Wipeout Gets a Makeover

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We just finished a full shop job on this Wipeout pinball machine. This is a fun game with some cute touches. And it looked great when we were finished with it. Check it out!

Gottlieb came out with Wipeout in 1993 and produced around 2,150 of the games. (IPDB)

The game makes the most of its ski-loving theme with slopes, slaloms, even a Saint Bernard.

We gave the game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be tumbled, buffed, polished, washed, or otherwise cleaned. While it was stripped, we pulled the damaged Mylar as well, then touched up a few spots.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

We added Super Bands, color-coded post sleeves, and more.

This game turned out great! Enjoy it, Jerry!

Almost Too Cool for Phoenix

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Let’s be honest. After almost a decade of pinball, it takes quite a bit to get us REALLY excited about anything. But we’re REALLY excited about this. This Friday is the official grand opening of Stardust Pinbar! We got a sneak peek last week. Check it out!

Stardust Pinbar is the brainchild of the folks behind Cobra Arcade, so you know it has to be cool. You get there by going through Ziggy’s Pizza, which they also just opened, and also is totally awesome.

The coolest place in Phoenix is next to the Van Buren, at Van Buren and Fourth avenues downtown. Here’s what you see when you walk inside Ziggy’s.

Then you want to head for these doors, at least if you know what’s what.

Then you walk down this hallway and go through the secret entrance at the end.

Then you’re in Stardust Pinbar, the only dedicated pinball bar in the state, with 15 to 20 machines on the floor at all times.

These are great titles, too, like Tales of the Arabian Nights, The Addams Family, Monster Bash, Cirqus Voltaire, and more. Also, check out the amazing artwork on the walls! We love the whole theme.

The bar is made of hundreds of pinballs and the menu is full of things we’d drink. Are you excited yet?

Check out the other wall too! Dozens of playfields make for a beautiful display.

We can’t hardly wait to go back. Check it out yourselves. You know you want to.

A Special Delivery

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We make deliveries all the time. Usually, they’re not that special. But last week we got to do something that made us proud, happy, and glad to be doing what we do. We delivered a new game to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Check it out!

We took the whole crew down for the donation and delivery! The kids were excited to help.

We got the game all set up in the pre-op playroom. That’s where the kids who are set for surgeries spend their time until their procedures.

Our kids were happy to play test the game once we arrived. This cocktail arcade plays sixty different games–something for everyone!

The whole company, happy to help make sure the hospital’s little patients have the best play area possible.

After we dropped off the game, we headed to the hospital’s Child Life Zone, which serves all the kids who stay at the hospital.

The zone has two machines we service, along with a lot of other fun things to keep kids busy during their hospital stays.

These games get a ton of play!

Everything working again, ready to go home.

Guess they don’t need this sign anymore. Max was happy to hang it on himself when we were finished.

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!

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’.