TWIP – Beatles Display/Gameplay/Height, Franchi Interview, Huge Dead Flip Stream, Zen Studios, More

— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —

1. The Beatles Gameplay and Display

Last week we got our first look at the Beatles display:

We also saw several onsite videos from IAAPA, the show that took place last weekend.  You can see the display in action along with gameplay in these videos:

It is also interesting to note that the Beatles pinball machine sits a few inches lower than the typical Stern cabinet:

This appears to be due to the back legs being screwed into the cabinet at a higher point than usual.

Hopefully we’ll have an official stream or a high quality video to view soon to see more of this machine!

2. Christopher Franchi Interview on Head2Head



Our friends at the Head 2 Head Pinball podcast interviewed Christopher Franchi on their most recent episode!  Franchi discussed the Beatles pinball machine and several other topics.  Here is one interesting tidbit he shared:

“There were two different avenues that he [Joe Kaminkow] wanted to pitch to me.  He asked me what I thought – I don’t want to mention the other one because I don’t know what the deal is with that, but the [option that was chosen] was the ’64 Beatles.  And to me – I don’t know if they’re ever going to make another one, there aren’t any talks about it, but I thought – if there was, why not start where it all started pretty much?  It just appealed to me to do that version of the Beatles and the other version wouldn’t be so much…gotta dance around this…it wouldn’t have been so straight forward, lets just say.  Regardless of how much hair they had or beards, it wouldn’t have been such straight forward artwork.  And I wanted to draw the Beatles as the Beatles, as humans, as people.”

Franchi also confirmed that he is working with Stern and KaPow, doing artwork for future titles.  Check out the full interview here!

3. TONIGHT: Dead Flip Streams Jeffree Star’s Pinball Collection

In what could be the largest exposure for pinball since the Supreme pinball machine launched, Jack Danger will be streaming Jeffree Star’s private pinball collection tonight!

Not sure who Jeffree Star is?  He is a makeup artist, entrepreneur, and musician with a HUGE online following.  Here is his Wikipedia page.  To give an idea of how much exposure this stream can get, here is a snap shot of how popular Jeffree is:

  • 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

Looking forward to seeing his collection and the stream – when it goes live, check out the stream on the Dead Flip Twitch channel here!

4. Zen Studios announces Volume 2 on Pinball FX3

Zen Studios released Volume two of Williams Pinball machines this week, which includes:

  • Attack from Mars
  • The Party Zone
  • Black Rose

Check out a video teaser of the games here:

Our friends at the Blahcade Podcast interviewed Mel Kirk, the Vice President of Publishing at Zen Studios, and he shared much more info regarding the new releases and their plans – check out the interview here!

5. Batman 1.0 Code

At long last, Batman ’66 is now at version 1.0 code!  Check out Stern’s Facebook announcement here:

Congrats to Batman ’66 owners!  So now that Lyman is wrapping up Batman, what is next for him??

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— What Else You Need to Know Today —

RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee, the creator of many comic book super heroes, many of which have been made into pinball themes, passed away last week.  RIP Stan Lee.

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