Tony Stark Approves

Shop Notes 12 August 2017 | Comments Off on Tony Stark Approves

A great game with a great theme, what’s not to love? We just fully shopped this great Iron Man pinball machine. Check it out!

Stern came out with Iron Man in 2010, the same year as the second installment in the Robert Downey Jr.-driven movies.

Stern came out with Iron Man in 2010, the same year as the second installment in the Robert Downey Jr.-driven movies.

This game is from the original, short, run, and comes with a ton of custom touches, including the powder-coated legs, rails and lockdown bar.

This is from Stern’s original very limited production run of the game. Due to popular demand, they remade the game later as a “Vault Edition.”

This game came to us from a friend, and was always in a private home. That pride of ownership shows: This game is in great condition.

This original run game comes with a ton of custom touches, including the powder-coated legs, rails and lockdown bar.

We gave it a full shop job, installing updated LEDs throughout. We pulled everything off the playfield, to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned.

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

We added Super Bands and some other custom touches, and then tested everything mechanically. This game works 100%

We added Super Bands and some other custom touches, and then tested everything mechanically.

Delivery is available.

We installed LEDs throughout as well.

Take home this great machine today!

Very nice!

Missing Our Summer Crew

Shop Notes 9 August 2017 | Comments Off on Missing Our Summer Crew

The kids have gone back to school this week, leaving us without our cutest crew members. They had a big last week, though. Check it out!

Milo & Max spent a ton of time this summer working on their little lightbulb company, M&M Bulbs. They tested, sorted, and bagged thousands of lightbulbs!

Let us know if you need any spare 44s, 555s, or 906s. Prices here!

The kids also are great at pulling all the metal pieces out of the tumbler when we’re shopping games. They helped pull and sort all the metal for Shaq Attaq last week.

Have fun at school, guys! We love our junior crew!

Star Wars + Tilt = A Great Time!

NEWS,Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix,Tournaments 7 August 2017 | Comments Off on Star Wars + Tilt = A Great Time!

We’d heard so much buzz about Sunday’s Star Wars Launch Party at Tilt Studio that we had to stop by. We sure weren’t alone! More than 60 people showed up for the tournament, and for the chance to play Stern Pinball’s newest offering, Star Wars.

We arrived late in the afternoon, but still found dozens of die-hards surrounding the pinball machines. Friends, family, and curious onlookers gathered around to check out the scene, and play the many other machines at the two-level arcade and redemption center, in Tempe at Arizona Mills Mall.

The tournament was still going strong when we took out leave around 6. What a great time for pinball in Phoenix! Special thanks to Tilt and its great staff for doing so much to support our favorite pasttime!

Speaking of Tilt’s great staff, there’s the recently promoted Keith, keeping all the games in good working order. The Boss was happy to give him a hand with a little issue on The Addams Family. It’s hardly work when you have so much fun, right?

The kids were excited to see all the pinball machines, but they spent most of the day downstairs at the redemption machines. Tilt has something for everyone!

If you haven’t been to Tilt Studio yet, check it out! And if you want to be more involved in all the great pinball events taking place there, check out the Tilt Studio Tempe Pinball League on FB.

Better than Mmmkay!

Shop Notes 7 August 2017 | Comments Off on Better than Mmmkay!

We just finished a full shop job on this South Park pinball machine. This machine is especially cool for fans of the long-running cartoon, but everyone will enjoy the fun of Mr. Hankey and the gang. Check it out!

Sega came out with its South Park pinball machine in 1999, two years after the lovable tykes at the heart of the cartoon made their TV debut. This machine was the last title manufactured by Sega, and production was completed by Stern. Around 2,200 machines were built. (IPDB)

South Park has gone on to air nearly 300 episodes now, and even a movie. (IMDB)

We’ve given this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, washed, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned. We changed the rings and added a few custom touches as well.

The cabinet has been cleaned as well, and it’s in great condition. Game is set to free play.

We’ve converted this game to full Cointaker LEDs, and the lights look great now!

Of course, what would South Park be without its crazy kids? This game features some of the best characters from the show, and lots of toys, including a toilet that flushes during multiball.

You can even pretend that Chef is still on the show!

This game is now going to be a surprise for three very lucky kids with an awesome uncle! Now that’s real love.

A Plethora of Boards

Circuit Board Repair,Shop Notes 26 July 2017 | 1 Comment

Through the years, we’ve accumulated a circuit board or, well, 80. This week, we’ve been going through them all, fixing them, and listing them for sale. Check it out!

This is a partial stack of everything we've hoarded. Lots of pinball boards, but lots of arcade boards too.

This is a partial stack of everything we’ve hoarded. Lots of pinball boards, but lots of arcade boards too.

Luckily, we have this awesome test station that our friend put together. That lets us test and repair the boards quickly and efficiently. Thanks, Chris!

Luckily, we have this awesome test station that our friend put together. That lets us test and repair the boards quickly and efficiently. Thanks, Chris!

The boss has listed a ton of the boards on eBay already, so check out the full listings there, or email us if you're interested in something.

The boss has listed several dozen of the boards on eBay already, so check out the full listings there, or email us if you’re interested in something.

Family Time!

Shop Notes 6 July 2017 | Comments Off on Family Time!

We put the kids to work again this week, stripping some old playfields we’ve had in storage for a while. They did a great job, and we all spent some good time together. Check it out!

The Big Boss and the Little Boss side by side, stripping down two of the old playfields we pulled out of storage.

The Big Boss and the Little Boss side by side, stripping down two of the old playfields we pulled out of storage.

Even Max got into it!

Even Max got into it!

All together now! They made short work of the three populated playfields we pulled.

All together now! They made short work of the three populated playfields we pulled.

Part of the stack that we pulled. We had almost two dozen sitting around, leftovers from swaps or just extras others have sent our way through the years.

Part of the stack that we pulled. We had almost two dozen sitting around, leftovers from swaps or just extras others have sent our way through the years.

Kris and Milo were in it for the duration. We love when we all work together!

Kris and Milo were in it for the duration. We love when we all work together!

New Backglass Art!

Framed Backglasses,Shop Notes 3 July 2017 | Comments Off on New Backglass Art!

If your home is like ours, pinball gets confined to a few lonely rooms. But now there’s hope for the rest of your house. Our backglass art lets you put the art of pinball in any room anywhere! We just finished assembling almost another dozen of these beauties. Some are here to stay, but some can be yours! Check out these pics, and then check out our whole backglass art page. Now pinball can fill every room of your house!

Here's the big boss getting one of the frames lined up just right. This is for a 1971 Gottlieb Star Trek!

Here’s the big boss getting one of the frames lined up just right. This is for a 1971 Gottlieb Star Trek.

Here he is getting this 1976 Bally Evel Knievel screwed into position.

Here he is getting this 1976 Bally Evel Knievel screwed into position.

Some more of the frames, waiting for their mission in life to commence.

Some more of the frames, made by our good friend in custom colors and sizes to match each of our old backglasses.

Here's Genie looking great in its new frame!

Here’s Genie looking great in its new frame! Each of these gets custom LED lighting behind it to give it a great glow. There’s a custom mounting system behind it too, to allow for easy hanging.

We also got Elvira into her new home. Each of these backglasses has come to us as surplus; we don't take any out of games to do this, just giving new life to old glasses.

We also got Elvira into her new home. Each of these backglasses has come to us as surplus; we don’t take any out of games to do this, we’re just giving new life to old glasses.

Here's Star Trek after the boss finished. The color really makes this one pop!

Here’s Star Trek after the boss finished. The color really makes this one pop!

You can come by to see our art gallery, or check out some of them at D&D Pinball in Tucson.

You can come by to see our art gallery, or check out some of our backglass art at D&D Pinball in Tucson.

Our Summer Intern

Shop Notes 30 June 2017 | Comments Off on Our Summer Intern

School’s been out for a month, which means our junior assistant has been hard at work in the shop. He and our senior assistant have made quite the team. Check it out!

Milo is almost eight now, and has been working on machines with us since he as little. This week, he and Grampa tackled this 1995 Gottlieb Shaq Attaq.

Milo is almost eight now, and has been working on machines with us since he was little. This week, he and Grampa tackled this 1995 Gottlieb Shaq Attaq.

This game was next in our shop & restoration queue, where it's been waiting patiently for a full shop job.

This game was next in our shop & restoration queue, where it’s been waiting patiently for a full shop job.

Milo & John stripped the playfield, pulling everything off to be washed, polished, buffed, tumbled, or otherwise cleaned.

Milo & John stripped the playfield, pulling everything off to be washed, polished, buffed, tumbled, or otherwise cleaned.

We'll add LEDs, touch up a few spots on the playfield and cabinet, and add new rings and some custom touches too.

We’ll also add LEDs to the game, touch up a few spots on the playfield and cabinet, and add new rings and some custom touches too.

Milo will be helping with all of that too! He's a great worker!

Milo will be helping with all of that too! He’s a great worker! Plus, we get to pay him in Pokemon cards and ice cream.

Thanks for all your help, Milo. You're definitely earning all those Pokemon cards now!

Thanks for all your hard work, guys, this game will look great very soon!

One Game to Rule Them All

Shop Notes 27 June 2017 | 1 Comment

We just finished a full shop job on this Lord of the Rings machine. This is at least the fourth LOTR that we’ve had come through the shop in the past few years. It’s a popular game, and with good reason. Check it out!

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

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.

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 will love the game, with so many toys and modes that touch on the best parts of Tolkien's world.

Fans of Middle Earth will love the game, with so many toys and modes that touch on the best parts of Tolkien’s world.

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

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

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.

We added a few extra touches on this one too, including Super Bands, and color-matched post sleeves.

We did some cool work with the LEDs in the back too. You can see the red behind the One Ring magnet.

We did some cool work with the LEDs in the back too. You can see the red lights behind the One Ring magnet.

Enjoy the game, Ed and Jayne!

Enjoy the game, Ed and Jayne! Watch out for the Balrog!

America’s Best Haunted

Uncategorized 19 June 2017 | Comments Off on America’s Best Haunted

We sent one of our favorite games on its way earlier this month. But before America’s Most Haunted left the building, we made a few final tweaks that made this game even cooler. Check it out!

Here's the game when we first got it in July 2015. The big boss and the little boss were immediately big fans.

Here’s the game when we first got it from Spooky Pinball in July 2015. The big boss and the little boss were immediately big fans.

This game, from Spooky Pinball in Wisconsin, was always cool. But then we added the glow bands, and it looked even better!

This game, from Spooky Pinball in Wisconsin, was always cool. But you can see how much cooler it looked after we added the glow-in-the-dark silicon bands, posts, and flipper rubbers! We also added some extra light strips under the apron, and Glow Balls too!

Then, right before the game departed, we put in some extra light strips under the apron. We put in Glow Balls too!

Here’s a side shot with all the mods. We really should have done this earlier!

Here's a better shot of those apron lights, illuminating everything in that beautiful hue.

Here’s a better shot of those apron lights, illuminating everything in that beautiful hue.

The glow bands absorb the light, so even when everything goes dark, there's a really cool glow still lingering in the game.

The glow bands absorb the light, so even when everything goes dark, there’s a really cool glow still lingering in the game.

We also used this awesome pop bumper cap we still had sitting around.

We also used this awesome pop bumper cap we still had sitting around.

Here's one with the Glow Balls. They're definitely a cool touch! Enjoy the game, Danny, and take care of it for us!

Here’s one with the Glow Balls. They’re definitely a cool touch! Enjoy the game, Danny!