Quoted from jfh:
I don’t see anything that will drive Munsters to “highly collectible” status as there aren’t going to be that many new people coming into the hobby that know or care about Munsters.
Completely disagree on this one, as Munsters has all the elements it takes to become a sought after rare collectors machine. To this day Munsters still has a very active fan base around the world of millions of people. Munsters is the classic universal monsters that continue to be an evergreen property for Universal.
There are many people who sat on the sidelines, including yourself that were planning to buy and still want one. Make no mistake Munsters will continue (now even more so) to be a demand product, with all the people that know and love Munsters. It has been rerun and is still in syndication around the world. There is not a lesser amount of people that know the Munsters, as parents introduce their children to the series too. Munsters has been so popular they’ve rebooted it several times and even recently thought of rebooting it again.
Code is plenty deep for any collection, take a good look at the rule sheet at Tilt.com. I know I’d like more show material and just may use PB to accomplish that, lol.
Best feature of Munsters: it is flat out a blast to play and never gets old, with all there is to shoot and accomplish. Yes, level 2 and 3 do have elements of the first level, but honestly, what game in pinball doesn’t do the same?
Just hearing Gary talk about how expensive some machines are to make and continued smaller runs just don’t make sense for Stern to continue making. Think this is a major reason for discontinuing Munsters with a complete lower pinball playfield. Heard it is quite expensive to make, with a great deal more hand labor involved, over most other feature mechs made. Think about it, Stern has to make a second complete pinball machine for each Munsters premium. Very labor and parts intensive.
The lower playfield alone is worth having for any pinball enthusiast. Being in manufacturing I understand why Munsters is being discontinued and code has little to do with it. If they wanted, doing additional code is not difficult. The BOM for Munsters is higher than most machines and smaller runs which typically happen after any machines initial release no longer are viable for Munsters. Plus with 4 flipper holes on the cabinet, takes it out of the general rotation of parts.
I’m happy to have a copy, as most all of my fellow club members feel too. Great fun game with most unique experience in all of pinball, having multiball on upper and lower PFs at the same time.