Quoted from jwilson:
Same bullshit answer for those "special" WOOLY mechs which turned out to just be single target drops.
There's no international conspiracy out to screw you over, by the way. That's all in your head.
I'm glad you are such an expert on my WOOLY build and apparently know more about sourcing the parts than even me. I can tell you as the designer and the guy responsible for spending MONTHS tracking down parts and constantly bothering vendors and suppliers it was alot more than just the drop target assembly (which at the time were over $100 at Marco and were the ONLY source). Next time you design your own game from scratch and try to source a bunch of difficult to find parts (mini flippers, extended flippers for upper playfields, VUK's, spinner assemblies, ramp switch bracket assemblies, troll mech assemblies, even trough assemblies at the time!) let me know; until then you're just continuing to spew your toxic conjecture like usual. As for the "conspiracy," if you haven't noticed there's been literally dozens of homebrew projects popping up (which is awesome!) but if you or anyone else can't put two and two together and realize that maybe these homebrew guys might have wanted to go out and buy a bunch of these parts simply because they knew they might be hard to get, then you've got your head in the sand and your ears plugged.
I wouldn't be surprised if HP or any other up and coming manufacturer has run into or will run into these sourcing issues. Just look at Homepin - the one company out there that's eliminating the sourcing problem altogether - they're making practically everything on their own, investing millions, and taking their time so they don't get into this type of a jam.
I'm just glad Pinball Life is spending a lot of time and money devoted to us homebrew developers and now offering great, economical, choices for critical parts as well as some unique parts, all of which were nowhere near available 4 years ago.
Ps. I loved playing Alien in Chicago last fall and again at TPF this spring; I wish HP all the success in getting that game out the door.