Multicade of the Universe – custom He-Man arcade cabinet by Tom Ace

Toy collector, customiser and all round master tinkerer Tom Ace picked up a vintage arcade machine about a month ago, with 620 games built in. “The guy told me it was called a Multicade, so naturally I had to put a Masters of the Universe twist on it, and I turned it into Multicade of the Universe!”

Tom designed, printed and installed all of the graphics, replaced the T-trim, changed out the buttons and joysticks, replaced the clear plastic over the control panel, tinted the glass and added an LCD monitor. The entire cabinet is smothered in retro Masters of the Universe imagery originally used to promote the hugely successful Mattel He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy line and the animated television series produced by Filmation.


“[It’s] been a fun project and the games are a ton of fun to play!”

Tom is indeed the Master of the Universe when it comes to creating something that toy collectors, arcade enthusiasts and 1980s kids would love to get their hands on. Some might even be prepared to trade their precious Wonder Bread He-Man and Laser Light Skeletor for such an awesome looking arcade cabinet.

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Manhattan bedroom arcade, a collection of retro games that came with a high price

Chris Kooluris’s Manhattan apartment comes complete with an unusual feature, his bedroom is a shrine to video games complete with restored arcade cabinets, art, an (expensive) emulation console, pinball tables (in the lounge) and collections of action figures from his youth.

The bedroom looked far more sedate until Chris read the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. “The book just blew me away. It awakened something in me and I started thinking that I can’t believe I’m not surrounded by all these things that I grew up loving.”

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Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom

This amazing looking room cost $32,000 and took up most of his spare time. The major problem with this project stems from the fact he lost his fiancée in the process. His ex-partner was supportive at first, but when his hobby turned into an obsession the relationship broke down and he found himself sleeping alone under a Ninja Turtles quilt on his newly acquired futon. He does, however, host weekly games nights with his friends.

“There’s a fine line between a hobby and an obsession, and I think what happened is I just got so consumed by it all. There probably should be therapists for hobbyists. It can take over.”

On a far more positive note Chris has this to add “Men and women of the world who have passions, don’t let other people make you feel ashamed of them.  And for the love of god, let those passions spill out into your physical space.  So many people live in cookie cutter spaces.  Not me, and neither should you.  Cowabunga!”

Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroomChris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom
Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroomChris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom
Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroomChris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom