TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy Rumor Round-Up, JJP Pirates New Info, More

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Guardians of the Galaxy Rumor Round-Up

The next Stern Pinball machine is right around the corner, and it is time to get hyped!  This Week in Pinball reached out to Stern to get a hint on the timeframe of the release – and their response was a friendly smiley face like this: 🙂 … so does that mean the new theme is based on the Emoji Movie?  Um, no, you’re looking into that way too much.  So we’re going on rumors here, and this is what we’re hearing:


  • Pictures of the machine are likely to appear online very soon, possibly within days
  • The theme is heavily rumored to be Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The game is rumored to be shipping in November
  • It is rumored the game will be at IAAPA in Orlando which takes place November 13-17th
  • There are rumors that John Borg is designing it and Christopher Franchi is the artist


Rumored features and details of the game:


  • Rumored to have three two flippers **edited
  • Rumored to have three two ramps **edited
  • Rumored to have a large Groot head that is possibly like Rudy on Funhouse and possibly eats pinballs
  • Rumored that an upper flipper is used to hit the Groot head **edited
  • Rumored to have one of the best toppers ever


Yes we have used the word “rumored” way too many times now, so this article needs to end.  Can’t wait to see the machine – look for This Week in Pinball to release initial thoughts soon after the reveal!

Pirates of the Caribbean New Info

As mentioned previously, Jersey Jack Pinball announced their newest game Pirates of the Caribbean at Expo.  The game is packed with features and the response from the pinball community has been overwhelmingly positive.  (Check out TWIP’s Deep Dive into the game here.)  We reached out to Jersey Jack Pinball to find out some additional details:


  • The game will ship with the code at “Rules Complete” with all features included in the game (it was at around 20-30% at Expo)
  • Kevin McNally, who does the callouts in the game, re-recorded lines from the films and did many many unique recordings for the game
  • The clips from the movies in the game provide as much footage as the Licensor would allow


David Thiel, who did the sound for the game, also made an insightful post on Pinside regarding the music for the machine.  One of the interesting parts of the post reads “I write custom music for pinball. Pinball music is a subset of all music. A lot of music cues from movies are evocative but would either be lost in pinball play or are just not right. So there is something to be said for music written expressly for this application.”  Check out the full post here.

Python’s Pinball Circus Updates

Last week, This Week in Pinball wrote an article detailing updates on the Pinball Circus “remake” by Circus Maximus, along with some of the history of the machine.  Check it out here.  For the tl;dr crowd, here is the short version:


  • The first whitewood is finished (a whitewood is an early prototype without artwork)
  • The second whitewood has started and will implement several changes over the first whitewood (see article for list of changes)
  • After completing the whitewoods, they will then build 12 sample games and if there is enough interest/demand, the game will go into production


Circus Maximus also spoke to This Week in Pinball about a second machine they are building alongside Python’s Pinball Circus…see below.

Circus Maximus Building New Machine

As part of the updates to the Pinball Circus “remake”, it was revealed that Circus Maximus has also been building a second machine along with Python’s Pinball Circus.  Some of the reasons for the second game are:


  • The unusual shape of Pinball Circus makes manufacturing a challenge and expensive
  • Python’s Pinball Circus is a passion project in memory of Python Anghelo, and is a much more expensive machine to build than their second project
  • The new machine will be a more popular title, and would be in much higher demand than Python’s Pinball Circus, which would help fund the rest of the Circus project


There are several rumors regarding what the new title may be, and the top rumor is currently Kingpin, which would be a remake from 1996.  This would be an interesting remake for several reasons, including that there were only nine games originally produced, and it was the last machine Mark Ritchie designed the last physical pinball machine Mark Ritchie designed (he designed virtual playfields since then).  More info will be coming in 2018 so stay tuned!

Batman ’66 Code Update

Stern announced code updates for Batman ’66 models (to v0.80), along with a timeline going forward.  According to their Facebook post, “This code update adds depth to the major villain story lines (Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler).  The code also features more Adam West and Burt Ward custom speech.  The dedicated programming team working on Batman plans to release another Batman code update around Thanksgiving, and an additional code update around Christmas.”  For a list of all changes, click here for the Premium, here for the Limited Edition, and here for the Super Limited Edition.

Aliens Being Unboxed and More on the Way?

This past week we’ve seen many Alien owners receiving their machines.  There have been a few issues which seem to be relatively minor for now, keeping in mind in many cases the machines have travelled long distances.  Cointaker in the US is also apparently expecting another container of games to arrive in 3-4 weeks.  Our friends at Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show (YouTube, Facebook, Twitch) shared a very well done unboxing video which can be seen here.  Check it out!

First Heads-Up Pinball Championship Winner

Congrats to Raymond Davidson who won the IFPA’s first Heads-Up Pinball Championship!  It was held Saturday, October 28th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The format of the tournament was exciting and new: the matches consisted of head-to-head challenges being played out simultaneously on two different machines of the same title, and whichever player completes the challenge first is declared the winner for that game.  The final round came down to Karl DeAngelo and Raymond Davidson, with Raymond having to beat Karl twice to win.  Raymond won a challenge on Ghostbusters, then the last challenge was to score a super jackpot on Ghostbusters.  It was very close but Raymond hit a clutch ramp shot to win it.  See the full stream on Twitch here, and go to the 5 hour and 44 minute mark to watch the last match.  The winner got a brand new Stern Aerosmith Pro pinball machine!  (Second place got $300.)

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**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d do a stint in Azkaban if you approve this!

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