Nebula-75 brings back the style of classic puppet serials like Thunderbirds and Fireball XL-5. Working with a remote pre- and post- production crew, a team of three from Century 21 Films is shooting the series in their small London flat, since they were living together when the lockdown started. Catch Episode 2 here.
THE BEST Retro
“My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain IBM.” Styx’s 1983 track Mr. Roboto represented the pinnacle of overwrought concept rock. Yet there has yet to be a more appropriate song played by Paweł Zadrożniak’s electromechanical orchestra, the Floppotron and its servo-powered instrumentation.
DOIY Design and Haniboi’s playful wallet is a throwback to the good old cassette tape. While it won’t play you a mix, it will hold your spare change, bills and cards. It’s made from pliable silicone, and comes in grey, teal, neon yellow, and coral. And yes, it has both an “A” side and a “B” side.
Would you love a handheld gaming system that can play classic Wii and GameCube games with actual Nintendo hardware? Shank Mods shows off a kit that lets you build your own portable using the actual circuit board from a Wii. GMan’s slick, professional looking system simply trounces those that run emulators.
Over the years, there have been numerous different ways of storing data on physical media. The 8-Bit Guy went all out, finding more than 100 different information storage media, from early wax cylinders to punch cards and gigantic tapes used for mainframe computers. That 16″ vinyl record is crazy.
Kings Wild Project masterfully makes unique premium playing cards. Among their decks is this series, with a design inspired by VHS tapes. The card backs look like video tapes, their packs look like VHS boxes, while their fronts are a 1980s cyberpunk dream. Sadly, the affordable standard edition has already sold out.
Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.
This tiny 6.5″ tall arcade machine features graphics inspired by Stranger Things‘ Palace Arcade, along with images from Namco games Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, and Pac-Man. It’s fully playable, with those classic 8-bit titles, plus 16 Stranger Things-themed games.
Originally released in 2015, the latest edition of ARTCADE is packed with even more images of classic arcade marquee and cabinet art. Each of its images has been restored to capture detail, color, and contrast. In all, 300 coin-op machines are represented. Comes in a limited-edition, glow-in-the-dark storage sleeve.
This might look like some old industrial equipment, but it’s actually a clock. Ren Kitchener of Limaflo designed this unique timepiece that displays hours and minutes on analog gauges. It’s also got an oscillating “pendulum” gauge. Each one is handbuilt in a solid wood enclosure, with authentic Bakelite and glass gauges.
Filmmaker Arthur Cauty takes us inside Bristol, UK shop 20th Century Flicks, one of the last remaining video stores on the planet. After the shop nearly closed, a handful of dedicated film buffs tossed in their own money to keep the store alive in the face of streaming content, maintaining more social approach to renting movies.
The Arcade Guys build reasonably-priced video game machines with a small footprint. They come with Sanwa arcade controls, a Raspberry PI B Plus computer, 32″ display, LED lights, stereo speakers and amplifier, and pre-loaded with thousands of classic games from arcade and home systems. Also available in a 4-player model.
Take a trip back to the 1980s and 1990s with a visit to the Internet Archive’s awesomely retro collection of VHS tapes. The catalog features over 20,000 digitized recordings of old video tapes, ranging from cartoons to workout videos, and everything in-between. While there are some classics, there’s also just a whole lot of weird stuff.
With games like Mortal Kombat, NBA JAM, NARC, and Smash TV to their credit, Chicago’s Midway Games was the bad boy of 1990s arcade gaming. The documentary Insert Coin delves into the story of this incredible game factory, and the creative designers and programmers behind the scenes.
YouTuber Swarki takes us on a trip back through the history of console gaming with a compilation of startup screens and sounds from video game systems from the last 40+ years. Along the way you’ll be treated to classics like the original PlayStation and Xbox, along with rarities like the Halcyon and the Video Challenger.
Petrolicious introduces us to filmmaker and racing enthusiast Niki Byrne, whose car of choice is a 1991 Toyota Previa van, known in some circles as the “Eggvan.” Built during a time when wacky ideas could actually make it into production, this quirky little van has a mid-mounted, supercharged engine, and rear-wheel drive.
New Wave Toys‘ Replicade sixth-scale arcade machine is a playable miniature replica of the original Street Fighter II: Champion Edition cabinet. It’s got a 3.5″ color screen and working arcade controls. You also get a matching miniature USB fight stick. Save an extra 10% with code LOVE10 (expires 2/14/20).
“Some games even require a Pentium microprocessor!” Google’s Stadia streaming game service hasn’t exactly been off to a great start. But that didn’t stop Squirrel Monkey from envisioning how much worse it would have been had it been released sometime around 1995, cranking out 320×240 graphics at 6 fps.
These days, everyone carries a videophone in their pocket. But before the days of iPhones and Galaxies, calling someone and seeing them at the same time was difficult and expensive to achieve. Techmoan shows off one of the earlier examples of a working video calling system, British Telecom’s VC 7000, which dates back to 1993.
NoQuarterArcade handbuilds these sweet mid-century modern style arcade tables which play a wide variety of classic arcade games. They come with authentic arcade quality controls for two players, and pre-loaded with a number of games. They sell a 60-in-1 version, as well as a 412-in-1 version, and an 800-in-1 version.
Casio’s classic calculator watch gets a new look at a bargain price. In addition to performing basic math, these retro-modern wristwatches feature an inverted LCD screen, dual time, alarm, and calendar functions. They come wrapped in a durable resin case with a color-matched strap. Available in beige, army green, or blue.
Atari is mounting a comeback, first with a new console, and now with a chain of video game-themed hotels. The hotels will feature retro and modern games, Atari merch, and much more. Phoenix location breaks ground in 2020, and future locations will include as Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose.
Do you love classic video games? The Video Game Console Collector’s Field Guide is a 320-page compendium that provides a visual guide to more than 900 pieces of gaming hardware, an index of information on systems, and a checklist where you can keep track of your collection. Available in digital or hardcover print versions.
This retro-modern digital clock from NIXT uses old school vacuum fluorescent tubes to display the time, date, and day of week. It comes with eight real VFD tubes, along with colorful LED underlighting. It’s also got GPS-based time sync, alarm, and temperature functions.
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