Flash Gordon Is Looking Fine!

Shop Notes 24 September 2018 | Comments Off on Flash Gordon Is Looking Fine!

We just finished installing a brand-new playfield in this Flash Gordon pinball machine. This game looked so much better when we were finished with it.
Check it out!

Bally came out with Flash Gordon in 1981 and produced around 10,000 of the machines. (IPDB)

The game is based on the movie that came out just beforehand, which of course follows the exploits of the eponymous 1930’s comic book character.

Our customer’s game had seen some better days, with a playfield that was totally blown out in spots.

We were happy to help get this game back to some of its original glory. Check out the full LED conversion we did while we were at it.

But here’s the biggest difference: Check out that beautiful shine on that new playfield.

We moved everything over to the new playfield, fixed some mechanical errors, and added a few custom touches, including Super Bands and silicone rings.

This playfield was so nice! We touched up the spinners a little bit too.

Check out those perfect drop targets! So clean!

Enjoy the game, Ethan! And, folks, you can check out the game at O’Connor’s Pub, 2601 W. Dunlap Ave., within a few weeks. Make sure to play a game for us!

NEWS: Electric Bat Is Here!

NEWS,Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix 17 September 2018 | Comments Off on NEWS: Electric Bat Is Here!

There was pinball, arcade games, three cakes, and two full bars. What more could anyone need? Sunday marked the soft opening of the Phoenix area’s latest arcade, the amazing Electric Bat, inside the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. Check it out!

Proprietress Rachel Bess chose the venerable Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., in Tempe, as home for her new arcade. Check out the door all the way on the right! That’s where the magic happens now.

We entered through the main doors to the bar (because you have to) but quickly found our way to where we belonged. Turns out, this bat signal is pretty effective too.

Rachel chose Sunday for the early opening of her bar, a perfect day since it also was her birthday. Crowds of people descended.

There’s a great lineup of some 20 games games at the Bat, including some classics and a cadre of very recent Sterns, including Aerosmith, ACDC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and KISS.

All the games are in great working order, surrounded by vintage monster and game posters and pictures. This place has a great theme!

Even the Big Boss got in a few games on Sunday, checking out this Stars before moving on to Aerosmith.

Check out this gorgeous Creature from the Black Lagoon! The powder coating is such a nice touch!

Of course, it wouldn’t be an arcade without some video games, and there’s a cool crew of these games across the room. Kris, Chris, and Wes were checking out Magic Sword!

Rachel, taking a minute to pose as the wind from the fan passes. Happy birthday, Rachel, your arcade rocks!

And if you don’t believe us, take it from these guys, Tracy and Mark. They know a few things about pinball.

The crowds just kept coming on Sunday as everyone wanted to check out the Bat and verify it was as cool as they’d heard.

Seriously, the details here are great. Not only did Rachel get tokens pressed especially for the Bat, the scorecards are stylized too.

And these little drink tables between games also are awesome.

So, seriously, there’s no reason not to be at the Bat right now. We mean it. This bar opens at 6 a.m. Get down there. Now. Good job, Rachel!


Shop Notes 12 September 2018 | Comments Off on ACDC BIBLE Upgrade

We just finished a wickedly cool project, a playfield swap in this ACDC BIBLE — that’s Back in Black Limited Edition if you’re not lucky enough to know already. This game is amazing! And it looked as good as new when we got the new playfield in.
Check it out!

Stern came out with this ultra-high-end version of ACDC in 2012, the nicest of the original four models of the game.

There have been four more versions of the insanely popular game since then, but this remains the nicest, and the rarest, with only 300 made.

The original game had suffered some clouding in the window to the lower playfield, so the owner found a new playfield and asked us to install it.

We added a few upgrades while we were swapping things over, including Super Bands, silicone rings, and a Total Rock Concert mod.

There wasn’t anything to do to this cabinet, though. Look at this beauty!

The other side is nice too.

The game already had some cool mods too. Check this out.

This looks so much better now. Enjoy the game, Mike, and rock on!

NEWS: Electric Bat is Coming!

NEWS,Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix 12 September 2018 | Comments Off on NEWS: Electric Bat is Coming!

Tell your mother, tell your father, tell your weird cousin’s neighbor’s friend. It’s almost here, and we could hardly be more excited for the opening of the Electric Bat Arcade! There’s a lot of places to play pinball in Phoenix, but none of them will be quite like this.
Check it out!

The Electric Bat will open in a newly renovated portion of the venerable Yucca Tap Room, at 29 W. Southern Ave., in Tempe. Nearly 20 arcade and pinball games will grace the space.

The arcade has a soft opening this month and will begin permanent hours in October. Did we mention it’s inside a cool bar that regularly hosts some awesome local and national acts?

Games will be token-operated and have been specially minted for the arcade. See if you’re lucky enough to get a Free Beer token in exchange for your quarter!

The Bat’s amazing proprietress, Rachel Bess, and her crew of assistants even have their merchandise game on point. Check out these cool pins!

Yes, they glow in the dark! That’s how cool this is going to be. So reserve basically all of October to spend at the Electric Bat. Hopefully we’ll see you there!

This Game Was Cosmic!

Shop Notes,Sold 5 September 2018 | Comments Off on This Game Was Cosmic!

We just recently said goodbye to a rare game, one that we were happy to find–and then became happy to pass along to someone else. We DO NOT have this Cosmic Gunfight any longer, but here are some pictures in case you ever wanted to see one too!

Williams came out with Cosmic Gunfight in 1982, and produced just around 1,000 of the machines. (IPDB)

According to the Internet Pinball Database, this game was originally supposed to be called Dragonfly and then was dubbed Cosmic Gunfighter.

Its big draw was a new feature called Cosmic Ball, which gave you 30 to 99 seconds of unlimited balls after your last ball.

Of course, its amazing art was its biggest draw though, with a can’t-beat theme of space cowboys.

Unfortunately, this game had seen better days. The playfield art was worn completely through across much of the board.

We gave it a quick touchup and meant to go back in for a better job one of these days, but then someone spotted the game in the back of one of our photos.

So now this crazy and rare machine belongs to a new friend of ours. Enjoy the game! May all your days be cosmic!

A Custom Conversion! (NSFW)

Shop Notes 29 August 2018 | Comments Off on A Custom Conversion! (NSFW)

We’ve been sitting on this one for a while… a custom conversion that’s as rare as it is remarkable. We finally found some time this month to hang out with our Sexy Girl. Check out the early progress!

The original Sexy Girl was produced as a conversion kit in 1980 by Swiss company Ranco Automaten and included a populated playfield, backglass, projector, film strip, and an instruction manual. You supplied the Bally boards, cabinet and cabinet art. (IPDB)

Pinball reproduction art company CPR made its own smaller conversion kit six years ago, which included an unpopulated playfield, backglass, and plastic set.

Still, we were game to try this, and got in on the 30 kits that CPR produced. It took a while, but we finally pulled out the pieces to get going this month. We’re using an old Star Trek head and an old KISS body for our cabinet!

Here are some of the lovely women on the playfield. Our favorite is Susy! The original conversion advertised itself as simple, and only taking 30 minutes. Ours will take a bit longer.

We particularly like the art here. Is that a pile of hotdogs?

The original flyer advertised the game was perfect for truckstops and bars.

Here’s the big boss putting some of the pieces together. You can see a good shot of the projector screen it the middle of the playfield, which will show as many images as we include.

Here’s the promo stand CPR included in its package, a bonus over the original kit. That’s former Playmate Ann Pennington, who also appears on the backglass.

Here’s where the game stands now. We made Ann safe for work in this shot at least. We’ll keep you updated on our progress!

This Game Rocks!

Shop Notes 10 August 2018 | Comments Off on This Game Rocks!

We’ve had a ton of fun playing this ACDC Premium. But now it’s time to say goodbye. Check out how great this game looked with a few custom touches, and RED silicone rings!

Stern came out with ACDC in 2012, and instantly drew rave reviews from players, competitors, and music afficianados. (IPDB)

The homage to Australia’s favorite hard rockers originally came in Pro, Premium, and LE versions. The game proved so popular that special Luci and then Vault editions also were produced.

And what’s not to love? Rock ‘n’ roll, cannons, trains, demonic mini playfields? This game is loaded with toys, not to mention kick-ass music.

We’ve given this game a thorough going-over. Everything works 100%! We added a few custom touches too, including RED silicone rings, ramp stickers, and color-coded post sleeves!

We’ve also upgraded the LEDs, to make that beautiful glow even better.

This game is a thing of beauty!

The mini playfield is perfect, with the plastic cover nice and clear.

Check out the red rings!

Enjoy the game, Dan and Suzanne. You’re about to rock.

To Boldly Play An Awesome Game!

Shop Notes 10 August 2018 | Comments Off on To Boldly Play An Awesome Game!

We just finished a full shop job on this 2015 Stern Star Trek Pro, and this game looked amazing! Custom touches made this Home-Use-Only game even better. Check it out!

Star Trek has been well represented in the pinball world, but when Stern came out with this version in 2012, it changed everything. (IPDB)

Through the years, there’s been Bally Star Trek, Data East Star Trek, and Williams Star Trek the Next Generation, but this is definitely the coolest version.

Stern came out with several versions of this game. This is the pro model. There’s also the Limited Edition and Premium editions.

This game is even cooler because it has an aftermarket art package, with a custom translite, speaker panel, shooter housing, scorecards, and coindoor sticker.

We upgraded the LEDs throughout as well, for a perfect glow.

We added some cool custom touches as well, including BLUE silicone rings throughout, color-coded post sleeves, and Super Bands!

This game is loaded with toys, and great references to the newest version of the movies.

Check out those cool blue bands! They look even better in person.

Captain’s orders: Check out this game, now at Doc & Eddy’s in Tempe!

Dirty Harry Made Our Day

Shop Notes 10 August 2018 | Comments Off on Dirty Harry Made Our Day

We just finished a full shop job on this Dirty Harry pinball machine. We especially liked how the powdercoating turned out, and the color DMD was awesome! Check it out!

Williams came out with this game in 1995, and produced around 4,250 machines, IPDB reports.

The game is, of course, based on the Eastwood movie series. Police Inspector Harry Callahan arrived on scene in 1971 in “Dirty Harry.” “Magnum Force” followed in 1973, “The Enforcer” in 1976, “Sudden Impact” in 1983, and “The Dead Pool” in 1988. The game takes details from all the flicks!

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

We also installed full LEDs in this game: insert, GI, and flashers, all from Cointaker. And check out the color DMD!

One other nice upgrade: A new nickel-plated gun. Enjoy the game, Kent! We hope you feel lucky!

Lord of the Games

Shop Notes 10 August 2018 | Comments Off on Lord of the Games

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. 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 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. Enjoy the game, Dave! Bash the Balrog!