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The Shield – Tornado Popper


Police officers have the toughest job and we really need more than just one week to show our appreciation! The latest Tornado Popper is dedicated to the blue, to the men and women who serve and protect us. This rollerball’s central feature is an acid-etch police badge in a stonewashed pewter finish with police cruiser inspired graphics printed around the barrel. It is complete with stealth black accents, engraved limited edition number and top ring with shield print. Whether you are an officer, retired officer or the loving family behind them, The Shield is dedicated to you.

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A portion of  the proceeds will be donated to Assist the Officer Foundation – Dallas, Texas Chapter to help provide assistance to officers and their families facing any number of life-altering situations incurred as a result of the officer’s service. For more information on ATO visit


·         Rollerball refill – REF5P
·         Limited Edition of 1515 pieces (significant for May 15th – Peace Officer’s Memorial Day). 
·         Standard Tornado size
·         Printed graphics + acid-etched badge on the barrel
·         Top Disc imprint – Police Shield
·         Stealth Black accents 
·         Limited Edition numbering on top ring 
·         Graphic packaging tube

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The Tornado POP Series

Retro 51 Pop Series Pens

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If you’ve been a fan or customer (we have a particular fondness for the later :)) of Retro 51 pens for a while, then you’ve surely seen our Tornado Pop Series. But what you may not be familiar with is the story behind these uniquely designed pens.

Beginning in the spring of 2008, we thought it would be a great idea to create a seasonal themed pen, in addition to our more traditional Tornado collections. As a maker of fine writing instruments we not only want to make high-quality pens and pencils, but to also design writing instruments that push the boundaries of themes and stylistic appeal. And the Pop Series provided us with a unique opportunity to do just that- using the latest trends, retro fun, and new production techniques.

Retro 51 Spring 2008 Tornado Pop Series

Our first POP Series (see above) was spring-inspired and featured the Bocks Green, Torsion Pink, and Coil Yellow Tornado. That same summer we created our second Series, which had a tropical flair and included: Tropical Paradise, Route 66, and Waikiki. And we closed out our first year of the Series with the winter themed Skiing Tornado.

Due to the overwhelming response and popular demand, the designs for our POP Series quickly morphed into fashion forward, artistic, and even pop culture themes. The Series now features designs ranging from the eye-popping Yipes to the glow-in-the-dark Zap! But one characteristic remains the same.

All Tornado POP Series pens are limited editions. For each release we only make 500 pens (With the exception of Yipes and the Summer 2008 series, for which we made 1000 pieces. And the Zap, of which we made 525 ).

So if you see a POP you love, don’t hesitate to grab it. High-tail it to your local retailer ASAP! Because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Do you own a Tornado POP? Which one is your favorite? Did you miss out on one you really want? Leave us your feedback on our Fan Page. We love hearing from you!

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