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X-Raid Laser Tag of Italy Donates to the Museum

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The first ever Italian made laser tag system has been donated to the Laser Tag Museum by X-RAID Laser Games.  X-RAID donated two amazing artifacts - a prototype and a production pack.

The prototype pack is hand made from hardened resin while the prototype phaser was hand crafted from a carbon fiber material unlike anything used in the industry.  This fully functioning prototype is one of only two left from the original concept run.

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The sleek and stylish body armor of the X-RAID production pack is beyond description.  In the longstanding tradition of highly crafted Italian design, this pack fits and contours the body of the player.  The phaser looks like it is inspired by the latest video games creating a desire to play laser games as a professional.

But more than just the donation of these two incredible laser game packs, X-RAID provided an insight and desire for the laser game software that is above the standard of the industry.  The Laser Tag Musuem rarely comments about software but this has to be one of those exceptional times.  Robust, user-friendly and intuitive, this software is very reminiscent of one of the most incredible software packages that ever existed in the industry - Stunner Corporation.

X-RAID honored the museum with its generous donations and it will be an honor to see how this young company revolutionizes the laser game industry in Italy, France and all of Europe.

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Battlefield Sports of Mt. Crosby Visited During Brisbane Trip

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The day could not have been more perfect.  It was sunny and bright and warm in the wooded area where 100+ young kids were getting ready for their first experience with Battlefield Sports.  You could see the joy in their eyes.There was also excitement in my eyes as I was there to finally have a mission with the creators and inventors of Battlefield Sports - Peter and Nicole Lander.  Joining us was their son, Benjamin.

Battlefield Sports is the premier tactical laser tag company that jump started the outdoor or tactical industry.  So to have a mission with the whole family was an honor for me.

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Battlefield Sports have been strong supporters of the Laser Tag Museum having donated an incredibly rare wooden tagger hand crafted by Peter's father nearly 20 years ago.  This wood tagger is now on display at the museum for all to see.  But this mission in Brisbane was mine to enjoy.  And that is what laser tag is all about in any of its versions.  Making memories with friends and family.

 

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Around the World Travel Insurance2

If you do not speak Airportese, the above is the route that I recently flew over a 26 day period for both work and vacation which always means that I find time to help secure incredible, exciting items for the Laser Tag Museum.

Here is a recap with more detailed postings to happen over the next several weeks.

My first part of this trip was to Brisbane, Australia where I spent 5 days visiting incredible facilities and attending an Australian Zone operator conference.  It was exciting to listen to operators and the myriad of methodologies in operating a facility.  Also in attendance were a couple of potential operators.

But serendipity struck for the museum.  I sat next to a gentleman who happened to be the former Australasia distributor for Laser Venture.  Laser Venture is a product that we have wanted to display for sometime but have been unable to secure a pack from the manufacturer in the UK.  You already know how this ends - Laser Venture will be on display at the museum compliments of the happenstance of sitting next to someone and striking up a conversation.

I then spent a Saturday afternoon huffing and puffing in the woods.  Nicole and Peter Lander of Battlefield Sports were gracious hosts while they operated one of the most amazing tactical events that I have ever seen.  Over 100 taggers running up and down the hills laughing and giggling.  Nicole and Peter had donated to the museum a couple of years ago and this was a great chance to catch up and play some Battlefield Sports.

After Brisbane, I went down to Melbourne to see Darrin Shaw's new location in Shepperton.  Darrin has been a generous supporter to the museum in the past so it was an honor to be able to go see his new 50,000 sq. ft. facility.

On to Adelaide where I caught up with Robyn and Graham Vickridge-Smith, founders of Vultrek.  This couple, long retired from the laser game industry, shared even more knowledge about the industry in the mid- 1980's.

While in Adelaide, I spent time with Matt Parker who recently revitalized his business with a substantial investment and makeover.  It was a cool facility to visit.  But Matt had a surprise for the museum.  He had a HELIOS PRO to donate that was worn and autographed by Hollywood movie and TV star Kevin Sorbo.  This pack will be on display as part of the Hollywood Collection.

A quick hop up to Kuala Lumpar where I was met at the airport and driven to see one of the most successful locations in all of Asia.  Laser Battle.  They are located in one of the busiest shopping malls in the world with over 100,000 visitors a day at the mall.  The staff was incredible and the arena held some innovations that will help improve the over all game of laser tag.  More details to come.

Jumping ahead of the recap, I got to spend a day in Toulouse, France with Laser Quest International's Tim Aldous and his business partner Olivier.  Tim and Olivier have created the first hybrid laser game business in the industry over 2 years ago.  You will have to read my post to learn why Toulouse may be the future of the industry.  But, Tim and Olivier also donated a pristine condition LQ10 pack with flawless plastics.  This will be a gem on display.

Skipping ahead, my trip ends in Rome, Italy where I met with X-RAID Laser Games.  I spent 3 1/2 days visiting locations, learning about the Italian laser game industry, and even watch X-RAID conduct a sales demonstration.  The trip concludes with Guiseppe Colazzo and Lorenzo  Ribaldi presenting two packs to the museum.  The first is one of only 2 prototypes of X-RAID to exist.  As a prototype it is delicate, hand crafted out of resin with the phaser made from carbon fiber.  The second pack was a brand new production pack that has features not found on any other laser tag system in the world.

Everything that was donated to the museum will be cataloged and photographed in the coming weeks.  Check the new news section for updates on the latest items donated to the museum.

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Laser Command eBay Acquisition

These two Laser Command Laser Tag Toys are the latest eBay acquisition the Museum has made.  We would like to thank Red Dawn on eBay for making special arrangements to have these on display.

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These Laser Tag Toys will be added to the Laser Command page.

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Tivia Donates Very Rare Photon Memorabilia

Laurie "Tivia" Britton, the host of the website Photon Forever, just donated this Photon Action Coloring Book to the Laser Tag Museum. This coloring book is extremely rare and has never been seen on any auction websites.  Tivia has interviewed most of the major characters from the Photon TV show and posted those interviews on her website.  She has even interviewed the Curator regarding the history and future of the laser tag industry.  

 

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The Museum would like to thank Laurie "Tivia" Britton for her time, her commitment to Photon, and her donation. This donation will be added to the Toy Photon page. 

 

 

 

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