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Any help with strange monster board in Bally KISS

By packie1

8 months ago

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#1 8 months ago

There was a Craiglist post for a Kiss pinball machine in Grayslake IL and it quickly sold for 1000.00. The strange thing about the ad was the pic of the inside of the backbox. There was this massive monster board where the MPU is suppose to be. Anyone have any ideas about it?
Just curious.

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#2 8 months ago

That's a prototype kiss!

#3 8 months ago
Quoted from kba78:

That's a prototype kiss!

Thanks I found out it was a TALKING board. Would have loved to see it in person. Wish I saw the ad sooner.

#4 8 months ago

From IPDB:
"In this listing is number three of a reported eleven prototypes made, and the Bally paperwork refers to it as an Engineering Sample. The information provided by its owner is as follows:

Bally gave their employee Bruce Kalas this Kiss game on June 29, 1982. Bruce had the game until 1988. Project number NT 1152. Per Bruce, the game did work. The backglass does not lift out, it hinges. There is no on/off switch under the cabinet bottom. The game is supposed to start by typing in a code in the backbox keypad, which has the words Game, Enter, and Test. There are no batteries on the board(s) in the backbox. The ROMS say "experimental". Every coil is marked by hand.

The owner subsequently commented on what the original Bally owner had told him about the disposition of the other ten prototypes:

This machine (serial number 1152-3) was given to the original owner free by Bally. He said the boss came and told all the workers to come and stand by the machine that they wanted and the Kiss prototypes were the only ones left from which to choose. There were 11 prototypes and he was the last employee to choose so he got prototype number 3. The other 8 were destroyed with sledgehammers. He said he watched them do it. He claims he didn't want the machine but the price was free so he took it."

As an owner of one of the three surviving proto / engineering KISS I can say with 95% certainty that it's a shill CL post. The other two owners have been accounted for. While the photo of the board is not mine, it would be assumed that it's a photo of one of the other proto KISS. Please provide the URL to the ad and I'll do a bit more investigation. It is not the talking KISS, but in fact the sounds are more like Nitro Groundshaker with wooshing and wisping.


#5 8 months ago

Thanks and i figured it out as well that it was a scam. I had posted about it on the Chicagoland buyers group and GAP with Great American Pinball replied that he had onced owned one. I then looked on Pinside for an article and found his post about his machine. Looking at the pics GAP posted there was the same pic that was on the CL post.

I guess someone had tried to get it and of course it was fake. The ad is gone from Pinside, but here is the URL that I had before it was gone gone. Hope it will help catch the person.
Mike link

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