NEWS: Pinball for Puerto Rico Scores Big!

NEWS,Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix,Shop Notes 2 October 2017 | Comments Off on NEWS: Pinball for Puerto Rico Scores Big!

We’re proud to announce that our charity drive for Puerto Rico disaster relief raised hundreds of dollars!
We spent our weekend auctioning off this Old Coney Island pinball machine, as part of our Pinball for Puerto Rico auction. One amazing family liked the idea so much that they pushed the bidding up to $750! We’ve been watching the recovery efforts with growing worry, so we’re incredibly glad to do something to help. In fact, we’re going to add our own $250 on top of the auction donation.
That means that altogether we’re going to send $1,000 to United for Puerto Rico today! Please do what you can to help, and support others who are trying to help. Our fellow Americans need us now. Thank you!

Here’s the big prize! This 1979 Old Coney Island pinball machine from Game Plan. We spent a little extra time on Sunday putting some finishing touches on the game.

We even made up a little certificate for our winners, the Reading Family. We were so grateful for them, and for everyone who participated in our little effort.

And here are our new best friends! Mike (on the right) brought his twin sons with him to pick up the game. Kole is on the left and Kyle is standing next to his dad. Thanks, guys! Enjoy the game!

Pinball for Puerto Rico

Pinball in Arizona,Pinball in Phoenix,Shop Notes 28 September 2017 | Comments Off on Pinball for Puerto Rico

Want to buy a fully working pinball machine and help some people who really need it? Keep reading!

Like everyone, we’ve been watching the devastation in Puerto Rico with a growing horror. So when a customer donated a broken pinball machine to us, we decided to sell it and donate the proceeds to help with the disaster relief. Here’s the machine! Check it out!

Game Plan came out with Old Coney Island in 1979, and produced around 3,000 machines.

This machine actually has a special meaning to us. We sold this very machine around six years ago, right when we were just starting out, to an older gentleman who wanted to surprise his wife. We never heard from him again, but a month ago, we heard from a neighbor of his. The man had passed away, and his widow had passed along the machine to our customer.

Game Plan produced pinball machines from 1978-1985.

The machine wasn’t playing and the customer asked us to come out and look at it. It had some board issues, issues that seemed beyond what we could fix and make reliable.

Game Plan also produced such classics as Sharpshooter and Pinball Lizard.

So our customer donated the game as parts, and we brought it home. For fun, we decided to tinker with the board some more after we got it home. After a few hours, we found the board issue and managed to get everything working again!

We gave the game a quick cosmetic cleanup, but it’s still not perfect.

We still can’t guarantee the MPU board, though, as replacements are hard to find. Our customer decided he still didn’t want it back, especially when he heard our plan to donate it. So with his approval, we’re taking the machine to you.

We gave the playfield some cosmetic touchups too. The rings are good and the lights are good.

We’re listing this game for $400, OBO. Feel free to go higher! Email us or call if you’re interested. Highest offer by Sunday noon gets the machine that afternoon, and United for Puerto Rico gets the money on Monday. We’ll even round it up another hundred, with our own donation.

Here’s a closeup of the lower playfield. It has new flipper bands and good rings!

Remember, this game is far from perfect. And it’s being sold as-is without warranty. We also cannot deliver the machine. You must come to pick it up.

We even melted the wavy plastics back into factory flatness.

We’re just happy that we’re in a position to do something to help, especially since this game has been reminding us a lot of how far we’ve come, and everything we have to be grateful for.

We even cleaned up the back of it for you!

Thanks for helping us to help others. Pay it forward when you can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Champagne of Pinball Machines

Shop Notes 19 September 2017 | Comments Off on The Champagne of Pinball Machines

Who loves Hyperball? We do! That’s why it pained us to put the finishing touches on this Hyperball machine, and send it on its way. This is a great game, a rapid-fire target game that uses mini pinballs to hit the targets. But we found someone who will love it even more than we do. Plus, we still have another one.
Check it out!

Williams came out with Hyperball in 1981 and produced around 5,000 games. (IPDB)

The company originally planned to make some 50,000 of the machines, but it turned out the world wasn’t ready for quite that much coolness. The production run was scaled back significantly.

In this flipperless game, players use a hypercannon to fire up to 250 3/4-inch balls per minute at targets located around the outer edge of the playfield.

We gave the game a full shop job and checked all the mechanics. It plays fast and furiously!

We changed out the lights to LEDs, and added some special touches too, including red post sleeves.

Enjoy the game, Nate. You’re one of the cool kids now.

Attaq of the Shaq

Shop Notes 19 September 2017 | Comments Off on Attaq of the Shaq

We just finished a full shop job on this Shaq Attaq pinball machine. This one was a little rough when it came in, but we gave it the special treatment. Now it looks and plays great! Check it out!

Gottlieb came out with Shaq Attaq in 1995, and produced nearly 3,400 games. (IPDB)

The game, of course, is a tribute to Shaq Daddy himself, Shaquille O’Neal, who entered the NBA in the 92-93 season and played for 20 years.

In the pinball game, players try to emulate Shaq’s dunking abilities, flipping a pinball through a hoop in the back to score baskets.

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 as well.

We added a few special touches as well, with color-coded post sleeves, Super bands, and more.

Sunray Pinball is happy to have this game back now. Check them out, and see where you can play more of their awesome games on location throughout the East Valley.

The Best Action Hero

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We just finished a full shop job on this Last Action Hero pinball machine. It has some cool toys, and lots of references from the underrated movie. Check it out!

Data East came out with Last Action Hero in 1993, and produced around 5,500 machines. (IPDB)

That was the same year the movie of the same name debuted, starring, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his giant head. (IMDB)

The movie is a send-up of the kind of movies that made Arnie famous, as a magic ticket allows a young film fan to be transported into the fantasy world of his favorite action hero.

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

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

We added a few special touches, too, including color-coded post sleeves and Super Bands on the flippers.

This game is now back home with a way cool family. Enjoy it, guys!

 

It’s a Super Game!

Shop Notes 5 September 2017 | Comments Off on It’s a Super Game!

We just put the finishing touches on this Super Mario Brothers pinball machine. This is a great game to play, and fun for the entire family.
Check it out!

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 gave this game a full shop job, and installed Cointaker LEDs throughout.

We touched up a few spots on the cabinet and playfield, and added a few custom touches as well.

This game turned out great, and was tons of fun to play test.

Enjoy the game, Ernie!

The Other Indiana Jones

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We just finished a full shop job on this Stern Indiana Jones pinball machine. That’s right. The OTHER Indiana Jones pinball machine. This one gets written off sometimes by pinball purists, but it has some fun toys. And this one looked great when we were finished with it. Check it out!

Stern came out with Indiana Jones in 2008 and produced around 1,500 machines. (IPDB)

That year was the year that the final installment of the Indiana Jones movies came out, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.

And that was about 15 years after Williams came out with its version of Indy.

Fifteen years made a lot of difference. The newer model has some cool toys, an eight-ball multiball, lots of crystal skulls, and, of course, Shia LaBeouf.

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 thoughout, for a gorgeous glow.

We added some custom touches too, including Super Bands, and color-coded post sleeves.

Here’s the Covenant, which launches the eight-ball multiball feature.

You have chosen wisely, Joe. Enjoy your beautiful game!

A Plethora of Boards

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Through the years, we’ve accumulated a circuit board or, well, 80. This month, we’ve been going through them all, fixing them, and listing them for sale on eBay. Check it out!

This is a partial stack of everything we've hoarded. Lots of pinball boards, but lots of arcade boards too.

This is a partial stack of everything we’ve hoarded. Lots of pinball boards, but lots of arcade boards too.

Luckily, we have this awesome test station that our friend put together. That lets us test and repair the boards quickly and efficiently. Thanks, Chris!

Luckily, we have this awesome test station that our friend put together. That lets us test and repair the boards quickly and efficiently. Thanks, Chris!

The boss has listed a ton of the boards on eBay already, so check out the full listings there, or email us if you're interested in something.

The boss has listed several dozen of the boards on eBay already, so check out the full listings above, or email us if you’re interested in something.

The Last of the Playfields

Shop Notes 21 August 2017 | Comments Off on The Last of the Playfields

We’ve had a great time this past month cleaning out some of our excess pinball parts. In fact, we’re down to our last playfield. Who needs an Attack From Mars? Check it out, then come clean us out! We also still have a host of circuit boards!

Here it is: This restored Attack From Mars playfield.

PF is from the 1995 Bally game.

The PF was touched up and cleared with automotive paint.

It’s nice and shiny, mostly flat.

Some of the middles of the touched up inserts aren’t matched very well. This can be seen on Stroke of Luck, tractor beam one and two, Conquer Mars, and Return to Battle.

$350

Tony Stark Approves

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A great game with a great theme, what’s not to love? We just fully shopped this great Iron Man pinball machine. Check it out!

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

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, pulling 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.

Delivery is available.

We installed LEDs throughout as well.

Take home this great machine today!

Very nice!