes sometime.
Sadly, the Gorgar machine was out of order today. But it’s bound to be aces, too.
Oh lordy these are awesome, V.P. I’m starting to get flashbacks of customized barbarian vans and Seven-Eleven cups. Thanks, mightily.
Glad to share, G-Man. How could I not? These games were so incredibly of their time, which is my time (and yours, it seems) too! And I concur with what these evoked for you.
While I’m sharing images (though the following are not my own), have you seen a pic of this van before?
And, now, 7-11 slurpee cups: Conan and Red Sonja.
That is one manly ride! And the cups are taking me back to a simpler time, when my mom would buy me a slurpee after swimming lessons–though for some reason I always scored lame ones like Legends of Country Music.
I saw Heavy Metal yesterday (the original, not that soulless sequel), and I’ve been awash with stoner barbarian space-fantasy nostaliga ever since. So your post was right on the mark.
Yeah, if I had the money and garage space to spare I think I’d have to get some kind of van like that. Just because it would make me smile.
I somehow managed to avoid most of the non-superhero (and non-Marvel, for that matter) cups, but I do know the ones you’re talking about. Oh, and at one point I’m certain I had the Roc from the “movie monsters” series. But never any Charlie Rich or Tom T. Halls 🙂 Actually, the one I remember most clearly was one they did of Yellowjacket.
Ah, stoner barbarian space-fantasy! It is such a wonderful thing, isn’t it? I never saw the soulless sequel, and it sounds like I’m glad I didn’t. But oh, the original Heavy Metal. Good nyborg, man.