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We bought one of the Sega Toys Homestar Home Planetariums with the help of (a) lots of money and (b) someone who went to Japan for Christmas. It's a plastic globe that makes the stars appear on your ceiling.

Suddenly, lying on the floor in the dark is a hobby rather than a cry for help.

'Homestaaaaaar'! (like 'Segaaaaaahhh')

Here's where it says "Sega" on the box! And it's the right kind of blue. It's the wrong font but still a NEW ELECTRICAL SEGA THING!

Could pass it off as a Nintendo Revolution mock-up to some idiot blog

This is the Sega Homestar. We got the silver one, by chance. It has buttons on it, a sort of disc tray in the front and looks quite cool -- if a little cheaply manufactured (the buttons are a bit 'Pay As You Go').

Yeah, we flipped her over and took photos

Here's another place it says "Sega" on it! This proves we were not stupid to blow 150 quid on getting this relatively small and flimsy piece of plastic sent back to us from Japan.

(OK, so it's actually saying "Sega Toys", but that's close enough when IT'S ALL YOU'VE GOT LEFT TO CLING TO.)


The disc tray comes right out so you can look inside at the mechanism. It's a little motor and small plastic wheel. This must be really easy to develop for!

It's boxed away now, safely

We also got a 'Handy Homestar'. We have absolutely no idea how this works. Also the battery on it was flat. Still, it looks like a cool little thing AND it's by Sega so we're very glad we got it.

For a while we thought it had a CD drive inside it :(

It comes with little boxes of discs. The discs contains the stars.


It doesn't take CDs. Or GD-ROMs. Or DVDs. The discs are little transparent plastic discs with a map of the stars printed on them.


This is us putting a disc into a Sega machine! Just like in the old days. Just think, that could be a game disc we're putting into a new Sega console!

We used our Dreamcast step-down. It was an emotional moment

TURNING IT ON! It lights up and everything. This is great news. It really works and we haven't wasted lots of money (not that buying Sega things is ever a waste of money!)

It looks best in the dark. Like us

These buttons alter the speed and rotation of the stars.

Please don't email in translations

Some buttons remain a mystery to this very day!


When you look inside it it's FULL OF STARS! Just like Dreamcast was. At least, that's how we remember it.

Rotating this turned initial disappointment into happiness

This flimsy circular insert adjusts the focus of the beam. When beaming from a normal height bedside cabinet to a regular ceiling, it covers an area approximately 12-14 feet across with an image of a starry galaxy.

INANIMATE OBJECTS: #3 in a series of 9

If were were putting our photos on Flickr this'd be the one we'd use. It's the artiest one. Look, that thing on the left is a bit blurry. We even let ourselves go mad and hold the camera at an angle. If you work for a magazine like Stuff or T3 you should probably "get us in" to do product photography!

The last thing you'll see before you die, bitch!

And this is what you get on your ceiling. This is our bedroom ceiling, ladies! It's quite a good effect as long as the room is very dark. The stars are a little blurred around the edges, but that makes it all the more interesting to look at. When the stars slowly rotate it's quite mesmerising and nice, especially when the horse tranquilisers are kicking in.

Not really. But it's cooler than a lava lamp and relaxing to look at when you go to bed all angry and full of rage. We're thinking of organising an event where we demonstrate the Homestar in a public environment. If you'd like to come along, email us. If lots of people express an interest in lying on the floor in a dark room looking at the stars, we'll book somewhere.
Blogger cokeandcoffee said...
I'll come! will you be supplying the horse tranquilisers?
Blogger Mr Williams said...
i'd like some ketamine too please
Blogger John Hartnup said...
It's got "SS" written on the front, which is the initials of the Saturn!
Blogger Matt Category said...
I'm well up for coming to an event like that!

And if someone does bring ketamine, we won't even need the Homestar!
Blogger S Club 1 said...
Does it have a Death Star mode, and are your dreams (despite the tranquilisers) in some way tortured by dark visions of Shadow the Hedgehog?
Blogger fujiwaratofuten said...
hmmm bit expensive considering that in the room that I lived in whilst I was in Japan, the previous tenant had stuck cheap fluorescent stars and a crescent moon onto the ceiling, thus giving a similar effect as your sega machine.

I found it quite soothing after getting used to their presence everynight.
Blogger accelaexp said...
hey zorg, please post the link to the auction here when you'll try to sell it on ebay ! just to know who will be the next to be fooled by this crap ! hahaha

ps: if you hide some of your horse thing in the shipping box, i may buy it.
Blogger Bill said...
£150? I just press on my eyes until the stars fly by.
Blogger gnome said...
Wow. Quite innovative in an 80s sense. Stars. Projected. On Ceiling.

What's next?
Blogger aporkalypse said...
Looks alright but way too fucking expensive. Have you tried making your own discs yet?
Blogger Tomleecee said...
The fact that someone at UK Resistance drinks herbal tea has shattered the illusion that it was the coolest site on the web.
Blogger JT said...
I think some people are forgetting something...

This thing is MADE by SEGA.

Actually MADE by them, and it's a GADGET, which is nearly the same as a CONSOLE, and it PROJECTS STARS!

Blogger Zarak said...
Silence, you cynics! omfg, you don't know how long I've wanted a home planetarium. I am absolutely not being sarcastic. This is genius. If I could get one here for a reasonable price I would so totally be getting one right now instead of posting this comment.
Blogger JT said...
Blogger Wratty said...
"The fact that someone at UK Resistance drinks herbal tea has shattered the illusion that it was the coolest site on the web."

Go fuck a bottle of jack daniels.

Herbal tea is the best thing since Carmen Electra. Zorg count me in for this gathering thing, I just want to see what your house is like.
Couldn't we all just lie on the floor in a dark field and watch the stars in the sky?

Whilst singing the Sega jingle and Nintendogging, of course.
Blogger Matt Category said...
I was examining the "herbal tea", and I noticed the DS charging on the floor. Looks like someones already done a bit of nintendogging (and whilst under the influence. 2 cups!)
Blogger Paul said...
Christ, if i wasn't trying to *budget* this year....
Blogger Captain Cowboy said...
What's with the 'SS' on the front? Is this an old piece of Nazi memorabilia? If so, hoorah!
There is something strange about this...I am now 100% sure that there are ancient symbols and hyroglyphs hidden in the sega homestars output!!!...unfortunatly ,it also seems it was created using a form of inteligence so advanced that no one will ever understand any of it!
Blogger Reihn said...
Oh and this is definitely probably the post I cherish most on UK:R. It captures all that I love about the site - rose coloured nostalgia, masterful humour and crushing pain and hate..

It could only be bettered if Zorg put up the “Desktop art made from a photo of MacOSX ‘Dog Vaginae’ desktop art” material I sent a few months back.

Also, has anyone got spare Ketamine?
Blogger Crnk Mnky said...
a home planetarium is fine and dandy, but I was hoping for something like Knuckles vs Strong Bad, ya know?

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