TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy New Details, Dead Flip Stream Details, Willy Wonka?, More

TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy New Details, Dead Flip Stream Details, Willy Wonka?, More

The Scoop

Guardians of the Galaxy New Details/Video

We learned a lot this past week about the newest pinball machine from Stern Pinball, Guardians of the Galaxy.  Here is the rundown:

 

  • MUSIC & CALLOUTS
    • The game will include two licensed songs from the movie (no additional songs after these two are planned):
    • In addition to the licensed songs, there are four orchestral scores
    • There will be custom callouts from licensor-approved voice actors
  • ACCESSORIES
    • Interactive topper (check it out here)
    • Inner art blades (check them out here and here and here and here)
    • Baby Groot shooter knob (check it out here and here)
    • Laser cut armor in black or gold (check it out here)
    • The GOTG Limited Edition will have different art blades that are unique and exclusive to the LE (and not available to be purchased individually)

 

We also got to see some gameplay footage at the IAAPA show in Orlando, Florida last week.  Most of the video was cell phone quality – think of it as a preview to the Dead Flip stream coming up today (November 20th), which will be higher quality video and better players (no offense to those that filmed, all in the pinball community thank you! 🙂 ).  Here are some of the better pieces of video footage from the show:

 

More coverage of GOTG can be found below:


Dead Flip Stream Details

The official gameplay reveal will be tonight (November 20th) at 7:00 PM EST by Dead Flip (TwitchFacebookTwitter)!  Here are a few additional details about the stream:

  • Jack Danger of Dead Flip will be joined by Zach Sharpe, and possibly Keith Elwin, Lonnie Ropp, John Borg and others
  • The stream will be on a Guardians of the Galaxy Pro Model
  • The stream will feature NEW code

 

Make sure to tune in tonight and watch – here is the link when it goes live!


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Coming from JJP?

The rumor for the next game from Jersey Jack Pinball is Toy Story, but there has been a lot of speculation about the game after Toy Story.  Last week many trusted sources shared that the next game after Toy Story is rumored to be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Will it happen?  We’ll have to wait and see!


Alien Updates

Heighway Pinball announced this week that they are finishing up the first production run of Alien Standard Editions, and the second production run has started.  The second production run will include both Standard Edition and Limited Editions with the hopes of shipping LEs in December.  They also announced they had dropped the idea of fiber optic ramp lighting on the LE, but are looking into an option for non-reflective playfield glass.  For the full update, click here.

 

David Thiel, who is working on the sounds and music for the Alien pinball machine, made this post on Pinside sharing that he finally received an Alien production game.  This will allow him to add the missing assets for the final mode, All Out War.  The team will also be working on some refinements and hope to release an update in mid-December that will be “100% complete and polished”.


Heighway Pinball’s Next Games Info – and Refunds?

According to Pinball Magazine’s Who’s Working on What?, during Barry Oursler’s seminar at Dutch Pinball Expo, Barry revealed the following about his work with Heighway Pinball:

  • So far he has designed three playfield layouts for new games
  • The game that is planned to be announced at the Texas Pinball Festival in March is a licensed theme and a widebody
  • The second design is for a licensed theme
  • The third design is for an original unlicensed theme

 

It sounds like Heighway is planning for the future which is obviously necessary for running a business, however, there is some frustration in the pinball community with prospect of new games being announced when there are people that are still owed refunds from Heighway.  There has also been frustration over the lack of communication from Heighway.  It is great to see Alien machines getting to owners and it is exciting to think about possible new games, but we hope to see better communication from Heighway, and necessary refunds coming soon.  (Note: This Week in Pinball have reached out to Heighway Pinball for more information on refunds and their communication multiple times but have not received any responses.)


Is Stern Doing an Unlicensed Theme?  Yes!  Wait, No!  Maybe?

As previously reported on This Week in Pinball, Stern Pinball designer Steve Ritchie recently commented on Facebook: “I’m sick of licenses right now.  I’m having REAL FUN doing what I’m doing on my next!” – check out the comment in the pic to the left.  Then, Steve Ritchie confirmed his next theme would be unlicensed during his presentation at Expo (listen to the audio here (sorry for the poor quality)!).  THEN, at IAAPA, Gary Stern did an interview with Jeff Teolis from the Pinball Profile (Facebook, TwitterPodcast Garden) and seem to indicate he is against an unlicensed theme (listen to the  audio here (sorry for the poor quality!).  So where do we land…leaning towards maybe?


New York City Pinball Championships

Last week it was announced that New York City would finally once again be home to a major pinball tournament, the New York City Pinball Championships!  Why is it a big deal that a major tournament is coming back to NYC?  Here are a few reasons:

  • Tradition:  The Professional and Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA), one of the largest and most prestigious pinball tournaments in the world and one of the most difficult to win, started in New York City and was held there from 1991-1995.  New York City has not been home to a major pinball tournament since the 90s – until now.
  • Location:  It is New York City!  It is the largest city in the United States by far, with twice the population of Los Angeles, and is a major tourist destination.  The pinball tournament will be located in historic Hell’s Kitchen, with Times Square, Central Park and many other NYC landmarks just blocks away.
  • Exposure:  Holding a major pinball tournament in New York City is a great way to grow pinball.  Back in the 90s when the PAPA tournament was held in NYC, top pinball players were featured on TV shows and the tournament was highlighted on many news organizations.  Here are just a few examples of many:

 

For more details on the tournament which takes place May 18th-20th, please visit the tournament website here or read TWIPs overview of the tournament here.  Looking forward to this tournament!


The Big Lebowski – Production Starting Soon?

Dutch Pinball’s The Big Lebowski pinball machine was at the Dutch Pinball Open last week.  They had an older machine and a new engineering sample from their new contract manufacturer XYTECH.  They reported that most people couldn’t tell the difference between the two builds which is great news.  They released their newsletter recently (read the full newsletter update here), which included the following:

 

“The past weekend was an endurance test for the game and the results and notes will be communicated with Xytech as soon as possible so Xytech has time to build three new engineering samples which will be inspected personally by Barry early December when he visits the factory again with Cor Hagens (project leader of Xytech). If the new engineering samples are up to spec Barry will assist Xytech to prepare for production.

 

As soon as Barry, Cor and the Xytech production engineers are satisfied with the quality of the engineering samples and determined how the line will be set up for production, the production engineers will instruct the production team (about 10 employees) to assemble the machines. The first weeks the production engineers will accompany the production team.”

 

Star Wars Accessories Coming Soon

Stern mentioned in a Facebook comment that they are trying to get the topper and accessories ready in time for the holidays.  That timeline might get pushed into the new year based on the timing of approvals.  Star Wars owners are excited to see these upcoming accessories, and surely Stern would love to release them in time for the holidays just as much as owners would like to see them!


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Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • Pulp Fiction?
  • New Ka-Pow Title?
  • Steve Ritchie Unlicensed?
  • Keith Elwin Game?


Spooky Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos (*contract game)
  • Jetsons (*contract game)
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract/house game)

Announced/Confirmed

  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game


American Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini


Dutch Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)


Circus Maximus

  • The Pinball Circus Remake
  • Kingpin?


Silver Castle Pinball

  • Timeshock (coming soon)

Jersey Jack Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Toy Story?
  • Willy Wonka?  <–NEW!!
  • The Muppets?


Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?
  • Barry Oursler Licensed Theme  <NEW!!
  • Barry Oursler UnLicensed Theme  <NEW!!


P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed
  • Cannon Lagoon
  • Cosmic Cart Racing


Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)


Phénix Pinball

  • Olympic Goblin


Deeproot Pinball

  • Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland?
  • Alice in Wonderland?
  • Magic Girl?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to let Professor Lockhart fix my broken arm if you approve this!


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