Inflatable Cylon Chair - Cylon Centurion

Remember The 1979 Inflatable Cylon Chair?!

First of all I will say this. As a kid I didn’t even remotely realize an inflatable Cylon chair had been made. Which is curious as one thing that immediately captured my attention on Battlestar Galactica were the Cylons. In fact we know the inflatable Cylon chair was made but more on that later.

[Via] NBC Classics

While I of course loved 1978’s Battlestar Galactica as a kid. I never obtained that many toys that were produced for the TV series. In all honesty there was another space epic whose toys I was contanstly clamoring for. Of course I am referring to Star Wars, naturally. However that doesn’t mean I didn’t keep any eye on the Battlestar Galactica toys when visiting our local stores. I certainly do not recall seeing any commercials or ads for the inflatable Cyclon chair though!

[Via] Gold Cylon

Now then, just the other day I was flipping through some old science fiction magazines. A fan of the arcade happened to bring them in, it was slow enough that I could flip through them while we talked. When I came across a little article on then upcoming toys being released featuring the Battlestar Galactica property, I did a double take. There in black and white was the image for the inflatable Cylon chair.
Inflatable Cylon Chair

On the other hand, a quick internet search didn’t exactly lead me to used chairs on eBay. Thankfully however another site had something to offer. That of course was the always knowledgeable Plaid Stallions site. Furthermore, Plaid Stallions offered a scan from a GLJ toy catalog. On the site it was explained that while the inflatable Cylon chair was indeed produced, they doubted the vehicles were made and the Cylon Centurion Bop Bag was released as a Shogun Warrior version.

Speaking of GLJ, the company responsible for the inflatable Cylon chair. They weren’t strangers to the marketing the likes of the Shogun Warriors. As is quite evident from this Great Mazinger watch.
Inflatable Cylon Chair - GLJ Shogun Warriors Watch

In addition they certainly produced inflatable chairs and Bop Bags for other famous licenses. Such as Raggedy Ann & Andy, in this case it was an inflatable love seat. Or for those future super-villains in training you could land a few punches on the Amazing Spider-Man!
Inflatable Cylon Chair - GLJ Raggedy Anne and Raggedy Andy

Inflatable Cyclon Chair - GLJ - The Amazing Spider Man Bop Bag

While I may not have been lucky enough to receive the inflatable Cylon chair in my youth. At least I can take comfort in obtaining a gold-colored Cylon Centurian Leader!


Inflatable Cylon Chair - Gold Cylon

Seriously though, I truly want to thank Plaid Stallions for the GLJ catalog page. Make sure you hop on over by clicking the link to check out even more products that were offered!

Netflix's Castlevania

Netflix’s Castlevania Is A Bloody Good Time!

It is hard to believe but Netflix’s Castlevania animated series has been unleashed. I can at the very least tell you, without giving away the entire plot of the series, that it stays true to the spirit of Konami’s video game series. As well as successfully adapting the Gothic and dark story line touched upon by the games for a most assuredly adult audience. Netflix’s Castlevania is delightfully gory and doesn’t shy from it’s horror roots.
Netflix's Castlevania

I should probably mention that this first season of Netflix’s Castlevania is a mere four episodes. In all honesty I found that to be rather shocking. However I have found information that Adi Shankar, the producer, has said in all there will be two seasons. With the second and of course presumably longer season landing in 2018.

As I mentioned when sharing that awesome NES inspired teaser trailer just back in May. The series has been penned by none other than Warren Ellis. A writer I hold in very high regard as his Planetary comic series is hands down one of my favorite books. Ever.
Netflix's Castlevania

The story itself while taking elements from the Castlevania game series, mostly seems focused on the cast of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Which was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1990.
Netflix's Castlevania

Netflix’s Castlevania does something rather different indeed. Right off the bat we are shown a very different version of Dracula. Furthermore one quite different from the character we’ve become accustomed to in Konami’s games. Yes, this Vlad Dracula Tepes is still very much a vampire and dangerous. But he is also in fact reasonable and is convinced by a young woman to rejoin mankind.
Netflix's Castlevania

I mention this, friends, as you will actually side with Dracula a bit. I say side because thanks to a religious zealot, tragedy turns Vlad into a terror of the night. His retribution however threatens the lives of every man, woman, and child. No one will be spared from his wrath.
Netflix's Castlevania

It certainly looks like an undead tide of horror will sweep across the lands. Thankfully there is one man who will take up the challenge of halting Dracula’s bloody reign. Trevor Belmont, the last surviving Son of the Belmont clan.
Netflix's Castlevania

Wait. Hold up a second. While Trevor is certainly an inspiring and dashing figure. The very last thing he wants to do is be a hero. His goal is pretty much to stay drunk as much as possible and keep his belly full. Now, I should add that through the four episodes we totally understand why Trevor is behaving this way. His family too has been subject to the whims of religious zealots.

Trevor crosses paths with a group of Speakers. One of which, Sypha Belnades, happens to be a magic-user. Her desire to protect mankind contrasts sharply with Trevor’s pragmatic nature.
Netflix's Castlevania

While four episodes are short and to be honest, you will be left on something of a cliffhanger. The writing is top notch and the animation style as I have already mentioned is satisfyingly dark. The voice talent is also where Castlevania should be praised. Playing Trevor is Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) plays the Bishop. In addition Graham McTavish (Preacher) lends his voice to the role of Dracula, with Alejandra Reynoso (G.I. Joe: Renegades) as Sypha. Rounding out the cast is Battlestar Galactica’s James Callis, Tony Amendola, as well as Emily Swallow (Supernatural).

Last but certainly not least is Trevor Morris’ powerful and haunting score. You don’t have to take my word on that though as you can in fact listen to the theme below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz3du_b6Okc
[Via] Sariel Dracool

Now if you are ready for a dark and bloody good time. You can binge watch Netflix’s Castlevania animated series right this minute!

Battlestar Galactica

Atari Was Making A Battlestar Galactica Laserdisc Game?!

Battlestar Galactica was required viewing in my youth. Of course it didn’t hurt the television series that in 1978 everyone was in the grip of Star Wars fever. In fact I I saw the Battlestar Galactica movie, which was an abridged version of the TV pilot, at the 62 Drive-In of my youth.

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My notebooks at school were chock full of doodles featuring Stormtroopers as well as Cylon Warriors. Although I regret to say that I wasn’t lucky enough to receive very many of the toys. However I did get my hands on Mattel’s Cylon Centurion figure. Moreover it became a rival bounty hunter for Boba Fett in my Star Wars toy universe.

So in other words, I was a pretty big fan of the short lived Battlestar Galactica series. What I was not remotely aware of until yesterday though, was that Atari had plans on a laserdisc game. I found out about it thanks to Patrick Barnes who posted on the Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page. It was back in 1984 that Atari began work on a conversion kit for another of their laserdisc titles – Firefox.

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Sadly the Battlestar Galactic arcade game never saw the light of day. On the positive side at least there exists this test footage of the proposed arcade title.


Uploaded by Scottith Games to his YouTube account!

Furthermore he shares an interview with a designer of the game. Owen Rubin who worked on such classic games as Battlezone, Space Duel and Major Havoc:
“With Galactica, it was my idea originally as I was a Galactica fan obviously, (those are Cylon ships in Major Havoc, and the graphics displays in the tactical display were drawn like in Galactica as well), the guys who did Star Wars and Firefox started the project. I did a small amount of work as well. All that was really done was some footage on the laserdisc that let you land a fighter ship into one of the landing bays on either side of the large ship.

The video on the disc is recorded in such a way that playing it back would look like garbage. It is a bunch of still frames that you play out of order so that you can change what you are playing seamlessly. For example, the landing footage is one of 9 to 16 or so frames from different positions as you approach the landing bay. Imaging a 3×3 of 4×4 grid of possible positions you can approach from, with the center being straight on. If you fly straight, the program would display every 9th frame which was the video of flying straight.
Battlestar Galactica - Landing Bay
If you moved right, you would select the proper “frame view” and it would look like you moved in the video to the right, and now play every 9th “right position 1″ video frame in order. With this scheme, you could fly in 2 dimensions with the joystick while the game pushed you forward in the third as well, controlled by a throttle.”

It most certainly isn’t every single day that you learn about such a video game project. I want to thank Patrick Barnes once again as well as Scottith Games for documenting what might be lost arcade game history.

Now that you’ve learned about the Battlestar Galactica arcade game. How about you watch the 1998 trailer for the reboot of the series that the late and great Richard Hatch conceived?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s8heJPX8xk
[Via] Peter Noble

Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica

Can you imagine a universe where Cyclons and Starfleet exist within the same time and space? Well, Youtube user EnterprisezJ can and he put together this wonderful animation showcasing the most amazing ship-fight.

Essentially this is just 23 minutes of ship porn with the might of the Federation flying to the rescue of a battered Galactica fleet. Purists of both universes will likely have their grievances but no matter what the end result of this battle, you can be sure to see some very cool special effects.