Toy Story Pinball Machine – the next release from Jersey Jack Pinball?
Rumours have been circulating for a while that Jersey Jack Pinball is about to release a Toy Story pinball machine, but nothing has been confirmed to date. However, this week Jersey Jack announced their next game will be revealed very soon, along with details of how to put yourself in pole position for a collector’s edition.
It was also rumoured some time ago that ex-Williams engineer and designer Pat Lawlor was working on a new Toy Story pin, and early today a Jersey Jack teaser stated, “Game Designer Pat Lawlor is back with a new masterpiece. Are you ready?” So, it looks like Jersey Jack could be about to announce its new Toy Story pinball machine anytime soon.
Toy Story – the First Feature Film from Pixar
Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The first instalment in the Toy Story franchise was the first entirely computer-animated feature film, as well as the first feature film from Pixar.
Toy Story’s main characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear are voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen respectively, with other characters brought to life by Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, and Erik von Detten. Music for the film was composed, conducted, and performed by legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman.
Toy Story was so successful that a sequel, Toy Story 2, was released in November 1999. In 2010, Toy Story received a second sequel, Toy Story 3. In 2019 Toy Story 4 was released and this year the spin-off prequel film, Lightyear hit the big screens. So, what better time to extend the franchise with a JJP Pat Lawlor designed pinball machine?
Lawlor’s recent designs include The Addams Family, which became the biggest selling pinball machine of all time, and in which the game could automatically take control of one flipper under certain circumstances and attempt to make a particularly difficult shot for the player. He also designed Twilight Zone which became popular among pinball enthusiasts due in part to its complicated ruleset, and Jersey Jack’s Dialed In which Lawlor worked on for nearly two years and features Bluetooth technology to enable linking to a mobile phone in order to control the game’s flippers remotely.
A Lawlor designed Toy Story pin would make total sense. The five Toy Story films would arm him with plenty of ammunition to create one of his typically busy playfields, and it is easy to imagine Woody and Buzz being the target of some tricky signature Lawlor bumper shots, perhaps lending themselves to a third flipper, located to one side of the playfield, delivering an intricate stop and go gameplay.
JJP Toy Story Pinball Machine – Creative Freedom
Whatever the intricacy of the design, it is fair to say that with Pat Lawlor now enjoying the sort of creative freedom he had back in his Williams’ days, the new JJP Toy Story Pinball Machine will see him reaching for the sky and most definitely taking us to infinity and beyond!
Toy Story Pinball Machine Updates
For all the Toy Story pinball machine updates, hear it here first at Pinball Heaven – Jersey Jack Pinball’s official distributor for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.