Gottlieb’s Buck Rogers Pinball Flyer (1980)

Images courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Images courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.


Buck Rogers B - The Arcade Flyer Archive
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was a popular NBC TV show that ran from 1979 – 1981 so it only made sense with the many space themed pinball tables in the arcades that Gottlieb would secure the rights to Gil Gerard and Pamela Hensley’s likeness for their 1980 Buck Rogers pinball table.
Buck Rogers C - The Arcade Flyer Archive
Buck Rogers D - The Arcade Flyer Archive
Buck Rogers E - The Arcade Flyer Archive
Now I was lucky enough to get to play the Buck Rogers table back in my youth, only the one time but I still remember it. My Grandparents and I were on vacation and while they were gassing up the RV I was allowed to go inside the gas station where in the very back next to the beer cooler was a Buck Rogers table. I plunked in my quarter and I have to admit I didn’t last very long, I would have possibly played a second game but the old man behind the counter started yelling at me to get out of the store. It didn’t occur to me at first that he was directing his outrage towards me but thankfully my Grandfather came inside the store to pay for the gas a moment later and I left with him. I don’t know…maybe the guy didn’t realize I wasn’t a local kid, perhaps he didn’t allow them in the gas station. One more mystery from my youth we will never solve.

Thanks to Theefxman you can see for yourself how the table handled!

A big thanks as always to The Arcade Flyer Archive for the wonderful flyers you see up top as well as to Mike and Carrington from the No Quarter Podcast for the idea on this post. Last week the duo tackled the Buck Rogers and the Planet of Zoom arcade game and mentioned the pinball table during the podcast. Thanks guys!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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2 thoughts on “Gottlieb’s Buck Rogers Pinball Flyer (1980)

  1. Geez, that sounds like one grumpy old man. Not sure if I’d recognize either of those likenesses without the associated costumes but anyway – I’ve played the Buck Rogers arcade game but never the pin. I used to love that show back in the day though. At least the earlier ones, it seems like I liked it less in the later days when they added Hawk to the cast. With his cool bird ship he seems like a natural fit for a character I would have thought was cool but even back then I wasn’t too impressed with him.

  2. I recently aquired this machine and I’m in love! It’s very much a period piece. Generation one solid state electronics with cool primordial sounds. I’m transported back in time every time I play it. The artwork by Gottlieb in house artist Gordan Morison is wonderful. I like his art deco influences. Revisited the show and man it can be campy. But I saw the movie at age 6 and eagerly waited to see the show on TV during it’s first season. Buck was a hero and a gentleman with the ladies. I remember having a crush on Col. Wilma Dearing and now I’m thinking there were alot of gooding looking babes on that show. And season one costumes were much better than the sailor suits used later. Did the sensors or parent groups ruin the show?

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