Journey To Krull – The Making Of The Film (1983)

Journey to Krull
A week or so ago there was quite of bit of talk about a post I had made earlier this year, “Did You Know That In 1983 We Came Close To Getting A Krull Pinball Table?”. With all of the great advice from Drahken and Dan H. on how to play that lost table thanks to various MAME programs I wondered if maybe I could dig up a better video on the actual table itself…which is how I found this 1983 documentary for the film narrated by none other than Tom Bosley.

If you too count yourself as a fan of Krull then you are going to love the behind the scenes footage of the cast and crew in this documentary!

[Via] Ends and Odds

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.

How Admiral Ackbar Ended Up On A Burgertime!

One of the most amazing things about where I live in NW Arkansas isn’t just the fact that I actually get to work at functioning arcade as I dreamed about in my youth. It’s that the area willingly accepts and embraces not only an arcade in it’s midst such as the Arkadia Retrocade but its local artists as well as independent restaurants like the amazing Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese!

So when Hammontree’s asked Shea if he could possibly secure them a Burgertime with a few modifications, he knew it was time to call on the talented Terry N. Thielen.
Picking up a rather well worn Burgertime wasn’t too hard, one of the chief mechanics (Bo Counts) at the Arkadia Retrocade took it into the repair bay and got it up and running while Terry had the task of cleaning up the machine so he could add some key graphics that would make it fit in right at home at Hammontree’s. You see not only is Hammontree’s a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant but they are mighty fond of the Star Wars films to boot…considering they have a velvet Admiral Ackbar portrait on the wall, a huge Millennium Falcon hanging from the ceiling, and in my personal opinion one of their best sandwiches happens to be called the Cheebacca.

So Terry got right to work on the machine…

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

The original owners, which just so happened to be a burger joint had added their own art to the cabinet…

Image Courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image Courtesy of Terry Thielen.

…but Terry thought that a Womp Rat might look better hiding out in the front of the cabinet.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Chef Peter Pepper needed a little touch up as well, especially since grilled cheese is the draw at Hammontree’s, so the good Chef donned his new guise as Hammy Tree!

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.


Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.


Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Since as I’ve already stated, Hammondtree’s owns a velvet Admiral Ackbar portrait it just made sense that the best character from Return of the Jedi should be on display on the cabinet, right?

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.

Image courtesy of Terry Thielen.


Hammontree's - Burgertime - Terry Thielen- Arkadia Retrocade

Make sure to follow the link to Terry’s Facebook page to see some of the other amazing artwork he has done for the Arkadia Retrocade as well as his personal artwork. If you find yourself visiting NW Arkansas then drop on by Hammontree’s and tell ‘em that Vic Sage sent ya!

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.

Feast Your Putrid Peepers Upon the Teaser For The Mill At Calder’s End!

Image courtesy of Kevin McTurk.

Image courtesy of Kevin McTurk.


Hey creeps, ever wonder what it would have been like if Gerry Anderson directed films for Hammer? Me either, but apparently Kevin McTurk did because he is working on what has to be one of the singular coolest things ol’ XIII has ever laid his eerie eyes upon; The Mill At Calder’s End! But enough chit-chat, just check out this teaser now!!!

The Mill At Calder’s End – Official Teaser HD from Kevin McTurk on Vimeo.

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.

1982 Astrocade TV Commercial

Astrocade
Though I have seen some since, I can’t honestly say I never ran across an Astrocade console in my youth. Of course one of the reasons might have been that Bally who originally offered it as the Bally Professional Arcade, didn’t have a window open very long before deciding to quit the home market, but it was apparently re-released by a third party who changed the console’s name from the then Bally Computer System to the Astrocade.

[Via] The Museum of Classic Chicago Television

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.

The New Scooby-Doo Movies With…Bruce Campbell?!

Image courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Image courtesy of Travis Falligant.


Sadly that artwork above is just a very well done piece of fan art, and the world is poorer for Bruce Campbell never actually having been involved with one of the mysteries solved by those kids and their talking dog from Mystery Inc.

Thankfully though we have artists like the talented Travis Falligant who has decided to fix that problem!

Image courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Image courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Head over to his Tumblr by clicking on the link above to check out more of his impressive artwork as well as other “Lost Mysteries” that Scooby-Doo and the gang have stumbled upon.

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.

“Video Games” By The Toons (1980s)

Video Games - The Toons
I stumbled across this music video from the early days of MTV this afternoon and thought it was the perfect song to listen to while heading to the arcade this weekend!

[Via] Xplaneparker

I had some great difficulty in trying to find some information about the band called the Toons or the exact year this video originally aired, though a few items pointed out they were contributors to the Doctor Demento show with “Looking At Girls” and the “Punk Polka”.

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.

The Flight of the Navigator Spaceship Supercut

Flight of the Navigator

There are many spaceships that I admire in popular culture. The Enterprise, the X-Wing, Starbug and the TARDIS are all up there, jostling for position, but I think at the top of the list for me has to be the chrome ship from Flight of the Navigator.

I remember the sense of awe I felt as the ship flew 20 miles up in an instant, and my jaw dropped to the ground as it came back again, before taking off horizontally. “Trimaxion Drone Ship”, as the ship referred to itself, was astonishing and the flight scenes throughout the film will live long in my memory.

If you’ve not seen the movie, you really owe it to yourself to track it down! It’s actually a great film and the special effects remain remarkably good for a film that is almost 30 years old.

If you’re interested, you might also enjoy the minimalist poster that I created recently for this film.

Please follow The Retroist on Twitter.