Only theme from the 80's that would have a chance of prying its way into my wallet:
Meh, recycled themes. Can't wait for one of the companies to recycle Robocop. Maybe Ed209 will be on the backglass!
Quoted from toyotaboy:
true, but if film count is justification for good themes why is there only the one gottlieb freddy pinball? He made 9 movies (and rumored to be coming back for a 10th). They made 18 laurel and hardy movies, they only got prospector. If highest grossing movie is what justifies a good movie, star wars is ranked #2, gone with the wind is still number 1 (adjusted for inflation). Where's my gone with the wind pinball?
Good theme should be about recognition, which is why they made AC/DC pinball. Beatles is the highest selling artist (hence why we have it now, but took 10 years to get the license), followed by Garth brooks. AC/DC is all the way down at #10.
And yes, BTTF is only a trilogy because the directors agreed it doesn't need any sequels which is respectable, compared to Disney churning out whatever they can make money on. I don't follow star wars, but friends that are say the latest ones suck and have tainted the entire series because of the direction they went. However, like Ben heck has said, I do think a reboot of BTTF would be interesting now that we're in the future, and speculating what the year 2045 is like would be fun. Everyone driving electric cars through underground tunnels. Maybe teens are so socially awkward from only communicating via text that Marty has to coach his future grandson how to be a person.
I'm still waiting for the first police academy pin...
Rambo with bumpers being machine gun fire and DMD of dudes getting shot to shit.
First Blood would be the best theme though!
Theme miss of the century:
I plan on eventually converting a demo man to a Holy Grail.
Kids weren't playing pinball in 2001. The market for pinball is not about disposable income as much as exposure. If you're currently not 35+, you're out of the target market. These toys are so expensive that you have to LOVE pinball to purchase them. That being said, they do incorporate new licences that are also pin-crowd friendly to attempt to draw in a new crowd. With all the recycling going on, it's clear that it isn't working as well as they would like. Car games haven't done that well in the past, and F&F is, as you have said, a 2001+ franchise that may not do so well. I, for one, and thankful to the pingods that they didn't make one.
Quoted from Pwaka1986:
Is Stern more concerned with putting out games to do well on location or the private collection? I'm not a big fan of Stern because everything is licensed but I dig Metallica and Ghostbusters a lot. Honestly, when I saw a Ghostbusters in a bar a few years ago its what kickstarted my interest in pinball in general. Generally the titles are based on what's selling. AKA the immersion of superhero games.
I think Stern's primary market is still location; it's what kept the company alive, and I would guess their location orders are still bigger than their collector orders. But the introduction of the LE bullshit clearly shows that the collector market is significant.
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