Stern Launch Godzilla Pinball Machine

Godzilla Pinball Machine Launched

As predicted in our March Pinball Rumour Mill blog, Stern have today launched their new Godzilla pinball machine.

“CHICAGO, IL – September 14, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc. and Toho International, Inc., the subsidiary of the Japanese entertainment studio Toho Co., Ltd, announce a new line of pinball machines based on the iconic Toho film franchise featuring the King of the Monsters, Godzilla!  The Godzilla pinball machines are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.”

Godzilla is recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest continuously running movie franchise in history, having been in on-going production from 1954 to the present day; a total of 28 Japanese films, plus two American films released in 1998 and 2014 have been produced.

The 1998 American film release was accompanied by the launch of Sega’s now classic Godzilla pinball machine. However, the 2014 American film release saw no accompanying pinball launch, and rumours of a forthcoming Godzilla pin have been circulating ever since.

Players Become Godzilla!

In Stern Pinball’s Godzilla monster-packed pinball adventure, players become Godzilla! The evil aliens, the Xiliens, use mind control rays to take control of the monsters King Ghidorah, Gigan, Megalon, Ebirah, and Titanosaurus. The Xiliens are demanding all of Earth’s resources. Godzilla and its allies, Mothra, Rodan, and Anguirus, battle the Xilien invasion with the goal of conquering Mechagodzilla to become King of the Monsters!

Godzilla Multiball

Chaos and destruction ensue on the playfield with Godzilla multiball, started by shooting one of the various shots in and through the centrally located skyscraper.  In the Premium and LE models, a motor actuates the skyscraper, diverting balls through each of its five stories as it collapses, ultimately locking three balls on its roof.  The Premium/LE playfield also features a collapsing bridge ramp. This animated breakaway ramp is guarded by a custom moulded Godzilla and can divert pinballs back to the flipper or directly onto the playfield during Bridge Attack multiball.

Godzilla Pinball – Official Game Trailer

Pro, Premium & Limited Edition

Stern’s Godzilla pinball machine is available in Pro, Premium and Limited Edition

All models feature an innovative “Magna Grab” magnetic newton ball, capable of catching pinballs from five different shot paths, including off the plunge. This device can also divert pinballs to set up shots from the upper left flipper. The game also includes the iconic title song “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult, stunning hand-drawn artwork by Zombie Yeti, intricate wireform ramps, three spinning targets (Heat Ray, Mechagodzilla, and Monster Rampage), three flippers, three “powerline” themed stand-up targets and a UFO pop pumper. The game highlights video and audio from ten* Toho Showa Era Godzilla films to create a one-of-a-kind immersive Godzilla pinball experience.

On the Premium and LE models, Mechagodzilla features a motorized three-bank target set which rotates to reveal a spinner and jump ramp. Players will engage the Kaiju in battle by launching  pinballs with the jump ramp and bashing the magnetic ball catch on its chest to start Mechagodzilla multiball.

Only 1,000 LE machines will be available. The LE version includes an exclusive full color mirrored backglass inspired by Mechagodzilla, iconic custom cabinet artwork, custom high gloss metallic silver powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Stern’s Insider Connected System

Godzilla pinball machines also debut Stern’s Insider Connected system, which includes a QR code reader on the bottom arch that enables players to interact with the game and this new network in a variety of ways. Stern Insider Connected provides new entertainment and player engagement features and an operator focused tool set to drive location play and remotely manage every aspect of the machines. Insider Connected goes live with the launch of Godzilla, with the full scope of features scheduled for roll out over the next year.

Godzilla Pinball Machine Enquiries

To enquire about the new Stern Pinball Godzilla Pinball Machine, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 or visit our online pinball shop.

TMNT Pro Pinball Machine

TMNT Pro Pinball Machine – now available

For all you Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans out there, Pinball Heaven is delighted to announce it now has a small number of TMNT pro pinball machines available for sale.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in 1984 by comic book writer-artist team Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, who named the four turtles after Italian Renaissance artists, and published the characters’ adventures in comic books published by Mirage Studios.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, trained in the art of ninjutsu by their wise rat sensei, Master Splinter. Is New York City ready for these radical reptile brothers?  With a sick sewer lair and tough friends like April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are about to face evils more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have ever imagined.

In this pinball adventure players will go to battle as the Turtles fight villains like Shredder, the Krang and loads of super-powerful mutants, to become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way!

TMNT Pinball – Pro Model Game Features

Stern Pinball

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as a comic book, morphed into a hit animated show, and has grown into a beloved and iconic global pop culture phenomenon.  We have worked directly with Nickelodeon to bring these heroes in a half-shell into the pinball dimension.  This game has pure pinball power,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pro features include 6 standard balls, 3 flippers, 3 high speed ramps, a hidden training ball lock area and distinct hand-drawn art. The playfield also features a high speed magnetic spinning pizza disc capable of holding and throwing 3 balls during pizza multiball mayhem. The original 1987 theme music complements the action with custom video scenes and events created exclusively for this pinball experience.

The Pro Edition also features a stereo sound system with 3-channel amplifier, separate treble and bass adjustment, CPU mounted line-out audio connector for external amplification, fade adjustment to control front and bottom speaker outputs, Lair Invasion and Pizza Run themed full color translite and unique side cabinet hand-drawn artwork by Zombie Yeti and powder-coated black wrinkle finish side armour, hinges, front lockdown moulding and legs.

TMNT Pro Pinball Machine Enquiries

To enquire about TMNT Pro Pinball by Stern, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816677 or visit our online pinball shop.

Ultraman Collector’s Edition Pinball Machine

Ultraman Collector’s Edition Pinball Machine – Arriving Soon at Pinball Heaven

The year 2021 marks the 55th anniversary of the Ultraman Series. To mark the occasion Tsuburaya Productions are unveiling new films, series, events, and merchandise for Ultraman fans to enjoy. Amongst the foremost of these is the new Spooky Pinball Ultraman Kaiju Rumble Pinball Machine.

Ultraman Collector’s Edition – Arriving Soon

Ultraman was the world’s third top-selling licensed character of the 1980s and with only 500 of Spooky Pinball’s latest release to be produced, Ultraman Kaiju Rumble is already a complete sell-out. However, with a number of Collector’s Edition machines soon to arrive at Pinball Heaven, we thought we would take a closer look at Spooky Pinball’s latest offering.

Ultraman Collectors Edition

Standard, Blood Sucker and Collector’s Editions

The Ultraman table is a complete feast for the eyes. A comic-style mural of various notorious Kaiju and Ultraman himself wrap around the cabinet and backbox while the Science Patrol, tasked with defending the public from Kaiju attacks, head into battle with Bemular, a ruthless, alien, reptile-like monster on the playfield. The vibrant colours and dynamic imagery have the same energy of the original series and are bound to rile up whoever’s playing enough to make them feel like they’re defending Japan themselves.

Battle against Ultraman’s greatest Kaiju foes, with live action footage and sound effects from the original series, custom speech, incredible Matt Frank artwork, and additional music by Matt “Count D” Montgomery.

Available in Standard, Blood Sucker and Collector’s Editions, all machines feature: 4 flippers, 2 stainless ramps, 2 stainless 180 inverse ramps, 4 levels , 6 RGB lighted drop targets, 150 addressable RGB LED’s, 12 spooky flashers, 2 in-lane ball lift mechs, 7 physical ball locks, 1 tilting magna catch mech, interactive toys, 5 scoops, 6 motors, 9 targets, 2 spinners and 2 subways.

Ultraman Kaiju Rumble & Matt Frank Interview

Ultraman Collector’s Edition

In addition to the above specification, the Collector’s Edition also features: interior graphics, knocker kit installation, shaker kit installation, target decals, custom sculpted shoot rood, coin box and lid, powder coated bill accepter door, custom vein powder coat, custom laser cut side rails, additional licensed decorative toys, interactive RGB speaker kit and custom grills, orange plastic protector, collector’s edition numbered plaque and custom interactive licensed topper. What’s not to like!

With a limited number of machines still available, to reserve your Ultraman Kaiju Rumble Collector’s Edition, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 or visit our online Pinball Shop.

Chicago Gaming Announce Cactus Canyon Remake

In a seminar last week at the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo in Atlanta, Ryan White of Chicago Gaming confirmed that the company has been working on a remake of the popular Bally title, Cactus Canyon.

Chicago Gaming Company has been making a name for itself in pinball circles over the past few years by remaking several Bally/Williams classics, including Medieval Madness, Attack from Mars, and Monster Bash. They have worked with Planetary Pinball and in the early days, Stern, to help produce them, and the quality has been top drawer.

Chicago Gaming remakes have so far featured three different models, with the higher-end machines being loaded with additional features, such as ColorDMD’s and cool toppers.

Bally Cactus Canyon

Bally’s Cactus Canyon was launched in October 1998 as was well known as being the last traditional pinball machine produced by Bally/Williams.

Designed by Matt Coriale and Tom Kopera, Bally’s original had a western cowboy theme that delivered plenty of humour and fun gameplay, with the game being highly rated among players.

In addition, Cactus Canyon’s very low production run of just 908 units makes it one of the most collectable pinball machines of all time.

Chicago Gaming Cactus Canyon Remake

At the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo in Atlanta, Ryan White discussed their new Cactus Canyon remake and detailed how each of Chicago Gaming’s previous three remakes introduced new features such as HD animations, larger displays, interactive toppers, enhanced playfield toys and RGB lighting effects.

Ryan also described how Chicago Gaming take an original game and disassemble/reassemble it several times to understand how it was put together, using that knowledge in conjunction with original documentation.

He also stated Chicago Gaming has over 850 playfields for their Cactus Canyon remake already screen printed and clear coated, ready to start production.

As with Medieval Madness, Attack from Mars and Monster Bash, the new Cactus Canyon will be produced in three variants: Limited Edition, Standard Edition and Classic Edition, with the full specification of all three editions still to be released.

Find Out More

With production already underway, the first Chicago Gaming Cactus Canyon pinball machines are likely to begin shipping in early October.

To find out more keep an eye on our blog, or why not call us on 01772 816 677.

* Image featured is the original 1998 Bally artwork

Sanctuary Gaming Centre: Avengers Pro Pinball Machine

Pinball Heaven is pleased to announce it has just installed an Avengers Infinity Quest Pro pinball machine into Sanctuary Gaming Centre in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

Sanctuary Gaming Centre was established in 2013 and has a vibrant ever-growing tabletop gaming community, with busy weekly gaming nights for people to arrange pick up games and host regular gaming events. This enables gamers of all ages are able to play any system of their choice.

A Growing Community

Sanctuary Gaming Centre has a growing community and would like that growth continue. It has new faces coming through the door every week, with people playing different gaming systems as well as board games. This is a great way of meeting new people, arranging games, or trying out a different gaming system at no expense to yourself. Spread the word, invite your friends and help the community grow.

Avengers Pro Pinball Machine

The Avengers Pro pinball machine recently installed at Sanctuary Gaming Centre is an all-new design, based on the Marvel comic book series and is a six-ball, three-flipper game with the third flipper positioned half-way up on the left side of the playfield.

Avengers Pro Pinball Playfield

On the Pro Edition playfield, the Avengers tower grabs the ball and builds virtual locks for Iron Man Multiball. The description also suggests it uses optos to sense the speed of the ball, acting like a vari-target. The Pro Edition also includes drop targets on the left side to light up a bonus feature matrix in front. The Doctor Strange spinning disc acts much like the Tesseract spinner on the original Avengers game, only this one has a single post and no model mounted over the disc.

In addition to distinct hand-drawn artwork, the new Pro Edition also features an Avengers Computer Bingo grid 3-target drop bank, a Thor captive ball, Hulk spinning target and custom intricate wireform ramps. So the Avengers Pro pinball machine will challenge even the very best pinball aficionados.

Avengers Pro Pinball Machine Features

Keep Refreshed While You Play

To keep you refreshed while you play, light snacks as well as hot and cold beverages are available on site, with Sanctuary Gaming Centre boasting the best doughnut menu you will ever see, including such masterpieces as the Homer, Death by Chocolate, Thicka than a Snicka, Let’s Party and The Wreath. So, get yourself down to Sanctuary Gaming Centre, choose your doughnut and then try your hand at Stern’s Avengers Pro Pinball. What could be better?

Find Sanctuary Gaming Centre

You can find Sanctuary Gaming Centre St Michaels Street, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 4GP. They are open Tuesday to Friday 6.00am to 11.00pm, Saturday 11.00am to 6.00pm and Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm.

www.sanctuarygamingcentre.co.uk
@sanctuarygamingcentre

Ultraman Pinball Machine

Ultraman Pinball Machine: Spooky Announces Ultraman: Kaiju Rumble Pinball

The new Ultraman Pinball Machine by Spooky Pinball LLC and Tsuburaya Productions delivers the ultimate experience as you play against Ultraman’s greatest Kaiju foes!

Ultraman: Kaiju Rumble Pinball Machine features original clips & music from the classic show, custom speech, incredible Matt Frank artwork, and additional music by Matt “Count D” Montgomery.

Special Effects Wizard Eiji Tsuburaya

2021 marks the 55th anniversary of the Ultraman Series, which started in 1966.

The first entry of the Ultraman Series, Ultra Q, featured mankind encountering the giant monsters known as Kaiju. The series was released in 1966 by the special effects studio Tsuburaya Productions, which was founded in 1963 by special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya, the man who brought such monsters to life as the King of the Monsters himself, Godzilla.

The franchise really took off with its second entry; Ultraman the show, that introduced the first titular Ultra Warrior fighting off Kaiju, and alien invaders from space. Ultraman was pioneer in the beginning of Japan’s “Monster Craze”, so Tsuburaya’s third entry into the Ultraman Series; Ultraseven introduced the second titular Ultra Warrior, as well as expanding on the concept of space alien invaders.

Even after Eiji Tsuburaya’s death on January 25 in 1970, the Ultraman Series has continued to live on as one of his greatest creations.

Ultraman was the world’s third top-selling licensed character in the 1980s and references to Ultraman are abundant in Japanese pop culture, much like references to Superman in American culture.

Ultraman Pinball Machine

Ultraman Pinball Machine Features

Spooky Pinball’s Ultraman Pinball Machine is available in Standard Edition, Bloodsucker Edition and Collector’s Edition.

All Editions Features

  • Dual Inlane Lifters
  • Triple interactive Baltan Tokyo City Toy
  • Four Custom Stainless Ramps
  • Science Patrol Pin Drop Target Ball Lock
  • Lighted Pigmon Drop bank
  • Three upper Playfields
  • 360 Degree LED Flashers
  • Sculpted Beta Capsule with 360 LED Flasher inside
  • Custom Metal Ball Drop Down Mech
  • Dual Spinner Loop
  • 150 Interactive RGB Lighting
  • Upper Playfield RGB Strip Lighting
  • Seven Physical Ball Locks

Blood Sucker Edition Features

  • Clear plastic protectors
  • Interior graphics
  • Knocker kit installation
  • Shaker kit installation
  • Interactive RGB speaker kit and standard grill
  • Target decals
  • Coin box and lid
  • Powder coated to match bill acceptor ready door (bill acceptor not included)
  • Custom metallic flake powder coat
  • Blood Sucker Edition numbered plaque
  • Flipper button protective armour

Collector’s Edition Features

  • Orange plastic protectors
  • Interior graphics
  • Knocker kit installation
  • Shaker kit installation
  • Coin box and lid
  • Target decals
  • Interactive RGB speaker kit and custom grills

Ultraman Pinball Teaser

Limited to 500 Units Worldwide

Production for all editions combined is limited to 500 units worldwide. And as with Spooky’s recent Halloween Pinball Machine, there is no limit on the number of Collector’s Editions, Blood Sucker Editions, or Standard Editions within the 500 limit, customers will decide the total number of each edition depending entirely on demand.

Order Your Ultraman Kaiju Rumble Pinball Machine

To order your Ultraman Kaiju Rumble Pinball Machine, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677  or visit our online pinball shop.

 

Halloween Pinball Machine Launched

Halloween Pinball Machine Launched

Spooky Pinball LLC has today launched its Halloween Pinball Machine, based on John Carpenter’s 1978 classic film.

“Finally… the iconic horror film that started it all. Spooky Pinball LLC & Compass International Pictures are bringing the 1978 classic, John Carpenter’s Halloween to the PINBALL WORLD! More details coming soon. Pick up a Spooky Pinball Fang Club membership to get early access to what may be the biggest SPOOKY PINBALL GAME EVER!!!”

Spooky Halloween Features

Spooky’s new Halloween Pinball Machine features clips from the original film, plus custom speech from original cast member PJ Soles. The backbox includes a ridiculously cool custom-lit interactive topper of the iconic Halloween artwork that has a working knife, with the awesome backglass artwork designed by Jason Edmiston.

Speaking of knives, the custom handle is a knife and Michael peeks out of the bushes in an awesome triple interactive toy bank. There’s are a flashing pumpkin sculpt, a triple-lighted pumpkin drop bank, a Judith Myers tombstone ball lock, and triple upper playfields to help get you up to the balcony from the big finale.
Halloween Spooky Pinball

Full details of Spooky’s new Halloween Pinball Machine have not yet been released, however Spooky has revealed the three editions:

Halloween Standard Edition

Halloween Standard Edition – no addons and to be built last. Includes, as do all editions: 7 pinballs, dual inlane lifters, triple interactive Michael Hedge, toyfour custom stainless ramps, Judith Meyers tombstone drop target ball lock, lighted jack-o-lantern drop bank, three upper playfields, one playable Smith’s Grove Sanitarium playfield, one playable house playfield, one passive playfield, 360 degree led flashers, sculpted pumpkin with 360 led flasher inside, custom metal ball drop down mech, dual spinner loop (on the house playfield), 150 interactive RGB lighting, upper playfield RGB strip lighting, seven physical ball locks.

Halloween Blood Sucker Edition

Blood Sucker Edition – to be built before the Standard Edition and will include clear plastic protectors, interior graphics, knocker/shaker, interactive RGB speaker kit, standard powder coated speaker grill, target decals on the coin box/lid, powder coated bill accepter door, custom metallic flake powder coat, Blood Sucker Edition plaque and flipper button protective armour.

Halloween Collector’s Edition

Halloween Collector’s Edition – to be built first and will include coloured plastic protectors, interior graphics, knocker/shaker, interactive RGB speaker kit, custom powder coated speaker grill, target decals on the coin box/lid, powder coated bill accepter door, custom vein powdercoat, custom laser cut side rails, Collectors Edition numbered plaque, custom interactive licenced topper, custom sculpted shoot rod and additional licenced decorative toy.

A clear coated butter cabinet add-on will be available for the Blood Sucker and Collector’s Edition machines.

John Carpenter’s Halloween Pinball – Teaser

Limited Number of Halloween Pinball Machines

A limited number of Halloween pinball machines will be built, but the mix of Standard, Blood Sucker and Collectors Editions will be decided by the customers, so if you are quick enough and you would like a particular edition, it should be possible to order one.

Order Your Halloween Pinball Machine

To order you Halloween Pinball Machine, call Spooky Pinball Distributors, Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 or visit our online pinball shop.

 

Haggis Fathom Pinball Machine – Mermaid Edition

Australian pinball manufacturer Haggis Pinball has announced the Mermaid Edition of its Fathom pinball remake, limited to just 250 machines, has already sold out.

The good news is that Pinball Heaven will have several Haggis Fathom Mermaid Edition Pinball Machines splashing their way to the UK, with a small number of Mermaid Editions still available for sale.

Bally Fathom Pinball Machine – 1981

Bally released the original Fathom Pinball Machine, designed by Ward Pemberton, in August 1981, with the game featuring 3 flippers, 3 pop bumpers, 3 slingshots, a 6-bank drop target, a 3-bank drop target, 2-in-line drop targets, kick-out holes, a spinning target, standup target, 3-ball multiball, left and right crossover return lanes and artwork by Greg Freres.

Only 3500 Bally Fathom pinball machines were produced making it a highly desirable pinball machine and the obvious first choice for Haggis Pinball to remake 40 years on as part of their Haggis Classics series.

Haggis Classics – 2021

“There’s just so much to love about the Fathom pinball machine it’s hard to pick just one great thing about it,” says Damian Hartin, CEO of Haggis Pinball. “I love the art from Greg Freres and the layout is fantastic with all the drop targets and challenging but rewarding gameplay. Not to mention the amazing sound effects and iconic callouts. It has always been one of my favourite solid-state pinball machines from this era and I cannot wait to show people how we have been able to remake it using modern technology whilst preserving the look and feel of the original game.”

Fathom Revisited Features by Haggis Pinball

Enhanced Playfield Manufacturing

Haggis Pinball have used their enhanced playfield manufacturing process to prevent dimpling from everyday play as well as their extensive testing practices to ensure the game made today has the reliability pinball collectors and fans from around the world expect, so they can enjoy their games for years to come.

The Classic Edition isl as true to the original game as possible, with a single speaker sound system and single-colour LED displays and playfield lighting.

The Mermaid Edition adds RGB lighting and score displays, under-cabinet lighting, mirrored metal trim and playfield parts, a 5-speaker sound system, LCD instruction and score card displays and an alternative ‘2.0’ enhanced ruleset, with the original rules also being available for selection.

Haggis Fathom Pinball Machine – Mermaid Edition Enquiries

To enquire about the Haggis Fathom Pinball Machine – Mermaid Edition, call official Haggis Pinball Distributor Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 or visit our online pinball shop.

Download the Haggis Fathom Pinball Machine Features Matrix.

The Mandalorian Pro Pinball Machine

The Mandalorian Pro Pinball Machine by Stern Pinball

In this action-packed pinball quest, players are transported to a galaxy far, far away as they play as the Mandalorian, teaming up with key allies and protecting Grogu, while battling dangerous enemies and forces across their journey.

You are The Mandalorian! Use the Razor Crest, your weapons, armor, and comrades to go on bounty hunts, avoid ambushes, rescue the child, climate the imperials, and earn you signet!

The Mandalorian Pro Pinball – Game Features

Mandalorian Pro includes:

  • Six pinballs
  • Three flippers
  • Two Pop Bumpers
  • Diverter on left ramp transports pinball to Encounter mini playfield
  • Large custom Grogu sculpture
  • Custom molded Razor Crest sculpture with hanging uplift target activates Razor Crest multiballs
  • Center ramp with control gate stages ball for Razor Crest multiball
  • Left side scoop and vuk start Missions, collect an extra ball, or trade Beskar for equipment, weapons, armor or other features at the Foundry
  • Left orbit Tie Fighter spinning target
  • Left and right orbits can activate up-post to divert ball into C-H-I-L-D top lanes for mystery awards
  • 3 Hunter stand-up targets light return lanes to activate Hunter modes
  • 2 “2x ramp” stand-up targets by right helix ramp
  • Static Encounter mini playfield with one flipper and 6 stand-up targets for intense battle action
  • Static inner loop under right helix ramp starts tense Ambush experiences
  • High speed, through backpanel Encounter left plastic ramp with smooth flowing plastic return

Lighting & Sound

  • 18 RGB software controlled LEDs
  • Color changing general illumination LED lighting
  • Exclusive custom speech performed by actor Carl Weathers who plays Greef Karga
  • Iconic theme song and music by Ludwig Göransson instantly transports players into the world of The Mandalorian
  • Immersive video and audio assets from seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian

Mandalorian Pro Game Features Video

Mandalorian Pro Pinball – from Pinball Heaven

Mandalorian Pro Pinball Machine by Stern is available from Pinball Heaven. Call us on 01772 816 677 or visit our online pinball shop today!

Alien Pinball Machine – The Beast is Back

Alien Pinball Machine – The Beast is Back

Pinball Heaven have partnered with Pinball Brothers distributor Pinball Bazaar, to bring you the soon to be launched Alien pinball machine.

The 1979 Alien science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, broke box office records across the world when it was first released and won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The success of Alien spawned a media franchise of films, novels, comic books, video games, and toys. The 1986 sequel Aliens, directed by James Cameron received critical acclaim for its action sequences and received Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects and is now considered one of the greatest films of the 1980s.

Pinball Brothers

Pinball Brothers Logo

Pinball Brothers, who are based in Orbero, Sweden, announced the Heighway Pinball remake late last year, but have recently updated their social media to confirm their new Alien pinball machine is now complete and ready to be shipped.

“When the computer on the commercial space tug Nostromo detects a transmission in the middle of its flight home, it wakes its crew to investigate the source of the signal. On the moon LV-426 they discover the wreck of an old spaceship.

Step inside this high octane, survival horror and genre defining action thriller, bringing to life two of the iconic Alien films, both Alien and Aliens in this world under glass.

Packed full of toys, mechs and features, whilst delivering ground up improvements. Alien from Pinball Brothers brings the beast back.”

An Improved Alien Pinball Machine

According to Pinball News, Although it remains essentially the same wide-bodied design we saw before, there have been several changes from the Heighway Pinball version of the game.

Pinball Brothers have stated that, amongst other things, their new release benefits from improved electronics. Most obviously, the two main LCD displays, one large display in the centre of the backbox and a smaller one inset into the playfield, have been combined into a single 18.5″ panel at the bottom of the backbox. There are also two 4″ speakers either side of the display for the main game audio.

The five-inch airlock display remains, although the housing has been made thinner and less obtrusive. This change created space behind the airlock for a ‘sneak-in’ back entrance which is registered by a dedicated switch and given an appropriate award. A new illuminated Weapons Status Display now sits where the playfield LCD was previously positioned.

The LED board which illuminates these weapon indicator inserts is part of a whole new electronics system developed by Pinball Brothers. The new system uses smaller, easier-to-access circuit boards which run off a PC in the same way as the Heighway Pinball system. Although PC-based, there is currently no internet connectivity for software updates, on-line challenges or global scoreboards.

Alien Pinball Machine Gameplay

Magnetic Ball Grabber & Virtual Ball Lock

The illuminated cabinet side panels have gone, but it is understood a magnet ball grabber at the top right of the playfield which was taken out of the original design because it clashed with the slide-rails under the playfield has been able to be reinstated thanks to a new slide-rail design. In addition, a virtual ball lock for the Hypersleep Chamber has been upgraded to the physical three-ball lock which was originally planned, together with the addition of a dedicated lifter mechanism to eject the balls.

The illuminated standup targets in the game have been upgraded too, from a single colour to full RGB lighting, while some targets which weren’t previously illuminated have got the RGB lighting enhancement too.

Elsewhere on the playfield, the Xenomorph mechanism which was so problematic on the Heighway Pinball games has been made more robust with metal parts replacing plastic ones and a new dedicated driver board. The Facehugger models on the slingshots have also been changed. A new more durable material has been used for the models while the slingshot kicker arms have been redesigned.

The additional devices, switches and lights and the new boardset all need support in the software, so Pinball Brothers have been working with one of the original programmers, Brian Dominy, to properly integrate them.

The cabinet design is now much more traditional, without the rounded backbox or modular flipper button boxes. The magazine frame holding the playfield glass has also been removed, replaced with the much more familiar glass slide rails and lock bar.

Alien Pinball Machine Enquiries

No pre-orders are being taken for the new Alien Pinball Machine, with the game only being available direct from Pinball Brothers distributors.

To enquire about the new Alien pinball machine or to place an order, call Pinball Brothers UK Distributor Pinball Bazaar on 01603 984 534 or email them on hello@pinballbazaar.co.uk

The Mandalorian Pinball Machine Released

The Mandalorian Pinball Machine Released – 11th May 2021

Further to our recent blog post, Stern Pinball has today released The Mandalorian Pinball Machine, and as we suggested, Gary Stern is looking to engage a whole new pinball generation with this epic tale.

The Story of The Mandalorian

The story of The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Galactic Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

In this action-packed pinball quest, players are transported to a galaxy far, far away as they play as the Mandalorian, teaming up with key allies and protecting Grogu, while battling dangerous enemies and forces across their journey.

“…an engaging and exciting story for an entirely new generation of fans…”

“Star Wars is timeless and our players have enjoyed every pinball machine reimagined by the iconic space saga,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “Stern’s new pinball machine, inspired by The Mandalorian, continues that tradition with an engaging and exciting story for an entirely new generation of fans around the world. Collaborating with Lucasfilm, we have brought all of the suspense, excitement, and action from the Star Wars galaxy into a one-of-a-kind pinball adventure perfect for any location or home game room.”

Innovative, Motorized Rotating Playfield

Prepare for battle on the gravity-changing, rotating Encounter upper mini playfield available on the Premium and Limited Edition models. This innovative, motorized rotating playfield is packed with six stand-up targets, lights, and two full-size flippers for high intensity pinball action.

Watch out for ambushes! Like the Mandalorian seen in the series, players can be ambushed by enemy forces. A dynamic inner loop shot activates an up/down horseshoe scoop ramp for fast, repeatable precision shooting, creating tense experiences on the Premium and Limited Edition models.

The Mandalorian Pinball – Official Game Trailer

Multiball Mayhem

Players can navigate their way to multiball mayhem by hitting a unique hanging uplift target attached to a custom molded Razor Crest ship. Success in hitting the target qualifies a center ramp shot on the Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.

The Mandalorian Pinball Features

Features of The Mandalorian­-inspired pinball machines include a large custom sculpture of Grogu, authentic video and audio from seasons one and two, and exclusive custom speech performed by actor Carl Weathers (Greef Karga). The game includes the iconic title theme song by Ludwig Göransson and stunning hand-drawn artwork by Randy Martinez, one of today’s most popular comic artists.

Only 750 limited edition machines will be available. The limited edition version includes an exclusive full color mirrored backglass inspired by Beskar armor, iconic custom cabinet artwork, custom high gloss powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and Certifcate of Authenticity.

Order The Mandalorian Pinball Machine

To order The Mandalorian Pinball Machine by Stern Pinball, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677 or visit our online shop.