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Bally widebodies 70s-80s

By lyonsden

6 years ago


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#1 6 years ago

I noticed some confusion in posts about the number of widebodies Bally produced in the late 70s through early 80s, and found this bit about Embryon on IPDB:

"The fifth and last widebody pinball from Bally - not counting the limited run of "SuperPin" games from the early 1990s. EMBRYON was also the first Bally game to feature artwork by Tony Ramunni, and the first (and last) game from this company to use the trademarked "Flipsave" ball saving feature - a small flipper inside the right outlane used by players to flip lost balls back into the return lane. (according to Pinball Snapshots)"

Since I couldn't find (e.g., 30 seconds with google) a list of these games with their production dates, numbers, etc., I used IPDB's advanced search to generate a list of those 5 widebodies. Hope this helps someone down the road.

For comparison, here is how they score/rank on Pinside (at the time of posting):

Embryon: 7.5
Future Spa: 6.9
Hotdoggin': (No score, needs three more ratings)
Paragon: 7.5
Space Invaders: 7.1

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#2 6 years ago

I'm still looking for a Hot Doggin'.

#3 6 years ago

Got a Hot Doggin getting a NOS playfield soon. Play on the blown out field was fun. Its a LONG shot to those in-line drops.

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#4 6 years ago

I've got a NOS field and a NOS backglass slated for the Hot Doggin sometime in my future. Missed out on a nice working candidate at the Allentown show this past Spring for $500 as it sold early in the AM before I could plonk my money down.
I'm patient though that one will come my way. Will make a really nice one when I finally get my hands this title.

#5 6 years ago

I just sold my Hotdoggin', I liked the gameplay and LOVED the artwork but the game was way too easy to roll. I rolled it the second day I owned it. Was a decent game but not better than future spa, paragon, or embryon.

#6 6 years ago
Quoted from DRDAVE:

I've got a NOS field and a NOS backglass slated for the Hot Doggin sometime in my future. Missed out on a nice working candidate at the Allentown show this past Spring for $500 as it sold early in the AM before I could plonk my money down.
I'm patient though that one will come my way. Will make a really nice one when I finally get my hands this title.

The one that got away from you is getting that treatment right now from the guy that bought it.

#7 6 years ago

What are the dimensions of a widebody compared to a standard?

#8 6 years ago

27" wide vrs 20-1/4" ( Bally Only ) Late model widebody pins are not this wide (such as ST-TNG)

Quoted from dmbjunky:

What are the dimensions of a widebody compared to a standard?

#9 6 years ago
Quoted from Stu:

27" wide vrs 20-1/4" ( Bally Only ) Late model widebody pins are not this wide (such as ST-TNG)

They are wide!

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#10 41 days ago

Just picked up a Future Spa a week ago.

Its going next to a Paragon!

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#11 41 days ago
Quoted from Randy_G:

Just picked up a Future Spa a week ago.
Its going next to a Paragon!
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Nice - Paragon is the only Bally early SS widebody that I'm missing in my collection.

#12 40 days ago

I dig it!

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#13 27 days ago

I need to measure the sliding door to my basement. I would love to get a Paragon, but I'm concerned it might not fit in the door.

#14 27 days ago
Quoted from DanMarino:

I need to measure the sliding door to my basement. I would love to get a Paragon, but I'm concerned it might not fit in the door.

I pull the PF and turn the empty cabinets on their side. No problem going anywhere a normal pin will go.

I have a Paragon and a Hotdoggin'. Both get much love.

#15 26 days ago
Quoted from guitarded:

I pull the PF and turn the empty cabinets on their side. No problem going anywhere a normal pin will go.
I have a Paragon and a Hotdoggin'. Both get much love.

I second this... I have an annoying Staircase with a turn halfway down. This is the way.

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