They Are the Champions

Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix,Tournaments

Huge thanks to all those involved in the state pinball championships this past weekend. From the tournament directors to the crew at StarFighters Arcade, to all the participants, everyone worked hard to ensure the day was amazing.

And kudos to our champions! Great work!
Winner of the women’s tournament was Lee Ann Scardina,
while Mark Pearson took the overall championship.

Now let’s start working on 2020 points!

There’s our champ Lee Ann, second from left. Far left is Terri Boyd, who finished third, second from right is Tracy Lindbergh, who finished second, and on the right is Mary Lopez, who snagged fourth place. Great work, ladies!

The winner of the general tournament was Mark, second from left. Will McKinney, far left, finished second. Paul Blanco, second from right, finished third, and Henry Hanshaw, on far right, took fourth! Great work, guys!

State Championships Are Here!

NEWS,Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix,Shop Notes,Tournaments

The state pinball champions for 2019 will be crowned on Saturday!

Check out the awesome trophies that will be awarded in the women’s tournament!

The open and women’s tournaments will take place at StarFighters Arcade, with each competition featuring sixteen of the state’s best players battling in head-to-head matches.
The venue won’t be open to the public so the players can concentrate on their games.

Firebird Pinball has been happy to help support our local pinball leagues, and we wanted to wish everyone good luck. Especially one player: Our own boss Leslie made the cut this year! Go #12!

There she is! Getting in a little practice at StarFighters earlier this week.

Eyes on the game!

Good luck, everyone! (Especially Leslie!)

Twin Win is BACK!

Game Restoration,Games For Sale

We’re so happy when our favorite games come home. We restored this 1974 Bally Twin Win for a customer five years ago. He’s downsizing now, so we jumped at the chance to buy it back. Now you can take it home!


Here’s the project halfway through. We sanded down the cabinet and sprayed new paint. Stencils are fun!


We stripped the playfield, touched up a few rough spots, and gave it a couple of coats of clear


This machine has the distinction of having framed playfield glass, which allows you to lift up the whole top at once.


The master and commander putting the finishing touches on the reassembled playfield.


Here’s the amazing game in all its glory!


Bally came out with Twin Win in 1974 and produced 1,570 units. (IPDB)


Ground-floor delivery is available. This is the perfect holiday gift!

The Truth is X Files Rocks

Games For Sale,Shop Notes

We just got this X files pinball machine back from a customer who’s downsizing. It’s a fun game, and even more fun if you remember the show. Check it out!


Sega came out with this game in 1997, midway through the TV show’s nine-year run.


The company produced around 1,500 of these games, featuring agents Scully and Mulder and many of the key players from the show.


Sega was doing some interesting things with cabinets at that point. Check out how thin the head is. Can you see the outward curve, too? It also has special standoffs atop it for when it’s lowered.


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


We gave this game full LEDs, too: insert, GI, and flashers, and checked all the mechanics.


This game still looks as good as the day we sold it! Take it home for the holidays!

Ultra HUO Simpsons is AMAZING!

Games For Sale,Shop Notes

Check this out! We just picked up this AMAZING Simpsons Pinball Party. This machine is Home Use Only with 854 plays. No cabinet wear! No flipper button wear! A beautiful example of this highly sought-after title. Claim it today!

Stern came out with The Simpsons Pinball Party in 2003, as our favorite family of misfits celebrated its 14th season of TV. (IPDB) (IMDB)

This machine hardly saw any play since then, preserved in its bright, perfect yellow glory for its lucky second owner.

We’ll give this game a full shop job before it goes home with you. This game will be practically brand new!

Everything works 100% on this game and it comes with full LEDs throughout.

This game is a perennial favorite of players of all skill levels. With its great them and fun toys, it has something for everyone.

Even this garage sticker is original. Grab this game while you can!

Hello Again, Mario!

Shop Notes

We’re thrilled to have this amazing Super Mario Brothers pinball machine back in the house! This game is easily the nicest version of this title we’ve ever seen. Everything is SUPER! Take home this beautiful example of a desirable title today!

Gottlieb came out with Super Mario Brothers in 1992, and produced around 4,200 games. (IPDB)

The game, of course, is based on the video game that changed so many childhoods forever. Nintendo came out with Mario Brothers in 1983, and Super Mario Brothers two years later.

This game incorporates much of the video game, with seven worlds our good hero travels through, fighting Bowser and rescuing the princess, with Yoshii frequently beside him.

We recently bought this game back from a relocating customer who hardly played it at all. It’s in amazing shape, and everything works 100%!

This game comes with Cointaker LEDs throughout. We also added a few special touches as well, including Super Bands, and color-coded post sleeves.

Everything is in amazing condition on this game, from the playfield to the cabinet to the head and in between.

Take it home today!



Paragon is Something Else

Shop Notes

We had a couple of really nice late ’70s machines come through the shop recently. After seeing so many games that have seen better days, it’s nice to share some shots of a quality machine. Check out this sweet Paragon!

Bally came out with Paragon in 1979 and produced around 9,120 of the games. (IPDB)

The game was Bally’s first widebody game, and also utilized four flippers.

This game is usually pretty well-loved, but this machine has seen some care during its life. Check out how nice this cabinet is!

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

We installed LEDs throughout as well as some special touches.

Check out that beautiful glow.

Enjoy the game, Gilbert! It’s a beauty!

This Game Looks Like a Million Bucks, or Six

Shop Notes

We had a couple of really nice late ’70s machines come through the shop recently. After seeing so many games that have seen better days, it’s nice to share some shots of a quality machine. Check out this sweet Six Million Dollar Man!

Bally came out with Six Million Dollar Man in 1978, and produced around 10,320 of the games. (IPDB)

The game of course was based on the popular Lee Majors’ TV show, which finished up its four-year run the year this game came out.

We had the technology to rebuild this machine, better than before, with new rings and LEDs lights that burned cooler and looked better than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Check out those beautiful lights! We fixed a few minor problems and added a few bonus touches as we gave this machine a full shop job. But this game was in remarkable shape and didn’t need much love.

Enjoy your game, Donald, it’s a beauty!

We’re a Quilt!

Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix,Shop Notes

We’re always happy to see people in our Firebird Pinball T-shirts! One of our good friends sent us this picture, a quilt she had made of a bunch of her Arizona pinball T-shirts. Check it out! We’re a quilt!

Our friend had so many T-shirts that she had several quilts made from her collection. Thanks for the shout out, Katie! We’re glad to be in such good company!


Gilligan Never Looked so Good!

Game Restoration,Shop Notes

We just finished a full restoration on this Gilligan’s Island pinball machine. This game got a new playfield, new cabinet stencils, tons of custom touches, full LEDs, powdercoating, and more. Check out how beautiful it looks!

Bally came out with Gilligan’s Island in 1991, and produced around 4,100 of the games. (IPDB)

This game had been on our restoration list for a while, and we were excited when we could finally clear out space to get her done.

First thing we did was sand down the cabinet to remove all traces of the previous art. Then we applied the new stencils.

Then came the playfield swap. We’d already pulled the old one out of the game and we swapped everything over to the new one while we finished the cabinet.

We also cleaned everything or replaced it with new as it went on the new playfield. Here’s a closer look at how beautiful it came out!

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

Our customer wanted to make the wireform rails look like bamboo, so we had them powdercoated light brown, then hand-painted the bamboo accents.

Our customer also found these great palm trees that he thought would add to the look of the machine. So we cut them to size and added them to the game as well.

Did you notice those sweet art blades too? Also Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, Cliffys, and more.

Enjoy the game, Bill! We had fun making it look so cool!