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:firstname.lastname@example.org
-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