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Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Arcade1Up Dragon's Lair petition
« on: November 21, 2019, 11:13:23 AM »
Please watch and sign up. Let's make it happen!

Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Dragon's Lair shirt sighting
« on: October 24, 2019, 02:51:03 AM »
In Zombieland 2 : Double Tap, Columbus is wearing a Dragon's Lair tee shirt while in the White House.


It is believed to be announced at the New York Toy Fair today and on their social media pages tomorrow. They are believed to unveil Dragon's Lair and Asteroids machines. I have the game Tempest that they did and I am very satisfied with the results. I think they will put out a good machine.

They are licensed versions so it is not a bootleg.

Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Dragon's Lair and Space Ace Reference
« on: July 15, 2014, 01:57:47 AM »
I was watching one of my favorite cartoons. Samurai Jack. I was watching an episode I had never seen before, s2 e8, Jack and the Farting Dragon. A peasant told Jack that when he gets to the fork in the road, to stay on the rocky path and it will take him to the Dragon's Lair. Jack said what happens if I take the other path and the peasant yelled to Jack "Space Ace!". :) Love finding references to DL that I never saw before, even if it is an old reference.

Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / The ultimate Dragons Lair cel
« on: May 20, 2013, 02:41:50 PM »
Someone just listed the cel I have been searching for since I had gottwn my letter from Don Bluth studios. The ulra rare 3 char cel. Too bad they are smoking crack. They want almost $10,000 for it. Now more than ever I wished i had bought the cel for $75 back in 83.

edit: Had the wrong price. It is about $9800 not $9500 USD.

Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Don Bluth picture with DL Toons
« on: December 11, 2009, 05:33:40 PM »
I had gotten a slide many years ago of bluth and the main characters from the Bluth Studios. I just got a slide scanner and thought I would share it with the rest of the community.

Arcade Lifestyle / DIY Paper Arcade
« on: July 22, 2009, 11:53:56 PM »
I know this probably has been posted here...somewhere...but since I saw the paper delorean, I thought I would post the site that has a paper arcade...

Yes it does even have the famous Dragon's Lair...

Honorable mention:
Galaga, Ms Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Defender, Gauntlet, Gravitar, Pac Man, Robotron, Tempest

Warning: This will be a LONG post.

When I was a teenager, I worked in an arcade when Dragon's Lair came out. I worked in a tourist town in the US near Atlantic City. I spent a lot of quarters and got close to finishing it. I teamed up with someone else and we finished it with in the first 2 weeks after we got the game. It used to draw huge crowds. They used to hook a TV on top of the game so the crowds could see what was going on. It wasn't uncommon to have 50+ people standing around you if they heard that you could get to the dragon.

My partner and I decided to write a book on how to finish the game. We hand wrote it out, then typed it into an apple computer and photo copied the pages. We then sold copies of it. Someone took our guide and sold it to one of the arcade mags. It read word for word, but since we didn't have a copyright on it, we couldn't really prove that we did it.

Later that year, my brother found the first "exposure sheet" and gave it to me. I still do not know how he came across it. I decided to write them and ask for a copy of a publicity photo I saw in a magazine (Don Bluth sitting in a chair with Dirk, Daphne and Singe around him). I received a reply in December with a nice letter and a 35mm slide of the publicity photo. In the letter, he mentioned animation cels for $75 of all three characters. I really wanted one (or more)....but couldn't afford it. It left a long desire in me that I have yet to quench.

On to my collection:

I started my collection with the book I wrote. I also started a scrap book of any articles I could find on DL. I also swiped the side art from one of the DL machines from the arcade and turned it into a poster that hung in my parents house for many years (I'm still pissed they got rid of it).

My collection went kind of dormant for quite a while, but I always wanted to get an animation cel since I had missed out on it when I was younger. The advent of Ebay (back then known as auctionweb), led me to the beginning of my cel quest. I got a cel of Dirk riding the magic horse. It is framed and still on my wall.

I always liked cels because they are one of a kind (at least production cels that is). I have accumulated quite a few items since 1999 when I got on the Inet. Below is the majority of my collection:

My letter from Don Bluth Studios. Ironically I ended up finding John Cawley years later when I bought an item off of ebay. When I sent him a money order, the name rang a bell and I dug out my letter and sure enough, it was him. I had a nice long email conversation about it. He is a nice person.

This cel is my favorite cel. The reason is because it composes of the main cel, the cape black out cel and then two special effect cels. The first one shows the cellophane pieces taped on the back in order to provide the sparkles for the cape the other is for a light effect on the crown.

My next favorite cel. The quintessential pose of Dirk.

I bought the drawing first and was contacted by someone who said they had a cel that matched the drawing. I bought it and sure enough, the numbers all matched the drawing. It is a 4 lair cel.

DL II cel, but is the only one I own with an original background.

If you notice, they changed from black to blue for the cape for DL II.

Now some Drawings:

I also have a DL 3d drawing, but I guess I forgot to get a picture of it.

Now for the Misc. stuff from my collection:

When the side art was re-issued, they offered 30 signed copies of a limited edition side art. I got the first one available to the public. Finny probably has the first one knowing him. :)

Atari Preliminary Manual

DL II: Time Warp attract mode script

Just an original photo used in the article listed.

I wish I had room to display all my collection. I have them in art books that I show off. I also have about ½ dozen cels framed and hung on the wall that are not listed in this collection. I didn't have time to photograph them and they are good framing cels and not prime cels. I don't mind them getting the light damage that cels get.

I also wish I had the space to get a full sized DL machine. I was so tempted about a month ago. There was one for sale on ebay and it wasn't far from my house. I think I could have spent the money for it without tightening my belt too much, but I wouldn't have had any room to put it.

I hope you enjoy my collection as much as I do.


R. Brian Drass

Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / A rare opportunity
« on: December 05, 2005, 05:08:09 AM »
It seems Finny is parting with some amazing animation pieces on ebay.

There are 3 backgrounds for sale. They are amazing pieces. Two huge BGs from DL2 and a BG of the castle from DL1 (but is from DL3D).

This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of history.

Backgrounds are very rare. Besides these, I have only ever seen 2 other BGs from the DL series.  I own one (got a real good deal on it) and I couldn't afford the other. In comparison to the ones I have seen, these blow the other ones away. Two of the ones for sale are pan scan BGs one is 5 feet long and the other is 6 feet long!

If you can afford one/all, I really suggest you buy it because you will never see anything that will compare to it.

All the rest / Nice new look.
« on: September 16, 2005, 03:55:45 PM »
You did a nice job on the new look of the site.

I hate webdesign. It always takes me so long to do, never looks as good as I hoped it would and never works the way I wanted it to.

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