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American Pinball Houdini smashed in shipping, keeps on ticking


By GAP

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Unfortunately a Houdini got dropped and smashed by freight Co in shipping to a customer. Cabinet destroyed but the game played, except that the right flipper button was out. Pics are of the game being unboxed at AP. Joe Balcer was amazed at the impact and damage this machine took and it booted right up.

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#2 1 year ago

New mode - Houdini escapes from the freight company, coming soon.

#3 1 year ago

Wow. That thing took a hit.

LTG : )

#4 1 year ago

Takes a licking-keeps on ticking!

#5 1 year ago

Dang, how did the top get all smashed up. Did it get flipped head over heels?

#6 1 year ago

Wow,thats crazy!

#7 1 year ago

Ohhh Man!!! Good Lord,It took a very bad hit especially NIB.

#8 1 year ago

I just want one freight/shipping co to be a pinball owner. Then we get a company that gets the term, "Be careful" of my NIB !
Curious, did the backglass break?

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

I just want one freight/shipping co to be a pinball owner. Then we get a company that gets the term, "Be careful" of my NIB !

Won't matter unless it's such a small company that every single handler, lift driver, etc. are also pinball owners / lovers. I've been in hundreds, if not thousands of Distribution Centers, Warehouses, cross-docks, container ports, etc. and have seen some crazy, crazy shit. I learned to keep my head on a swivel, to be alert at all times and never, ever trust that they can see you or know what they are doing.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from GAP:

Glass did not break. Thank goodness.

Yeah,That would have been a real mess

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

Won't matter unless it's such a small company that every single handler, lift driver, etc. are also pinball owners / lovers. I've been in hundreds, if not thousands of Distribution Centers, Warehouses, cross-docks, container ports, etc. and have seen some crazy, crazy shit. I learned to keep my head on a swivel, to be alert at all times and never, ever trust that they can see you or know what they are doing.

Agreed. Ive been to two of my local stations to avoid that last truck to my house. Saw EM's on legs with broken heads and front legs pulled out. A 3 million dollar Siemens mri machine in pieces. Motor cycle on pallett, laying down cause they thought that was better. Why I avoid shipping at all costs.
I was nervous waiting all day for my Houdini, thankfully he escaped cleanly.

#13 1 year ago

Guess the "do not drop " printed wasn't big enough! Or movers can't read!

#14 1 year ago

Always amazed at how smashed up some of the boxes are thru various shippers at my office. I think they could smash/damage a brick if given the opportunity.

Hats off to the makers of the pin -- that's quality!

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

Guess the "do not drop " printed wasn't big enough! Or movers can't read!

When (SOME) people see that they purposely do the exact opposite.

#16 1 year ago

Pretty sad to see that,But on the brighter side i played this game at Marvins i really enjoyed it and gave me the Williams/Bally feel.Really nice game!!

#17 1 year ago

damn that thing took a hit. either something got dropped on it or it fell off truck or dock and it landed on the top.

#18 1 year ago

No wonder shipping is outrageous, you and I end up paying for the things the shit heads break while "doing their job."

#19 1 year ago

How much for the salvage?

#20 1 year ago

I wonder how many problems will pop in the future due to this thing being smashed?

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from eg2k83:

How much for the salvage?

Reminds me of an IM that sold on ebay as salvage for $3300 years ago.

#22 1 year ago

What kind of magic trick is this supposed to be?
Houdini will now jump out of the back of a moving truck.

#23 1 year ago

Game #99 will live in infamy.
Feel bad for buyer who had to refuse shipment.
Amazing either glass didnt break.

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from ASOA:

What kind of magic trick is this supposed to be?
Houdini will now jump out of the back of a moving truck.

Hahaha!!! maybe

#25 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Game #99 will live in infamy.
Feel bad for buyer who had to refuse shipment.
Amazing either glass didnt break.

Yeah waiting for a NIB pin to arrive is a great feeling,It's like waking up on Christmas day and seeing all the presents under the tree.

#26 1 year ago

FRAGILE
HANDLE WITH CARE

#27 1 year ago
Quoted from MrBally:

FRAGILE
HANDLE WITH CARE

+1.

#28 1 year ago

Really is a testimonial of how AP uses quality product to build their games! When mine arrived I was impressed! Built like a tank!
Still feel that it's a great value for the money!

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

Really is a testimonial of how AP uses quality product to build their games! When mine arrived I was impressed! Built like a tank!
Still feel that it's a great value for the money!

Really does and the game has that Williams/Bally feel,Really cool game

#30 1 year ago

Waiting for the weather to clear up a bit so I can go to Marvins and play this pin again,Crazy weather here man.Still seeing snow

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from pinmike:

,Crazy weather here man.Still seeing snow

Feeling your pain ... Without the windchill its -19 here ... What the hell happened to April showers?

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from transprtr4u:

Feeling your pain ... Without the windchill its -19 here ... What the hell happened to April showers?

Honestly,This is probably the weirdest weather i have ever seen.

#33 1 year ago

Breaks my heart - is that repairable ?

#34 1 year ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Breaks my heart - is that repairable ?

Hard to say,I sure hope it will be fixed

#35 1 year ago

Going to be for sale as new out of the box soon !

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from Ilushka85:

Going to be for sale as new out of the box soon !

Haha!! I'll take 2 of them please.

#38 1 year ago
Quoted from Gunnut40:

I wonder how many problems will pop in the future due to this thing being smashed?

Hopefully not many...It really is heartbreaking to see that,GAP(Mike..Awesome Seller) deals and handles many many pins he might chime in and say.

#39 1 year ago

Claim has already been filed. Freight co needs to send over inspector. Game is at AP and they are looking over game to determine where to go from here. Its in good hands and no way will we send a game out that has one issue!

GAP

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from GAP:

Claim has already been filed. Freight co needs to send over inspector. Game is at AP and they are looking over game to determine where to go from here. Its in good hands and no way will we send a game out that has one issue!
GAP

I cant speak for AP personally. But im pretty sure this game will not be fixed and sold. Fixed yes, but going back out, no way.
They have a couple demo games for testing, learning, and teaching. I see this becoming one of those to help develope future games. AP dedication to this title and company is second to none in the industry at this point. Im a huge JJP fan, but i keep seeing AP step it up a notch every step of the way. Pinside doesnt see a lot, but behind the scenes there commitment to a quality product is amazing.

#41 1 year ago
Quoted from GAP:

Claim has already been filed. Freight co needs to send over inspector. Game is at AP and they are looking over game to determine where to go from here. Its in good hands and no way will we send a game out that has one issue!
GAP

Keep up the great job GAP!!

#42 1 year ago
Quoted from pinmike:

Keep up the great job GAP!!

Mike is THE Man! A real working Fool! lol

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Mike is THE Man! A real working Fool! lol

Oh yes Mike is the man,Years ago he had a T2 and man that was a beauty and it was decked out in chrome ..Best T2 I have ever seen!!! Breathtaking!!!

#44 1 year ago

^^^^^

#45 1 year ago

This thread could only turn funny if Mike admitted HE was the one that dropped the game off his truck! lolol Doubtful as he doesn't start drinking till noon on most days! I realize this isn't a #GAP thread per say but I must promote if Anyone hasn't been to his shop lately he has Drastically raised the bar with new products, parts, great deals, and the same do anything for you service. Not many brick and mortar Pinball shops around where you can shop or just shoot the Sh1t with a great pinball owner and enthusiast.

#46 1 year ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

This tread could only turn funny if Mike admitted HE was the one that dropped the game off his truck! lolol Doubtful as he doesn't start drinking till noon on most days! I realize this isn't a #GAP thread per say but I must promote if Anyone hasn't been to his shop lately he has Drastically raised the bar with new products, parts, great deals, and the same do anything for you service. Not many brick and mortar Pinball shops around where you can shop or just shoot the Sh1t with a great pinball owner and enthusiast.

Hahaha!!

#48 1 year ago

Weather is starting to warm up (Thank God) I'm really in the mood to play Houdini at Marvin's...

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