Quoted from brucipher:
Hmmm, I wonder if we lost a feature on The Hobbit.
At one time the flyer mentioned a "Player Controllable Orbit subway leads to 3 distinct ball paths" and now the flyer posted on pinside states "Orbit shots can be redirected into pop bumpers or dropped into an under-playfield subway, to suddenly reappear at either the Balin or Radagast verticle up-kicker".
I thought it was cool that the subway was going to be player controllable (an a unique feature).
I don't know which version of the flyer is newer (hopefully the one with the player controllable subway is the newer one), but this is the first time I looked at a flyer that didn't have the player controllable wording. If it is no longer a feature, that is a bummer.
Here are the two flyers for comparison...
No one seems to care that Smaug went from "interacting with the Ball in three different ways" to "Smaug, who can talk to you and steal your pinballs" to "Smaug sculpture taunts you", or that the moving outlane ballguide meant for aiming the windlance was quietly removed somewhere along the way (or maybe it was broken on the game I played? But it didn't look like it could move.).
It doesn't seem to matter that not much is left of the original concept.