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Club Mars Trek (the BEST Trek pin of all!)


By StevenP

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

This club is open to all who appreciate the pinball pleasure that is Sonic's Mars Trek. Appears simple but is deceptively addicting. Feel free to share your Mars Trek stories, tech info, strategies, etc.

I first played MT at the first (modern) Pinburgh tourney in 2011 (In a group with Revenge from Mars and Mars God of War)and vowed to own one someday. One came up for sale within a year, and it did become mine. As with pretty much all Mars Treks (and other Sonic EMs), the playfield and backglass are immaculate, several chips in the cabinet but no water swelling. And the mechanics are solid, just like the WMS EM games that share the same hardware.

Pretty muc all my local pin friends LOVE Mars trek. It was in 2 local tournaments here within the first month of my getting it! And it was on location at Reciprocal Skateshop for many months, until being bumped for a WOZ last summer.

My one MT story: wound up playing Lyman on MT during the playoff rounds at Pinferno VII last year. I lost by 1200 points--SO close!!!

#2 6 years ago

" the BEST Trek pin of all " - said no one ever.

#3 6 years ago

It's a pretty good game. I've owned one for about 4 years or so. Not sure if it needs its own club though lol

#4 6 years ago

It's a special club.

And Zitt, I was talking MARS Trek, not STLE!

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from StevenP:

It's a special club.
And Zitt, I was talking MARS Trek, not STLE!

IDK... "best TREK pin" is a broad reaching statement. I'd argue any STAR trek pin beats mars trek hands down... even a broken one.

Bustin' your chops... because there isn't enough negativity in Pinside threads. :O
I kid... sorta.

3 years later
#6 2 years ago

This seems to be a pretty exclusive and quiet club for an amazing game! Cross posting this in case anyone here has thoughts: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/em-sonic-mars-trek-variations

7 months later
#7 1 year ago

I'm in! Where are all the others?! Any clues to production run?

10 months later
#8 1 year ago

Hey there, new to the Mars Trek club (and pretty new to pinball too), quite a fun and addicting title! I have worked on a few EM machines, this being my most modern, so it feels like it has a lot of fun stuff going on. Neat to see how far things got at the end of the EM era.

Bought one a few weeks ago, most things seem to work as they should now. I just made a general post asking advice on cabinet repair, but figured I would join the old club too:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/sonic-mars-trek-cabinet-repair-stabilizing#post-5148139

1 year later
#9 33 days ago

Just brought home a Mars Trek, and I'm wanting to upgrade to the retro LEDs that comet has. I'm wondering if anyone has used the kit they offer to upgrade to LEDs. I really want to maintain the warm look of the original incandescent bulbs, but get a little more light from the LEDs.

Also does anyone have a rubber count?

#10 33 days ago
Quoted from JustEverett:

Just brought home a Mars Trek, and I'm wanting to upgrade to the retro LEDs that comet has. I'm wondering if anyone has used the kit they offer to upgrade to LEDs. I really want to maintain the warm look of the original incandescent bulbs, but get a little more light from the LEDs.
Also does anyone have a rubber count?

Steve from PBR has a rubber kit everything but one of them is correct. I told him and I think he fixed it by now.
One of the sizes I think isn’t made anymore

#11 33 days ago

LOVE this game. I'm still trying to get mine to start. It's in beeyoutee shape, but the last guy, whenever it was having trouble starting a game, would open the coin door and squirt wd40 in there. Claimed it would start right up then. Until it didn't, and he let it sit for 15 years.

I THINK I'm close. I know it has a frozen bonus unit, but even with that reset by hand, I still have issues with startup.

Such a groovy game.

#12 32 days ago
Quoted from fireball2:

LOVE this game. I'm still trying to get mine to start. It's in beeyoutee shape, but the last guy, whenever it was having trouble starting a game, would open the coin door and squirt wd40 in there. Claimed it would start right up then. Until it didn't, and he let it sit for 15 years.
I THINK I'm close. I know it has a frozen bonus unit, but even with that reset by hand, I still have issues with startup.
Such a groovy game.

Wow, just spraying wildly with WD40?! How the hell did it not light up like a candle??

Someone should make stencils for this title. My cabinet is absolutely shot and every time it’s moved it big hunks come off. Gonna build a new one but I love the side art on this.

#13 32 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Steve from PBR has a rubber kit everything but one of them is correct. I told him and I think he fixed it by now.
One of the sizes I think isn’t made anymore

Thanks! I’ll check it out today. Haven’t ordered anything from Steve in a while. Hope he still has my account open.

#14 31 days ago

Thought of one more thing I need, and it's a super long shot. My left flipper is broken. Both the right flippers are the original sonic flipper (white with the S on them). Does anyone know of any NOS sonic flippers or repros?

2 weeks later
#15 12 days ago
Quoted from JustEverett:

Just brought home a Mars Trek, and I'm wanting to upgrade to the retro LEDs that comet has. I'm wondering if anyone has used the kit they offer to upgrade to LEDs. I really want to maintain the warm look of the original incandescent bulbs, but get a little more light from the LEDs.
Also does anyone have a rubber count?

I didn't use the kit, mine is still mostly incandescent but did use some of their bulbs. I don't think they had the retro ones then, so what I got is kinda bright compared to the original-which actually helps in some places on the backglass (like the dark game over and ball 5 etc). I used some of their color changing and "fire" bulbs for cool effects, as posted by a Tom Malloy on Facebook's EM pinball page (you can search there and find it, although video link now seems dead). Basically slow color change bulb goes behind the woman's face in the backglass, and "fire" bulbs go behind where the rocket engines are...I added another on the playfield behind the upper left plastic with a comet on it.

I just replaced the rubber kit on it with one from Titan Pinball. Used their kit, but changed the flipper rubbers to yellow. Would note their kit is short one of the little post rubbers (presumably missed the one in the ball drain).

#16 12 days ago
Quoted from fireball2:

LOVE this game. I'm still trying to get mine to start. It's in beeyoutee shape, but the last guy, whenever it was having trouble starting a game, would open the coin door and squirt wd40 in there. Claimed it would start right up then. Until it didn't, and he let it sit for 15 years.
I THINK I'm close. I know it has a frozen bonus unit, but even with that reset by hand, I still have issues with startup.
Such a groovy game.

Wow...what a technique... Good luck with your repairs! My bonus unit was missing a coil. When starting a ball/game the bonus does start at 1,000, not zero. So, as it resets, it counts all the way down, but then does count up one before it is done...just in case that helps you.

#17 12 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Wow, just spraying wildly with WD40?! How the hell did it not light up like a candle??
Someone should make stencils for this title. My cabinet is absolutely shot and every time it’s moved it big hunks come off. Gonna build a new one but I love the side art on this.

Building a new cabinet/finding a donor is probably the way to go, but I have been keeping mine limping along. Took it to an Expo last year, but don't want to move it around thanks to the easily damaged/heavy cabinet. I added some aluminum from Home Depot that helped the aesthetics, along the bottom sides at least. It was a 8ft piece I think, cutting it exactly in half gave me what was needed for each side. Had to buy the large size they had because so much was gone on mine, I think it was like $35, but came out nice. Lots of wood glue & varathane wood hardener used too.

Stencils would be nice, but read somewhere their graphics weren't originally stenciled on, so it doesn't lend itself to that format well.

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#18 12 days ago
Quoted from emspence:

I didn't use the kit, mine is still mostly incandescent but did use some of their bulbs. I don't think they had the retro ones then, so what I got is kinda bright compared to the original-which actually helps in some places on the backglass (like the dark game over and ball 5 etc). I used some of their color changing and "fire" bulbs for cool effects, as posted by a Tom Malloy on Facebook's EM pinball page (you can search there and find it, although video link now seems dead). Basically slow color change bulb goes behind the woman's face in the backglass, and "fire" bulbs go behind where the rocket engines are...I added another on the playfield behind the upper left plastic with a comet on it.
I just replaced the rubber kit on it with one from Titan Pinball. Used their kit, but changed the flipper rubbers to yellow. Would note their kit is short one of the little post rubbers (presumably missed the one in the ball drain).

I installed the retro leds from comet in the back box a couple nights ago. Still need to do the playfield gi and inserts and fix a few sockets in the backbox. Here is the before and after. I think the retro bulbs they offer really match the incandescent look well.

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#19 11 days ago
Quoted from emspence:

Building a new cabinet/finding a donor is probably the way to go, but I have been keeping mine limping along. Took it to an Expo last year, but don't want to move it around thanks to the easily damaged/heavy cabinet. I added some aluminum from Home Depot that helped the aesthetics, along the bottom sides at least. It was a 8ft piece I think, cutting it exactly in half gave me what was needed for each side. Had to buy the large size they had because so much was gone on mine, I think it was like $35, but came out nice. Lots of wood glue & varathane wood hardener used too.
Stencils would be nice, but read somewhere their graphics weren't originally stenciled on, so it doesn't lend itself to that format well.
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Your cabinet is nicer than mine. Mine is more “together” but the entire bottom is swollen and the graphics are badly faded and flaking. I really want to build a new cabinet, just no clue how to remake the side art. It’s incredible!

My only other issue is one spinner is missing the decals entirely.
Any source for these or can anyone provide a scan?

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For whatever reason I don’t seem to have a picture of the playfield fully restored! Weird

#20 11 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Your cabinet is nicer than mine. Mine is more “together” but the entire bottom is swollen and the graphics are badly faded and flaking. I really want to build a new cabinet, just no clue how to remake the side art. It’s incredible!
My only other issue is one spinner is missing the decals entirely.
Any source for these or can anyone provide a scan?
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For whatever reason I don’t seem to have a picture of the playfield fully restored! Weird

I have the same issue on the spinner decals. I found them on Marcos!

#21 5 days ago

The detail on this machine is way too fine to cut in stencils. That’s why the game was originally screen printed on in the factory

#22 4 days ago

Anyone know of a lock that fits the coindoor on Mars Trek?

#23 2 days ago
Quoted from JustEverett:

Anyone know of a lock that fits the coindoor on Mars Trek?

The standard $4 lock from Pinball Resource works fine. I put one on the coin door & on the replacement I made for the backbox door. I think the original latch was still there for me to use with the new lock with the coin door, not sure if the provided latch will work...may need to fiddle around with that, but it will fit in the door just fine.

#24 2 days ago
Quoted from emspence:

The standard $4 lock from Pinball Resource works fine. I put one on the coin door & on the replacement I made for the backbox door. I think the original latch was still there for me to use with the new lock with the coin door, not sure if the provided latch will work...may need to fiddle around with that, but it will fit in the door just fine.

Perfect. I'll order a couple as I need one for the backbox as well. Also trying to figure out which one fits my Gottlieb Wild Wild West. The opening on the Gottlieb has two flat spots rather than being a perfect circle like the Mars Trek.

#25 2 days ago
Quoted from emspence:

The standard $4 lock from Pinball Resource works fine. I put one on the coin door & on the replacement I made for the backbox door. I think the original latch was still there for me to use with the new lock with the coin door, not sure if the provided latch will work...may need to fiddle around with that, but it will fit in the door just fine.

I need to find a backdoor for mine. Any idea where I could get one?

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