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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Closed since 2009, a toy store lost in time and crammed full of retro collectibles.

From Star Wars figures and Action Man to dolls, Playmobil and Lego, a treasure trove of old toys and games has been discovered in a shop which has been closed for years. The Frank Beech Toy Shop first opened more than 70 years ago and was well-known in Holywell in North Wales for its vast array of toys and popular window displays.

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The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures

In 2009 the store closed its doors to the public, bringing to an end many decades of service since its opening by Frank Beech in the 1940s. Amazingly, the contents of the store, and store-room, remained untouched and an auction house has now recovered 120 pallets of 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and more recent toys and games.

These include boxes of Star Wars figures, Action Man, trains, Dinky cars, Timpo toys and Britains soldiers, dolls, tinplate and plastic, Airfix and many board games. Despite damp creeping into the shop and damaging some of the boxes, most of the items have survived in great condition.

All the items go on sale this April 2015 at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. A spokesman from the auction house said: “The items are likely to appeal to collectors and dealers as the toys have stood in the closed-up shop for many years. Our specialists are working through the collection one pallet at a time, we could still find many hidden treasures.”
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Action Man
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Marx Toys Black Beauty, Lone Ranger Silver & Tribal WigwamThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Airfix Weebles

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Subbuteo
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - VR Troopers
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Lego & Playmobil Playpeople
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Dawn DollsThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Diane Fashion Doll accessories

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures and Mini Rigs
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures
The Frank Beech retro toy shopThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Six Million Dollar Man Bionic Man

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - store room
The Frank Beech retro toy shop

Story and images via Tom White at Wales Online.

Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales

Visual artist Alastair Eales creates colourful and visually appealing watercolour portraits of vintage Star Wars figures, their accessories and logos. His work covers carded and loose figures from Kenner, Palitoy and Meccano, includes other mediums such as graphite pencil and occasionally he produces limited edition prints.

You can find works in progress, sketches and a full back catalogue of paintings and illustrations via Alastair’s blog and a daily dose of Star Wars and art related tweets on his twitter account.

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Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Boba Fett
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Yoda Dagobah
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Luke Bespin
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - ATAT Driver
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Chewie and C-3POVintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Han Solo 12 Back

Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Jawa series