TOTAN is Totally Great!

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We’re happy to see every game go off to its new home, but we were especially happy to send this Tales of the Arabian Nights machine on its way recently. It’s going to be part of the action at the new Stardust Lounge when it opens this year. So consider these pictures a tiny sneak preview of what’s going to be a totally cool pinball hall!

Williams came out with Tales of the Arabian Nights in 1996, and produced around 3,125 games. (IPDB)

The game is based of course on the classic tales from One Thousand and One Nights, highlighting Aladdin, Scheherazade, and the Evil Genie.

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be washed, polished, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned. We made sure everything was working 100%.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

Check them out with the lights turned down!

We added custom touches throughout the game, including the powdercoating, Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, and more.

Check out the game at the Stardust Lounge when it opens later this year right next to the Van Buren. It’s from the folks behind Cobra Arcade, so you know it’s going to be cool!

Cirqus Voltaire is Amazing!

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We’re happy to see every game go off to its new home, but we were especially happy to send this Cirqus Voltaire on its way recently. It’s going to be part of the action at the new Stardust Lounge when it opens this year. So consider these pictures a tiny sneak preview of what’s going to be a totally cool pinball hall!

Bally came out with Cirqus Voltaire in 1997, and produced around 2,700 of the games. (IPDB)

The game is known for its crazy carnival theme, of course, complete with the wicked ringmaster, the backbox action, and some other unique features.

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be washed, polished, tumbled, buffed, or otherwise cleaned. We made sure everything was working 100%.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout and checked the ulta-cool neon tube too.

Get a load of the color-changing LEDs in the center inserts!

We added custom touches throughout the game, including the powdercoating to match the apron, Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, and more.

Check out the game at the Stardust Lounge when it opens later this year right next to the Van Buren. It’s from the folks behind Cobra Arcade, so you know it’s going to be cool!

Centaur 2 is Ready for You!

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Check out this totally cool pinball machine! Centaur 2 is stylistically one of the most beautiful games out there, and our good friend Chris is selling his. It’s ready to go home with you today!
$3000 obo

Bally came out with Centaur 2 in 1983 and produced around 1,550 of the wickedly cool games. (IPDB)

The game came two years after its original version. This one trimmed the size of the head and changed out the display.

This game is in great shape, and everything works 100%.

The playfield has been professionally touched up and clearcoated.

The machine also has a new Say it Again board and an Alltek mpu installed.

Look at that awesome artwork! Designer Paul Faris also handled Space Invaders, Phantom of the Opera, and some other beautiful games for Bally.

Take this great game home today. Delivery available too. Here’s the link to Chris’s ad again. Seriously, call him. This game won’t last long!

Nightmare Castle in the House!

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Check out what we just got! We’ve been waiting months for our newest machine to arrive!

The call came late last week, that the newest game from Spooky Pinball had arrived at the depot downtown.

We’ve been waiting months for this game to show up, so we were pretty excited to get it in the shop and unboxed.

That’s right, it’s Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle, finally in our shop. The Big Boss took the first game, of course.

This game looks amazing, with tons of great art and a theme that’s perfect for one of Phoenix’s most famous residents and rock stars.

We’ve been proud to support Spooky since the boutique company in Wisconsin came out with its first game in 2014, America’s Most Haunted.

Everyone wanted to get in some games, even our junior tester. Thanks, Spooky! We like your style.

Everything Old is New Again

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Some games are dirty, and some games are D-I-R-T-Y! Check out the before pictures of this 1999 Sega Harley Davidson pinball machine that came into our shop recently. Then check out what it looked like when it left. We’re not calling ourselves Anne Sullivan or anything, but WOW!

This is what the game looked like when it came in. The owner said the glass broke several years ago and he just let the game sit in his barn.

Here’s a closer shot so you can appreciate this grime. The game had some mechanical issues, and the owner was ready to fix everything at last.

Ta-da! We stripped everything off the playfield, to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We also had to get into every inch of this machine to find all the broken glass and get it out of there.

We added Super Bands, new rings and post sleeves, new drop target stickers, some touchups, and more.

It was hard to believe it was even the same game that had come in.

Enjoy the game, John, we were happy to bring it back to life for you!

 

Sinbad is Going Home!

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We just finished a full shop job on this Gottlieb Sinbad pinball machine. This is a fun game, and we’re glad to see it going to such a good home. Enjoy your new man cave, Mark!

Gottlieb came out with Sinbad in 1978, and produced around 12,000 of the machines. (IPDB)

The game is based, of course, on the classic protagonist of Middle Eastern lore, who adventured the world, battling monsters and collecting treasure. He also starred in the film “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger,” which came out the year prior to this game. (IMDB)

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

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

This game looks and plays great. Everything works 100%!

Enjoy the game, Mark!

Cyclone is Awesome!

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We just finished a full shop job and playfield restoration on this Cyclone pinball machine. This game is always fun, with its great carnival theme and its fun toys. And now this one looks great! Check it out!

Williams came out with Cyclone in 1988, and produced around 9,400 of the games. (IPDB)

Cyclone came out three years after the company produced Comet, and it’s a much-improved version of the carnival theme.

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

Then we touched up a few spots on the playfield and applied an automotive clearcoat to give it a beautiful shine.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the game. They burn cooler and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Check out the Ferris wheel in the back, and the beautifully lit ramps! This game is seriously fun to play!

We gave this game a few bonus touches, too, including Super Bands, and bright post rubbers.

This one is going to a cabin in the mountains. Don’t you wish you were that lucky?

No More Broken Pinball

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We get to go to some cool places to fix pinball machines, and we recently checked out one of the coolest teen hangouts we’ve ever seen! Have you heard of Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock teen center? Check it out! (Now complete with working pinball!)

Located on the north side of Phoenix in a strip mall, the Alice Cooper Solid Rock teen center has spent a decade helping teens meet their spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs.

According to its web site, the folks who run the center believe that “a teen’s worst enemy is too much time on their hands,” so they provide music, arts, vocational programs, and fellowship that challenge teens to discover their passion through music, dance, video and sound production, self-expression, and creativity.

This place has a ton of cool memorabilia inside, and some cool toys to play with too.

Also, this, which we found awesome!

And, thanks to a really nice donor, they now have a pinball machine at the center to complement all the other fun games.

And after the big boss took a trip out recently, the center now has a WORKING pinball machine. Enjoy the game, everyone! Keep on rockin’.

 

 

Theatre of Magic is Amazing!

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We finished a full shop job on this Theatre of Magic recently. This game turned out amazing! Check it out!

Bally came out with Theatre of Magic in 1995, and produced around 6,600 games. (IPDB)

The game is prized by collectors and players alike for its great theme, cool toys, and general playability.

We gave this one a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, washed, buffed, tumbled, or otherwise cleaned. We checked the mechanics, changed all the rings, and made sure everything played 100%.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

Look at that beautiful glow!

Check out that trunk! Everything looked new on this game when we were finished with it.

Enjoy the game, Erik! We miss it already.

Leslie’s Week with Antonio

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Not only did Leslie win her first Belles & Chimes tournament last month at StarFighters Arcade, she got to take the trophy with her to ZapCon. In case you haven’t noticed yet, the trophy for the local women’s pinball league is a giant banana named Antonio Banana.

Mostly Antonio had to sit around in the Firebird booth with Leslie, answering questions and attracting a few second glances.

But when we finally shut down for the night on Saturday, he got to go and check out some games.

He thought this one was really cool.

Couldn’t quite reach the pedals on this one.

Antonio said there was something kind of familiar about this Computer Space game.

Of course, he had to say hi to a couple of friends here and there.

And he somehow talked us into taking him up in the balcony for a good view.

Check out Belles & Chimes, the league that actually encourages you to have this much fun.

Thanks for trusting me with Antonio, ladies! He made it home safe & sound, but exhausted!