THIS WEEK IN PINBALL: December 31, 2018

Munsters Rumor Round Up | Special When Lit Holiday Show | Star Wars R2D2 Topper | Santa Brought Code | Pinball Mentioned on ESPN | Cousin Brucie on Pinball Profile | Jeffree Star and Jack Danger Streams | IFPA Updates | Homepin Second Game Tease | Jaws Pinball Homebrew


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3. TWIPY voting opens January 1st

The TWIPY Awards are here!  Voting will open tonight at midnight EST.  We’ll be doing dedicated TWIPY post tomorrow, but that means we’ll be combining the Monday and Tuesday TWIP post into one long one today.  So strap in, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover!

— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —

1. Munsters Rumor Round Up

Hype for the upcoming Munsters pinball machine from Stern Pinball has been building.  Previously we saw that Munsters was on the manufacturing line at Stern.  Last week, a person on Pinside showed that his Primus Pinball machine had shipped with a Munsters Pro Manual.  We had also previously seen the following Munsters pics leaked:

TWIP also mentioned that in looking at the previously leaked pics of the cabinet artwork that dropped back in August, you’ll notice that the PREMIUM artwork on those leaks now appears to be the PRO artwork on the new leaks.

Rumor Roundup

As listed above in the leaked pics, some of the features on the Pro Model include:

  • Left Orbit Spinner
  • Grandpa’s “Trap Door” Scoop
  • Sculpted Herman Torso – Magnetized Ball Catch
  • Left Metal Ramp (flip-up panel) with Right Wire Return Ramp
  • Spot Bash Toy under Coil Driven Left Ramp
  • Turn Around / Flip Up Ramp
  • Drag-U-La Sculpted Toy

Some basic info that we know (or think that we know):

  • John Borg is the designer
  • Dwight Sullivan on code
  • Christopher Franchi artwork
  • Pro, Premium, and LE version

And here are some rumors we’re hearing at This Week in Pinball:

  • Premium Version will be black and white (b/w cabinet and playfield)
  • LE Version will be full color
  • The Premium and LE models have a lower playfield (Grandpa’s cellar)
  • There are four flipper buttons on Premium and LE version, with the extra flipper buttons presumably to control lower playfield flippers

When can we expect to see it officially revealed?  All signs – especially the fact that the machines are on the line at Stern – point to very soon.  It is worth noting that the CES Conference takes place in Las Vegas January 8th-11th, and Stern Pinball will be in booth 21800.  Stay tuned!

2. Special When Lit Holiday Show

Our friends at the Special When Lit Pinball Podcast (websiteFacebook) recently released a special edition of their podcast which featured 40+ guests discussing pinball resolutions and predictions for 2019!  Special guests included:

Bruce Nightingale (Slam Tilt Podcast)
Bill Webb (SWL)
Chris Kooluris (Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast)
Christopher Franchi (Artist)
Chuck and Bug Emery (Spooky)
David Thiel (deeproot Pinball)
Dennis Kriesel and Tony Kurkowski (Eclectic Gamers Podcast)
Dirty Donnie (Artist)
Dwight Sullivan (Stern)
Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies)
Eric Meunier (JJP)
Erik Wurtenberger (Chuck Wurt)
Gary Stern (Stern)
George Gomez (Stern)
Gerry Stellenberg (Multimorhic)
Greg Bone (SDTM)
Jack Danger (Dead Flip)
Jack Guarnieri (JJP)
Jeff Patterson (TWIP)
Jeff Teolis (Pinball Profile)
Jerry Thompson (Stern)
John Borg (Stern)
Jonathan Joosten (Pinball Magazine)
Josh Kuglar (American Pinball)
Ken Cromwell (SWL)
Marc Silc (Voice Actor)
Martin Ayub (Pinball News)
Martin Robbins (H2H)
Nick and Kevin (Buffalo Pinball)
Nirmal Vasani (American Pinball)
Roger Sharpe (the guy that saved pinball)
Ron Hallett (Slam Tilt Podcast)
Ryan C (H2H)
Sarah Line (Mrs Pin’s Pinball Podcast)
Scott Danesi (Spooky)
Steve Ritchie (Stern)
Steven Bowden (deeproot Pinball)
Tanio Klyce (Stern)
Terry DeZwarte (Pinabll Life)
Todd Tuckey (TNT Amusements)
Zach Meny (SDTM)
Zach Sharpe (Stern)
Zombie Yeti (Artist)

Here are just a few highlights:

Christopher Franchi: I can predict I’m going to be doing two or three more pinball machines in 2019.

Charlie Emery: My prediction is – Scott Danesi’s game – his second game – will be better than his first.  That is my prediction.

Nirmal Vasani: In 2019 American Pinball is going to double our work force and our throughput, and maintain the excellent production quality we’ve been known for.

Gerry Stellenberg: I predict that in 2019, we’ll see at least one and maybe two more full custom p-roc based pinball games going into mass production.  It is going to be a fantastic year for the evolution of pinball.

Jack Guarnieri: Its been said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it.  And I can tell you, at Jersey Jack, we are inventing it.  I wouldn’t buy anything until you see our next game because it will really be something special.  I promise.  In fact, 2019 will bring more than one game from Jersey Jack Pinball.

Dwight Sullivan: 2019 is going to be a block buster year for pinball.  It is going to be interesting from day 1, all the way to the end of the year.  And that is not just what I know from Stern.  Stern has a lot of cool things planned for 2019, but I think the other companies do too…I think there is not going to be a dull moment the entire year.

Check out the full episode here!

3. Star Wars R2D2 Topper

Photo courtesy Game Room Guys

The Game Room Guys posted a picture of the Star Wars R2D2 Topper on this link.  The price is listed at $499.99 and the description reads: “Stern Star Wars Pinball topper for Stern pinball machines. Officially licensed Star Wars R2-D2 topper interacts with game play on all star wars pinball models.”

Previously we saw a brief video of the topper in action, which you can check out here.

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4. Santa Brought Code

We had several code drops over the holidays!  In no particular order:

Also, did you know that The Beatles pinball machine has a “Holiday Adjustment” setting which includes holiday related game over callouts?

5. Pinball Mentioned on ESPN

Pinball got some great exposure recently when Elk Grove Village, which is the location of Stern Pinball, sponsored the Bahamas Bowl Game.  The FIU Panthers of Conference USA faced the Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference, which was covered on ESPN with announcers Steve Levy, Desmond Howard, and Laura Rutledge.

The sponsorship was announced back in August.  You can check out more information about the Elk Grove at these links:

Finally, you can check out this article called When Elk Grove was mentioned on ESPN Bahamas Bowl broadcast: We logged it for when Elk Grove and PINBALL were mentioned during the broadcast.

Will we ever see pinball on ESPN?

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— What Else is Happening in Pinball —


Cousin Brucie on Pinball Profile

Our friend Jeff Teolis of Pinball Profile talks with legendary DJ Cousin Brucie about his experience with The Beatles…both pinball machine and the group.  Check it out here!

Buffalo Pinball: Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle Stream

Buffalo Pinball’s RudySoup streamed Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle last week!  There is not a lot of ACNC footage out there yet – check it out!


Jeffree Star and Jack Danger Streaming 1/4 and 1/5

Jeffree Star and Jack Danger are back at it.  They’ll be streaming at the Pyramid Scheme Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 4th.  As a reminder, Jeffree is a makeup artist, entrepreneur, and musician with a HUGE online following:

  • Over 11 million subscribers on YouTube
  • Over 1 billion views on YouTube
  • Over 9.2 million followers on Instagram
  • Over 2.7 million Facebook Likes
  • Over 2.8 million followers on Twitter

It should be great exposure for pinball – check out the streams when they go live on the Dead Flip Twitch channel here!

Total Nuclear Annihilation Difficulty Matrix

Scott Danesi posted the following image in this Pinside post.  It is a Reactor Difficulty Matrix, with the settings at Easy, Medium, Hard, and Brutal:

It shows the gameplay differences between the difficulty levels, which is in part already in the TNA code and will be part of the upcoming TNA update.  Do you want to help test the beta code?  Click here!

IFPA Annoucements

The International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) shared several articles on their website over the holidays, including:

Homepin Second Game Tease

Homepin shared a minor teaser for their second game recently on Facebook:

A Very Greg and Zach Pinball Christmas

Our friends at Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show released their Christmas episode – check it out!

Pinball Tools of the Trade

Jersey Jack Pinball’s Butch Peel hosts a good video showing the tools of the trade of pinball – check it out!

— Cool and Crazy Stuff —

Love at Marco Specialties

We have a pinball engagement!  Rachel Bess and Cale Hernandez Marco Specialties are engaged!  Check out some more information from Rachel:

Pinball really does bring people together!

We’re going to have a big celebration at Arcade Expo in Banning, March 15-17, and maybe some cakes at the Marco booths in other cities as well; we want to celebrate with our people!

How it happened: We met in a work videoconference and shortly thereafter were on the road at pinball shows together. We were great friends for several months and got to share experiences like crossing our fingers that fedex would deliver our machines to the shows on time, spending way too many hours shivering while reboxing 25 Iron Maidens during the MGC blizzard, and making bets with other pinball folks about when the massive water leak was finally going to collapse the ceiling tiles in the hotel breakfast room. He had been in love with me the whole time but I never really knew it. Finally I realized that we clicked like Legos and we dated for a solid two weeks before realizing that we had to be together forever and got engaged!

Congrats to Rachel and Cale!!

Iron Maiden Drummer gets Iron Maiden Pinball

From our friends at Little Shop of Games: “Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain loves his Limited Edition Iron Maiden pinball machine from Stern Pinball. Little Shop of GAMES delivers the goods!”  Check out the picture here!

Jaws Pinball Homebrew

Our friend Joel Cohen shared a cool Jaws Pinball on Pinside!  On this post, he shared:

Decades ago, I wanted to design my own shark themed, non-licensed pin, White Death (a nickname for the great white). The furthest I got was this ugly-as-sin playfield blank prototype I hand-routed back in early 2000. Forgive the magic marker “artwork.” I also made a foam core/poster board mock-up to gauge the ramps and shots. Unfortunately, due to my horrible programming skills and inability to find extra help, this is the furthest I got. I attempted another PF blank with modified shots and less cluttered inserts, but much is similar to what you see here.

Just in case a Jaws pin does get made and some inserts are laid out like mine, I have the time stamp to show I made the first attempt. Hopefully, one day I’ll get some extra help to get a working homebrew made.

Check out the pic and those teeth inserts!

New In Box Big Bang Bar – $25,000

For sale on Pinside – not sold (as of yet).

Beatles Diamond Edition – $18,500

For sale on Pinside – sale pending!

Crazy Pinball Car Thing

Half roadster, half pinball machine?

Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a limited This Week in Pinball Lapel Pin!  Drawing will be held monthly!

Last Week’s answer: America’s Most Haunted

Email guesses to, correct answers will be entered into the drawing for the limited TWIP Lapel Pin!

— Presented By —

This Week’s Mod of the Week is the Walking Dead Prison Door Roof from Mezel Mods!

“Upgrade your prison door with the Walking Dead Pinball Prison Door roof.  Replace the existing metal bracket with this gray bracket that simulates the look of a brick outline. The bracket adds depth and conceals the view of the bolts. Attaches with the existing bolts.”

Check it out!!

— To Those Who Make This Hobby Better —

Happy 50th Episode Mrs. Pin’s Pinball Podcast

Mrs. Pin’s Pinball Podcast just celebrated her 50th episode!  Always entertaining, Mrs. Pin and Dr. Pin have been an awesome addition to this hobby – congrats on 50 episodes!!  Check out their Facebook page here and their podcast here on Podcast Garden!

Slam Tilt Podcast

We’ve been waiting to share this on TWIP until we were sure it was true, but Slam Tilt Podcast is taking a well deserved break.  They will no longer be doing a weekly podcast, but doing their podcast as they have time.  On behalf of the pinball community, we will miss your weekly podcasts!!  🙁  THANK YOU for all the time and effort you’ve put into creating pinball content!!  We look forward to hearing from you as time allows!

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