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Stern Pinball announce Guardians of the Galaxy machine!

Stern Pinball today announced their latest game – Guardians of the Galaxy pinball machine, which is available in Pro/Premium/Limited Edition versions.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a fictional intergalactic superhero team based on the successful American comic book series published by Marvel Comics.

The game will immerse players in a dynamic, challenging, and galactic pinball environment where Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot battle Ronan to stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy.
“Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel’s most exciting and successful franchises worldwide. We feel that this theme connects perfectly with pinball in creating a high energy pinball experience,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “Stern Pinball and Marvel Studios share a love for these memorable characters and have a long, successful history of collaboration.”

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Stern’s Guardians of the Galaxy Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models are packed with features that provide an irresistible gameplay experience. Each game features a sculpted and interactive ball-eating Groot. In addition, a custom sculpted Rocket figure will keep players on their toes as it blasts the ball back at rocket speed. Color-changing inserts highlight the mysterious and interactive Orb, which opens to reveal the powerful Infinity Stone. The Limited Edition and Premium models also feature extra magnets, custom artwork, RGB lighting, and sculpted Groot arms that sprawl across the playfield.

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In addition to the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball’s SPIKE-2 electronic platform enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the LCD screen. 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.

All models feature stunning and distinctive hand drawn art. Guardians of the Galaxy entertains with an amazing array of modern and classic features, making it suitable for all skill levels.

Order your game HERE!

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Stern Aerosmith pinball machine released into UK

Stern Pinball’s Official Aerosmith Pinball Machine comes to the UK!
As you may have heard, the ringing in of the new year saw another big announcement from Stern Pinball. Following last year’s January 4th unveiling of the Spider-Man Vault Edition, this year’s offering confirmed a brand new theme that’s only been at the centre of speculation for months now. That’s right: adding a fifth family member to their classic rock band lineup, Stern finally unveiled the long-awaited, widely rumoured, official Aerosmith pinball machine. And while it may not have been a huge surprise, it certainly did not disappoint.
Following the success of other musical machines, talk of an Aerosmith game began a couple of years ago when some concept artwork appeared online—and looking at Stern’s releases over the last few years, it’s not hard to see why so many pinball pros were convinced it was the real deal. With the likes of AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Metallica and most recently, KISS, boasting pinball machines in their honour, it was really only a matter of time before “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” would take to the playfield. 
Since their formation in 1970, Aerosmith have shredded their way through sellout shows all over the globe to become one of the most iconic stadium rock bands of all time; quickly gaining a reputation not only for their powerful rock-blues fusion sounds but also their uncompromising attitude and high-energy live performances. With a career spanning four decades and worldwide album sales of over 150 million, the band are still going strong and currently preparing for the European leg of their ‘Farewell’ Tour. A tour that, according to Steve Tyler, could potentially last “forever”. No signs of slowing down yet then!
It’s this persistence and passion which is really reflected in Stern’s latest machine, coming together to recreate the unparalleled experience of a live concert without actually having to set foot in an arena. Chairman and CEO, Gary Stern said in a statement: 
“We’re thrilled to have Aerosmith join the ranks of Stern Pinball’s rock and roll line-up. Aerosmith is an iconic band with a devoted fan base. Fans of both the band and pinball will be able to appreciate the extraordinary experience that the Aerosmith pinball machines provide.”
Appearance-wise, the new Aerosmith pinball machine almost echoes the Batman 66 with a large full-colour LCD screen taking pride of place in the lower half of the backbox. And thanks to the new SPIKE-2 electronic system, players can look forward not only to innovative animation, but HD visuals as well. The game also includes custom speech from Brendon Small, creator of the animated TV series, Metalocalypse, which centres around a somewhat flamboyant death metal band. On the outside, each model features its own unique art package hand-drawn by renowned rock artist ‘Dirty Donny’ Gillies—the illustrator’s second pinball project following his work on Stern’s Metallica machine back in 2013.
Designed by Stern’s own John Borg, the game itself sports some familiar features including Jacky’s 3D mechanical ball locking toy box, ramped up to release no less than six balls for a super intense multiball mode. The rest of the playfield is packed with the typical trademarks we’ve come to expect from Stern in recent years, including a full LED light display, illuminating spotlights, an array of targets and 3-channel stereo sound. Components unique to the game include the ‘Sneak In’ skill shot, ‘Crank It Up’ ball scoop, a ‘Rats In The Cellar’ spinner to help you rack up some extra points and even a colour-changing RGB topper which will really stand out in a home games room.
Get a taste for the rock star life as you embark on your very own stadium tour experience, playing as the band and unlocking different features as you progress—all to the soundtrack of some of Aerosmith’s biggest hits. Players and bystanders alike won’t be able to resist rocking out to the nine classic tunes blasting out over the concert arena playfield, scoring points and completing game objectives to raise the audience’s levels of energy, thrill and enjoyment. The higher the energy level, the bigger and louder the show and, ultimately, the more exhilarating the player experience.
• Toys in the Attic
• Love in an Elevator
• Rats in the Cellar
• Dude Looks Like a Lady
• Back in the Saddle
• Sweet Emotion
• Walk This Way
• Same Old Song & Dance
• Last Child
Like most other machines on the market, the Aerosmith pinball game is available in three different models: Pro (light blue), Premium (purple) and Limited Edition (dark blue). What really makes the latter two stand out from the Pro is that they also feature an upper playfield, complete with orbit lane, five standup targets and a special ‘Love in an Elevator’ moulded toy exit. Along with all of the usual special extras that come with the Limited Edition model, such as the signed authenticity certificate, autographed playfield and serialised number plate, owners of the LE will also have the privilege of knowing that their machine is one of only 500 produced. 
Still struggling to decide which one is for you? You can see the full breakdown of features for all three models here. And if you’re wondering about add-ons, Stern have already confirmed that a whole host of licensed accessories will be available, including toppers, laser cut armour, custom shooter knobs and perhaps most excitingly, a set of inner art blades to brighten up the black sides.
If you’re ready to buy, Pinball Heaven are pleased to offer the official Aerosmith pinball machine for sale in the UK from Feburary/March. Whether it’s the Pro, Premium or Limited Edition model you’re after, you can preorder it right now by clicking here.  Not your thing? You can browse our full range of games here and follow us on Twitter to find out the latest in pinball news and releases.

Stern Premium pinball machines for sale in September

Stern Premium pinball machines for sale in the UK landing September.

September is set to be an exciting month for Pinball Heaven with four new premium machines available from Stern. Which machine should you buy? Let’s take a closer look at some of the individual features to help you decide. Whether you’re a ghost buster or a Trekkie, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection.

Ghostbusters Premium Pinball Machine

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.

Along with a motorised and fully interactive target in the form of the notorious Slimer, players will also find a colour-changing Marshmallow Man toy, an interactive ghost hologram target with animations, “paranormal” magnetic action slingshots, distinctive ramp architecture and additional custom moulded toys.

The exclusive layout features a magnetic diverter and scoring switches, uniting traditional pinball devices with unique multifunction two-way ramps. Also included is a modern take on a ball transfer target, two pop-up Scoleri Brothers rollover drop targets, a ball eject target and a captive ball target. See the full product features list here.

Following the recent reboot of the iconic series, Stern couldn’t have picked a better time to launch their Ghostbusters pinball machine. It may be all about Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in 2016, but who could forget the original 1984 lineup of Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Dan Ackroyd as Raymond Statz, Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore?

With the Limited Edition model selling out in just 12 hours worldwide, you won’t want to waste any time now that the Ghostbusters Premium Pinball Machine is available for sale in the UK. If you think this might be the pinball machine for you, you’re in the right place—Pinball Heaven is the only UK supplier to have stock! See our listing here.

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

Ghostbusters Premium Pinball Machine

Metallica Premium Pinball Machine

Stern’s collection of iconic rock and roll machines is growing, and the latest addition honours one of the world’s most influential rock bands. A must-have for heavy metal fans, the premium edition of the machine features art by Metallica’s choice artist, Dirty Donny, and a soundtrack of 12 Metallica songs—all performed by the band themselves.

Players will be able to bang both their heads and their flippers to classic Metallica hits including “Master of Puppets,” “Fuel,” “One” and “Fade to Black”, setting the tone for an exciting in-game experience. The band’s famously fast tempos and aggressive musicianship provide the perfect accompaniment to an action-packed game with unparalleled magnetic activity.

The Metallica Premium playfield is loaded with unique features including a 3 drop target inline bank, a captive ball assembly, stainless steel and wire ramps, plus a special custom moulded electric chair, snake & grave marker. See the full product features list here.

Formed in Los Angeles back in 1981, Metallica have been making iconic metal music for over three decades. What better way to celebrate their greatest hits than with this awesome machine? If you’re ready to rock your way to a new high score, Pinball Heaven is the only supplier with stock of the Metallica Premium Pinball Machine for sale in the UK. Available to order here.

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

Metallica Premium Pinball Machine

The Walking Dead Premium Pinball Machine

Calling all zombie fans! Complete with a new high-definition art package, gory dot matrix animations and an authentic soundtrack, The Walking Dead Premium Pinball Machine is full of gruesome features. Players will find themselves fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes.

Set to The Walking Dead’s original score, the game includes multiple zombie toys and features familiar locations used on the show, such as the Prison and Cell Block C. Players will be given the chance to defeat Prison Walkers, collect supplies, complete various game missions and play action-packed modes that are sure to heighten the excitement.

The machine presents everything fans of the show would want in a flesh-eating pinball experience, including a special-effect fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads, a player-controlled motorised crossbow pinball launcher and a whole host of additional targets for adrenaline-filled battles. Watch out for the Well Walker! See the full features list here.

Holding the title of the most watched series among adults aged 18-49, AMC’s The Walking Dead is based on a comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. The drama stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, and tells the story of the months and years following a zombie apocalypse.

Whether you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or simply a fan of gore and zombies, then this is the machine for you. The Walking Dead Premium Pinball Machine is now available in the UK and for sale here on Pinball Heaven, one of the only UK stockists. See our listing here.

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Star Trek Premium Pinball Machine

Take a seat in Captain Kirk’s chair with Stern’s first all-LED pinball machine. Inspired by the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness films, the Star Trek Premium Pinball Machine features all the bells and whistles a Trekkie could ask for, mapping out the classic battle between the heroic Enterprise team and the villainous Khan, as well as run-ins with Nero, Klingons and the Narada.

The game includes an animated battleship, three lightning fast ramps, three flippers, resettable memory drop targets and captivating effects such as phaser flashes and photon torpedoes. Thanks to the high-definition artwork, cosmic LED lighting, classic musical scores and custom voice callouts from Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), players will feel like they are flying through space at warp speed to rescue Spock and defeat the U.S.S. Vengeance.

The play field features seven multicoloured LED paths that lead gamers on fast and fluid colour-coded routes, complete with six missions for casual players and 18 complex treks to immerse enthusiast players deeper in the game. From the very start, players will have the chance to unlock special opportunities, collect bonus features and win a series of accolades called ‘The Captain’s Chair’. See the full features list here.

If you think you’re ready to embark on a journey to protect and defend the planets of the Federation, this is definitely the game for you. The Star Trek Premium Pinball Machine is almost out of production and unlikely to be run again, meaning Pinball Heaven has some of the very last few for sale in the UK. See our full listing here.

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Found your perfect pinball match? Find our full range here.

Pinball Heaven has the largest stock of brand new games of any UK dealer. With our unique 2-year warranty, you can rest assured that your experience will be worry-free—even after the warranty has expired, you will still have access to our lifetime technical support package on your pinball machine.

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

Stellar Performance from the Stern Star Trek Pinball Machine

Stern’s Star Trek Pinball Machine has been the best selling pinball machine of the last two years and, at Pinball Heaven, we can understand why. Designed by Steve Ritchie and based on the JJ Adams films, the Star Trek Pinball Machine has been a perennial favourite, standing the test of time for pinball fans in both the UK and worldwide.

Before we take a look at the pinball machines itself, let’s explore the Star Trek pinball machine story because the gameplay really is a classic in terms of good versus evil. Players are in the hot seat straight away, embarking on a journey to protect and defend the planets of the Federation. Your specific goal is to defeat the U.S.S Vengeance, rescuing Spock and other Starfleet colleagues in the process.

So, on to the gameplay. The Star Trek Pinball machine playfield features seven multicolored LED paths that lead gamers on easy-to-understand color-coded routes. There are six missions for casual players matched by 18 complex treks to immerse enthusiast players deeper in the game. As players attack an oncoming threat with three action-centered flippers, the all-LED playfield will captivate onlookers and enhance the player experience with features like phaser flashes and photon torpedoes.

With several different missions to choose from and superfast gameplay, the Star Trek Pinball Machine really does provide an immersive gaming experience including voice clips taken from 2 movies as well as custom speech by Karl Urban; Stern sent the actor a Star Trek Limited Edition as a thank you. In the opinion of everyone at Pinball Heaven, having custom speech from actors involved in the Star Trek films really adds to the game play and enjoyment.

The machine features a deep rule set, provides excellent flow and, should you wish, there are many modification options available that will allow you to customise your Star Trek pinball.

Of course, we couldn’t write a blog about Star Trek Pinball without a brief nod to Captain James T Kirk, so as an aside, does anyone know what the “T” stands for? Answers in the comments section if you do.

Does Pinball Heaven have Star Trek Pinball Machines for Sale?

Pinball Heaven currently has both the Pro Star Trek Pinball and Premium Star Trek Pinball  machines 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

KISS Pinball Machine Quiz from Pinball Heaven

As you know, at Pinball Heaven, we love a good quiz so we’ve put together a short, but we think quite tricky, Kiss Pinball Machine quiz for all you KISS fans. Take 2 or 3 minutes to test your knowledge and let us know how you do.

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
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

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

Play Expo Pinball Machine show returns to Manchester

Pinball Machines for sale aplenty at the annual Play Expo show in Manchester UK!

October 10-11th 2016 Manchester sees the return of the annual PLAY EXPO retro gaming event, there’s vintage gaming, consoles, the latest in digital gaming plus, oh yes, over 120 pinball machines!

Our stand featured some of the latest pinball machines for sale from Stern pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Day One Pinball and Planetary Pinball, we have such games as Stern Pinball Game of Thrones, Medieval Madness pinball machine, Jersey Jack Pinball Wizard of Oz, Stern KISS, Stern Walking Dead and a unique machine in the form of a retake on 1930’s pinball by Day One Pinball.  For those unable to come to the show, have a look what you missed!

We had pinball parts for sale including Novus Plastic Polish, Millwax, Jersey Jack T Shirts and promo items along with our fabulous new range of XPin replacement pinball displays and PCB’s along with all the latest pinball machines on display on free play, apart from the latest Stern Pinball release, Game of Thrones which we put on £1 per play with the entire cashbox being donated to Teenage Cancer Trust, the whole pinball show has a charity foundation, with past years raising over thousands of pounds for the TCT.  This year with the help of Jersey Jack Pinball we were able to be part of the charity raffle to win a brand new The Hobbit Pinball Machine.

There were games from the 1960’s vintage era of pinball machines upto the latest games.  Plus some classics such as, Addams Family pinball machine, Indiana Jones, Dracula, Star Trek, Scared Stiff, Circus Voltaire, AC/DC pinball, Lord of the Rings, Whirlwind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Terminator 2, The Simpsons Pinball Party, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Tales of the Arabian Nights and Twilight Zone pinball machine.

Some of these games belonged to loving collectors who would never part with their pride and joy yet some were brought to the show either for sale or to exchange with fellow collectors, there are always pinball machines to buy at these shows, either from traders like us or from private collectors, plus its a great way to meet people with the same interest at you.

Pinball high score competitions can get quite competitive and are always an interesting part of these shows with many different stages in which you can enter.

Did you come and say hello to us at the show?!  We were rammed out ALL day from the second we arrived until we finished!

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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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Stern LORD OF THE RINGS pinball machine balrog wiring harnesses

Today we are busy making looms to replace the frequently broken BALROG wiring harness.  Easy to install part and available for sale on our UK website now.

If you have problems with intermittent operation of your BALROG switch/lamp then this is probably the problem, due to the 1/4 turn motion back and forth, the wires just break in half, this in itself can cause switch problems if the voltage from the flash lamp touches the switch matrix wires.

FIX IT NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

 

 

Stern The Walking Dead Pinball Machine software update released

Stern release the latest (1.24) version of software for The Walking Dead pinball machine, this release addresses many missing features long awaited by TWD buyers and would-be buyers, there will be more to come and of course we wish Stern would release software in a more timely manner.  Meanwhile, enjoy this video with some of the latest added animations on.