Laser Tag Museum News and Updates

Updated with our latest items for the museum, and our relentless quest to document the history of laser tag.

Dedicated to preserving the legacy of the laser tag industry.

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Last of their kind CyberStorm Cyber Pods Laser Tag Bumper Cars

CyberStorm CyberPods were concept vehicles for a new branch of the laser tag industry.  Imagine laser tag and bumper cars together! 

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These two-seater vehicles were designed to have both a driver and a gunner.  The driver would steer the vehicle and control the forward mounted laser cannon that was mounted over the canopy while the passenger operated a movable laser tag gun that could be aimed in various directios.

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There were a total of 10 of these concept vehicles ever made for the remarkable sum of over $1 million USD back in 1997 utilizing laser tag equipment from Pulsar Laser Systems located in the United Kingdom.  Sadly, these 2 cars were found on eBay for the princely sum of $5000.00 per car.  But, after some long negotiations, the Laser Tag Museum was able to acquire these vehicles for the combined amount of $2,000.00.  The museum was able to purchase these cars with a portion of the funds generated by the Laser Tag Convention.

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Emile Arabo for storing these extremely rare CyberStorm Cyberpods for nearly 20 years.  They will be placed on display after they have been refurbished for the more than 100,000+ visitors to appreciate their story and how they contributed to the laser tag industry,

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Jakks Pacific Donates Incredible SpyNet Laser Strike to the Musuem

Never does a laser tag artifact get donated that is new, still-in-box and fresh from the manufacturer, but that all changed with an amazing package that arrived from Jakks Pacific.jplaserstrike

Jakks Pacific is one of the top five manufacturers of toys, leisure products and writing instruments for children and adults.  One of the lines of products offerd by Jakks Pacific is the SpyNet Laser Strike brand.  Mr. Jon Trent, Senior Vice President of Sales was instrumental in arranging the fast delivery of the SpyNet Laser Strike still in the box.

Jakks Pacific has been involved in the sales of toy laser tag for many years since their acquisition of ToyMax and the "Laser Challenge" product, a favorite among the live action laser tag players throughout the world.

The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Mr. Jon Trent and Jacks Pacific for their donation. This donation will be added the SpyNet Laser Strike page in the Toy Laser Tag section.

 

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DarkLight V5 Donated by Zone Laser Tag

The three boxes that arrived unannounced to the Laser Tag Museum's office weighed 80 pounds combined.  What could be inside three large boxes?  Incredibly, a large collection of DarkLight Laser Tag V5 equipment!dl pack don1

Simon Willetts, the president of Zone Laser Tag, Inc. had donated the DarkLight V5 equipment consisting of 4 complete laser tag packs, 2 wall chargers, a number of miscellaneous spare parts and incredibly a Game Enhance Module (GEM).  The GEM was in pristine shape as it was the GEM mounted in the brieifing room of a laser tag facility that had swapped over to Zone Laser Tag's HELIOS PRO equipment.dl parts don web

Simon had once worked for a company called DarkLight Systems and was very familiar with DarkLight.  He oversaw the swap out of this particular DarkLight location to Zone Laser Tag and then consulted the museum's virtual archives regarding DarkLight.  Since the museum did not have any V5 equipment, Simon had this incredible donation shipped out so that it may be put on display in Louisville, KY.dl gem 2 don web

The Laser tag Museum would like to thank Zone Laser Tag, Inc. once again for their continued support and for providing a version of DarkLight Laser Tag that has been long sought after that will now be on display.

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Russia's Premier Tactical Company Donates to Laser War AK-12LT

Laser War of Russia has donated a Model AK-12LT to the Laser Tag Museum to be displayed with great honor.  The Model AK-12LT is simply one of the best tactical laser tag products that the museum has ever received.

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As soon as the AK-12LT was powered on and the wireless headband instantly connected, we started playing with it, something we rarely ever do.  It was cool and fun and looked incredible.

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In addition to the Laser War tagger and wireless headband, there was also a stack of literature for the archives and a software disc that is provided to every new operator containing videos, technical guides, marketing materials and more.

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The Laser Tag Museum is deeply aprpeciative of Алексей Терещенков and Laser War for providing an incredible example of one of the finest Russian made laser tag systems on the planet.

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Photon Forever Conducts Interview with Laser Tag Museum

photonforeverlogoLaurie Britton, Photon code name "Tivia", hosts an amazing website dedicated to Photon Laser Tag called "Photon Forever".  Tivia has conducted a number of interviews with legendary Photon related individuals including the incredibly funny actor David Stay; along with Loretta Heywood, Graham Ravey, Tamara Johnson, and a behind the scenes of the Photon TV show interview. 

Tivia conducted an interview with Erik Guthrie, Curator of the Laser Tag Museum, on May 28, 2015 that discussed a wide range of topics about the laser tag industry including its origins, development, future growth and the state of the tournament market.

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Laurie and her passion for the laser tag industry, particularly her passion for Photon Laser Tag.

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Laser Club of Russia Now On Display

 Proud. Robust. Unique.

Those are the words that came to mind the first time a picture of Laser Club appeared at the Laser Tag Museum.  This system, with little known about it, located in a former communist country seemed unobtainable and remote.laserclubpack

But Nathan Buxhoevenden, Ambassador for the Laser Tag Museum, travelled to Moscow and conducted an interview with Laser Club.  Nathan had already acquired the vest for Laser Club on a previous visit and on the latest trip acquired the phaser to make the set complete.laserclubphaser

One look at the Laser Club pack and it is clear that it was inspired by an early version of Laser Quest.  Incredibly, the creator of Laser Club gave Nathan the LQ pack that inspired the creation of Laser Club.  That Laser Quest pack is also now donated to the Laser Tag Museum.

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Laser Club for its incredible donation.  Laser Club will now be placed on display with all of the greatest laser tag systems ever produced.

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Ataka Laser Tag Donates Pack to Museum - First Ataka in the USA

Ataka Laser Game System's has been one of the most coveted products since it came to the Laser Tag Museum's attention nearly 10 years ago.  But how to get one the best Russian laser tag systems out of Russia to be displayed in Louisville, KY?attakapack

Alexander Tarasov, president of Ataka Laser Game Systems, was enthusiatic when contacted about providing an Ataka Laser Tag pack for display at the museum.   Alexander prepared a pack and phaser for display.  Mr. Nathanial Buxhoeveden, Amabssador for the museum, travelled from the United States to Moscow and then to Novosibirsk, Russia.  Novosibirsk is located near the Kazakstan and Mongolia borders and over 3300km from Moscow.

 attakaphaserThe vest material is one of the lightest ever felt and the phaser is rugged and durable to hold.  The handgrips are comfortable and enable greater accuracy than a one-handed phaser.

The Laser Tag Museum cannot extend its appreciate enough to Alexander and Ataka Laser Tag Systems. To learn more about Ataka, please visit the Ataka website.

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Begeara Donation from FUNWORKS! Promotes Mobile Laser Tag

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This is the third of three post regarding the incredible collection of laser tag equipment from Mr. Ross Briles, owner of FUNWORKS! in Modesto, CA.

In January 2015, the Curator headed out to Modesto, California to visit FUNWORKS!  This amazing 18-acre fun park has been providing wholesome fun entertainment for over 40 years.  Owner Mr. Ross Briles had offered an incredible collection of laser tag equipment from his many years of operation.

Pictured above is the Begear Version 1 laser tag system introduced by Zone Laser Tag back in 1996 and Ross was one of the first clients.  This laser tag system was designed for the portable and mobile market.  Light weight and esay to use, Begeara version 1 was marketed for only a couple of years before a sturdier, more robust version 2 was introduced.

The above photographs show 12 Begeara phasers, a mine, a handheld remote and an LED lightbright scoreboard.  This collection is in remarkable shape.  Inquiries into Zone Laser Tag yielded no sucess in obtaining a Begeara version 1 as they simply did not have any after all these years.

The Laser Tag Museum offers since appreciation to Mr. Ross Briles and FUNWORKS! for their amazing contribution to preserving the history of laser tag.

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Laser Tag Convention a Huge Success

2015 LASER TAG CONVENTION OPENS TO HUGE SUCCESS!

Indianapolis, IN, March 31, 2015 - The 2015 Laser Tag Convention, collocated with Amusement Expo, held in Las Vegas, Nevada has come to a close and by all measures, was a huge success.

merola class webThe Convention had 14 guest speakers including industry power houses such as Jerry Merola, Peter Starkel, Sheryl Bindeglass, Randy White, George McAuliffe, and Phil Showler who gave amazing presentations that entertained and educated all who attended.

More incredibly is how the various Operator/Owner's came together from different laser tag systems to share their secrets of success and continued growth. Kevin and Bronwyn Caster (Laserforce operators); Rhonda and Paul Mikologic (Zone Laser Tag operators); Sean Evans (Q-Zar operator); Paul Clark (Lasertron operator); Jeff Swanlund (Laserforce operator); and Sandy and Wayne Pettito (Laser Blast operators) all shared wisdom and experience to help the approximately 100 attendees avoid operational and developmental mistakes and to get greater bang for the marketing dollar.

The two breakout presentations were from Lathan Gariess of ARC Laser Tag Arenas who had a lot of people buzzing with his ideas about "Beyond Theming" and Jason Bock who gave a seminar about "Birthday Parties - from a guy who hates birthday parties (and kids)".

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FUNWORKS! of Modesto, CA Donates Large Collection

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This is the second of three post regarding the incredible collection of laser tag equipment from Mr. Ross Briles, owner of FUNWORKS! in Modesto, CA. 

In November 2014, Ross approached the Curator and informed him that he had a number of items from his years as a laser tag operator and that he would like to donate the equipment to the Laser Tag Museum.

In late January, the Curator went out to Modesto, California to review the collection and was incredibly impressed.lc2

Pictured above are 14 Laser Chaser packs, a downloader, 2 charging phaser holders, a charging box and other miscellanous parts.  The Laser Tag Museum will store and display the Laser Chaser equipment for the 100,000+ visitors to the museum who will enjoy the heritage that Ross has helped to preserve.

The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Ross Briles and FUNWOKRS! for their incredible donation.

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Laser Tag Museum Provides Grant for Russia Trip

 

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The Laser Tag Museum has provided a grant to Mr. Nathan Buxhoeveden of $1,000.00 to be applied towards a planned trip to Russia.  Mr. Buxhoeveden will act as an ambassador on behalf of the Laser Tag Museum while visiting operators and manufacturers in Russia.  He will be participating in the Russia Armegeddon tournament.

Meetings have already been lined up with Ataka Laser Tag, Laser Club / RuTag, and Laser Wars.  A select number of operators will also be visited by Mr. Buxhoeveden.  This will be the first official visit to Russia by a Laser Tag Museum representative.

This grant was made possible by the proceeds generated from the Laser Tag Convention.

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Ross Briles of FUNWORKS! Modesto Donates Large Collection from 3 Different Manufacturers

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The Laser Tag Museum has received one of its largest donations in its history consisting of over 20 laser tag packs representing three different manufacturers.  FUNWORKS! owner Mr. Ross Briles contacted the Curator at the IAAPA 2014 trade show regarding the large donation.  The 18-acre FUNWORKS! opened with a wide variety of attractions including: The only triple level go-carttrack in California, 54 holes of Putt-Putt Golf, Bumper Boats with squirters, a nine-station batting cage, the Pizza Company, Freddy's Tree House, The Game Zone, and an incredible Prize Counter.

Ross is one of the pioneering operators of laser tag in the family entertainment center industry.  He has continued to reinvest in his facility and over time accumulated a large collection of laser tag equipment.

The picture above is of 5 Actual Reality packs, 2 network base, charging boxes, downloader and scoreboard.  Actual Reality was a manufacturer based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The items will be preserved and displayed for the future of the laser tag industry to appreciate.  The other two systems donated by Mr. Ross Briles will be featured in future news articles.

The Laser Tag Museum would like to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Ross Briles and FUNWORKS! of Modesto, CA for this incredible donation.

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Zone Laser Tag Donates "CASTLE" Autographed Laser Tag Pack

ABC's hit show Castle isn't new to having laser tag in their episodes. In Season 1, Episode 5 ("Hell Hath No Fury") Castle included a scene with laser tag using the Nexus laser tag product from Zone Laser Tag.  In Season 4, Episode 22 ("Undead Again") prominently displayed laser tag throughout the story arc.

This time around Castle used Zone's HELIOS CE equipment and unlike previous times the main characters of Castle signed the pack used in the episode. This pack is signed by Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle) and Molly Quin (Alexis Castle) who play father and daughter in this hit show. This is Season 7, epsiode 16 ("The Wrong Stuff") of the hit TV series.

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Zone Laser Tag has donated the autigraphed pack to the Laser Tag Museum. This pack has been added to the Hollywood Collections page and the Zone Laser Tag page. 

The Laser Tag Museum would like to once again extend sincere appreciation for the continued support from Zone Laser Tag.

 

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International Laser Tag Day - March 28, 2015

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March 28, 2015 will mark the 31st anniversary of the beginning of laser tag. Photon, the first commercial laser tag enterprise, opened its doors on that date. The Laser Tag Museum is offering free posters to any laser tag facility that desires to celebrate International Laser Tag Day.

Any US-based laser tag facility will have posters mailed to them for free after filling out the request form on the Laser Tag Museum website. Any laser tag outside of the USA will be able to download a high resolution PDF file to print locally and place in their location.

Come help celebrate this great industry with posters in your laser tag facility!  Request posters for your location at http://lasertagmuseum.com/about/laser-tag-day.

 

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Off To Las Vegas for the Laser Tag Convention

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The Laser Tag Convention is about to happen!  Our team is on airplanes right now headed to Las Vegas to host the first Laser Tag Convention that will help to educate the current and future laser tag operators with the goal of ensuring the longevity of the industry.

This convention is vital to the Laser Tag Museum as it is being held as a fundraiser for the Laser Tag Museum.  All the net proceeds from the convention will be earmarked for the museum to research, acquire, display and store the numerous artifacts that are vital to the Laser Tag industry.

I will post some pictures and updates during the convention.

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Rarest Toy Laser Tag Product Now On Display

Almost no one has ever seen it.  Most enthusiasts thought it was a myth. In a small circle of hardcore collectors, it is the most coveted of laser tag toys ever made.

It is the only handmade prototype for the World's of Wonder Lazer Tag StarLyte PRO rifle.  And it is now on display at the Laser Tag Museum in Louisville, KY.

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Mr. David Small, President of Shoot The Moon Products, has loaned the black StarLyte PRO rifle to the museum to be displayed for the 100,000+ annual visitors.  Mr. Small was the Executive Vice President of Engineering for World's of Wonder, Inc.  World's of Wonder created many of the most popular toys in the 1980's including Lazer Tag and Teddy Ruxpin.  David handcrafted the prototype over a period of several months and this black StarLyte PRO holds a special place in his heart.

The Laser Tag Museum is grateful for the loan from David and we know the many visitors will enjoy looking at one of the most important artifiacts in the history of the laser tag industry.

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Sean Evans and Trish Pereira Donate More iQ Packs

Sean Evans, President of Q-ZAR Systems, and Trish Pereira, Vice President of Q-ZAR Systems, recently donated two iQ packs on top of the two they had already donated to the Museum in March earlier this year.

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LaserMaxx Donates Laser Rings

LaserMaxx donated two Laser Rings from a German company named Virtual Laser Systems. VLS was working around a German law that had banned combat games like laser tag and paintball. The Laser Rings Virtual Laser Systems developed played a big role in getting the ban of combat games lifted over time. 

Virtual Laser Systems called itself "...an interactive multimedia adventure for a large number of players. The mission is to hit targets on a large screen with a laser beam... Therefore every player holds the Laser Ring (pictured below) in his or her hand, that emits a short light impulse when a button is pressed." 

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Men Men Men Men, Manly Men... In Laser Tag Packs

"Alan Shot A Little Girl" is the first episode of the CBS TV show "Two and a Half Men" to ever have laser tag in it. In this episode "Alan" wears a Helios laser tag pack while playing laser tag with Louis.  One draft of the script had a scene for both Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher to wear laser tag vests.  The final scene that aired on December 4, 2014 only showed Jon Cryer and Edan Alexander, who plays "Louis" having a great laser tag experience.joncry

After filming one of the last episodes in the last season of "Two and a Half Men", Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer both signed the Helios packs they were wore for the laser tag scene. Helios is a laser tag product of Zone Laser Tag.

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Laser Tag Museum Joins the American Alliance of Museums

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