Firepower II is Ready for Takeoff!

Games For Sale,Shop Notes

We just finished a full shop job on this super Williams Firepower II pinball machine. This machine is in amazing shape, and plays great. Check it out!
$2,800

Williams came out with Firepower II in 1983 and produced 3,400 games. (IPDB)

The game came out three years after its namesake Firepower was a mega hit for Williams. The company sought to build on its success, marketing “FP2” as having “all of the excitement of the original Firepower, PLUS…”

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.

Everything works mechanically 100% and this game is in great shape!

Look at that beautiful glow!

Take this great game home today!

Nitro Ground Shaker Wins Again!

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We just finished a full shop job on this Bally Nitro Ground Shaker pinball machine. This machine is in amazing shape, and ready to go home with you today. Check it out!
$2,600

Bally came out with Nitro Ground Shaker in 1980 and produced around 7,950 games. (IPDB)

It originally was billed as Ground Shaker, “Hot off the line supercharged pinball,” and Nitro was added to the name along the line.

This game is a hit with racing enthusiasts, obviously, but usually gets a nod from most players due to its awesome artwork by Dave Christensen.

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.

Everything works 100% mechanically and this game plays great.

Take it home today!

The Game to Rule All Games

Games For Sale,Shop Notes

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 and this one is a particularly nice, HUO example of the game. Check it out!
$9,500

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.

Take this amazing game home today!

Your Diamond Lady Is Gone

Shop Notes

We hit the jackpot with this game!
Diamond Lady plays fast and has great flow, really a lot of fun with its drop-target card game and bonuses.
Game has been fully shopped and all bulbs converted to LED. New rings, post rubbers, cosmetic touchups and more.
Check it out! Too bad it’s sold already!

Gottlieb came out with Diamond Lady in 1988 and produced 2,700 of the games. (IPDB)

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.

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

Check out that beautiful playfield!

This game has been sold!

Torpedo Alley is a Hit!

Shop Notes

Check out the amazing style and ’80s flair on this aweome game! Data East was “right on target” with this one.
Game has been fully shopped and all bulbs converted to LED. New rings, post rubbers, cosmetic touchups and more.
SOLD!!

Data East came out with this great game in 1988. (IPDB)

They built 1,002 of these super sub-themed games.

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.

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

Look at that beautiful glow!

The view from the back.

The view from the front.

Check out the periscope view in the middle.

You’ll never see this one again!

Strange Science is Super!

Shop Notes

Looking for a game with some “High Voltage Excitement?” This awesome Bally game is perfect for you!
Game features several multi-ball modes, has power-save to protect ball drains, and has lots of cool ramps. Game has been fully shopped, all bulbs converted to LED, new rings and post rubbers, cosmetic touchups, and more.
SOLD!!

Bally came out with Strange Science in 1986, and produced 2,350 of the games. (IPDB)

Bally hyped up the “high-voltage excitement” and “unique neon display” in the game.

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.

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

Check out that beautiful glow!

Don’t you wish you’d seen this ad earlier?

Come on Down to South Park!

Shop Notes

What’s more fun than watching South Park? Playing South Park!
This colorful game features all your favorite kids from Colorado along with Mr. Hanky in the toilet and other awesome moments from the first and best seasons.
Game has been fully shopped, all bulbs converted to LED, new rings and post rubbers, cosmetic touchups, and more.
SOLD!!

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)

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.

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

Someone else already took it home, mmmkay?

We’re Famous!

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We received something cool in the mail the other day. Check it out!

It all began when we received an email from author Ken Horowitz in late 2019. He was writing a book on Nintendo’s arcade history and wanted to include a section on Super Mario Pinball.

He’d seen the photos we took of the game on our blog and wanted to know if he could use them in the book. Um, yes!

So when he published the book this year, he sent us a copy in return, with a photo credit for Leslie. She used her old newspaper byline for it, her first in-print credit in more than a decade!

 

This book is available on every book retailer’s site, and the big place with the suicide booths carries it too.
Check it out, it’s an interesting book with some good information.
Good work, Ken!

 

Goodbye, Josh

Shop Notes

This picture came up in our memories yesterday.


This was Josh vanMarle and he was our friend. We hadn’t heard from him for a long time when he emailed us and asked for a shirt. It had been so long I didn’t even recognize his name at first, which still makes me cringe. And so I mailed him one and he did this cool bleaching trick with it and sent us pictures.

Josh was our friend in Tucson. He was a good guy, who always looked out for people and always had something funny to say. He was a welder and he was proud of it. He wore his welding apron everywhere, no exaggeration. He once tubed down the Salt River with us and wore it the whole way. No, he didn’t sink. Yes, he was the slowest tube, but he did it his way. He always did it his way.

We heard a couple of months ago he was getting things together and moving back to Arizona.
He’d followed some interesting roads, but was ready to return. We were happy for him.

Then we heard a few weeks later that he had a stroke at home and died.

So when this picture came up in our memories yesterday, I’m not going to lie, I cried. A lot.

And then we decided the least we could do is post these again and send out one last hurrah for Josh.

So all you pinball people out there, all you friends and colleagues and customers, send out a good thought for a good guy, if you’re so inclined.
And hold those you love a little closer and a little longer.

They tell you as a writer to never use the word unique. It’s overused and inaccurate. After all, there’s nothing in the world that truly is one of a kind.
But, Josh, you were a hell of an exception to this rule. You were unique and we were all the better for it. I know in my heart there’s no one out there like you.

Until we meet again, Buddy. Rest in peace.

NEWS: Grumpy’s is Coming!

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Get ready, people, Grumpy is coming to town.

Opening very soon in downtown Glendale is Grumpy’s Ice Box Arcade-Lounge, a retro arcade with more than thirty classic pinball machines and old-school arcade games like Tron and Galaga to boot.


Grumpy has a soft spot for late-70’s to early-80’s Bally pins so he’s filled his cool spot with vintage titles like Flash Gordon, Paragon, Space Invaders, and Xenon.


He’ll also have some pinball art for sale and treats to eat like hot dogs and sodas and popcorn. No beer, though, this is a family arcade.
The arcade is only a half-block from the Glendale civic center complex. It’s at 7031 N. 57th Drive in a huge corner storefront.

We’ll let you know when it opens officially, but get ready!!