America’s Best Haunted

Uncategorized 19 June 2017 | 0 Comments

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!

Licensed to Thrill

Shop Notes 15 June 2017 | Comments Off on Licensed to Thrill

We just finished a full shop job on this Secret Service pinball machine. This is a fast game, with tons of references to just about every spy out there. Check it out!

Data East came out with Secret Service in 1988, and produced nearly 2,500 machines. (IPDB)

Data East came out with Secret Service in 1988, and produced nearly 2,750 machines. (IPDB)

The game is an homage to the spy genre, featuring a "retina scan" to start the game, and attacks on the White House and Capitol.

The game is an homage to the spy genre, featuring a “retina scan” to start the game, and attacks on the White House and Capitol.

There's plenty of catchy spy music, too, including "Secret Agent Man," and the themes from "Get Smart" and "Mission: Impossible."

There’s plenty of catchy spy music, too, including “Secret Agent Man,” and the themes from “Get Smart” and “Mission: Impossible.”

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

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

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

Enjoy the game, Jack and Kelly!

This game turned out great! Enjoy the spy life, Jack and Kelly!

Quintessential 80s!

Shop Notes 14 June 2017 | Comments Off on Quintessential 80s!

We just finished a full shop job on this Gottlieb Spring Break pinball machine. This is a fun game, and completely exemplifies the ’80s – down to a suspiciously familiar bull terrier stealing a bikini top from one lucky lady. Check it out!

Gottlieb came out with Spring Break in 1987, and produced around 3,550 games. (IPDB)

Gottlieb came out with Spring Break in 1987, and produced around 3,550 games. (IPDB)

The game touches on almost all the '80s benchmarks: Big hair, purple, leopard-print clothes, and a dog that resembles Spuds McKenzie, the party animal at the heart of Bud Light's marketing strategy.

The game touches on some of the ’80s biggest benchmarks: Big hair, purple and yellow animal-print clothing, and a dog that resembles Spuds McKenzie, the party animal at the heart of Bud Light’s late-’80s marketing strategy.

This game also features what seems like the most balls ever, with an automatic multiball to start each ball that adds another ball each time.

This game also features what seems like the most balls ever, with an automatic multiball to start each ball that adds another ball each round.

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

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

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

This game turned out great!

This game turned out great!

Enjoy the '80s flashback, Heidi and Paul!

Enjoy the ’80s flashback, Heidi and Paul!

Have A Pinball Machine, Man

Shop Notes 13 June 2017 | Comments Off on Have A Pinball Machine, Man

We just finished a full shop job on The Simpsons Pinball Party. This is a really fun game, especially for fans of the show. Check it out!

Stern came out with The Simpsons Pinball Party in 2003, and went on to produce around 4,000 machines. (IPDB)

Stern came out with The Simpsons Pinball Party in 2003, and went on to produce around 4,000 machines. (IPDB)

It’s based, of course, on the TV cartoon, which is in its 29th season now, with more than 615 episodes to its name. (IMDB)

It’s based, of course, on the TV cartoon, which is in its 29th season now, with more than 615 episodes to its name. (IMDB)

The game is well-regarded among fans and pinball enthusiasts alike, and it’s usually pretty well-played, too.

The game is well-regarded among fans and pinball enthusiasts alike, thanks to its awesome theme, great toys, and fun game-play.

Interesting note on this game: All the voice work was by Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria, custom recorded for the game. Cabinet and backglass art was created by Simpsons’ guru Matt Groening’s team.

Interesting note on this game: All the voice work was by Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria, custom recorded for the game. Cabinet and backglass art was created by Simpsons’ guru Matt Groening’s team.

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

We gave this game 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.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the game.

Here’s another special touch we like to add to this game: A green LED to make the nuclear towers glow that special shade of radioactive.

Here’s another special touch we like to add to this game: A green LED to make the nuclear towers glow that special shade of radioactive. Enjoy the game, Joe!

See Our Game at D&D Pinball!

Games For Sale,Pinball in Arizona,Shop Notes 27 May 2017 | Comments Off on See Our Game at D&D Pinball!

This awesome Road Kings pinball machine is visiting D&D Pinball, and it’s for sale! Check it out at D&D, 331 E. Seventh St., just off North Fourth Ave., today!

Williams came out with Road Kings in 1986, and produced around 5,500 games. (IPDB)

Williams came out with Road Kings in 1986, and produced around 5,500 games. (IPDB)

We've given this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We installed LEDs throughout. This game works 100% and looks and plays great!

We’ve given this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout. This game works 100% and looks and plays great!

Take it home directly from D&D, or call us for more information. This game is a bargain, and one of our favorites!

Take it home directly from D&D, or call us for more information. This game is a bargain at $1800, and one of our favorites!

Goodbye, Walking Dead

Shop Notes 26 May 2017 | Comments Off on Goodbye, Walking Dead

We said a bittersweet goodbye in the shop this week. We sent our first custom game to its new home in California. We were really proud of our Walking Dead machine, but it was time to share it, and make room for a new project, too. Here are a last few pictures of this beautiful game. Check it out!

Long before the folks at Stern released their machine, we envisioned one of our own, based on the graphic novels of The Walking Dead.

Long before the folks at Stern released their machine, we envisioned one of our own, based on the graphic novels of The Walking Dead.

We started the long process of making a custom pinball machine by finding an old Baracorra game. Then our graphic designer friends made all our custom artwork.

We started the long process of making a custom pinball machine by finding an old Baracorra game with a heavily worn playfield. Then our graphic designer friends made all our custom artwork.

It took months to plan, prepare, and produce this machine.

It took months to plan, prepare, and produce this machine.

We were proud of all the little touches we put into it, from the bloody cabinet legs to the Cointaker LEDs installed throughout.

We were proud of all the little touches we put into it, from the bloody cabinet legs to the Cointaker LEDs installed throughout.

A few color-changing strips behind the backglass give it a great effect too.

A few color-changing strips behind the backglass give it a great effect too.

The game turned out great, if we do say so ourselves. We finished it in time for ZapCon last year, then had it at StarFighters Arcade for a while. It was back at ZapCon for another run this year, too.

The game turned out amazingly, if we do say so ourselves. We finished it in time for ZapCon last year, then had it at StarFighters Arcade for a while. It was back at ZapCon for another run this year, too.

There was a lot of excitement about the machine. Someone even posted a video of game play on YouTube. It was exciting to make something that people liked.

There was a lot of excitement about the machine. Someone even posted a video of game play on YouTube. It was fun to make something that people liked.

But all good things must come to an end, and our shop really isn't that big.

But all good things must come to an end, and our shop really isn’t that big.

So we sent the machine on its way Thursday morning, to an enthusiastic guy in California, who really impressed us with how much he wanted the machine.

So we sent the machine on its way Thursday morning, to an enthusiastic guy in California, who really impressed us with how much he wanted the machine.

We can hardly blame him for being excited. Look at how beautiful this playfield turned out, with a super layer of Clearcoat.

We can hardly blame him for being excited. This game was so fun to play, and so pretty too.

But we'll miss having this game around.

And we’ll miss having it around.

Enjoy the game, Pete, and take good care of her.

Enjoy the game, Pete, and take good care of her!

This Game Lurks in the Hearts of Men

Shop Notes 19 May 2017 | Comments Off on This Game Lurks in the Hearts of Men

The Shadow is one of the coolest pinball machines around, with great toys, a fun theme, and good game play. We just gave this one a full shop job. Check it out!

Williams came out with The Shadow in 1994, and produced around 4,250 machines. (IPDB)

Williams came out with The Shadow in 1994, and produced around 4,250 machines. (IPDB)

That was the same year the Alec Baldwin-led movie of the same name appeared in theaters. (IMDB)

That was the same year the Alec Baldwin-led movie of the same name appeared in theaters. (IMDB)

Both are based, of course, on the 1930s serial character, launched to stardom by writer Walter B. Gibson. (Wiki)

Both are based, of course, on the 1930s serial character, launched to stardom by writer Walter B. Gibson. (Wiki)

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

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

We installed LEDs throughout the machine and added some special touches, including Super Bands and color-coded post rubbers.

We installed LEDs throughout the machine and added some special touches, including Super Bands and color-coded post rubbers.

This game looks and plays great now. Everything has been play-tested and mechanically checked. This game works 100%!

This game looks and plays great now. Everything has been play-tested and mechanically checked. This game works 100%!

Toys like the diverter-driven ramps make this game a favorite among pinball pros and novices alike.

Toys like the diverter-driven ramps make this game a favorite among pinball pros and novices alike.

Delivery is available!

Look at that glow!

Take this great game home today!

Enjoy the game, Vaughn!

Tony Stark Approves

Games For Sale,Shop Notes 19 May 2017 | Comments Off on Tony Stark Approves

A great game with a great theme, what’s not to love? We’re selling this fully shopped Iron Man pinball machine. It’s in excellent shape, with some great custom touches. Take it home today!
$5,000

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

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 game came to us from a friend, and was always well-taken-care-of. That pride of ownership shows: This game is in great condition.

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, installing updated LEDs throughout. We pulled 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. This game works 100%!

Delivery is available.

Delivery is available.

Take home this great machine today!

Take home this great machine today!

World Cup Soccer is a Winner!

Games For Sale,Shop Notes 19 May 2017 | Comments Off on World Cup Soccer is a Winner!

Check out this fully Shopped World Cup Soccer pinball machine! This is an especially fun game for soccer fans, but anyone will love the toys and the family-friendly theme.
And it’s for sale!
$3800

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Bally came out with this game in 1994, and produced more than 8,700 machines. (IPDB)

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The game’s release coincided with the 1994 World Cup Soccer competition, which was held in Chicago’s Soldier Field.

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

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We also added the beautiful powdercoating: Legs, rails, hinges, and lockdown bar. Then we also installed LEDs throughout: Insert, GI, and flashers.

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We added a few extra-special touches, too, including custom flippers, color-coded posts and Super Bands.

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Everything has beentested mechanically, and this game works 100%.

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Here’s one of the best features in this game: The top of a large soccer ball that spins to alter the path of your balls.

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Delivery is available! Or take this great game home today!

A Winning Machine

Shop Notes 9 May 2017 | Comments Off on A Winning Machine

We had this Joker Poker in the shop just before ZapCon. We gave it a full shop job, and it turned out great.
Check it out!

Gottlieb came out with Joker Poker in 1978, and produced 9,280 of the machines. (IPDB)

Gottlieb came out with Joker Poker in 1978, and produced 9,280 of the solid-state machines. (IPDB)

Gottlieb also produced an electro-mechanical version of Joker Poker, producing around 820 machines of that model.

Gottlieb also produced an electro-mechanical version of Joker Poker, producing around 820 machines of that model.

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

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

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

We also installed Cointaker LEDs throughout, for a beautiful (and long-lasting!) glow.

We added a few custom touches as well, including Super Bands on the flippers and color-coded post rubbers.

We added a few custom touches as well, including Super Bands on the flippers.

We replaced the drop targets too, a key component in this game.

We replaced the drop targets too, a key component in this game.

Enjoy the game, David!

This game turned out great! Enjoy it, David!