THIS WEEK IN PINBALL: October 7th, 2019

Star Wars Vault | Lebowski Update | Countdown to Expo | Dead Flip Game Feature | Stern and Franchi Part Ways | Insider: CGC MMR Display/Topper/Alien/Original Game | Insider: Stern's Next Cornerstone
The Scoop

— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —

1. Star Wars Comic Art Edition Announced

Stern Pinball announced a new version of their original Star Wars pinball machine – this one with brand new artwork!

According to the press release:

“Star Wars themed Comic Art pinball machines feature the artwork of one of today’s most popular artists, Randy Martinez. Randy has been illustrating for over 30 years receiving countless accolades of his work. Through a broad spectrum of his skills, Randy has been creating cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, paintings, and 3D art for Lucasfilm since 1999. 

Randy’s art first appeared in Star Wars Kids Magazine, before he quickly moved on to create cartoons and caricatures for Star Wars Insider. Randy was chosen to create the official key art for Star Wars Celebration IV, Celebration V and Celebration Europe.”

Check out the new artwork!

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Pro Playfield
Premium Cabinet
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Stern Insider Pinball Podcast Interview

The Stern Insider Pinball Podcast interviewed Randy Martinez, the new artist. To get access to this podcast you can sign up for the free Stern Insider program by clicking here!

Star Wars Pinball Topper Update

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2. The Big Lebowski Photos

Last week Pinsider “Pinhead1982” shared some images on The Big Lebowski Preorder Club thread with a few different captions, including:

“…my TBL game is being built…”

“DP has been busy this week – first week of Production – 2 games.. Only going to get quicker!”

“My game going through final testing before being shipped this week!”

“No money until game is ready to ship.”

Here are the images that were shared:

This Week in Pinball reached out to Pinhead1982 and he sent the following images as well of his machine being boxed up:

Since we haven’t heard anything official from Dutch Pinball or Barry Driessen, we are posting this information more as an FYI than any real concrete info. But it is worth noting that things appear to be moving slowly forward. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

3. Countdown to Pinball Expo

Less than TWO weeks until Pinball Expo! Check out the full Schedule of Events here.

Here are just a few highlights to check out:

  • Wednesday Night Expo Epic Tailgate Party LIVE on Twitch (full guest list coming soon!)
  • Haggis Pinball: Celts Pinball
  • Dead Flip’s Pinball Machine
  • Meet the Pinball Media
    • Say hello to your favorite pinball personalities!
  • Pinball Life Open House
    • The Pinball Life Open House will also auction off a special Total Nuclear Annihilation (#550) and Medieval Madness LE (#1), both with a bunch of cool goodies, with all the money raised going to help fight Type 1 Diabetes!
  • Play the newest titles
  • What does CGC have up their sleeve
  • A ton of interesting sessions including:
    • American Pinball Talk: Josh Kugler and Joe Schober (Thursday @ 6:30PM)
    • Modern Pinball Design and Engineering: Pat Lawlor (Friday @ 4:00PM)
    • Feud without the Family: Dwight Sullivan and Corey Stup (Friday @ 7:00PM)
    • The Making of Black Knight: Steve Ritchie (Saturday @ 3:00PM)
    • The Making of Jurassic Park: Keith Elwin and Jurassic Park Team (Saturday @ 4:00PM)
    • Elvira House of Horrors Seminar: Team Elvira (Saturday @ 5:00PM)
    • An Evening with Jersey Jack: Jack Guarnieri and Staff (Saturday @ 8:00PM)

4. Dead Flip Game Feature

Our friend Jack Danger shared an update of his “tutorial pin” that he is trying to get ready for Expo, and check out this cool feature!!

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20% off COUPON!  Just enter expo2019 at checkout or click here to have the coupon automatically applied!


5. Stern Pinball and Christopher Franchi Part Ways

Last week artist Christopher Franchi made the following announcement on Facebook:

“Very excited to share some major pinball news in the coming weeks. What I can share right now is that I have decided to step away from Stern Pinball and will not be returning. I feel this is the best move for me and have spent the last few months setting up other things. Have no fear, I am making a return to pinball art, for other companies, and lots of things are happening. Details to come. Also, an in-depth podcast appearance will be coming up very soon, that will fill in all the blanks. Stick around kiddies. Lots more fun to come.”

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Franchi’s future in pinball!

CGC: MMR Display, Topper, Alien, Original Title, plus Stern’s Last Cornerstone

This week we talk about what Chicago Gaming Company has in store and Stern’s Last Epic Cornerstone for 2019.

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Check out these before and after pics of PIN STADIUM LIGHTS on some of the new releases!

Willy Wonka
Jurassic Park

  • Star Wars Vault
  • Elvira’s House of Horrors
  • Jurassic Park
  • Black Knight Sword of Rage
  • The Munsters
  • Primus (contract game)
  • Stranger Things
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • James Bond
  • Godzilla
Jersey Jack Pinball
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Dialed In!
  • Hobbit
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Toy Story

Chicago Gaming Company
  • Monster Bash Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake
  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Cactus Canyon Remake
  • Theatre of Magic Remake
  • Big Bang Bar Remake
Spooky Pinball
  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Jetsons (contract game)
  • Dominos (contract game)
  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Scott Danesi Second Game
  • Licensed Title
American Pinball
  • Oktoberfest
  • Houdini
  • Robin Hood
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Valkyries
  • Poker Run
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (P3 Game Kit)
  • Lexy Lightspeed (P3 Game Kit)
  • Cannon Lagoon (P3 Game Kit)
  • ROCs (P3 Mini-Game)
  • Barnyard (P3 Mini-Game)
  • Lexy Lightspeed – Secret Agent Showdown (P3 Mini-Game)
  • Grand Slam Rally (P3 Mini-Game)
  • Hoopin’ It Up (P3 Mini-Game)
  • HeadsUp
  • Wizard
  • Magic Girl
  • Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland
  • Fire and Brimstone
  • 2 Dennis Nordman Unlicensed games
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Nothing so far

Other Manufacturers


Team Pinball: The Mafia

Circus Maximus: Kingpin, Python’s Pinball Circus

Homepin: Thunderbirds

Suncoast Pinball: Cosmic Carnival

Great Lakes Pinball: Exposé

Haggis Pinball: Wraith, Celts

Pinball Brothers: Queen?, Barry Oursler’s Original Theme?, Playboy?

Dutch Pinball: Bride of Pinbot 2.0, Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold), The Big Lebowski (production/legal issues)

Silver Castle Pinball: Timeshock

Phénix Pinball: Goblin Contest

Pinball Adventures: Punny Factory, Sushi-Mania, Ninja Mania, First Class, Canada Eh!

Disclaimer: Any articles, interviews, or mentions of pinball manufacturers or pinball products is NOT an endorsement.