The Hobbit pinball machine arrives in the UK

After years of development, today we welcome The Hobbit Pinball Machine by Jersey Jack Pinball into the UK.

We got our distributor sample of The Hobbit pinball machine straight out of the Jersey Jack Pinball in factory in New Jersey, USA, by airfreight just in time for the 8 Bit Flip pinball gathering at Arcade Club in Bury for Easter weekend 2016.

But lets have a look at the day that was like Christmas at Pinball Heaven.  The day we take delivery of our distributor sample of The Hobbit pinball machine.  Limited Edition number 247!


Time to open that box. WOW. Look at that artwork!

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All we have to do now is unpack the legs and bolts then attach to the cabinet and switch it on.  Wow again, beautiful!



After quickly inserting the balls, its time for a few pre game checks to make sure nothing has come loose during shipping from the Jersey Jack Pinball factory in New Jersey, USA and then its time to have a game.

The first thing we notice is that by using the ring button located on the lockbar you can select 1 of 4 possible skill shots for bonus points.  Personally I liked the second skill shot which was rolling over the L O C K letters in the middle of the playfield, rolling over any one gives you a skill shot award but one shot which rolled over all 4 letters gave me 21,000 skill shot but has never been repeated since!

So spelling LOCK allows the balls to be “locked” for multiball, 3 shots up the right ramp when lit starts multiball. What this quick video for a multiball sequence!

A frantic multiball mode then starts with balls all over the place.

In each of the game modes the miniature screen guides you through your tasks and tells you time remaining in the mode etc.



There is so much to do on this wonderful pinball machine it will keep anyone amused for hours.


Hobbit pinball DWALF drop targets by SMAUG


SMAUG with moving mouth and teeth “like swords”!


Right ball popper and “barrel” jet bumpers


Playfield detail


Full playfield shot

The Hobbit pinball machine is for sale in 3 versions – Standard – Limited Edition – SMAUG special edition and can be ordered here.

Finally, game over looks like this.



Whether you want to look at pinball machines for sale or you simply want to talk to the most knowledgeable pinball machine experts in the UK, just get in touch as we are always happy to talk all things pinball!

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