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Avatar mods (take another look)

By SunKing

10 years ago



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#1 10 years ago

Last month, I traded Monopoly towards Avatar - and I've been really enjoying it! I did a couple mods some of y'all may be interested to see. In addition to the standard LED upgrades, I also added a Zanitar(sp?) toy to the Navi target area, and had the amp suit repainted to give it a more authentic look. Here's a few pics - I posted a ton more on my website here: http://www.bradberryman.com/Pinball_Avatar.htm Enjoy~!

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#2 10 years ago

The Amp suit looks cool.

#3 10 years ago

Thanks Rum-Z.

BTW, the reason I said 'take another look' is that when reading reviews of Avatar, it seems a lot of people gave poor reviews because of things that have been subsequently fixed. For example, I saw lots of complaints about balls bouncing around the pops, and then draining STDM. Stern issued a fix for this. Another common complaint was that balls sometimes jumped over the left outlane guide. This has been fixed with the release of a double height lane guide. There have also been software updates since the initial release that have included a ton of additional DMD animations as well as other misc upgrades/fixes. The most recent release was just last month. Another thing I'd like to mention - again with people complaining how the ball gets trapped in the pops for too long - I found out that all of the timed modes stop counting down when the ball is in the pops. That way, there really is no penalty to have the ball bounce around for a while. And finally, I saw lots of people say it looks 'cheap' and complained because it doesn't have all the bells and whistles like LOTR. I will agree that the playfield is a bit sparce compared to others, but I've found this is something I like. I really enjoy the open 'fan' layout of the shots, and the machine plays very fast - especially when the amp suit magnet flings the ball around.

So if you get a chance, I highly recommend that you give Avatar another look. IMHO, it's a keeper.

....here's a couple more pics for ya.

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#4 10 years ago

Your amp suit is awesome. The leds look great as well.

I played the one that used to be at gameworks in schaumburg il. It had the latest software as it is stern's test site.

Since you asked us to take a second look here are my thoughts.

Cab artwork and translite art are excellent. the pf artwork is baddddddddd. It just looks like a poor photoshop job along with just about any stern theme based on a movie license. there are a few exceptions (lotr and potc, but they are somewhat pixleated if you look closely).

Your amp suit upgrade is very nice it adds a lot to the look. The coffin device (name escapes me) looks like something that came out of a happy meal though.If I would pick one thing that puts me off this game it is that.

The software seemed fine when I played it. The game was ok. Not amazing, but fun. I played a pro, so I have no idea about the le version.

My biggest problem is cost. They have been falling lately. Routed avatar pro's are hitting the low 3's upper 2k range. To me, there are much better games for less and that this one is still up there due to it being new. I have not seen the le's trading hands much so no idea on what a fair price is.

Overall it is fun and yours is look even better, but I would rather wait a few years and not take a hit. The upside is they don't seem to have too much trouble selling. I would love to try a wof, but am scared off because they are so hard to sell.

#5 10 years ago
Quoted from dung:

Your amp suit upgrade is very nice it adds a lot to the look. The coffin device (name escapes me) looks like something that came out of a happy meal though.If I would pick one thing that puts me off this game it is that.

Thanks! And yes, I agree 100% that the 'link pod' is about as cheap looking as it could be. I've seen a couple mods that improve it somewhat - but ...honestly, I'm tempted to just remove the damn thing alltogether. At least in the LE edition the lid opens/closes...but still - it is pretty lame.

Quoted from dung:

Overall it is fun

This is what I think as well. I've been having a TON of fun playing, and still have not hit the 'final battle' mode - close, but no cigar. And yeah, for the price, I know there are a lot of other pins I could have bought - but I'm very happy with Avatar. I think the sounds are awesome. Plus, my wife and kids love the movie - so that helps a lot.

#6 10 years ago

The suit is killer!

#7 10 years ago

I agree SunKing--I too really enjoy Avatar and think it is underrated. Great job on the amp suit!

10 years later
#8 5 months ago

Hey guys,

Avatar newbie here and got a question about adding Col. Quaritch action figurine to the AMP Suit on a Pro

How do you get the AMP Suite open and does he need to be fixed in there with some double sided 3M tape or hot glue?

Cheers

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