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Marshall Dumervil
02-22-2011, 09:50 AM
Just wondering if any of you guys are into the hobby. I had always played pinball machines when I was a kid anywhere I found them. In my 20's I always liked finding them in bars. Sadly, there aren't near as many out there anymore. So a couple years ago I started collecting them, usually got them non-working and fixed them up. It's a fun hobby, although an expensive one. Any other pin collectors/fans here?

I just sold my Whitewater last week so now I'm looking for another machine. I'm going to miss Whitewater, it was a fun game but I'm ready for something different.
http://www.gamedepotny.com/images/pinballs/pinball9lg.gif

Here's my holy grail I want someday:

http://www.thepinballcompany.com/ProductImages/usedpinball/Attack%20From%20Mars.jpg

HAT
02-22-2011, 10:50 AM
Always loved pinball. From the late 70's machines of my early youth (Kiss, Playboy) to whatever was around during the arcade boom in the mid 80's. After high school I spent a lot time hustling pool & darts at the bowling alley when pinball made a huge comeback in the late 80's/early 90's

Black Knight 2000, Elvira, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park & High Speed were some of my fav's.

I would love to have an Elvira & the Party Monsters if I had the room.

Here's a great site for those who don't know of it.

http://www.ipdb.org/

bowtown
02-22-2011, 11:02 AM
http://www.montanola-jeux.com/jeux-de-cafes-jeux-de-bars/particulier/flipper,169/flipper-bally,226/flipper-bally-theatre-of-magic,1909/images/produit-grand/1909/theatre-of-magic-fronton.jpg

lostknight
02-22-2011, 11:08 AM
I love attack from Mars. Very happy now that there is some cheap third party replacements for it. The machine was a year or two late - it might have changed the world if it was introduced earlier.

maven
02-22-2011, 11:13 AM
I'd like a foosball table one day.

Marshall Dumervil
02-22-2011, 11:16 AM
Always loved pinball. From the late 70's machines of my early youth (Kiss, Playboy) to whatever was around during the arcade boom in the mid 80's. After high school I spent a lot time hustling pool & darts at the bowling alley when pinball made a huge comeback in the late 80's/early 90's

Dark Knight 2000, Elvira, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park & High Speed were some of my fav's.

I would love to have an Elvira & the Party Monsters if I had the room.

Here's a great site for those who don't know of it.

http://www.ipdb.org/

Make some space!!

I know a guy that had an Elvira for sale recently, he was asking $1500. Fun game, I like the boogeymen. !Booya!

Theatre of Magic is another of my favs as well, pretty cool when the magnasave comes on. I've got a long list of pins I want. Twilight Zone, Addams Family, Monster Bash etc.

I think I'm going to try to find a Wizard next. The artwork on this game is pure awesome. Dude's belt is made of snakes, and the girl's belt on the left says "Take Me', I love it.

http://spyhunter007.com/Images/wizard_bally_pinball_1975.jpg

DomCasual
02-22-2011, 11:19 AM
I like pinball. In fact, you could say that ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball.

Marshall Dumervil
02-22-2011, 11:20 AM
I love attack from Mars. Very happy now that there is some cheap third party replacements for it. The machine was a year or two late - it might have changed the world if it was introduced earlier.

Such a masterpiece, great flow, art, humor. Really the total package. It commands a pretty hefty price tag nowadays, if it was just a bit lower in price I'd have one. Seems most are $3500-$4000.

bowtown
02-22-2011, 11:27 AM
I like pinball. In fact, you could say that ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball.

I hadn't originally pegged you for being deaf, dumb AND blind, but now that you mention it...

ColoradoDarin
02-22-2011, 11:40 AM
I remember playing Creature from the Black Lagoon in the mid-90s, that'd be one that I'd like to buy someday.

broncosteven
02-22-2011, 11:45 AM
I like pinball. In fact, you could say that ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball.

I hope for your sake you didn't have an Uncle Ernie!

DomCasual
02-22-2011, 11:50 AM
I hope for your sake you didn't have an Uncle Ernie!

I do, but he mostly just fiddles about.

lostknight
02-22-2011, 12:51 PM
Such a masterpiece, great flow, art, humor. Really the total package. It commands a pretty hefty price tag nowadays, if it was just a bit lower in price I'd have one. Seems most are $3500-$4000.

Yeah, it was a great game. Spent much of my college working hours playing the machine that the .COM had in the rec room. Beat it a few times, and was always amazed at the programming, and the neat 3dish display.

Goobzilla
02-22-2011, 04:29 PM
I had Fish Tales and Monday Night Football when I lived in Washington. Haven't bought any since I moved back to CO. Will be attending the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown at the end of April, so who knows.

I would love any of these

Banzai Run
Safe Cracker
No Fear
Junkyard

ghwk
02-22-2011, 04:32 PM
I have two human pinballs ages 11 and 7 and they don't stop during the day. EVER!

Marshall Dumervil
02-22-2011, 07:24 PM
I had Fish Tales and Monday Night Football when I lived in Washington. Haven't bought any since I moved back to CO. Will be attending the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown at the end of April, so who knows.

I would love any of these

Banzai Run
Safe Cracker
No Fear
Junkyard

Nice! The showdown is a lot of fun, plenty of cool pins. Some fun pins on your wanted list, Banzai Run is a one of a kind pin with the backbox play. Doesn't seem like they come up for sale often.

Seems like there's some pinheads on the mane so here's some links and places to play. Also, my buddy Jerry started up a Yahoo group called frontrange pinheads, I think we're up to about 70 members. If anyone wants to join just let me know.There's lots of great collections here in Colorado.

My favorite:
http://www.lyonspinball.com/intro.htm

Great place in Lakewood:
http://local.yahoo.com/info-19605329-lakewood-bar-grill-lakewood

They have monthly tournaments here.

Pinball locator:
http://wpdupdates.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/denver-co-and-surrounding-area-pinball-locations/

loborugger
02-22-2011, 07:32 PM
http://www.pinballenthusiast.com/es.jpg

I used to rock this machine back in the day. On a couple of quarters I could play for hours and leave credits on the machine when I was done.

mkporter
02-22-2011, 11:20 PM
I got hooked in college playing PinBot, Gorgar and Night Rider:
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I bought my wife a Starship Troopers for her 30th birthday. We've been thinking about trading it in, or adding another recently. I love Addams Family, Star Trek: TNG, LOTR. Having an old PinBot would be pretty cool too.

broncocalijohn
02-23-2011, 01:55 AM
Gorgar and Pinbot was IT during those times. I love playing pinball and choose it over most regular video games (I do have a video pinball game). I have looked from time to time to buy one but the room is needed for something like that. I bought the 44 cocktail table games from the 80s and still play them (5 Pac Mans, Phoenix, 3 Donkey Kongs, PinBall, etc.). Some of the good ones in the past I thought was Captain Fantastic and Evil Knievel. I do like the Simpsons of more recent times when it is working at our local Chuck E Cheese.

Kaylore
02-23-2011, 05:28 AM
http://www.orangemane.com/BB/attachment.php?attachmentid=28114&d=1298445506
That's a terrible Knight Rider! Looks more like Gallager than David Hasselhof! ;)

2KBack
02-23-2011, 07:11 AM
My girlfriends Dad has a basement full of them. Off the top of my head: Black Knight, Pinbot, Addams Family, Terminator 2, Indiana Jones, Star Trek TNG, Twilight Zone, White Water....there's at least 6 others I'm forgetting at this point. Honestly, all my time is spent on Pinbot and Star trek

broncocalijohn
02-23-2011, 10:34 AM
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That's a terrible Knight Rider! Looks more like Gallager than David Hasselhof! ;)

You fail sooooo bad. He is in a rig not KITT. I believe that game was made before afro David hit the TV sitcoms. It is Tight Rider...Oh yeah! Go get the trucker stop whore ova there!
Best things about the old school pinball is getting 15k was worthy of a high score credit. Of course the bumpers only gave you 10 points at a time.

HAT
02-23-2011, 10:44 AM
My girlfriends Dad has a basement full of them. Off the top of my head: Black Knight, Pinbot, Addams Family, Terminator 2, Indiana Jones, Star Trek TNG, Twilight Zone, White Water....there's at least 6 others I'm forgetting at this point. Honestly, all my time is spent on Pinbot and Star trek

Sweet! Check out this guys blog...

http://www.thebasementarcade.com/index0310.htm


http://www.thebasementarcade.com/images/gameroomv322b.jpg

2KBack
02-23-2011, 10:56 AM
Sweet! Check out this guys blog...

http://www.thebasementarcade.com/index0310.htm


http://www.thebasementarcade.com/images/gameroomv322b.jpg

Oh my God, that guy is my hero

Phantom
02-23-2011, 11:41 AM
My girlfriends Dad has a basement full of them. Off the top of my head: Black Knight, Pinbot, Addams Family, Terminator 2, Indiana Jones, Star Trek TNG, Twilight Zone, White Water....there's at least 6 others I'm forgetting at this point. Honestly, all my time is spent on Pinbot and Star trek

Love me some T2 ... "Get the CPU"
^5

2KBack
02-23-2011, 11:49 AM
Love me some T2 ... "Get the CPU"
^5

Ha! I love the quotes in the movie machines...The Arnolds are classic, as are the Indiana Jones. I'm pretty sure I play Star Trek so much just so Picard can tell me "good shot number 1." It's good for my self esteem.

Crushaholic
02-23-2011, 11:53 AM
Sweet! Check out this guys blog...

http://www.thebasementarcade.com/index0310.htm


http://www.thebasementarcade.com/images/gameroomv322b.jpg

Looking through his pictures, he has a BABY Pac-Man game. NOW, I'm jealous. Every once in a while, some business has a Pac-Man or a Ms. Pac-Man. Baby Pac-Man? That's vintage...:strong:

mkporter
02-23-2011, 12:02 PM
You fail sooooo bad. He is in a rig not KITT. I believe that game was made before afro David hit the TV sitcoms. It is Tight Rider...Oh yeah! Go get the trucker stop whore ova there!
Best things about the old school pinball is getting 15k was worthy of a high score credit. Of course the bumpers only gave you 10 points at a time.

When I left school, I held the all time high score for Night Rider. 400k+. Machine had a lenient tilt on it though... Of course that is about the number of times I played in 4 years. I bought many a keg playing pinball.

TailgateNut
02-23-2011, 12:36 PM
I still have one in the garage. It's a "Poker something". We had it "refurbished/tuned up" the last time we moved, but I haven't played it for years.

tsiguy96
02-23-2011, 12:47 PM
not pinball specific, but you can buy full arcade games on ebay or craigslist or whatever, i always wanted to buy the fishing ones.

underrated29
02-23-2011, 01:39 PM
I have two machines.


Gorgar- which was already listed, collectors item, first one i believe to use sound for voices.

and..

Tommy- This one is my fav. I just live this machine, and I love how you can make it tougher by playing with the blinders on.





I had Judge dredd, but I sold it. Kept breaking down and was not a lot of fun. Lord of the rings was a sick sick sick machine though. If I ever got another one, it would be that one.

Popps
02-23-2011, 01:45 PM
Fuggin' love pinball. Some day when I have more space, I'd love to restore a couple.

Mata Hari. That was my favorite as a little tyke.

Popps
02-23-2011, 01:46 PM
Always loved pinball. From the late 70's machines of my early youth (Kiss, Playboy) to whatever was around during the arcade boom in the mid 80's. After high school I spent a lot time hustling pool & darts at the bowling alley when pinball made a huge comeback in the late 80's/early 90's

Black Knight 2000, Elvira, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park & High Speed were some of my fav's.

I would love to have an Elvira & the Party Monsters if I had the room.

Here's a great site for those who don't know of it.

http://www.ipdb.org/


Great list. Was just watching the documentary on the PB Hall of Fame guys the other day.

cutthemdown
02-24-2011, 02:06 AM
I have two machines.


Gorgar- which was already listed, collectors item, first one i believe to use sound for voices.

and..

Tommy- This one is my fav. I just live this machine, and I love how you can make it tougher by playing with the blinders on.





I had Judge dredd, but I sold it. Kept breaking down and was not a lot of fun. Lord of the rings was a sick sick sick machine though. If I ever got another one, it would be that one.



The Who Tommy actually rated top 10 by a lot of pin ball collectors. Now the real big boy is The Twilight Zone. That is on a lot of peoples number 1 list. Another mentioned Star Trek Next Gen, that one also a killer game.