This Game Rocks!

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We picked up this ACDC Premium a few months ago, and we’ve been having a ton of fun playing it. And now that we got around to giving it a full shop job with some cool custom touches, we’re going to play it even more. Come take it from us! For sale!
$6700

Stern came out with ACDC in 2012, and instantly drew rave reviews from players, competitors, and music afficianados. (IPDB)

The homage to Australia’s favorite hard rockers originally came in Pro, Premium, and LE versions. The game proved so popular that special Luci and then Vault editions also were produced.

And what’s not to love? Rock ‘n’ roll, cannons, trains, demonic mini playfields? This game is loaded with toys, not to mention kick-ass music.

We’ve given this game a thorough going-over. Everything works 100%! We added a few custom touches too, including RED silicone rings, ramp stickers, and color-coded post sleeves!

We’ve also upgraded the LEDs, to make that beautiful glow even better.

This game is a thing of beauty!

The mini playfield is perfect, with the plastic cover nice and clear.

Check out the red rings!

Take this game home today. You know you’re about to rock. We’ll even salute you. Ground-floor delivery available.

To Boldly Play An Awesome Game!

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We just finished a full shop job on this 2015 Stern Star Trek Pro, and this game looked amazing! Custom touches made this Home-Use-Only game even better. Check it out!

Star Trek has been well represented in the pinball world, but when Stern came out with this version in 2012, it changed everything. (IPDB)

Through the years, there’s been Bally Star Trek, Data East Star Trek, and Williams Star Trek the Next Generation, but this is definitely the coolest version.

Stern came out with several versions of this game. This is the pro model. There’s also the Limited Edition and Premium editions.

This game is even cooler because it has an aftermarket art package, with a custom translite, speaker panel, shooter housing, scorecards, and coindoor sticker.

We upgraded the LEDs throughout as well, for a perfect glow.

We added some cool custom touches as well, including BLUE silicone rings throughout, color-coded post sleeves, and Super Bands!

This game is loaded with toys, and great references to the newest version of the movies.

Check out those cool blue bands! They look even better in person.

Captain’s orders: Check out this game, now at Doc & Eddy’s in Tempe!

Dirty Harry Made Our Day

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We just finished a full shop job on this Dirty Harry pinball machine. We especially liked how the powdercoating turned out, and the color DMD was awesome! Check it out!

Williams came out with this game in 1995, and produced around 4,250 machines, IPDB reports.

The game is, of course, based on the Eastwood movie series. Police Inspector Harry Callahan arrived on scene in 1971 in “Dirty Harry.” “Magnum Force” followed in 1973, “The Enforcer” in 1976, “Sudden Impact” in 1983, and “The Dead Pool” in 1988. The game takes details from all the flicks!

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, washed, tumbled, or otherwise cleaned.

We also installed full LEDs in this game: insert, GI, and flashers, all from Cointaker. And check out the color DMD!

One other nice upgrade: A new nickel-plated gun. Enjoy the game, Kent! We hope you feel lucky!

Lord of the Games

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We just finished a full shop job on this awesome Stern Lord of the Rings pinball machine. This machine is always fun with its depth of play and cool theme. Check it out!

Stern came out with Lord of the Rings in 2003, and produced around 5,100 machines. (IPDB)

This game came out the same year as the third installment of Peter Jackson’s cinematic trilogy, based, of course, on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien works.

Fans of Middle Earth especially love the game, with so many toys and modes that touch on the best parts of Tolkien’s world. But the game is a perennial favorite of all players.

We gave this machine a full shop job, tearing everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, washed, polished, or otherwise cleaned.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

We added a few extra touches on this one too, including Super Bands, and color-matched post sleeves. Enjoy the game, Dave! Bash the Balrog!

The Awesome Dead

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We just finished a full shop job on this amazing HUO Stern The Walking Dead Pro. This game was nice when it came in, and it was amazing when it left, with LED upgrades, and a few custom touches. Check it out!

Stern started producing The Walking Dead in 2014, based on the hit AMC series, based on the even-better series of graphic novels. (IPDB)

This is the Pro version, which came to us from its original owner with only around 1,000 games played.

The game has lots of great nods to the series, including this Bicycle Girl image underneath the left ramp. We made it even cooler with a Bicycle Girl figure!

Here’s another cool addition: Rick in the foreground and a zombie in the back. They’re right next to the barn, another noteworthy toy.

We upgraded the LEDs, adding some select color to the playfield.

Enjoy the game, Kevin. You can tell Leslie did!

Goodbye, Robert

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We wanted to take a moment to pay respects to a good man, taken from us early this week, unexpectedly, and too young.

Robert Whipp was well-known in the pinball community, hard to miss in how he stood above the crowd physically, but in personality too. Quick to smile and laugh and help you if you needed anything, he was a genuine good guy who loved his family and was proud to be with them.

He was a judge for us last year in our annual Best of ZapCon contest, after winning the contest in 2017. He was a regular in Tucson tournaments who was part of a successful new route business down there too. He drove up to Phoenix often for tournaments. His whole family played, even his future daughter-in-law became part of things.

He passed away on Monday at 50. Viewing will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Adair Funeral Home’s Dodge Chapel in Tucson, at 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at All Faiths Cemeteries, 2151 S. Avenida Los Reyes.

Robert is survived by his wife, Cat, his son, James, and James’ fiancee, along with countless friends, colleagues, and players. We’ll miss you, Robert. Thank you for everything. May the sun never set on your memory.

Here’s Robert with the award he earned for his restored Evel Knievel machine at ZapCon Five. Robert spent an amazing amout of time restoring the game and his hard work truly showed.

Hardbody Finds a Home

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We just finished a full shop job on this great pinball machine – a Bally Hardbody! This machine is the only machine endorsed by Rachel McLish, the first Ms. Olympia. Are you tough enough for Hardbody?

Bally came out with Hardbody in 1987, at the height of the fitness craze of the ’80s, and produced around 2,000 machines. (IPDB)

Featuring the first Ms. Olympia and a hard-core workout theme, this machine continues to make players’ pulses race.

We’ve given this one a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, washed, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the game as well. Look at that glow!

You can see the great factory-installed mirror blades in this game, too. As far as we know this was the first and only game to come with them.

Enjoy the game, Rob!

Sinbad Goes Home

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We were really happy with how this Sinbad pinball machine turned out. It looked great! But we were happier still to send it on its way with a great group of people. Sinbad the Sailor has gone home to a VFW post in the east valley. Thank you for your service, and enjoy your machine!

Gottlieb came out with Sinbad in 1978, and produced around 12,000 of the machines. (IPDB)

This particular machine was extra interesting because it was a sample machine, and came with a prototype cabinet with metal sides on the front, back and part of the head, though still wooden sides.

The game is based, of course, on the classic protagonist of Middle Eastern lore, who adventured the world, battling monsters and collecting treasure.

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, washed, polished, or otherwise cleaned.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

Enjoy the game, guys, and thank you again your service.

This Game is Fantastic!

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We just finished a full shop job on this Captain Fantastic pinball machine. It looks great now!

Bally came out with this machine in 1976, inspired by the movie “Tommy,” and based on the character Elton John plays. (IPDB)

The full moniker of the game — Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy — is the name of the singer’s ninth studio album.

This game is a classic, and always well-regarded for its pop culture status. We don’t usually even like games of this vintage, but we couldn’t hardly help ourselves.

We gave this machine a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned.

We installed LEDs throughout for a beautiful and long-lasting glow.

New pop bumper caps and platters, new targets, new flipper bats, and a few extra touches made this game look great again!

Enjoy the game, Bob and Mary Ellen!

 

A Winning Game!

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We gave this Jokerz! pinball machine a full shop job. This game turned out great! Check it out!

Williams came out with Jokerz! in 1988 and produced around 5,400 of the games. (IPDB)

Jokerz! stands in a long line of card-themed pinball machines, but added a feature that definitely set it apart.

On their final turn, players can double their score. That makes for some interesting challenges!

We gave this game a full shop job and installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

We pulled everything off the playfield, to be tumbled, buffed, washed, polished, or otherwise cleaned.

Everything works mechanically. This game is 100%. super.

Enjoy the game, Jim & Diana!