(Topic ID: 222004)

Not so "original" themes


By balt

8 months ago



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#1 8 months ago

Manufacturers sometimes avoid licensing fees by creating an "original" theme that was certainly inspired by an existing intellectual property or person. Examples:

Alive = Elvis
Barracorra = Alien/H.R. Giger
Beat Time = Beatles
Black Pyramid = Indiana Jones
Bone Busters = Ghostbusters
Eight Ball = The Fonz
F14 Tomcat = Top Gun
Genesis = Metropolis
Gold Wings = Top Gun
Hollywood Heat = Miami Vice
Jungle Lord = Tarzan
Mars Attacks = Mars Attacks trading cards (1962)
Medieval Madness = Monty Python's Holy Grail
No Good Gofers = Caddyshack
Raven = Rambo
Secret Service = James Bond
Space Invaders = Alien/H.R. Giger
Special Force = Rambo
Tee'd Off = Caddyshack
TOTAN = Aladdin
Vacation America = National Lampoon's Vacation

Can you name others?

#2 8 months ago

If the existing IP can also be another pin, then No Good Gofers = Tee'd Off

#3 8 months ago

Hey this is steve requesting a whiz by

Whiz by denied steve

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#4 8 months ago

Bally Eight Ball

#6 8 months ago

I think Bone Busters was supposed to be a salvage operation after a Ghost Busters license fell through. Same machine with somewhat altered art and a new title.

https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=bone+busters&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#347

#8 8 months ago

Capcom Airborne = also Top Gun.

#9 8 months ago

Black Pyramid by Bally Midway (Indiana Jones)

#10 8 months ago

High Speed - Steve Ritchie's reckless driving habits

Stellar Wars- Star Wars

Robo-Wars - Transformers

Space Invaders- (video game but really Alien)

#11 8 months ago

Pretty sure AFM came out a year or so before Mars Attacks was ever made.

#12 8 months ago

The movie was made in 1996 - about a year after AFM was released. Perhaps the pin inspired the movie?

#13 8 months ago

Perry Hotter would have potential.

#14 8 months ago

Beat me to it, Bowlingpin!

#16 8 months ago
Quoted from Bowlingpin:

Pretty sure AFM came out a year or so before Mars Attacks was ever made.

Oh good call, missed that! EDIT: But Mars attacks was around long before the movie, see post below

#17 8 months ago

There was an AFM movie released in 1988, but the AFM game wasn’t inspired by it - https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/attack_from_mars?

#18 8 months ago

AFM was inspired by 50's pulp comics just like Tim Burton was for Mars Attacks!

#19 8 months ago

I was gonna say, I had some mars attacks trading cards back in the 80’s.. so it was nothing new

#20 8 months ago
Quoted from balt:

Manufacturers sometimes avoid licensing fees by creating an "original" theme that was certainly inspired by an existing intellectual property.

Avoiding licensing fees?

Predator.

#21 8 months ago

Mars Attacks has been around since the 1960s. AFM is definitely riffing on it.

The trading cards basically look like a storyboard for AFM.

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#22 8 months ago
Quoted from aingide:

Mars Attacks has been around since the 1960s. AFM is definitely riffing on it.
The trading cards basically look like a storyboard for AFM.
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Oh yeah I forgot about that, I was right all a long suckas!

#23 8 months ago

Saying airborne ripped off top gun is a bit of a stretch. Top Gun is a movie about naval aviators training and having a brief skirmish at the end. Airborne is a game about flying a fighter jet at air shows around the world. The two things they have in common are the plane, which was a navy fighter at the time both were made, and that airborne has a call out for buzzing the tower. Since the game and the movie came out 10 years apart their really isn't much connection from a cashing in standpoint.

Gold wings ripped off top gun. F14 cashed in on the craze, but makes no real references that I know of.

#24 8 months ago

Dialed In = Will & Grace

#25 8 months ago

Embryon = Rock Hudson movie "Embryo"
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#26 8 months ago

Firepower building off of Star Wars ?

#27 8 months ago
Quoted from Sinestro:

Dialed In = Will & Grace

This comment just made me laugh out loud in a very quiet office...

#28 8 months ago

Strange science spun off the Weird science movie.

#29 8 months ago

Could Heavy Metal Meltdown be a prelude to the Stern music pins?

#31 8 months ago

When I play Space Station I think of 2001: A Space Odyssey

#32 8 months ago

The Bally Game Show = The Price is Right
Blackwater 100 = Rad
Meteor = Asteroids
Beat Time (The Bootles) = The Beatles
Middle Earth = Lord of the Rings

#33 8 months ago

From behind the scenes features, the draft/concept for Mars Attacks had been doing the rounds in Hollywood nearly a decade before getting picked up and developed by Burton & WB.

So who knows who inspired who, luckily we ended up with both as the pin is awesome and the film is a good laugh with the kids specially around Halloween.

#34 8 months ago
Quoted from kst8cat:

Meteor = Asteroids

Meteor's actually a movie license. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000000000079550/

#35 8 months ago

That's interesting. I'll have to check out the movie sometime.

#36 8 months ago

Instead of Love Boat we got-

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#37 8 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Instead of Love Boat we got-
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I think you found that non-feminine theme you were looking for!

#38 8 months ago
Quoted from Sinestro:

I think you found that non-feminine theme you were looking for!

Notice how on the corner of the glass it says Total Flags?

Yeah, the testosterone is just flowing on this one.

#39 8 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Notice how on the corner of the glass it says Total Flags?
Yeah, the testosterone is just flowing on this one.

I think we found CGC next candidate!

#40 8 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Notice how on the corner of the glass it says Total Flags?
Yeah, the testosterone is just flowing on this one.

post 277!

#41 8 months ago

Blackwater 100 is about an enduro motorcycle race called the blackwater 100

Rad is about bmx bikes

#42 8 months ago

Road kings=mad max

#43 8 months ago

Theatre of magic =David Copperfield

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