(Topic ID: 13875)

Big Juicy Melons

By Shoot_Again

7 years ago

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  • 39 posts
  • 28 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 6 years ago by txstargazer3
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    • 10 7 votes
    • 09 6 votes
    • 08 14 votes
    • 07 3 votes
    • 06 6 votes

    (36 votes)

    #1 7 years ago

    Who has had a chance to play Big Juicy Melons and what did you think?

    If you have not played it or have a love for EM's what do you think?

    Also please vote on this title 10 being the greatest and 6 being the lowest.

    #2 7 years ago

    I don't know if I'm being unreasonable for giving it an 8, the music is fantastic. The turkey is infuriating though.

    #3 7 years ago

    I want to play this so bad!

    #4 7 years ago

    Can we get some pix of it here?

    #5 7 years ago

    Gorgeous game, great music, just not my cup of tea. I gave it an 8.

    #6 7 years ago
    Quoted from Blakesell:

    The turkey is infuriating though.

    gobble hole.

    #8 7 years ago

    I enjoyed playing both the SS and EM. Cool to play a brand new EM

    #9 7 years ago

    Hey Shoot...is that link fa-cokt or is it my computer?

    #11 7 years ago

    GREAT stuff! Sooo nice not seeing another movie tie in!

    #12 7 years ago

    I played it at Expo last year. Also have the T-shirt from PBL.

    The artwork is a hoot. Cabinet is awesome too. As for game play, it's like an old EM.

    What was also impressive is the controller and IO bus inside the unit that was at the show.

    #13 7 years ago

    Get your Mellons to Allentown!

    #14 7 years ago

    I think I would go for one of these first: http://retropinball.net/index.html

    #15 7 years ago

    If i remember correctly, they are making four BJM and three of the four are currently sold. Is that right?

    #16 7 years ago

    Played it at MGC, and absolutely loved it! I totally dig the "pinball in a crate" look. I could totally see this idea being used elsewhere, like a ToM in a real trunk, or an AC/DC in an actual Marshall amp cabinet...

    Biggest hoot was when I tilted it, and it made a tire-screeching car crash noise. Hilarious!


    #17 7 years ago

    The music is what did it for me. i thought i shot a video of it but apparently not. there must be something on youtube.

    #18 7 years ago
    Quoted from davewtf:

    If i remember correctly, they are making four BJM and three of the four are currently sold. Is that right?

    Yes, but they are considering a small production run. Shooting for a price around 6K. Would have legs instead of lower crate.

    #19 7 years ago

    I absolutely love big juicy melons!

    Wait.....what are we talking about here?

    #20 7 years ago

    I'd love to see a gameplay video.

    #21 7 years ago

    Not sure what the poll is supposed to show?

    I think it is an amazing piece of folk art. It's truely something else.

    But is it the best? The best what? The best boutique pinball? The best folk art? The best EM pinball? That's a tough bill to fill. There are a ton of great EMs. To say it is the best would mean the game is better than Wizard, Captain Fantastic, Centigrade 37, Fireball, Four Million BC, and many other great pinballs.

    I definately think it is **one** of the best looking pinballs and it is fun to play.


    #22 7 years ago
    Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

    I think I would go for one of these first: http://retropinball.net/index.html

    Hey Bmore did they finish making king of diamonds and or slick chick?

    and TZ (duane) thank you for honest input that is all I was really looking for.

    The poll was attempting to give it like a 1 to 10 rating like pinside and ipdb etc..

    I really think it looks great I just don't know if or when I will get to play this if I do not buy one.

    That said does anyone know the asking price or quantity to be made?

    #24 7 years ago

    Haven't played it yet. Looks like a fun pin.

    #25 7 years ago

    Beautiful looking pin, but not much fun to play IMO.

    #26 7 years ago
    Quoted from jarjarisgod:

    Beautiful looking pin, but not much fun to play IMO.


    #27 7 years ago
    Quoted from davewtf:

    If i remember correctly, they are making four BJM and three of the four are currently sold. Is that right?

    Heard (not confirmed) Chris w/ Cointaker bought the 4th one, on display at the recent Ohio Show.
    Great looking game.

    #28 7 years ago

    can't remember where but i think there is a video somewhere?

    #29 7 years ago

    Whats the purchase price??

    #30 7 years ago

    Beautiful game and an awesome unlicensed theme.

    #31 7 years ago
    Quoted from RGR:

    Whats the purchase price??

    I heard 14K, but don't quote me on that.

    #32 7 years ago

    some photos - not of playfield though

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    #33 7 years ago

    at 6K I want the bottom crate not legs it is for nostalgia.

    14K would be rediculous.

    6K is still a crazy high price new or not it is EM.

    Love the game though if it came with the lower crate I would not hesitate at 4.5K but that is just me. I have been wanting some bells and chimes in my collection again for a long time now.
    I have been chimeless and just something about the sound and action it is so different.

    just my opinion
    thanks for all your inputs

    #34 7 years ago

    Love it with the crate! What a great idea!

    9 months later
    #35 6 years ago

    It's great to see the Pinside community discussing our WNBJM project. Thanks for all the kind words.

    Just a few more clarifications directly from the Whizbang horse:

    - As posted earlier in the thread our blog tells a lot of the backstory (http://www.whizbangpinball.blogspot.com/). We also try to keep everyone updated on our Facebook page as well.
    - We only built 4 games, the first remains an EM and the other 3 are driven by a modular solid state system. Once people started playing the game and we saw the great reaction, we hoped we could garner enough interest to eventually do a small production run.
    - Those 4 games included major help from Mark Weyna, Ken Walker, Kerry Imming (who designed and delivered the SS system), and yes, even Bryan Kelly used some of his expertise, elbow grease and power tools for 2 FULL days. Ask Brian who was the first to break off a metal mini post while screwing it into the playfield.
    - It's not just a re-theme project. The playfield is a completely new and original layout - as we like to say the first new EM layout in many years. (And we may be biased but for a shorty-flipper game it shoots great!) We used Gottlieb's Continental Cafe as a "host" game to scavenge the main parts . This game was chosen as a host only because I owned one. We found only 3 others which is why we stopped at 4 games.
    - The beautiful artwork is all hand drawn by Greg, no photochop here! The playfields are silkscreened as are the backglasses. No decals, mylar, or translights. This is just like a real pinball machine.
    - A handful of people have bought enough parts from us to build their own EM "project" WNBJM game. The one at Pin-A-Go-Go was Brad's game and he is the FIRST one to accomplish this feat!
    - Stern IS looking into the feasibility of building a small production run. Once we get the BOM together we'll have a better understanding of what it will take to build and be able to settle on a retail price.
    -We have been taking names and contact info at shows so if you may be interested in owning a production version please send us your name and contact info so we can do an email blast once we have more definite information. Email us at:whizbangpin@comcast.net
    -We also plan on making the production version coin-operable, or at least an option...we've had more than a few requests as it would make a great street piece - at the right location of course.
    -If you do check out the blog please know that we plan on continuing the saga - we have less time for this now but promise to keep that thread alive.
    - Visit Pinball Life if you are interested in more Whizbang swag. We still have t-shirts available too - just email us.

    Thanks again for all the support and interest. We hope to be able to do more unique games in the future with the potential production success of Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons.

    Dennis & Greg

    #36 6 years ago

    Big Melons are a good thing!

    #37 6 years ago

    Gobble hole is cool. Fun Game.

    #38 6 years ago

    Played it, very fun!

    #39 6 years ago

    Did the King of Diamonds project ever get off the ground? If so, what do they cost?

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