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Pinball Heaven At PLAY Expo in Manchester!

October has been a busy month for Pinball Heaven, kicking off with our display at the north’s biggest video gaming event: PLAY Expo at Manchester’s EventCity. The award-nominated show, which is now in its fifth year running, played host to hundreds of major exhibitors showcasing everything from virtual reality and next-gen gaming to indie developers and arcade games. EventCity was transformed not only into a fantastic meeting place for gamers, but also into a serious battleground complete with competitions, tournaments and even the chance to beat the developers at their own games!

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Although the event was a celebration of all things gaming and pop culture, the beating heart of PLAY Expo Manchester was undoubtedly the retro zone which featured a record-breaking display, including 13 of Pinball Heaven’s own machines. Visitors to PLAY Expo were given the chance not only to play, but also to connect with other collectors and fellow fanatics, buy new machines and mostly enjoy a great experience alongside other members of the UK pinball community.
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It is this community who helped to ensure that there was a range of over 100 pinball machines on display at the show. Spanning over 55 years from 1958 (Gottlieb’s Roto Pool) right up to 2016 (Stern’s Ghostbusters) both game supplied by Pinball Heaven, the wildly varying collection of old and new machines alike was enough to excite almost every pinball fan and allowed many attendees to relive their all-time favourite pinball moments once again. 
 
With over 300 playable consoles, computers and pinball machines, the show really did come alive with the retro gaming spirit and our corner of the Northern Lights Pinball Show had queues all weekend! Thanks to almost 20,000 visitors, Northern Lights is now the largest pinball show in the UK and we loved being a part of it, showcasing some of our classic pinball machines and brand new games.
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Throughout both days, we saw a wide range of players from pinball collectors and seasoned pros to new and curious members of the general public who played pinball for the very first time at the show. All proceeds generated were donated directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust, who Northern Lights have been supporting since the show started back in 2011. Over the last five years, the show has managed to raise £15,000 in donations for the highly worthwhile charity and this year we were proud to help that total rise.
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Pinball aside, the retro zone at PLAY Expo was home to a gaming library of over 100 arcade machines for the weekend, as well as over 250 games from the last 25 years, including family favourites like Donkey Kong, Pacman and Super Mario Bros, as well as vintages classics such as Mortal Kombat, Asteroids and Space Invaders. Throw over 100 classic PC games into that mix and you’re looking at the biggest collection of retro games at any gaming show in Europe. There really was something for everyone, evidenced by the colourful variety of visitors. We saw members of Team Nintendo, Sega, Sony, EA and even Xbox!
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As if all of that weren’t enough, the event also played host to Tomb Raider’s 20th Anniversary celebration and a Sonic Super Sunday special in honour of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th birthday. Alongside seminars, interviews, live music and the official Northern UK qualifier of the Red Bull 5G eSports Tournament, a walk around the huge exhibition centre also showed us tabletop gaming, a dedicated Minecraft area, drawing masterclasses and even a cosplay masquerade!
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Pinball Heaven at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Pinball Heaven comes to the Ideal Home Show in London and Manchester this Christmas all in aid of the Katie Piper Foundation.

After an initial and very successful run at the Ideal Home Show back in March, we are pleased to announce that Pinball Heaven will also be donating pinball machines for the Ideal Home Show at Christmas this November in both Manchester, Event City and London Olympia.

The Ideal Home Show is the UK’s premier interior design event, showcasing everything from home improvements to smart technology—and the Christmas edition is just as jam-packed, bringing everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season, will that special someone get a Pinball Machine for Christmas this year? The exhibition will not only be setting up in its traditional location at London’s Olympia from 23 – 27 November, but also taking over EventCity in Manchester from 10 – 13 November.

We will be bringing along and will have for sale both our Ghostbusters pinball machine and The Hobbit pinball machine to London and Manchester, giving you the chance to trial two of our bestselling games—a fantastic opportunity if you’ve been thinking if you should buy a pinball machine for Christmas. Read a little more information about them below.

Ghostbusters Pinball Machine by Stern Pinball

Travel back to the ‘80s with this vibrant, retro machine based on the classic film. Featuring the hit theme song by Ray Parker Jr., beautiful hand drawn artwork by renowned illustrator Jeremy Packer a.k.a. Zombie Yeti and custom narration from none other than Ernie Hudson — the original Winston Zeddemore — the game is specifically designed to be easy to play but difficult to master. Available for sale here.

The Hobbit Pinball Machine by Jersey Jack Pinball

A real standout from other pinball machines, The Hobbit features a lively, animated LCD screen playing CGI scenes, animations and movie clips from Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy. While this is certainly the most striking element, there are a whole host of other cool toys, targets, ramps and surprises unique to the game that really do need to be seen to be believed. Available for sale here.

All proceeds from play will go directly to the Ideal Home Show’s charity partner, the Katie Piper Foundation, who work tirelessly to support people with burns and scars. After raising over £200 for the foundation at our first show earlier this year, we’re hoping to bump that total up even more in the run up to Christmas. You can find more information about the Katie Piper Foundation here.

A key focus of Pinball Heaven is to promote pinball culture to a wider audience and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than to showcase our pinball machines at one of the UK’s busiest exhibition venues. Thinking about coming along to London or Manchester? You can find more information about the Ideal Home Show at Christmas here.

If you want to get your Christmas shopping done early, you can also see our full range of pinball machines for sale here. To keep up-to-date with the latest pinball news, be sure to follow Pinball Heaven on Twitter.

Pinball Heaven at the Ideal Home Show

Pinball Machines at Olympia London

Taking place between 18th March and 3rd April, the Ideal Home Show is the UK’s premier interior design event showcasing everything from eco builds to smart technology. With over 500 exhibitors at London’s Olympia, Pinball Heaven were thrilled to be asked to take part.

“The organisers approached us to see if we would like to install pinball machines into the Duke’s Head pub for the duration of the exhibition and we were happy to be able to say yes,” said Pinball Heaven’s Managing Director, Phil Palmer.
“A key focus of my business is to promote the pinball culture to a wider audience and what better way to do this than to have our pinball machines showcased at one of the UK’s busiest exhibition venues during the Ideal Home Show.”

Whoa Nellie and Spiderman Vault

After discussions with the organisers, who had decided to go for a retro feel, Pinball Heaven have donated Whoa Nellie and Spiderman Vault, two games which Phil thinks will suit the Duke’s Head location.

Pinball Heaven Supporting the Katie Piper Foundation

In supplying the machines, Pinball Heaven are also helping to support the Katie Piper Foundation, the Ideal Home Show’s charity partner for the second year running, who work tirelessly to make it easier for people to live with burns and scars. Each machine costs just £1 to play, with 100% of the money raised donated to the charity.

Phil said, “I am pleased to be able to work with the event organisers to support such a worthwhile charity and I hope people visiting the show enjoy playing the games we have supplied.”

You can find more information about the Duke’s Head Pub by visiting the Ideal Home Show website http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/ and, if you want to support the Katie Piper Foundation, their website is http://katiepiperfoundation.org.uk/

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!

Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock

The Passion Behind Pinball Heaven

Phil Palmer from Pinball Heaven Ltd has been a pinball fan since he was little but he is one of the lucky few who have been able to turn their passion into a livelihood. With over 25 years’ experience in pinball machine restoration and sales, Phil is already a well known and highly respected figure within the UK pinball community but we wanted to find out a little bit more about what makes him tick.

Phil bought his first pinball machine at the age of 14 and rapidly realised that he loves fixing and restoring pinball machines as much as he likes playing them. The process of taking apart his own machines led Phil to realise that there were a few things he didn’t know about electronics so he started a college course to rectify that. In true entrepreneurial style, however, he simply learned what he needed to know before leaving to concentrate on the already growing business.

“I already knew that fixing and restoring pinball machines was what I wanted to do for a living so with the business taking off rapidly, I made a decision to leave college and concentrate on building Pinball Heaven and, luckily, I haven’t looked back since.”

A big part of the Pinball Heaven Ltd business is restoring pinball machines so we asked Phil to provide a little more detail about this service.

“Our reputation for excellent restoration jobs goes before us and I think that is partly down to the passion I have instilled in the team. We are a small company which has played an important role especially in the restoration process. We don’t, for example, have a quick 20 point checklist that is simply an exercise in going through the motions. We take time on each restoration project checking everything from the top to the bottom. When a restored pinball machine leaves the Pinball Heaven premises we are confident that it is in an “as new” condition.

My favourite restoration to date is Funhouse, partly because it is one of the first machines I played in the arcade just as I was getting into pinball. Dating from 1991, many of the Funhouse machines are quite worn out by now and I find restoring this classic machine really satisfying.”

Whilst Pinball Heaven Ltd was primarily started as a pinball restoration business, Phil’s ever growing customer base began to ask if he could supply the small parts needed to make minor repairs themselves. The website now boasts over 2000 small parts that customers can order online and, if you are looking for a part that isn’t on the website, customers can simply contact Phil who will help source the necessary item.

Pinball Heaven supply and restore pinball machines the length and breadth of the UK and, of course, we asked about celebrity clients however, Phil’s reputation for discretion precluded him from spilling the beans except to say that he has seen some fabulous games’ rooms over the past 25 years.

Speaking of games’ rooms, we asked if Phil has one of his own?

“With so many pinball machines going through the business, it would be easy to have the house full all the time, never mind just a room so what I tend to do is take them home on a rotation basis. Obviously, this does mean I am lucky enough to play different pinball machines on a regular basis but it also means that I increase my knowledge and understanding of each game.

It’s paramount to me as an individual, and also a crucial part of my business, that my customers know I have a deep knowledge of the pinball world; that gives them confidence when, for example, I am asked to restore a machine or even if someone just wants to ask a question.

I do have a favourite pinball machine though and that is The Shadow. It happens to be the first game I ever bought brand new and it’s a very strategic machine which is what I enjoy.”

Finally, what does the future hold for Pinball Heaven Ltd?

“The parts’ side of the business is very busy so I am continuing to expand that. This area is ever-changing as new machines are brought out and new manufacturers come to the market place. I am also excited to announce that, for the first time, we are operating pinball machines on location, in cafes for example, across the country. This ties in with my passion for pinball as it’s crucial for the survival of the game that new people are introduced to it all the time.

We are also distributors for most new pinball companies and products in the UK and will be continuing to build relationships with both the manufacturers and our customers.”

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!

This article also appears http://www.coin-opcommunity.co.uk/news/14412-focus-on-pinball-heaven/

Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock
Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock

KISS Pinball Machine Quiz from Pinball Heaven

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Pinball Heaven currently have all three editions of the Stern KISS Pinball Machine in stock and ready to grace the games’ rooms of pinball fans across the UK. 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!

Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock

Will Stern Pinball launch a Ghostbusters Pinball Machine?

There has been a lot of recent speculation that Stern will launch a Ghostbusters Pinball Machine in 2016, to tie in with the release of the new movie Ghostbusters 3, but what the new pinball machine will look like is still anybody’s guess.

We already know that the cast for the new film has been confirmed as an all female one but those in the know suspect that the Stern Ghostbusters pinball machine will stick to the classic cast of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, from the original 1984 movie. We hope that this rumour at least is true considering most pinball collectors of today will have seen the original Ghostbusters as children and many will retain fond memories of the film.

Moving on from speculation about which edition of the film the Ghostbusters pinball machine might be based on, the next thing to think about is what editions will be released. When Stern Pinball release a machine, there are usually a couple of different variations so you can probably expect Ghostbusters Pro, Premium and Limited editions but what could those different editions involve?

Usually, the Pro version is seen as the original with the Premium often involving a change of artwork as well as some extra complexity to the game. It brings on thoughts of whether there might be a “Slimer Limited Edition” or “Stay Puft Limited Edition”.

Obviously, everyone involved with pinball machines in the UK, will be hoping that Stern will preview the new Ghostbusters Pinball Machine at EAG 2016 in London ready for sale during March. You can be sure, however, that Pinball Heaven will be keeping a sharp eye out for further information and, if the rumours are true and you are looking for a Ghostbusters Pinball Machine for sale in the UK, we will be getting this iconic pinball machine in stock as soon as it’s available.


So, if there’s something new in the Pinball ‘hood, who you gonna call? 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! 

A “leaked” image of the potential backglass or a fan mock up?  You decide!

Update 4 March 2016.  Stern advertisement showing Ghostbusters as the next pinball in USA trade papers – its real!

Update 11th March 2016.  Stern confirm latest model as Ghostbusters pinball machine available for sale in 3 models, Pro, Premium & Limited Edition.  Limited Edition is limited to just 500 units worldwide.

Ready to order? Click here!

Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock

The Voice of Game of Thrones Pinball Machine

At Pinball Heaven, we are lucky enough to know the lovely Kate Morris and she, in turn, is fortunate to be a friend of Steve Richie, designer of the Game of Thrones Pinball Machine. When Steve asked Kate to feature as the female voice on the new Stern game, Kate jumped at the chance.

“I’ve known Steve Richie for a number of years and was flattered to be asked to be the main female voice on the Game of Thrones pinball machine. I’m a big pinball fan so it was great to be able to borrow the pinball machine from Pinball Heaven for my big day.”

So when Kate recently got married and asked to borrow a Game of Thrones Pinball Machine from Pinball Heaven, we were happy to oblige. After all, it’s every girl’s prerogative to be the star on her wedding day.

We asked Kate to send us some photos of her Game of Thrones Pinball wedding and we hope you can join us in wishing her all the very best for the future.

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!

Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock
Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock
Uk based Pinball Heaven specialise in pinball machine parts, providing pinball machines to buy and rent with thousands of parts available in stock

Game of Thrones Premium Pinball Machine

Today Stern Pinball released the much awaited artwork for the Premium edition of Game of Thrones pinball machine that will be for sale from Pinball Heaven in the UK with immediate effect.

After a somewhat lukewarm reception to the artwork for the Game of Thrones Pro and Limited Edition versions many customers were putting their hopes on a different artwork package for the premium edition of this much awaited pinball machine and it looks like Stern Pinball have got it right this time.

With a cool mini playfield with moving dragon and designed by legendary designer Steve Richie then it looks like it could be a hit for Stern Pinball.

We will have this game in stock in December 2015 ready for Christmas delivery and we will be showing the PRO version in Manchester, Event City on 10-11 October 2015.

Enter a whole new realm with Game of Thrones Premium and Limited Edition Pinball models. Vastly different from the Pro model, both Premium and Limited Editions feature a massive and challenging Castle upper playfield with a second set of full size flippers, shots and an animated Dragon. Both models feature dazzling, full-playfield, color-changing LED’s throughout the game. An Elevator serving two “floors” brings the ball up to the Castle where the players battle against Houses and Dragons. The second Elevator floor delivers the ball to the Iron Throne, where victories great and small can be celebrated. Amazing light shows and effects are a visual celebration of players’ victories.

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KISS Pinball machine by Stern is ON THE LINE !

Great news KISS fans, the new pinball machine for sale by Stern Pinball is now “on the line” meaning it is in production.

That means before long you should see New KISS pinball machines hitting the UK shores and in arcades and as we are finding now pinball coffee houses which are becoming a cool new way to experience pinball here in the UK.

Failing that, you can experience your own KISS pinball machine in your home gamesroom or home bar, that way you don’t have to share it 😉

Stern Pinball’s KISS pinball machines reflect the energy, excitement, and experience of a live KISS concert. Players will experience10 famous KISS hits in the concert arena playfield and embark on an exhilarating experience ultimately becoming elite members of the KISS Army. Players score points and finish game objectives to fuel the audience’s energy and excitement. Higher scores amp the experience–the higher the energy level, the bigger and louder the show–resulting in a KISS concert experience like none other. Players are awarded for completing game goals with a variety of in-game front row seats, backstage VIP access and fun multi-ball modes that thrill players of all skill levels.

The game is built on Stern’s new SPIKE pinball platform, which includes an upgraded high-fidelity 3-channel audio system over 3 times more powerful than previous generation pinball audio systems. KISS Pinball includes an amazing array of modern and retro features to appeal to players of all skill levels:

  • ●  10 famous KISS hit songs: Deuce, Hotter Than Hell, Lick It Up, Shout It Out Loud, Detroit Rock City, Calling Dr. Love, Rock & Roll All Night, Love Gun, Love It Loud and Black Diamond
  • ●  Custom speech from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
  • ●  Full-color high-intensity animated LED music lights
  • ●  High-fidelity stereo sound effects and music
  • ●  Original Gene Simmons/Demon head molded toy
  • ●  K-I-S-S spell-out Targets
  • ●  Blood-Spitting Demon Bass Solo player experience
  • ●  Fire-Breathing Demon “God of Thunder” Multiball Event
  • ●  Flying Starchild “Love Gun” Multiball Event
hitting the production line now

hitting the production line now

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Circus Voltaire and Addams Family pinball repair visit

Pinball machines are big lumps, lets face it!  We offer an in home repair service as well as full workshop facilities for more complex problems at our Preston workshop.

This photo was taken when repairing an Addams Family pinball and Circus Voltaire pinball, the Circus was doing all sorts of strange things, so weird its hard to describe, you would think it was blown logic on the switch matrix but actually, a lose ASIC chip was the culprit.

We added a LED kit to Circus Voltaire to go with the Addams Family which already had a full LED KIT.

We offer full workshop facilities in Preston (we can get your machine collected) plus onsite servicing anywhere in the North of England.  Regularly as far down as Birmingham and sometimes as far as Bristol, Worcester, Bath and even the Channel Islands!

 

Addams Family Circus Voltaire

Two classic pinball machines, Addams Family and Circus Voltaire