Laser Tag Museum News and Updates

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2 Lasertron Packs donated by Laserforce Operators Jim and Theresa Niehoff of Lazertag Extreme

Jim and Theresa Niehoff, owners of Lazertag Extreme Simi Valley, CA, recently donated two LT-10.3 LaserTron (USA) packs and a load of marketing materials from a couple of different manufacturers from 1994. 

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Two LaserTron LT-10.3 packs with phasers.

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A range of marketing materials from Lazer Runner, Q-zar, Laser Storm, and LaserTrek from 1994. 

This donation is the second LaserTron (USA) donation that has been made in the past month. 

The Laser Tag Museum is still looking for LaserTron packs LT-1 through LT-6, LT-9, and an LT-11 or LT-11.5. If you or somebody you know would like to donate or loan one of the missing packs please contact the museum..

 

The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Jim and Theresa Niehoff, owners of Lazertag Extreme in Simi Valley, CA, for their donation. 

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Lasertron LT-8 Pack Donated by Salem Fun Factory

The Salem Fun Factory recently donated a LaserTron LT8 pack to the Laser Tag Museum. Salem Fun Factory is located in Salem, Ohio. Bill, the owner, was generous enough to bring the LT8 pack to the Funtastics trade show in Fort Wayne, Indiana in order to donate the pack.

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LT8 is one version of the LaserTron equipment that ranges from LT1 to LT12. The Musem is still in search of LT1 through LT6, LT9, and LT11. The Museum does not search for products still being manufactured like LT12. 

The Laser Tag Museum would like thank the Salem Fun Factory for its donation. Now we are one step close to having another complete set of laser tag equipment. To see the LaserTron (USA) page click here

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Legendary Laser Tag Player "Barney Stinson" as a Halloween Costume?

"Barney Stinson" is the Legendary Laser Tag player from the TV show "How I Met Your Mother" portrayed by the amazing actor Neil Patrick-Howard.  Barney is a renowned laser tag player and the game of laser tag was depicted in several episode throughout the nine year run.lasertagmeme

About 10 days before Halloween, Ryan Shanken contacted the Laser Tag Museum looking for a laser tag pack similar to one worn on the TV show.  He wanted to go to a Halloween Party in New York City as "Barney Stinson" wearing a laser tag pack.  I explained that a new laser tag pack ranged between $2000 - $3000 per pack.  I suggested a couple of home laser tag products but Ryan really needed a vest and phaser to look the part.

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Bill Lewis, Owner of Star Laser Force, Donates Packs Not Seen Since 1986.

Bill Lewis, Founder of Star Laser Force, recently donated three Star Laser Force packs that haven't been seen by the outside world for for over 25 years. Along with the three packs that were shipped to the Museum the box also contained a handheld device, what seems to be one of the first phaser only laser tag systems, and an overhead transparency sheet of the Star Laser Force logic board.

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As you can see, the packs were not in the greatest shape since they were in storage for over twenty five years, but that is to be expected with equipment this old. Through hours of tedious cleaning the Intern was able to make the packs look substantially better. 

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Hinkle Family Fun Center Donates Lazer Runner Arch

Hinkle Family Fun Center recently donated a completely functional Lazer Runner arch to the Laser Tag Museum. After years of searching for a Lazer Runner arch the opportunity finally presented itself when Hinkle Family Fun Center said they would donate their arch.    

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Hinkle Family Fun Center recently donated a completely functional Lazer Runner arch to the Laser Tag Museum. After years of searching for a Lazer Runner arch the opportunity finally presented itself when Hinkle Family Fun Center said they would donate their arch.

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George Carter Donates Laser Tag's First Artifact

George Carter III recently met with the Curator in Dallas in order to show the Curator his newest donation. The Curator was astonished to see that George was donating the very first laser tag artifact from 1982. George donated the art work he used to convince investors to invest in George's project known as Photon

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Here is the event in Grorge's words:

Early in 1982 after I determined it was technically feasible to make Star Wars into an amusement I needed a way to convey my vision to others. I needed a starting point for arena design and more importantly for investors. I found a local artist to work with (don't remember his name) and the result is the painting you have. It had many of the elements that made it into production, multi-level field, observation deck, catacombs, alien attack (the ball was replaced with a tower), helmets, and phasers with coil cords. It is the earliest surviving object from the genesis of Photon. A second painting was completed and the paintings along with a three minute VHS Star Wars clip were used to raise $300,000.00 for player sets and arena construction. 

This unique, one-of-a-kind painting will be called the First Artifact and will be on display for the over 100,000 visitors who come to Lazer Blaze.  The Laser Tag Museum is grateful that the Father of Laser Tag continues to support the Museum time after time.

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Pat Rothwell of Laser Mania Donates Rare Packs

Pat Rothwell, Founder and President of Laser Mania, recently donated a plethora of laser tag packs from three different manufacturers.

In March 2013, Pat was in the Louisville area and decided to stop by the Laser Tag Museum, located at Lazer Blaze.  Pat looked over the collection as it stood at that time and felt that he could support the efforts with a few special items that he had at his facility in Hattiesburg, MS.  He sent an email which contained, in part, the following:

"Having finally seen the place, I am now comfortable that it is not a Zone-centric sales floor. I can feel comfortable supporting the effort.
I don't remember seeing any Intersphere gear or Laser Reality gear. Could you use some, or do you have it and just don't have room?
I also notices the LM gear you display does not have the six barrel blaster. Would you like one?"

His offer was incredible and unexpected.  Pat wanted to make sure that the equipment looked ready for display and presentation.  It took a bit of time but finally everything was ready to be sent to the Laser Tag Museum.

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(Laser Reality version 1 and 2 pictured)

As fortune smiled on the museum, long time supporter Steve Strickland and his wife Natalie, were headed to Indianapolis and were able to stop by Hattiesburg and pick up two large boxes.  Steve brought the boxes to the Laser Tag Museum office where we couldn't wait to open them.

Inside were eight packs -  2 version 1 Laser Reality packs; 1 version 2 Laser Reality pack; 2 Intersphere packs believed to be from Holland and 1 Intersphere pack from Iowa; and 2 Laser Mania packs, version 2.

Three of the eight packs Pat donated came from a manufacturer called  Laser Reality. Laser Reality had been one of the few systems that had eluded the Laser Tag Museum for years but now there will be packs on display for the world to see Laser Reality's history. Pat originally opened his first store using Laser Reality equipment but after two years he decided to build his own laser tag equipment that he called Laser Mania.

Pat also donated three Intersphere packs. Two packs appear to be from the early stages of Intersphere, which means they were produced in Holland. These two packs have "O"s on the front chest plate. The other pack seems to be from the later stages, which means it was produced in America in the state of Iowa. This pack is located in the middle of the picture below and has an "X" on the front chest plate.

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(Pictured above 3 Intersphere packs.  The 2 with the "O" are believed to be from Holland and the "X" was from Iowa.)

Pat founded Laser Mania in 1998 and opened their first store in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Laser Mania has been manufacturing equipment for over 15 years. Pat donated two of the original Laser Mania packs from his store in Hattiesburg. 

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 (Pictured above are 2 Laser Mania packs with the 6-shooter laser blaster.)

The Laser Tag Museum would like to gratefully thank Pat Rothwell for his substantial donation. Without this donation who knows if anybody would ever see Laser Reality equipment again?

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Laser Tag Manufacturers and Suppliers Who Have Donated to the Museum

The Laser Tag Museum is a collection of laser tag packs, taggers, and other incredible artifacts held in trust and placed on display for any one to visit for free.

What makes the Laser Tag Museum even more amazing is how so many laser tag manufacturers and distributors from all over the world have providedd laser tag equipment to be displayed.  This donation is often at an expense greater than many would realize.

The following suppliers and single arena builder have contributed to the museum even though many are, or were, competitors with each other.  The owners and key personnel of the companies placed the industry museum over petty polictics and competitive desires.  For that, the Laser Tag Museum would like to say "Thank You" to the following 30+ equipment suppliers:

Photon - George Carter
Star Laser Force - Bill Lewis
Vultrek - Graham and Robyn Vickridge-Smith
LaserTrek - David Groos
Delta Strike - Doug Willems
Quasar Elite - Bob Webb
Q-2000 - Steve Jennings
Q-Zar Systems - Sean Evans
Q-Support - Victor Miller
iCombat - Rick Jensen
LaserTag Pro - Aaron Fischer
Battlefield Sports - Nicole Lander
DDTR - Ivey Grcic
Action Tag - Ron Francis
Zone Leisure Technologies - Peter Davis
Zone Laser Tag, Inc - Simon Willetts
P&C Micros - Patrick Holmes
Zone New Zealand - Wayne Cortlett
Zone Russia - Vadim Aleksandrov
Laser Chaser - Andrus Ulyhryk
Laser Mania - Pat Rothwell
Laser Blast - Carla Ewald
Blaster Tag - Ron Leaventhal
Media Vision - Tom Appleton
Deep Forest Productions - Roger Nelson
Phaser Fun - Dan Newman
Laser Quest - Phil Pickersgill
Laser Storm - Dennis Potts
Lazer Runner - Paul Savard
Star Trooper - Pers & Lars Widing
Stunner - Ray Schaffer
Budget Arenas - Lathan Gariess

Check back from time to time as we update this list as more laser tag manufacturers and suppliers create an assocation of equipment, history, artifacts and lore on this website.

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Logan Lockhart Donates Laser Storm Artifacts

Logan Lockhart, an avid Laser Storm player, recently donated a combination of Laser Storm artifacts to the Laser Tag Museum. A while back, Logan also helped the Museum in acquiring one of the last working Laser Storm Stargate's, so it is no surprise that he is supporting the Museum again.

Logan donated the following Laser Storm artifacts: a Ra arena prop piece (from the movie "Stargate"), a map of a Laser Storm arena in Lockport, NY, a Laser Storm shirt, Laser Storm stickers, Laser Storm score cards, and a Laser Storm Marketing folder. 

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Logan Lockhart for his donation and his continous support of the Laser Tag Museum.

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Charles Peklenk Continues to Support The Laser Tag Museum

Charles Peklenk once again made a donation to the Laser Tag Museum. This time Charles sent a box to the Museum  containing a LaserTron Rules VHS, an Official Lazer Tag Game Hand Book, a Lazer Zone article, a Lazer Zone press release, a Lazer Zone Production Schedule, and a Lazer Zone activity report.

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Charles Peklenk for his donation and continuous support of the Museum. 

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Blaster Tag featured at Starbase Omega Donated to Laser Tag Museum

Just a few weeks ago the Laser Tag Museum didn't even know Blaster Tag International even existed but thanks to a lead by Vincent Desiderioscioli, the Curator was able to add another laser tag manufacturer to the indoor section of the Laser Tag Museum.

After researching article after article on the company, the Curator came across a phone number to a man named Ron Leaventhal, the founder of Blaster Tag International. The Curator just happened to by traveling to Florida when learning all of this information and while talking to Ron the two of them realized they would only be about an hour away from each other, so a meeting was set.DSC 0212

The two met at Ron's house the next day and the Curator was overwhelmed with excitement of discovering yet another laser tag manufacturer. They talked for hours discussing how Blaster Tag came about and how the industry has changed since it's decease. Ron was not only so kind as to drop what he was doing to meet with the Curator on such short notice and provide the Museum with information it couldn't attain anywhere else but he also made a one of a kind donation to the Laser Tag Museum. 

Ron donated three posters that Blaster Tag International used as marketing materials, a Blaster Tag brochure, and two different versions of the Blaster Tag International's equipment. 

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Ron Leaventhal for his time and his donation. To see the Blaster Tag International page click here.

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Q-Zar / Quasar Page Updated with Unseen Items

The Q-Zar / Quasar page recently underwent a major update with information and images.  Photos that have never been shown are now on display as well as the interview I conducted with Geoff Haselhurst.

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I would say that the Q-Zar / Quasar page is the most detailed and most researched laser tag system in the archives of the museum.  It should be as Q-Zar had a major impact to the laser tag industry.

Check out the updated Q-Zar / Quasar page at:

http://lasertagmuseum.com/indoor-company/n-u/q-zar

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Mark Young Donates 3 More Prototypes

Mark Young, who recently donated a System T Prototype pack, donated three more System T prototype packs. This time he sent another orange prototype pack, a blue prototype pack, and a yellow prototype vest.

These prototype packs indicate a concept in pack designs that never occured.  It provides an insight into product development rarely ever seen by the traditional player.

Mark is the owner of Ultazone Sherman Oaks, CA is one of the USA's top operators.  He has been active in the laser tag industry for nearly 20 years and has advised numerous operators in running succesful laser tag attractions.

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Mark Young for his continued support and donations.

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Statement of Integrity

We recently posted a page under the "About the Museum" section of the website entitled "Intellectual Property Integrity".  The page is located at:

http://lasertagmuseum.com/about-the-museum/intellectual-property-integrity

Here is the text from the page -

STATEMENT OF INTEGRITY

"The Laser Tag Museum owns or has in its possession the intellectual property of numerous laser tag manufacturers from throughout the world spanning back over 30 years.  The Laser Tag Museum does not allow any manufacturer, regardless of the relationship with the Laser Tag Museum Curator or staff, to have access to the artifacts owned or controlled by the Laser Tag Museum.

No manufacturer, supplier, distributor or principal involved in the design or manufacturing of laser tag equipment has ever had access to any laser tag artifact in the control or ownership of the Laser Tag Museum other than equipment donated by the manufacturer or created by the manufacturer."

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Massive Collection of Photon Items Donated by The Curators of Photon

The Curators of Photon (Chris Drago and Micheal Murphy) did not stop with just a loan to the Laser Tag Museum, they also made a very generous donation. Their goal of improving the Photon section of the Laser Tag Museum has been greatly surpassed. 

The donation consisted of: 

  • Four Photon mugs
  • Four Photon cups
  • Photon koozie
  • Photon ash tray
  • Photon lighter
  • Photon sport bottle
  • Photon Frisbee
  • Photon Space Pen
  • 9 Photon coupon books
  • Numerous Photon passports from different stores in different designs
  • 2 Photon patch
  • Photon VIP card
  • Photon play for a dollar coupon
  • Photon special passport
  • 2 Photon pencils

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Curators of Photon Loan the Museum Photon Artifacts

The Curators of Photon, consisting of Chris Drago and Micheal Murphy, recently loaned a wealth of Photon materials to the Laser Tag Museum. The items were accumulated by the Curators of Photon by traveling to Photon sites around the USA collecting anything they could to preserve the Photon legacy. Chris reached out to the Curator of the Laser Tag Museum on Facebook to talk about improving the Photon section of the Museum, the two then agreed to meet at the PhoCon event. 

Chris filled his friends car full of Photon memorabilia and made the trip to Laurel, Maryland. He then spent hours in the hotel room with the Curator and Intern walking them through the historical relevance of each Photon artifact. 

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Industry Innovator Awards Outlined and Enhanced

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE INDUSTRY INNOVATOR AWARD

There are no hard and fast set rules for the qualifications for the Laser Tag Musem's Industry Innovator Award.  Some guidelines have been developed slowly and consideration would be based off the following items:

1) The nominee's willingness to sit down and have an open and frank conversation about the early days and the challenges that ensured.

2) The nominee's communication with the Laser Tag Museum through either phone calls or emails about the aspects of the particular laser tag system(s) that were developed.

3) A true and actual sample of the laser tag pack, vest, helmet, battery belt and/or phaser in displayable condition.

4) The nominee should have no history of engaging in a deragatory or obscence manner towards the Laser Tag Museum; it's staff and volunteers; and/or the collection of artifacts gathered for the Laser Tag Museum.

5) The nominee's willingness to accept the offer of the Industry Innovator Award.

If you have a suggestion of who should be nominated, please email curator@lasertagmuseum.com.

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Fernt.com Donate Phaser Station

Fernt.com consisting of Photon Enthusiasts Paul Desiderioscioli, Vincent Desiderioscioli, Jed DeRose, and Gary Nevard donated a Photon Phaser Station during the PhoCon event in Laurel, Maryland. These Photon Enthusiasts are all Photon players who were very commited to their game. This led each of them to chip in and save this Photon phaser station from being thrown out.

This particular phaser station came from the Wildwood, New Jersey facility. The phaser station was a coin operated machine that was placed on the observation deck. It allowed people who were not playing in the current game to still particiapte and have fun. Phaser stations are still developed by different manufacturers to this date. This idea and technology was truely ahead of its time. 

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Paul Desiderioscioli, Vincent Desiderioscioli, Jed DeRose, and Gary Nevard for their donation and their commitment to preserving the Photon legacy. Paul, Vincent, Jed, and Gary are all listed in the donor section of the Museum under Fernt.com.

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Laser Tag Museum to be Featured in Documentary

"Another Mans Treasure: A Collector's Movie" is a documentary being created by 317 Films about the art, passion and obsession of collecting.  This documentary iexamines the many facets of collecting and collections.

The Laser Tag Museum was approached due to its unique and varied collection of laser tag artifacts and memorabilia that has been accumulated over the years.  The producers were kind enough to put together a 30 minute mini-documentary about the Laser Tag Museum and its value to the laser tag industry.  This gave us a chance to highlight and showcase just a few of the many laser tag items that are now on display at the museum.

317 Films is developing this documentary through a KICKSTARTER campaign.  Check out their project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1443078199/another-mans-treasure-a-collectors-movie?ref=discovery.

Enjoy!

 

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Marc Muller Donates Players Association Pod and More

Marc Muller, Owner of Laser Sport XP in Laurel Maryland and one of the key personnel for organizing the PhoCon event, recently donated a green Photon Player's Association Pod along with two V4 Photon phasers. Marc's store, Laser Sport XP, had Photon for about four years before switching to a newer equipment. The PhoCon event allowed Marc to evaluate his wealth of Photon equipment, which then allowed him to make this donation to the Laser Tag Museum.

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Marc Muller for his donation and his commitment to preserving the Photon legacy. Marc's donation has been added to the Photon section of the virtual museum.

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