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Willis Pac-Man bezel

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

This little beauty popped up on eBay with the title “Willis Pac-Man bezel”. Now I’ve seen plenty of Pac cpo’s and of course that really bad Wico Pac-Man side art; but I have never seen a Willis Pac-Man bezel, or even knew it existed. The seller only posted a few small pictures, and while the Willis name appeared to be printed in the lower right, it just wasn’t very clear. What really caught my attention was a small mark or artist signature also in the lower right corner. Whoa, an artist signature? Insert token to continue…

Willis Pac-Man cocktail cpo

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Willis replacement control panel overlays for Bally Midway’s Pac-Man leaves very little to the imagination. Not that it’s revealing, just that it is very obviously for pac-man. Even a non-arcade enthusiast could probably tell you that. There are slightly different overlays for player one and player two, but the pac-man character eating dots can’t be mistaken for much else. Pretty boring, just like the original control panel overlays. The Willis player one and player two men make a cameo appearance again, reuse that artwork! Not sure what could have been done to make pac cocktail overlays more interesting, maybe a maze, some wacky ghost images, something. A piece of history that I’ll stash in the Willis vault.

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If you have any information about Willis Industries or would just like to comment about the artwork they produced, drop me a line I’d love to talk Willis!

Willis Super Pac-Man cpo

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Is not so super. Don’t get me wrong, it gets the job done, but what happened to the caped Pac-Man, and the angry blue ghost? The color has changed from a blue background with yellow insert to a yellow background with blue. The Willis version is also missing the stripes from the original cpo that matched up with the bezel, this breaks up the continuity. Add in that color variation and the overlay just seems “off”. You might also notice the slightly darker boxes around the text and the player select character, perhaps because the artwork was attached to the film and not integral. A kind of screen print cut and paste. A little more effort could have gone into the artwork on this one, especially for a Pac-Man game.

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Now of course with every Willis overlay the production quality is excellent and this overlay is no exception. 3M backer paper and adhesive, artwork screen printed on lexan, and die cut joystick and button holes. The control panel overlay is labeled part number 2001 and was produced by Willis in 1983, which makes it one of their later production pieces. Insert coin to continue…

Pac-Man birthday cake!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

You know you’ve got a problem when your hobby spills over into other parts of your life. Clothing, novelty toys, board games and food just to name a few. Today my wife surprised me with a cool arcade themed cake for my birthday. I think it turned out great and tastes delicious.