Jurassic Park Pinball Machine Released by Stern

Stern Pinball has today announced the release of its new Jurassic Park Pinball Machine

The original Jurassic Park pinball was launched in 1993 and was considered by many to be one of the greatest Data East titles ever produced. Jurassic Park pinball was fully loaded and came factory equipped with a topper, shaker motor, 3 scoops and several innovative features, a “taser gun” shooter featured a “Smart Missile” which was a homage to the 1981 arcade hit Defender. A large motorised t-rex head not only looked around as you played, but could eat and swallow the ball, only for it to appear elsewhere on the playfield!

Following the buyout of Data East by Sega and marking the release of the Jurassic Park sequel, in 1997, Sega launched their Jurassic Park: The Lost World pin, however sales of the Sega machine were said to be significantly lower than the original and in 1999 Sega Pinball sold out to Gary Stern.

Full Colour, HD Monitor & Animatronic T-Rex

Fast forward 20 years and Stern’s new Jurassic Park pinball machine, the third machine to be based on the 1993 film, boasts full colour, HD monitor, although it doesn’t seem to display movie scenes but custom graphics instead, and an animatronic T-Rex that regurgitates pinballs in the Premium and LE versions.

Jurassic Park – Game Trailer

Heart Pounding Excitement

Like the blockbuster movie, the Jurassic Park pinball experience generates heart pounding excitement as the player progresses through the game. As the game starts, the player is transported to Isla Nublar, an amusement park where escaped dinosaurs are running amok! The player’s mission is to rescue park staff and recapture dinosaurs from the chaotic environment unleashed by Dennis Nedry’s computer virus. All dinosaurs, however, are not created equal as players will battle Raptors and the mighty T. Rex! The game immerses players in the fun world of battling dinosaurs in an action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns.

Premium & LE Jurassic Park Pinball

The Premium and Limited Edition models feature an amazing animatronic ball-eating, ball-throwing T. Rex that interacts with the ball and the player. These models also include an interactive Raptor and Raptor Pen featuring a ball-lock mechanism guarded by a motorized gate. The action does not let up with unique mosquito-in-amber pop bumpers and a custom metal horizontal helicopter spinner.
“Jurassic Park is a classic film featuring what everyone loves­­­­­ – dinosaurs! The game is designed to be easy to play, but difficult to master,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Jungle Adventure Vehicle Target

The Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models also feature a Jungle Adventure Vehicle target in the middle of the playfield that is a spinning Newton Ball. This kinetic target registers direct hits, determines the direction players navigate on the island during gameplay, and lights T. Rex modes. All models include three full sized flippers, four custom ramps, a spinning “Spitter” target, in-lane up/down lock post that sets up critical playfield shots and distinctive hand-drawn art highlighting iconic dinosaurs from the series.

Jurassic Park Pinball Machine Sales

You can buy a Stern Jurassic Park Pinball Machine from our online pinball shop, alternatively call us on 01772 816 677.

Slash Reveals Forthcoming Guns N Roses Pinball

As rumoured in our Pinball Heaven blog post of 20th March, in an interview with the San Francisco Weekly, Slash has revealed a new Guns N Roses Pinball Machine is on the way.

Having discovered pinball in the early 1990’s, Slash has become a prolific fan and lists Funhouse, Party Zone, The Addams Family and Jurassic Park among his favourites.

In 1994, Data East asked Slash to participate in the creation of a Guns N Roses Pinball Machine. The soundtrack featured the song “Ain’t Goin’ Down”, a “Use Your Illusion” outtake that signs the only official release of the song. A few years later, Slash contributed to the Viper Night Drivin’ machine produced by Sega, with “Speed Parade” from supergroup Slash’s Snakepit featuring in the game, along with a few cameos from the man himself. In addition, Slash has also recorded the song “Be The Ball”, dedicated to his love of pinball. So, Slash revealing a new GNR pinball machine is on the way is not altogether unexpected.

Slash & Duff Get Dialed In

Since Slash, along with GNR bass player Duff McKagan recently tried out Jersey Jack’s Dialed In during their concert at Hersheypark Stadium, rumours abound that the new GRN pin will be produced by Jersey Jack. However, who will design it?

Given that Pat Lawlor designed the hugely popular Willy Wonka Pinball Machine recently released by Jersey Jack, and that Pat is now rumoured to be working on the new Jersey Jack Toy Story pin, will he also be designing the new GNR pinball machine? Slash stating to the San Francisco Weekly that “nothing has ever come out like it” and speculation over the new Toy Story pin being delayed because of alleged licencing issues, could well point to a Pat Lawlor designed GNR pinball machine being launched by the end of this year.

Guns N Roses Pinball Machine – 4th Quarter Release?

So, with the current GNR tour set to close on Saturday 2nd November, are we looking at a 4th quarter release for the new Jersey Jack Guns N Roses Pinball Machine? Nothing has been confirmed so far, but as soon as we find out we will be sure to let you know.

Pinball Machines for Sale

Pinball Heaven has been offering pinball machines for sale in the UK for over 25 years.

We are proud to be the only pinball machines sales company in the UK offering a 2 year warranty on all new pinball machine sales.

Pinball Heaven is also delighted to be the Sole UK Distributor for Jersey Jack Pinball, Chicago Gaming and the American Pinball Company.

Jersey Jack Pinball

Jersey Jack Pinball is the industry leader in quality and technical innovation, designing ground-breaking pinball machines made for players, collectors and newcomers to the game. Jersey Jack’s head-turning machines are crafted by artisans and innovators who are not afraid of pushing the boundaries of pinball, such as legendary pinball designer Pat Lawlor and software engineer Ted Estes, who together were responsible for Jersey Jack’s Dialed In being the first pinball machine to feature Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration.

Pinball Heaven carry healthy stocks of new Jersey Jack pinball machines. We also offer new pinball machine sales on all Jersey Jack Pinball releases and are happy to take forward orders on all new Jersey Jack Pinball titles, subject to availability.

Chicago Gaming Company

Chicago Gaming has an illustrious pinball history and has produced several remakes of the greatest ever Bally and Williams pinball machines including: Monster Bash, Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness.

Pinball Heaven is the sole UK distributor for Chicago Gaming Company and is pleased to exclusively offer Chicago Gaming pinball machines for sale from stock or a pre-order basis.

American Pinball

Based in Chicago and famous for their Houdini and Oktoberfest pins, American Pinball’s mission is to provide the highest quality pinball machines in the world. Everything American Pinball creates is done with the customer in mind, to produce a product you will fall in love with and enjoy for a lifetime.

Pinball Heaven is delighted to be the official UK distributor for American Pinball and offer pinball machine sales on all new American Pinball titles.

Stern Pinball

Stern Pinball, Inc. is the oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet. Home to Hall-of-Fame game designers and programmers, Stern Pinball continues to lead the industry in pinball innovation and design.

Pinball Heaven is delighted to offer Stern pinball machines for sale on the complete Stern Pinball range and has enjoyed great success with Stern’s latest releases including The Munsters, Beatles and Black Knight: Sword of Rage and also carry stock of older titles such as Deadpool, Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pinball Machines for Sale: Enquiries

To enquire about our pinball machines for sale, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816677 or why not visit our online pinball shop.

Beetlejuice and Superman ’78 Pinball Machines “going to go nowhere”

Chris Franchi, who was a member of the design team for Stern’s The Beatles, Munsters, Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman 66 pinball machines has revealed artwork for a proposed Superman ’78 pin, which apparently is “going to go nowhere”.

Superman 78 Pinball Machine

Chris Franchi – Slap Save Pinball Podcast

Chris Franchi, who was first approached by Stern three years ago to create pinball artwork for Batman 66, revealed on Slap Save Pinball Podcast 24, he had more recently been contracted by a “boutique” company to design artwork for both a Beetlejuice and Superman ’78 pinball machine, with view to them being presented to Stern as part of a proposal for new games. However, the proposals didn’t hit the mark with Stern’s production teams, so unfortunately according to Franchi, they “… will not end up on pinball machines ever, probably!”

Franchi explains, “About a year and a half ago, a — we’ll call them a “boutique” company — wanted to propose to Stern a game for Beetlejuice and a game for Superman ’78… I was contracted to do the artwork for [both of them]… both of these went through Warner Brothers. So originally Beetlejuice pretty much looked like it got the green light. Then we got to Superman and there were some stumbling blocks, and Warner Brothers was trying to work that out. In the meantime… both of these IPs were pitched to Stern as possible boutique games. The same thing that happened to Superman that happened to Beetlejuice. I’ll paraphrase George Gomez by basically saying that both of these IPs were presented to the teams at Stern and none of them were quite as passionate as George would’ve liked them to be in order to produce a really exciting game for either of these properties. Now as much as that sucks it is a very valid point. We don’t want anyone designing a game that they’re just not feeling because it is just not going to come out as good as it could if it was a property that they were really behind. So basically, because I own the artwork but I don’t own the properties, they are basically going to go nowhere.”

Keep Throwing Meatballs!

Franchi closed the podcast by commenting in determined style he was going to “keep throwing meatballs at the wall until one of them sticks”. So, make sure to keep an eye out for more quality Franchi pinball artwork heading our way sometime soon.

More Information

For more information on Stern pins which are available, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677.

You can hear the Slap Save podcast featuring Chris Franchi in full here.

And see the Chris Franchi PinGame Journal interview on YouTube here.

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pinball Machine Released

As their official UK and Republic of Ireland distributor, Pinball Heaven is delighted to announce that Jersey Jack Pinball has today released its eagerly anticipated Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pinball Machine.

Announced by Jersey Jack at the 2019 Midwest Gaming Classic and heralded as “The Sweetest Game in Pinball”, this pinball masterpiece was designed by the legendary Pat Lawlor, designer of Dialed In!, Twilight Zone, and over a dozen other classic games, including the best-selling pinball machine in history, The Addams Family.

Willy Wonka Pinball Gameplay

Gameplay features four multiballs, collecting Wonka Bars, spelling Scrumdiddlyumptious, touring Wonka’s Factory, and a host of other goodies to lead you down the chocolate river to three wizard modes, including Pure Imagination.

Scenes and dialogue from the original 1971 film directed by Mel Stuart, starring Gene Wilder, are also showcased in the Willy Wonka Pinball Machine, bringing this exciting theme to life.

Standard Edition, Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition

Available in Standard Edition, Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition, all Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory pinball include four flippers, six balls, a captive ball, seven magnets, the Everlasting Gobstopper, the Most Secret Machine, Oompa Loompa camera sculpture, 7” Wonkavision LCD, a 27” HD LCD screen with interactive 3D animations, and candy-coloured LED light shows. In addition, each edition of the Willy Wonker Pinball Machine boasts its own sweet features.

Willy Wonka Pinball Machine - Standard, Limited & Collectors Edition Jersey Jack Pinball

Willy Wonka Standard Edition Features

  • Black Wrinkle cabinet armor and legs
  • Stainless wireforms
  • Standard cabinet art
  • Standard backglass
  • High gloss UV ink decals
  • Standard cabinet glass

Willy Wonka Limited Edition Features

  • Sparkle Blue cabinet armor, legs and wireforms
  • Exclusive cabinet artwork and backglass
  • High gloss UV ink decals
  • Wonkavator Super Ball Lock
  • Numbered LE plaque
  • External sound control
  • Shaker motor
  • Invisiglass

Willy Wonka Collectors Edition Features

  • Candy Red cabinet armor, legs and wireforms
  • Exclusive playfield artwork with sparkle
  • Exclusive cabinet artwork and mirrored backglass
  • Exclusive apron artwork
  • 3D Wonkatania™ lit topper
  • Everlasting Gobstopper shooter knob
  • Wonkavator Super Ball Lock
  • Red Most Secret Machine
  • Numbered brass CE plaque
  • External sound control
  • Shaker motor
  • RadCals
  • PinBlades
  • Invisiglass
  • Laser-cut rule card
  • Apron plate signed by Jack Guarnieri, Pat Lawlor, and John Youssi
  • More surprises!

For more model information download the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pinball Machine features matrix.

Willy Wonka – Limited Production Runs

Please note that the Limited Edition Willy Wonker Pinball Machine is limited to a production run of just 5,000 numbered pinball machines and the Collector’s Edition Willy Wonker Pinball Machine is limited to a production run of just 500 numbered machines.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pinball Machine Enquiries

To enquire about Jersey Jack’s new Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pinball Machine direct from the official UK and Republic of Ireland distributor, or to place an order, contact Pinball Heaven today or visit our shop.

Black Knight Sword of Rage – Limited Edition

Limited to 600 Units globally

Stern Pinball’s new Black Knight Sword of Rage – Limited Edition pinball machine is limited to 600 units globally and is already in demand. But what makes the Limited Edition version of Stern’s Black Knight pin so special?

The specification of the Black Knight Sword of Rage pinball machine is impressive, no matter what version of the machine you buy. The Pro, Premium and Limited Edition versions of the pin all feature stunning and distinctive hand-drawn art in homage to this pinball icon. And each game features a custom sculpted, interactive, and multi-functional Black Knight bash toy. This interactive Black Knight toy features a bi-directional motorized flail, a glowing RGB helmet with individually controllable expressive lighting to interact and taunt players with custom speech, and a sliding coil-driven shield that will bash and block your shots.

All models also include the distinct “Magna-Save”, a player-controlled magnet used to prevent a ball from draining, and timed resetting drop targets. In addition, Black Knight Sword of Rage features a legacy sound package composed and performed by Scott Ian of Anthrax with Brendon Small, adrenalizing the audio experience for players on their journey, and custom speech by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies. However, in addition to this, both the Premium and Limited Edition models feature a transparent upper playfield with a distinct 3-ball lock mechanism, giving players the ability to achieve a 6-ball multi-ball.

Exclusive Limited Edition Features

The Limited Edition Black Knight Sword of Rage pinball machine, also boasts a number of exclusive features not included in the Pro and Premium version of the pin. These include:

  • Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Stern
  • Designer autographed collectible featuring signature of game designer Steve Ritchie
  • Serialised number plate
  • Exclusive “Battlefield” hand-drawn full colour high definition art on back-glass and cabinet decals
  • Limited edition mirrored back-glass with distinctive hand drawn art
  • Limited edition exclusive “Battlefield” art blades
  • High definition speaker system with 3 channel amplifier
  • High definition anti-reflection pinball glass
  • Shaker motor
  • Gloss black/gold metal-flake side armour, legs, backbox hinges and gold leg bolts

To see the features available on all three Black Knight Sword of Rage models, download the Black Knight Sword of Rage Features Matrix.

Stern Pinball - Black Knight Sword of Rage - Limited Edition

SPIKE™ electronics hardware system

Complementing the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the high-definition video display.  SPIKE™ reduces system complexity and energy usage resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing. The state-of-the-art electronic system also powers a high-fidelity 3-channel audio system that is three times more powerful than audio systems of previous generations.

Black Knight Sword of Rage – Limited Edition Enquiries

To enquire about Stern Pinball’s new Black Knight Sword of Rage – Limited Edition pinball machine, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677. Or why not visit our shop

 

Black Knight Sword of Rage Pinball Machine – Premium Edition

Stern Pinball’s latest pinball machine, Black Knight Sword of Rage launched last week

The third and arguably the best pinball machine in the franchise, Sword of Rage sees players being able to explore, discover and unlock for the first time, the secrets of the Black Knight universe. Navigating through these dark, mysterious, and twisted realms, players will uncover foes, demons, riches, and secrets in their quest against the Black Knight. Available in Pro, Premium and Limited Edition formats, Stern’s Black Knight is already in great demand.

All three models include the distinct “Magna-Save”, a player-controlled magnet used to prevent a ball from draining, and timed resetting drop targets. In addition, Black Knight Sword of Rage features a legacy sound package composed and performed by Scott Ian of Anthrax with Brendon Small, adrenalizing the audio experience for players on their journey, and custom speech by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies.

Black Knight Sword of Rage Premium Edition Pinball Machine

The Premium model also features:

  • Lexan upper playfield with 1 full sized flipper, orbit lane and 3-ball catapult multi-ball lock mechanism
  • Half pipe shot to upper playfield at the end of the flail lane
  • Castle VUK launches ball from lower playfield to upper playfield flipper
  • Massive stainless-steel flail lane floor protector with 10 laser-cut lightening bolts, each lit with a sequenced red LED
  • Inclined stainless shooter ramp offers players a choice to enter the upper or lower playfield
  • 26 brilliant playfield RGB LEDs signa different features on all main shots based on colour plus RGB floodlighting on upper playfield
  • 1 skeleton spinning target at the left orbit shot
  • Single drop target in castle VUK lane
  • Exclusive “Swordsman” full colour high definition art on translate back-glass and decal cabinet art
  • Power-coated steel bottom arch

To see the features available on all three Black Knight Sword of Rage models, download the Black Knight Sword of Rage Features Matrix.

Black Knight Sword of Rage – Premium Edition Enquiries

To enquire about Stern Pinball’s Black Knight Sword of Rage – Premium Edition pinball machine, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816677.

Stern Pinball – Black Knight: Sword of Rage

Stern Pinball has just announced its latest pin, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, based on the iconic pinball character the Black Knight, is now available.

The original Black Knight was a 1980 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie, who also provided the Knight’s voice, and released by Williams Electronics. The follow up to the Black Knight; Black Knight 2000, was released in 1989.

Stern’s Black Knight: Sword of Rage is the third and arguably the best pinball machine in the franchise, with players being able to explore, discover and unlock for the first time, the secrets of the Black Knight universe. Navigating through these dark, mysterious, and twisted realms, players will uncover foes, demons, riches, and secrets in their quest against the Black Knight.  Sword of Rage pinball machines will be available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.

“There’s nothing more iconic in the pinball universe than the Black Knight character,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.  “Created by game designer Steve “The King” Ritchie, the Black Knight has always taunted and antagonised players to battle him and now, for the first time, players will be able to fight back.”

Black Knight: Sword of Rage Video Teaser

Black Knight: Sword of Rage Pro, Premium & Limited Edition

Stern’s Black Knight: Sword of Rage Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models feature stunning and distinctive hand-drawn art in homage to this pinball icon.  Each game features a custom sculpted, interactive, and multi-functional Black Knight bash toy.  This interactive Black Knight toy features a bi-directional motorised flail, a glowing RGB helmet with individually controllable expressive lighting to interact and taunt players with custom speech, and a sliding coil-driven shield that will bash and block your shots.

All models include the distinct “Magna-Save”, a player-controlled magnet used to prevent a ball from draining, and timed resetting drop targets.  In addition, Black Knight: Sword of Rage features a legacy sound package composed and performed by Scott Ian of Anthrax with Brendon Small, adrenalising the audio experience for players on their journey, and custom speech by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies.

Make an Enquiry

To enquire about Stern Pinball – Black Knight: Sword of Rage, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816677.

Pinball Hire for Corporate Events

Pinball Hire for Corporate Events: Pinball Heaven has recently hired a number of classic pinball machines into a prestigious, corporate event in Manchester to create an engaging, retro environment for delegates to immerse themselves in.

The event, which was held at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, featured pinball machines supplied by Pinball Heaven, including: Total Nuclear Annihilation, Addams Family and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Classic video games also featured at the event included: Track & Field, Defender, Q Bert, Golden Ave, Monkey Ball and Robotron.

Excellent Feedback From The Client

The Victoria Warehouse event organiser commented “We recently hired in some retro games for a corporate party in Manchester and the Pinball Machines and Retro Games we hired in from Pinball Heaven went down a treat with our audience – as one said, “I used to love playing this when I was a teenager!” We had excellent feedback from the client too who loved the idea of having some “old school style” entertainment for guests to enjoy. Would certainly use their services again as very easy to work with.”

Pinball Hire for Corporate Events

Long Established History of Pinball Hire

Pinball Heaven has a long-established history of pinball hire into corporate events and always carries a comprehensive stock of pinball machines to accommodate most types of event. Phil Palmer of Pinball Heaven comments “Helping to create a total retro experience for just 24 hours was a great, fun project to be involved with and something that Pinball Heaven prides itself on being able to achieve. We very much look forward to working with the Victoria Warehouse organisers again and supplying more pinball machines into their future corporate events.

Indeed, Pinball Heaven has been supplying pinball machines into corporate events for over 20 years, with short term event hire ranging from just one day through to an entire summer. So, whatever your pinball event hire requirements, Pinball Heaven should be able to help.

Pinball Hire for Corporate Events – More Information

So, for more information on Pinball Hire for Corporate Events, call Pinball Heaven today on 01772 816 677.

The Pinball Machine Rumour Mill – March 2019

The pinball machine rumour mill is currently grinding along nicely, with five new pinball machines rumoured to be entering the market: Stern Pinball Jaws, Stern Pinball James Bond, Stern Pinball Jurassic Word, Jersey Jack Pinball Willy Wonka and Jersey Jack Pinball Guns N Roses. So how much truth is there in these rumours?

Stern Pinball – Jaws

The rumours of Stern working on a new Jaws pinball machine, which have been circulating on and off for almost 10 years, were further fuelled recently by a Pinball Press Facebook post speculating that work has now commenced on the project. It has also been suggested that Stern have held the licence for a new Jaws pinball for some time. However, to date no official announcement has been made and even the best of the rumours appear highly speculative, so if a Stern Jaws pinball machine is swimming our way, we still have time for plenty to go fishing before it finally arrives into the UK.

Stern Pinball – James Bond – new release

Considered to be the greatest theme of all time, it is strongly rumoured that Stern is on the verge of releasing a new James Bond pinball machine this year. Indeed, only a matter of weeks ago This Week in Pinball stated that the rumour now carried some credibility. But if a new James Bond pin is to be released by Stern Pinball, surely the licencing alone, considering the number of 007s the franchise has featured over the years, could be a nightmare.

So, given that Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, which may or may not be entitled “Shatterhand” – the alias of Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is due in 2020, perhaps a Daniel Craig themed 007 pinball machine to mark his final outing in the role, may be the order of the day. If that is to be the case, then we will have another 12 months to wait before any announcement is made as the 25th James Bond film is not due out until next year.

Stern Pinball – Jurassic World

The final Stern Pinball rumour and perhaps most surprising of all, it that they are set to announce a Jurassic World pinball machine.

The original Jurassic Park pinball was launched in 1993 and was considered by many to be one of the greatest Data East titles ever produced. Jurassic Park pinball was fully loaded and came factory equipped with a topper, shaker motor, 3 scoops and several innovative features, a “taser gun” shooter featured a “Smart Missile” which was a homage to the 1981 arcade hit Defender. A large motorised t-rex head not only looked around as you played, but could eat and swallow the ball, only for it to appear elsewhere on the playfield!

Following the buyout of Data East by Sega and marking the release of the Jurassic Park sequel, in 1997 Sega launched their Jurassic Park: The Lost World pin, however sales of the Sega machine were said to be significantly lower than the original. In 1999 Sega Pinball sold out to Gary Stern.

Fast forward 20 years and the Jurassic Park film franchise has been experiencing something of a revival with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, released last year, grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide, making it the 12th highest grossing film of all time. So, with the fifth and possibly final film in the franchise; Jurassic World 3 set to be released in June 2021, is this the perfect time for Stern Pinball to release an all-new Jurassic World pin? Read it here first…

Jersey Jack Pinball – Willy Wonka

It has been rumoured since 2017 that Willy Wonka will be Jersey Jack’s next release but, as of yet there has been no official announcement. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 fantasy novel and featuring Gene Wilder, the story of Willy Wonker lends itself perfectly to the creation of an exceptional and feature-rich pinball machine especially at the hands of Jersey Jack Pinball.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka has hidden five Golden Tickets inside chocolate bars. The finders are rewarded with a tour of his factory plus a lifetime supply of chocolate. As the tour proceeds, four of the children are eliminated, leaving Charlie Bucket the winner. At this point Wonka reveals that the real prize is the factory, as Wonka needs someone to take it over and look after the Oompa Loompas who work there. We can see how this would very nicely fit into a pinball machine, making various shots to find the Golden Tickets!

The prospect of a wide-bodied Willy Wonka pinball machine featuring Jersey Jack’s high-quality artwork, sound and LCD animations whets the appetite and would look set to be very popular. So, as soon as any official announcement is made, we will be sure to let you know.

Slash Dialled In

Jersey Jack Pinball – Guns N Roses

The last Guns N’ Roses pinball machine was released in 1994 by Data East with the marketing slogan “Guns N Roses leaps off the stage and into your location with non-stop head-banging hard rock, in-your-face. screaming pinball action!” The fact that no other than Slash himself helped design the machine, coupled with the fact that Slash and GNR bass player Duff McKagan recently tried out Jersey Jack’s Dialed In during their concert at Hersheypark Stadium, has fuelled speculation that another GNR pinball machine could soon be on the way.

No announcement has yet been made about a new GNR pin and on balance it appears more likely that a Willy Wonker machine may appear well before a new GNR machine. But make sure to watch this space! As their official UK and Republic of Ireland distributor, Pinball Heaven will keep you up to date with all the latest Jersey Jack news as it is announced.

See it here first…

 

Beatles Pinball: a UK first comes to the Fab4 Cafe

Pinball Heaven is delighted to announce it has installed the first Stern Beatles Pinball Machine in the UK into the Fab4 Cafe at The Beatles Story in Liverpool.

Extract from The Beatles Story website…

The Beatles and Stern Pinball have partnered up to create a series of very special, limited-edition pinball machines, the world’s first and only official pinball machines ever to be made.

Manufactured in the US, the first of its kind now comes to the UK, to be made available for the public to play in the band’s hometown of Liverpool. The new machine will be located in The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe based on the Royal Albert Dock and will cost just £1 to play.

Only 1,964 of these machines will be produced in recognition of the year in which the world forever changed as Ed Sullivan introduced America to four young mop-topped musicians from Liverpool.

The Beatles pinball machine will immerse players in 1960’s Beatlemania and feature nine timeless hit songs from that era: A Hard Day’s Night, Can’t Buy Me Love, Ticket to Ride, All My Loving, Help, Drive My Car, It Won’t Be Long, I Should Have Known Better and Taxman.

The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie, who famously introduced The Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965.

The retro-themed playfield features four flippers, eleven drop targets, eight stand-up targets, multiple skill shots, two opto-spinners, a ball-catching magnet and a magnetic spinning record disc in the centre of the playfield. Players, friends and family will enjoy full screen animations as well as simulated reel scoring on the game’s high definition video screen.

The Beatles Story

Phil Palmer, Director of Pinball Heaven Ltd, said: “Pinball Heaven is delighted to have installed the new Beatles Pinball Machine at the most perfect of locations, The Beatles Story in Liverpool. Complimenting this iconic attraction, The Beatles Pinball Machine immerses players in 1960’s Beatlemania and features nine timeless hit songs by the Fab 4, as well as introductions by Ed Sullivan and Cousin Brucie, who introduced The Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965. Receiving positive feedback from Pinball fans all over the world, the new Beatles Pinball Machine is bound to prove extremely popular at the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition. Definitely not to be missed!”

Beatles Pinball

Fans will also be able to purchase their own limited-edition machine from the attraction’s Fab4 Store, priced at £11,995 including VAT, delivery charges and setup charges.

The games are available in three models named for the recording industry’s sales award levels. The Diamond Edition, the highest level and most difficult to attain, is limited to only 100 units. The Platinum Edition is limited to only 250 units. The Gold Edition is limited to 1,614 units.

All models feature unique art packages and custom powder-coated armour. The 100 Diamond Editions are numbered, certified collectable and include a mirrored backglass. The 250 Platinum Editions are numbered and certified collectable.

More Information

For more information on The Beatles Story visit www.beatlesstory.com

To enquire about the Stern Beatles Pinball Machine, call Pinball Heaven on 01772 816 677.