New repro hologram arrived today. This is for those of us who want to keep our machine basically stock. There is, of course, the very excellent LCD mod as an alternative for those who are not as fussy about stock-ness as I am. Here are my first impressions. Totally my opinion, and ymmv.
1. It's green. Very green, and it stays green when viewed from off-axis angles.
2. From forum discussions a few months ago, I think they had a bit of trouble dialing in the proper backing plate material, but it seems they found a pretty good solution. It's a solid mount, and it flexes pretty well via the motor-driven cam. It fits into the frame with excellent tolerances.
3. The instructions say it might be twitchy to align the light and mirror to achieve a uniform green result, but mine was fine as is.
4. If your Creech is missing the hologram, or the one you have is completely shot, you will probably love this.
5. Thanks to those who were involved in bringing this to market. It's a plus for the hobby.
1. Apparently the original creature model was lost (or is in someones collection somewhere). The new model that was created to make the image is not too bad. But I was disappointed it was not a more accurate representation of the original Creature.
2. It's not an inexpensive part, which leads me to pose the following thoughts for you to decide if it's worth it to you.
My original hologram is definitely blue, there are a few tiny spots on it where someone in the past dribbled something nasty (maybe solder), plus the frame is sort of bent and funky. That being said, it still produces a pretty good effect (although mostly blue). If you have one like mine, you could maybe ask yourself , What if you never knew it was supposed to be green to begin with? And then there is the question of how much you are going to be looking at it anyway? Aside from seeing it flash once when each FILM letter is awarded, I'm a poor enough player that I'm very seldom aware of it at all during multiball. Catching a ball on the left flipper while trying to shoot the whirlpool over and over without draining takes about 100% of my attention.
Here are before and after pix. In the end, I decided I liked the original better, even though it is blue, because it just looks more like Creech. I've left it in there for now. The new one is on the shelf as a spare. I'll probably keep it as such, unless the supply from PPS drys up and somebody really needs me to sell it to them.
I cannot, for the life of me, get true color pictures. They both look blue. But the original really is blue, and the new one is solidly green.
The New one
The Old one