Hook! Hook! Hook!

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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!

All-Star Addams Family

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Check out this amazing Addams Family pinball machine!  This game was a great example of an awesome title — and it didn’t last long.

Bally came out with The Addams Family in 1992, and produced more than 22,000 units. It’s the the most popular games ever made. (IPDB)

The game came out a year after the movie version of everyone’s favorite oddball family, starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, among others.

We love this game, and we always treat it right! We gave this one a full shop job, pulling everything off the playfield to be polished, tumbled, sanded, washed, or otherwise cleaned. We installed a new ramp, Cliffy’s, tons of decals, art blades, swamp lights, blue LED strips in the topper, and more.

We installed Cointaker LEDs throughout as well.

Check out that beautiful glow!

We also put in all new post sleeves, silicone rings, Super Bands, balls, yeah, the list just keeps going.

Two more cool touches —  new  pop bumper skirts and bodies color-matched to the bumper caps and this awesome “Uncle Lester” mod. Ooooooh.

Check out those awesome decals!

Here’s the Thing box. Isn’t it pretty? Enjoy the game, Randy!

Time Warp is SOLD!!

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Check out this awesome Time Warp!
We just finished a full shop job on this game, and it looks and plays great. So great that it sold already. Sorry! But keep looking; we’ll have more games!

Williams came out with Time Warp in 1979, and produced nearly 8,900 of the games.

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 also rebuilt the power supply, and replaced the 40-pin interconnect on MPU and driver board. We removed the batteries and put in an NVRAM, too. The game is set for free play and works 100%!

We added lots of extra little touches, including new drop target stickers.

We also installed Cointaker LEDs throughout the game.

Half of the production run of this game came with Banana flippers, half came with normal flippers. The normal flippers play better than the bananas and are what is currently on the game, but a set of bananas with the rubber caps are included if you wanted to switch over.

Check out that beautiful glow!

This game looks great!

Enjoy the game, Ernie!


NEWS: Lemoncade Permanently Closed

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UPDATE: We’re sad to learn that the Lemoncade has permanently closed its doors during the covid shutdown. We were rooting for this Glendale spot, and we wish the best to those involved in it.


NOTE: This blog ran in Jan. 2019. We’re leaving it up in memoriam.
We just had the pleasure of checking out the coolest spot in downtown Glendale, the Lemoncade! This place is awesome, with a ton of great games, and some sweet treats too. Head on over to 5754 W Glendale Ave. and see what you think. We give it two thumbs up!

We headed over on a recent weekday to check out the machines at the Lemoncade.

You can tell right away that this place is cool, with a great selection of pinball machines and some other fun games too.

The Lemoncade opened in July and has become a popular part of downtown Glendale.

The place hosts a ton of events with local musicians and DJs, and has space for parties and other events.

You know you want to play them.

Or maybe take a turn on this? Check out the Lemoncade soon. Oh, and did we mention there’s a great selection of lemonade drinks?!

NEWS: Goodbye, D&D

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We just heard the news: D&D Pinball has closed indefinitely.
This place was the first all-pinball arcade in Arizona, and was instrumental in the pinball community for years, hosting state tournaments, fundraisers, and more. Every year, they brought a big contingent of games all the way up to ZapCon. It was a great place to be. So of course we’re sad.
But we’re heartened by their official announcement, which you can read here. Hopefully we’ll hear more from D&D and from Robert and Constance in the future. Thanks for everything, and we look forward to what you do next!

NEWS: Pinball on Hiatus

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Pinball on Hiatus

ZapCon is cancelled. Barcades are closed. Tournaments are shut down. Folks, we know these are trying times for the pinball soul, but also truly a time when we can look at something larger and make sure that we’re all doing our part.

We learned yesterday that the organizers behind ZapCon, the state’s biggest and most amazing pinball and arcade gathering, have pulled the plug on this year’s convention. We’ve talked to friends who are closing their barcades indefinitely. And we’ve crossed off all the upcoming tournaments that have been cancelled as local leagues shut down.

We’re also doing our part. We’re shutting down service calls as of further notice, until all of this blows over. The boss had back surgery last month and has to stay safe. And we want you to stay safe too. So we won’t be in your home for a while, but we’ll be in the shop, hopefully working on some projects here and shopping some customers’ games.

Please feel free to call, text, or email with questions. And we can put you in the queue for service calls when we’re back on the road. Until then, please stay safe and keep those around us safe too by following recommended precautions and avoiding any gathering of more than a few dozen people.

Thank you for understanding, and for looking at the larger picture. Pinball will return soon. And hopefully we can all look back and share toilet paper stories as we get back to real life, and pinball too.

Kris and Leslie
Owners, Firebird Pinball


They Are the Champions

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Huge thanks to all those involved in the state pinball championships this past weekend. From the tournament directors to the crew at StarFighters Arcade, to all the participants, everyone worked hard to ensure the day was amazing.

And kudos to our champions! Great work!
Winner of the women’s tournament was Lee Ann Scardina,
while Mark Pearson took the overall championship.

Now let’s start working on 2020 points!

There’s our champ Lee Ann, second from left. Far left is Terri Boyd, who finished third, second from right is Tracy Lindbergh, who finished second, and on the right is Mary Lopez, who snagged fourth place. Great work, ladies!

The winner of the general tournament was Mark, second from left. Will McKinney, far left, finished second. Paul Blanco, second from right, finished third, and Henry Hanshaw, on far right, took fourth! Great work, guys!

State Championships Are Here!

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The state pinball champions for 2019 will be crowned on Saturday!

Check out the awesome trophies that will be awarded in the women’s tournament!

The open and women’s tournaments will take place at StarFighters Arcade, with each competition featuring sixteen of the state’s best players battling in head-to-head matches.
The venue won’t be open to the public so the players can concentrate on their games.

Firebird Pinball has been happy to help support our local pinball leagues, and we wanted to wish everyone good luck. Especially one player: Our own boss Leslie made the cut this year! Go #12!

There she is! Getting in a little practice at StarFighters earlier this week.

Eyes on the game!

Good luck, everyone! (Especially Leslie!)