(Topic ID: 139950)

Bally & Williams Superpins of the 90's (new Poll added)

By steve-o

8 years ago


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“Choose the most fun 1990's B/W SuperPin:”

  • Popeye Saves the Earth 10 votes
    5%
  • RoadShow 18 votes
    8%
  • Judge Dredd 14 votes
    7%
  • Demolition Man 14 votes
    7%
  • Indiana Jones 45 votes
    21%
  • Twilight Zone 71 votes
    33%
  • Star Trek: the Next Generation 41 votes
    19%

(213 votes)

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#1 8 years ago

So without really trying to gather up all 7 of the B/W widebody WPC SuperPins, we eventually did so. Lots of pins have come and gone over the last 14 years, but these special pins have secured their permanent gameroom real estate here. Starting quite a while back in November of 2003 with Indiana Jones and concluding with Road Show in June of 2015, they all have been collected. The actual order went: IJ, DM, TZ, JD , PSTE, ST:TNG and RS. All were found within a 6 hour round trip drive of our home. DM was bought without ever playing it and it was probably TZ that had gobbled up the highest number of our quarters before finding and buying ours. IMO, each SuperPin has its own merits and are pretty vastly designed and programed to make sense of having all seven.

I finally rounded them up and moved them all together onto one wall (with the exception of the "Shuffle Inn" puck bowler intruding on the group due to gameroom logistics). IJ & DM came to our home pretty early on with TZ arriving in 2009 and then the last four after 2012. Whenever we have parties and gatherings here all of these pins are well enjoyed by our guests and with the exception of random burnt lamps, flaky switch or ribbon cables, they are FUN rock-solid preforming 20+ year old pins.

~Steveo

Here's a couple of pics of our SuperPins that I just took today:

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#2 8 years ago

Your games room looks amazing. Congrats on getting the line up of your dreams. I was once trying for the same line up but got side tracked with the new stern music pins.

#3 8 years ago

That's awesome.

Funny how the widebodies are starting to slowly make a comeback. WOZ. Full Throttle. Hobbit. Alien. It seems like the future games from JJP and Heighway will probably all be wide bodies too.

2 weeks later
#4 8 years ago

SuperPin MVP poll added for random fun.
~Steveo

#5 8 years ago

I was trying to do this also and had over half of them but tz is the only survivor . Awesome lineup congrats

#6 8 years ago

Amazing line-up. If I had the space I would add a number of these titles. With limited space, IJ is the only survivor.

#7 8 years ago

I like widebodies and I cannot lie! *sir mix a lot voice*

#8 8 years ago

Interesting lineup

#9 8 years ago

I like the widebody Fish Tales thrown in for good measure.

#10 8 years ago

Never was a fan of Road Show, but I love the other Superpins to varying degrees.

Really miss DM and can see myself picking another up sooner than later. The fastest and best flowing wide body I have ever played.

#11 8 years ago

TZ all the way. There are so many things to do. Powerball Mania, Fast Lock Multiball, LITZ, finding interesting ways to stack modes... even something as dumb as trying to get two balls to crash into each other as one is coming out of the rocket kicker is a fun challenge.

#12 8 years ago

Well, the current poll results kinda mirrors Pinside's Top 100.
TZ at the top.
ST:TNG is slightly edging out IJ.
PSTE has 0 votes (no huge shocker, LOL as it doesn't make the Top 100 ranking anyway).
Most surprising to me is the few JD votes.

There's lots of wooden real estate for the game designers to go crazy on with these widebody SuperPins. It would be cool to see more newer wide body pins produced along with their slim buddies.

Quoted from kevinleedrum:

TZ all the way. There are so many things to do. Powerball Mania, Fast Lock Multiball, LITZ, finding interesting ways to stack modes... even something as dumb as trying to get two balls to crash into each other as one is coming out of the rocket kicker is a fun challenge.

I've had my TZ since '09 and set to 3-ball, have only made it to LITZ just once. Love the challenge!!!

Quoted from schudel5:

I like the wide body Fish Tales thrown in for good measure.

Haha! That FT is a prototype wide body.... (not!)

Quoted from TKDalumni:

I like widebodies and I cannot lie! *sir mix a lot voice*

Thanks. I now have that tune stuck in my head....

~Steveo

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#13 8 years ago
Quoted from steve-o:

PSTE has 0 votes (no huge shocker, LOL as it doesn't make the Top 100 ranking anyway).

I voted for TZ, but after that comment I wish I should change mine

#14 8 years ago
Quoted from Taxman:

I voted for TZ, but after that comment I wish I should change mine

LOL Taxman! PSTE is such a well built and fun pin with lots of challenges to accomplish (Lord knows I probably haven't seen 1/2 of what it has to reveal depth-wise). Likely its the obscured shots and the (shall I say?) "oddish" theme thats scares many potential buyers away... I'm glad I have mine here to have fun with. The color DMD art looks very well done. Maybe someday....
~Steveo

#15 8 years ago

I wish I had enough time on all those pins to give a fair assessment. The only thing I can say definitively, is TZ is a pretty rockin pin.

#16 8 years ago

TZ/IJ/STNG
Massive gap
RS/JD
Massive gap
DM

EDIT: Never played Popeye actually so I cannot judge it, but damn it does not have good reviews.

#17 8 years ago

Love the wide body pins! Have owned and enjoyed RS and JD but TZ wins it for me.

5 years later
#18 3 years ago

Thread revival!

#19 3 years ago

Top 3: TZ, IJ, STTNG
4: RS
5,6: DM, JD
7: Popeye (Still an enjoyable game, great rule set, unfortunately many obstructed areas and bad theme execution give this game a bad rap)

#20 3 years ago

I have 5 of the 7. JD and DM I have sold off over the years.

Roadshow got a huge boost with the new code from Soren.

#21 3 years ago

5 years gone by and we're down a couple of Superpins here.
IJ, DM, JD and RS are hanging in there.
@Stebel, I've got to do some research (this is the 1st that I've heard of this) on the new code for RS-- very interested.
~Steveo

#22 3 years ago
Quoted from steve-o:

5 years gone by and we're down a couple of Superpins here.
IJ, DM, JD and RS are hanging in there.
Stebel, I've got to do some research (this is the 1st that I've heard of this) on the new code for RS-- very interested.
~Steveo

The new code makes it so the travel across the country is not so linear. Totally saved the game, especially in a smaller collection.

#23 3 years ago
Quoted from Stebel:

The new code makes it so the travel across the country is not so linear. Totally saved the game, especially in a smaller collection.

Gotcha. Makes total sense. Thanks for the info.

#24 3 years ago

Never thought I would have 2 of them, but they will never leave.

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#25 3 years ago
Quoted from Stebel:

The new code makes it so the travel across the country is not so linear. Totally saved the game, especially in a smaller collection.

Where can we find the new code?

#26 3 years ago

I have two as well. Have to say TZ, IJ, RS and STTNG are the best of the bunch. Not a fan of the others personally.

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#27 1 year ago

Just completed my goal of collecting all of the Bally Williams superpins. My wallet wishes I had started sooner. The order I got them in was RS, STTNG, DM, PSTE, JD, IJ and TZ. Arkansas seems like a pinball dessert. Got STTNG semi locally (1 hour away). RS was delivered to me from 3 hours away. Got DM & PSTE on the same day north of Branson. Went to Ft Worth for JD & St Louis for IJ. Had TZ shipped in from Chicago. There isn’t a new Stern in the world that I would trade any of them for. Sold several games I really liked + F-14 Tom Cat to make room. Completely out of room & completely in love with every game I own. Can’t wait to find to find something I like enough to make me sell one of them - not referring to my superpins when I sat that. Only thing left on my real wish list is a BOP 2.0 kit. Come on Dutch Pinball get your shit together!

#28 1 year ago
Quoted from verndog:

Just completed my goal of collecting all of the Bally Williams superpins. My wallet wishes I had started sooner. The order I got them in was RS, STTNG, DM, PSTE, JD, IJ and TZ. Arkansas seems like a pinball dessert. Got STTNG semi locally (1 hour away). RS was delivered to me from 3 hours away. Got DM & PSTE on the same day north of Branson. Went to Ft Worth for JD & St Louis for IJ. Had TZ shipped in from Chicago. There isn’t a new Stern in the world that I would trade any of them for. Sold several games I really liked + F-14 Tom Cat to make room. Completely out of room & completely in love with every game I own. Can’t wait to find to find something I like enough to make me sell one of them - not referring to my superpins when I sat that. Only thing left on my real wish list is a BOP 2.0 kit. Come on Dutch Pinball get your hit together!

Nice. I'm missing PSTE, DM, JD, and TZ. One day maybe.....

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