Getaway Got Away!

Shop Notes 10 November 2017 | Comments Off on Getaway Got Away!

We were happy to put the finishing touches on this Getaway pinball machine and send it on its way last week. This game is always fun, with its fast-paced theme and great music. Check it out!

Williams came out with Getaway in 1992, and produced more than 13,200 units. (IPDB)

The game is, of course, a revamped version of Williams’ 1986 High Speed. Faster and better-looking!

This is a quick-paced game with a great theme that appeals to pinball diehards and newcomers alike.

You can almost hear the pulse-quickening beats of “La Grange” if you stare at the translite long enough.

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

We included a few special touches, too, including Super Bands and color-coded post sleeves.

The game looked great!

Enjoy your game, Jay!

Another Game to Rule Them All!

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We just finished a full shop job on this Lord of the Rings machine. This is at least the fifth 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)

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 love the game, with its many toys and modes that touch on the best parts of Tolkien’s world. Pinball fans also appreciate it for its great game play.

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

We finished the LED installation with Cointaker bulbs.

The awesome translite looks even better with LEDs behind it too!

We added a few special touches too, including Super Bands and color-coded post sleeves.

Bash the Balrog!

Enjoy your game, Joe. It looks better than ever now!

 

Amazing Fish Tales!

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We’ve seen a lot of Fish Tales in our day, and this is probably the nicest original one we’ve come across. This game is fun for everyone, but now it’s going home with Jeff. Y’all should have called us earlier!

Williams came out with Fish Tales in 1992, and produced around 13,600 games. (IPDB)

This game is a perennial favorite, with its fun theme, and its cool toys, including the flapping fish in the topper above the game.

The cabinet on this game tends to fade, but this one still has all the great factory color.

This game has been fully shopped, too, with new silicone rings and color-coded post sleeves.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout this game as well. They look great, plus they burn cooler and last longer than traditional bulbs.

This game got a few extra-special touches too, including these Super Bands.

We checked all the mechanics. This game works 100%.

Even the topper dome is in great shape on this great game!

Have fun with your amazing Fish Tales, Jeff!

 

The Best Harley-Davidson Pinball Machine

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This game is amazing! A practically brand-new Harley Davidson pinball machine with some sweet extra touches. And it’s ready to go home today. Check it out!
$4200

Stern came out with the Second Edition version of its Harley-Davidson pinball machine in 2002, producing only around 600 games. (IPDB)

There have been a number of pinball tributes to America’s favorite motorcycle company, but this is the nicest version, with chrome trim throughout.

This game came to us as Home-Use-Only, and it was obviously treated with care. The cabinet is in excellent condition.

And when we say this machine is like-new, we mean it! This game had 300 plays on it when it came into our shop!

This game is perfect for the Harley enthusiast, or any pinball player, with its great theme and fun toys.

The game has been fully shopped, with new silicone rings and Cointaker LEDs throughout.

The LEDs look great, plus they burn cooler and last longer than traditional bulbs.

This game got a few extra-special touches too, including Super Bands and color-coded post sleeves. Everything looks great in this game!

The Second Edition version of the game has upgraded motorcycles throughout. This game looks amazing. It plays perfectly too. We’ve checked all the mechanics. Everything works 100%!

This game is ready to go home today. Get your holiday shopping finished early!

 

 

HUO PINBOT!

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Someone is going to be so happy! This Home-Use-Only Pinbot is in amazing shape! And it’s for sale!
Check it out!

$2800

Williams came out with Pinbot in 1986, and went on to produce around 12,000 units. (IPDB)

The machine was a big hit, and was followed by The Machine: Bride of Pinbot in 1991 and Jackbot in 1995.

Pinbot remains the most popular of the games, and so the machines are usually well worn. This one came to us from its original owner, and it’s in amazing condition.

This game has been fully shopped, and all the mechanics checked. Everything works 100%!

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the machine as well. They look great, plus they burn cooler and last longer than traditional bulbs.

We put a few extra touches on the game as well, including color-coordinated Super Bands.

Take home a great example of a favorite classic machine. Pinbot is ready to go home today!

 

Indiana Jones is Golden

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We just finished a full shop job on this Williams Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure machine. This is always a fun game, and this machine turned out especially nice with the powder coating and some other nice touches. Check it out!

 

Williams came out with Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure in 1993, and produced more than 12,700 units. (IPDB)

This game is a perennial favorite with all levels of players due to its great theme, deep modes, and fun layout.

It’s based, of course, on the series of Harrison Ford films, which began in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout: inserts, GI, and flashers.

We added some special touches as well, including Super Bands, and color-coded post sleeves.

Extra LEDs for the Path of Adventure as well.

In case you didn’t notice the powdercoating before, check it out! We also had the gun plated in nickel.

One of the best updates? The color DMD. It makes this game even more fun!

Enjoy the game, Kent! May your adventure continue!

 

 

A Stellar Machine

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We just finished a full shop job on this Stellar Wars pinball machine. This game looked great when we were finished with it.
Check it out!

Williams came out with Stellar Wars in 1979 and produced more than 5,500 of the machines. (IPDB)

The game boasts some widebody action and cool space sound effects.

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

We touched up a couple of spots on the cabinet and the playfield as well.

We also installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the game.

We added a few special touches, too, including Super bands for extra bounce.

Enjoy your beautiful new game, Chris!

NEWS: Pinball for Puerto Rico Scores Big!

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We’re proud to announce that our charity drive for Puerto Rico disaster relief raised hundreds of dollars!
We spent our weekend auctioning off this Old Coney Island pinball machine, as part of our Pinball for Puerto Rico auction. One amazing family liked the idea so much that they pushed the bidding up to $750! We’ve been watching the recovery efforts with growing worry, so we’re incredibly glad to do something to help. In fact, we’re going to add our own $250 on top of the auction donation.
That means that altogether we’re going to send $1,000 to United for Puerto Rico today! Please do what you can to help, and support others who are trying to help. Our fellow Americans need us now. Thank you!

Here’s the big prize! This 1979 Old Coney Island pinball machine from Game Plan. We spent a little extra time on Sunday putting some finishing touches on the game.

We even made up a little certificate for our winners, the Reading Family. We were so grateful for them, and for everyone who participated in our little effort.

And here are our new best friends! Mike (on the right) brought his twin sons with him to pick up the game. Kole is on the left and Kyle is standing next to his dad. Thanks, guys! Enjoy the game!

Pinball for Puerto Rico

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Want to buy a fully working pinball machine and help some people who really need it? Keep reading!

Like everyone, we’ve been watching the devastation in Puerto Rico with a growing horror. So when a customer donated a broken pinball machine to us, we decided to sell it and donate the proceeds to help with the disaster relief. Here’s the machine! Check it out!

Game Plan came out with Old Coney Island in 1979, and produced around 3,000 machines.

This machine actually has a special meaning to us. We sold this very machine around six years ago, right when we were just starting out, to an older gentleman who wanted to surprise his wife. We never heard from him again, but a month ago, we heard from a neighbor of his. The man had passed away, and his widow had passed along the machine to our customer.

Game Plan produced pinball machines from 1978-1985.

The machine wasn’t playing and the customer asked us to come out and look at it. It had some board issues, issues that seemed beyond what we could fix and make reliable.

Game Plan also produced such classics as Sharpshooter and Pinball Lizard.

So our customer donated the game as parts, and we brought it home. For fun, we decided to tinker with the board some more after we got it home. After a few hours, we found the board issue and managed to get everything working again!

We gave the game a quick cosmetic cleanup, but it’s still not perfect.

We still can’t guarantee the MPU board, though, as replacements are hard to find. Our customer decided he still didn’t want it back, especially when he heard our plan to donate it. So with his approval, we’re taking the machine to you.

We gave the playfield some cosmetic touchups too. The rings are good and the lights are good.

We’re listing this game for $400, OBO. Feel free to go higher! Email us or call if you’re interested. Highest offer by Sunday noon gets the machine that afternoon, and United for Puerto Rico gets the money on Monday. We’ll even round it up another hundred, with our own donation.

Here’s a closeup of the lower playfield. It has new flipper bands and good rings!

Remember, this game is far from perfect. And it’s being sold as-is without warranty. We also cannot deliver the machine. You must come to pick it up.

We even melted the wavy plastics back into factory flatness.

We’re just happy that we’re in a position to do something to help, especially since this game has been reminding us a lot of how far we’ve come, and everything we have to be grateful for.

We even cleaned up the back of it for you!

Thanks for helping us to help others. Pay it forward when you can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Champagne of Pinball Machines

Shop Notes 19 September 2017 | Comments Off on The Champagne of Pinball Machines

Who loves Hyperball? We do! That’s why it pained us to put the finishing touches on this Hyperball machine, and send it on its way. This is a great game, a rapid-fire target game that uses mini pinballs to hit the targets. But we found someone who will love it even more than we do. Plus, we still have another one.
Check it out!

Williams came out with Hyperball in 1981 and produced around 5,000 games. (IPDB)

The company originally planned to make some 50,000 of the machines, but it turned out the world wasn’t ready for quite that much coolness. The production run was scaled back significantly.

In this flipperless game, players use a hypercannon to fire up to 250 3/4-inch balls per minute at targets located around the outer edge of the playfield.

We gave the game a full shop job and checked all the mechanics. It plays fast and furiously!

We changed out the lights to LEDs, and added some special touches too, including red post sleeves.

Enjoy the game, Nate. You’re one of the cool kids now.