Quoted from o-din:
Congrats. You will probably want to keep it too.
I'm not the biggest AAB fan, but between that one and Flipper, I think I've got two of the better ones.
Thanks o-din! Yep, this is one of those "you'll have to pry from my cold dead-but-still-flipping" hands games for me.
I remember that as a new collector after my first wedgehead I saw Fun Land on IPDB and knew it was one of the games I wanted most just based off of the art alone, and I'm glad even aside from the art being one of my favorites that it (Fun Park) ended up being one of my personal favorite playing games right away. So those two great things put together, with me being able to pick it up in purely pristine condition and not needing any tweaks/service needed, needless to say I'm incredibly incredibly satisfied. Of course all of that is up to opinion on how somebody feels about the game and those are mine, and that's the point. *I* love it! And can't beat what I paid for it.
Here are the Fun Land and Fun Park playfields for comparison, quite different after all. Almost all of the playfield artwork is different (sans spinners and plastics, of course), even down to the top of the playfield in the art around the lanes. Even the center ducks appear to be redone and placed differently (with inserts laid out differently and colored differently), although I know you own one yourself o-din, now I'm just speaking to the general public: note the pop bumpers and the extra "indicated value" feature Fun Park has (pictures from IPDB, somebody mixed up the Fun Park pop bumper colors somehow by swapping yellow and red and adding an extra yellow on that machine Not my machine)
I've seen these machines for sale side by side before in somebody's collection and now I see that it would probably be totally reasonable to own both if you had the extra room and interest. I am definitely very content with what version I have though, that's for sure! If it happened the other way around maybe I would be more interested in seeking out the other, but I'm already as happy as I can be with getting the one I feel is better to start. Nobody really "needs" both as they're great different standalone games as they were originally meant to be... especially me, for my well being!
Can't wait to finish up my gameroom so I can set it up again.
Photos courtesy of IPDB (Russ Jensen & Vic Camp):
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