Your Diamond Lady Is Gone

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!!

Hook! Hook! Hook!

Shop Notes

We just finished a full shop job on this amazing Hook! machine. This one is long gone, but check out how pretty it looked!

Data East came out with Hook in January 1992, around a month after the movie of the same name premiered. (IPDB)

Data East made around 6,700 of the games, which are, of course, based on the classic novel “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie.

This game was in amazing shape, with no cabinet fade or damage, and a playfield that looks practically brand-new.

We gave this game a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, tumbled, sanded, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We installed Cliffy’s, cool red rings and post sleeves, and some more special touches.

This game also got full Cointaker LEDs throughout.

Check out that beautiful glow!

This game works 100% and plays great!

Hook! Hook! Hook!

Enjoy the game, Jeff!

This Game Has Hit the Road

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We’ve seen a lot of High Speeds in our day, but we never came across an original game as nice as this one. And it sure didn’t last long! Check it out anyway, and call us more quickly when you see the next one!

Williams came out with High Speed in 1986, and produced more than 17,000 of the machines. (IPDB)

The game was an instant hit, with its universally appealing theme of trying to outrace the police.

Game designer Steve Ritchie allegedly said the game was based on the true story of a time he raced the cops in his Porsche at 146 mph.

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. They look great, plus they burn cooler and last longer than traditional bulbs.

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

Everything worked 100%!

Here’s another nice shot of those beautiful LEDs. Seriously, this game looked great!

It even came with this cool original topper! What more do you need in life?

This Pinball Machine Rocks!

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Check out how nice this Rock Encore pinball machine turned out! This rare game is a kit conversion that Gottlieb put out from the factory. We had tons of fun playing it, but it’s long gone now!

Gottlieb came out with its Rock pinball machine in 1985, and produced almost 1,900 machines. Despite the game’s obvious ’80’s coolness, operators thought sales figures could be better, so Gottlieb put out a “Booster Pack” conversion kit — aka Rock Encore — in 1986. (IPDB)

The kit consisted of an art and sound conversion: An alternate translite and three new sound ROMs.

We’ve gone over every inch of this game, and it works 100% and plays great!

We installed an NOS translite to make this game even better. It’s so bright and awesome you can practically hear the magic.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout this machine. Look at that beautiful glow!

LEDs burn cooler and last longer. Plus, they look better than the traditional incandescent bulbs.

This playfield is amazingly bright and clean.

Admit it. You’d love to be as cool as this machine.

This game is long gone!