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Banzai Run Club - Banzaiiiiiiiiiiii!!!

By phillymadison

4 years ago

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#44 3 years ago

Just noticed this club! I've owned two Banzai over the last few years. My current one has an XR-7 playfield but still needs overall restoration to make perfect.... one day

I love the game. Simple and fun... great callouts and music.
I hate how most people dismiss it as a gimmick. Yeah, the upper playfield doesn't play like 'traditional' pinball, but the hill is the key to some high scoring opportunities. Once you master the technique, you will own this game!

Bowen does a great PAPA tutorial too. Highly recommend watching it!

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#56 3 years ago

That looks sweet!

I picked up a Banzai Run with an XR7 playfield a couple of years ago and had no clue until I got it home... and neither did the seller!
I had an old beater example and was buying this new one as an upgrade. The seller's basement was pretty dark but I was amazed at how bright the whites and other colors were on the playfield. The cab was undamaged but had some planking so we agreed to a price that I thought was more than fair.

When I got it home and compared the two side by side I knew something was really different. The new one had zero UV damage and looked clearcoated while the other was old and yellowed with a dull surface. Sure enough, I raise the playfield and looked at the edge and there were the XR7 markings.

I know Pat Lawlor was quoted at Expo a few years back stating that he only sent less than 10 BR playfields out for testing with this new coating, but I wonder about the accuracy of that. It seems to me that I've seen more than a few pop up on the various forums over the years. If we assume 2-3 of the XR7 playfields went into the prototypes and no more than 7 or so were left over and eventually thrown into production games (like mine), and also assuming all of those 7 survived, something doesn't add up... it seems like there are a lot more. I think I've counted at least 3 or 4 of us in this small thread that have one.

If anyone has any more info/corrections to the story I'd love to hear it. In any case, it's an interesting piece of pinball history. Both the game and the development of XR7/Diamondplate.

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