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Pinball heaven: spelunking in the Man Cave

Men: are you feeling like you're losing touch with your roaring inner beast? Do you feel your youth slipping between your fingers? We think we've found the answer.

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Joseph Hanlon
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Party pinnys

"With the barrage of Sex in the City-type movies, MasterChef and Manscaping Makeovers being promoted in the media these days, men are forgetting how to be men and are suppressing their natural urge to hang out with the boys, drink beer, play pinball and watch sport."

This was our introduction to Howard Symington, owner of the Pinballs 'R' Us Man Cave in Sydney's Chatswood, and it got us thinking: have we really lost touch with our inner beasts?

With glimpses of Tyler Durden in our peripheral vision, we quickly made our way to the Man Cave to rediscover our masculinity hidden beneath layers of manicures and soy lattes.

Essentially, Pinballs 'R' Us is a sales showroom for machines you can buy outright, but Symington and the team also host parties on site. From buck's nights to corporate events, you can hire the area, complete with the bar and free use of all the machines on display.

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Welcome to the jungle

Is that supposed to be a rock painted around the door or a tree? It kinda looks like a Farrah Fawcett wig — not to "de-manify" the situation, or anything.

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Pulse rising

Spider-Man? NASCAR? Pinball? Oh my!

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Old faithful

For those who prefer their skill-based games without flashing lights and blaring sound effects.

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Old school

In case the Playboy pinball wasn't nostalgic enough.

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Locked to sport

This TV is guaranteed never to play an episode of Desperate Housewives.

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Got beer?

This sign better not be lying.

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The real deal

The Man Cave isn't licensed like a pub, but they will serve beers for the parties they host.

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A spot of hunting

There's no "getting in touch" with your masculinity without shooting a few innocent beasts on safari.

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Rolling start!

You can rest those tired pinball hands on the steering wheel while you speed around the track.

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Let there be rock

Never fear music lovers, there are also copies of this fine music that aren't being preserved behind glass.

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Paging Dr Freud

Pretty safari girls and oversized tusks? Anyone?

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Hail to the King

How awesome is the design in this machine?

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Batter up!

Stand aside, pinball wizard coming through.

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A CSI pinny?

That's what we love about pinball machines; even the lamest TV shows can be turned into great machines.

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Iron Man

One of our favourites of the newer machines was this superhero cinema tie-in.

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Multi-ball ready

As you play the Iron Man machine this little fellow rises up out of the table, signalling you're one step closer to the multi-ball.

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