All new game design retaining the crane toy from Batman Dark Knight. lol
It's getting pretty crazy when people are pre-ordering and sending in deposits and they don't even know what it will cost yet.
How will they ever find the time to depopulate and repopulate all those returned playfields...
Quoted from girloveswaffles:
Sorry, thought you were referring to the movie franchise. Yeah, and one problem with Ghostbusters was it came out two years after the 30th anniversary.
Everything in pinball seems to be about some kind of anniversary now. Including Sterns 30th?
Anyway since I never married, I don't give a rats ass about any anniversary. So hopefully if and when they get past this nostalgia kick, they might resume with a more current theme.
Quoted from Air_Pinball:
Data East Pinball, Sega Pinball, and Stern Pinball are the same company, with three different owners. Gary Stern has ran all three of them continuously, and bought out Sega in 1999 to personally own it as well.
Gary also had Stern Electronics in the late 70's/early 80's. While his dad, Sam Stern, came out of retirement to help, Gary was president. This is a separate company from Data East/Sega/Stern Pinball.
Thanks for clearing all that up. I can only go by what I read. I also heard Sam Stern owned Williams for a while. Perhaps that is true?
I like Stern's plan. Charge as much as you can and more and more seem to keep buying. That brings in higher end buyers and weeds out the bottom feeders.
They are the Disney of pinball.
I think it was best for them to lay their cards on the table reguarding the Super LE.
Otherwise if they hadn't mentioned it then some regular LE buyers would have found out about it later, then raised a fuss and threatened to never buy another game from them. We can't have that now can we?
Not sure I'll have the cash for one of these any time soon, but I am very impressed that a theme from this long ago has gotten so many people excited. It just goes to show it doesn't have to be from the 80s to sell.
I say if this is a hit, then lets get with the 60s and do Green Hornet, Man From Uncle, and Beverly Hillbillies next.
Looks like the wrong catwoman too as Lee Meriweather was not in the 1966 Batman TV series. She was in the movie and a couple episodes later. It should be Julie Newmar.
Anybody have any cool mod ideas yet? I think one of these miniature Dodge vans will be a must.
Quoted from bayoubilly70:
given the amount of downvotes, its seems like folks are not into this... but I still am
I didn't down vote that post, but when you show catwoman that looks like Lee Meriwether and not Julie Newmar, I can understand the sentiment. Let's hope Stern gets it right.
I wonder if the application process for getting a job at Stern is quite as rigorous.
This is all clearly a sign Stern has been barking up the wrong tree with these recent 80s throwback themes and the 60s are where the big money is.
So it's time to throw the predictions of games like Goonies in the trash and break out the heavy hitters.
I can hardly wait to see how happy people are when they get their Batman66 LEs.
There is a certain charm that comes from spending that kind of coin and then finally seeing what it is that you bought.
Quoted from Air_Pinball:
Nobody is making you buy.
True. And a lot of people won't be buying.
Sometimes it is smarter business to make more money selling higher priced but fewer items. If you can sell enough of them to make up for the many that would otherwise buy the lesser expensive items. I'm not questioning their logic.
Quoted from clg:
Their real plan could be to build just a few really high end expensive games and use the rest of the space to pile up cash and batmobiles.
It's going to take more than a few overpriced super LEs to pay for this sucker.
Nobody here has a legitimate complaint about this project for two reasons-
1. Nobody has seen, played, or taken delivery of this machine.
2. Nobody has sent in pre-order money that they did not do so willingly.
As cool as the Batman theme song is, there is one other 60s TV intro song that would make me push play over and over again.
Quoted from kpg:
I just don't know why Stern would even bring it to that level and have that even been something a customer would need or want to do.
Somebody mentioned before the possibility of the company coming up for sale in the not too distant future. And what better way to pump it up by showing perspective buyers that there are people out there that will spend this much non-refundable money without even knowing what they are getting.
Quoted from iceman44:
That remains to be seen O Diddy
Just going on what I know. Pretty confident
Nobody said any of this is "wise"
If you have the money to spend, then wisdom can be thrown out the window. Have fun!
For those that can't afford the outcome,whatever it is, or in doubt, it is probably best to wait.
Quoted from ZenTron:
this is a special anniversary pin
Maybe then then they should have just done "Stern, the machine".
How cool would that be!! It could have microwave ball locks, and they could re-purpose the Gary bobblehead into a bash toy! The possiblities with this theme are endless.
Behind one of these doors is a Batman SuperLE, another one is a GTR, the third door is a Willies Chili Dog. You can pick any door or double the money you have. Which will it be?
As a career auto technician, I do understand the cargument. Knowing how electrical systems work and having repaired some of the worst car electrical problem made working on pinball machines a piece of cake.
Sure, a pinball machine is like a car with no oil, no filter, no wheels, no tires, no brakes. No smog check, no registration, you don't have to remove the dashboard to get to those pesky wiring problems. I was happy to replace those rusting leaking Detroit shitboxes in my garage with 15 pinball machine.
This is what happens when o-din gets sentenced to work on a Saturday. Quittin time's just around the corner though.
Julie Newmar was guest star on last nights episode of Columbo and she was looking as hot as ever. Not sure I had seen that one before. Unfotunately she was killed at the hands of Martin Landau. Pushed off her apartment balcony many floors up.
It was filmed almost 7 years after she was on Batman and she was still looking good.
Quoted from jlm33:
How was Martin Landau? I was a big fan of Cosmos 1999 as a kid but that was... some time ago.
Martin Landau is one of the greatest actors of our time and he played twin brothers in this one and was great. If you want to see some of his best work, watch the early episodes of Mission Impossible.
Quoted from Manic:
I mean "Norm" from Cheers? Really? Somebody thought THAT was a good idea? Ouch.
Even the occasional no-name actors they used in the original were a better choice than that.
I watched Columbo and all the original NBC mystery movies when they came out, and still enjoy watching Columbo re-runs whenever possible.
I'm starting to realize why this game is going to cost so much money.
Pinball has never seen the likes of her before.
Quoted from kpg:
Breaking news: Stern sells out of the now-80 BM66 SLE's and is now releasing 130 total SLE's!!
There is a new application process, the requirements to apply are the following:
1) Must have $15,000 to spend
2) Must have a heart beat, or at least legally considered "alive" and/or "living"
Quoted from Aurich:
a more expansive play experience
Don't you mean more expensive?
Either way, if they are using clips from the original show, I'd rather see Miss Newmar in full living color. Can't believe I missed Saturday nights Batman which had her in it. They moved it to midnite and we must have got sidetracked.
I get the feeling everybody that filled out an application has been accepted to the SuperLE club.