I am probably asking for trouble by posting a strong opinion as my first post, but I am now looking to get into pinball and relive those glory days between college classes where a quarter provided a half hour of amusement. I've been reading like crazy trying to come up to speed, and I decided that I needed to get off the keyboard and get to a shop so I could play first hand.
I stopped by a local billiards and spa dealer and they had two stern pins there: The Avengers and Transformers "home editions" -$3k each. I wasn't impressed, the play was rather repetitive, and they just felt "small" and void of character for what I was expecting. I tried to find more information online about these machines, but I have struggled in finding anything that remotely matches the playfield of these pins in the store. If I go to Stern's website, the playfields look smaller than what they list, so I am guessing these are stripped down models of higher end pins, hence the "home edition" designation.
I haven't done anything with pinball for ~20 years, but I fed enough quarters into Addams Family machine that I could have bought it a number of times over. I have no idea what to expect out of a current machine, so I guess my question is two fold:
1. Is this fairly normal for new machines, or did I just pick a couple of duds?
2. Is this what people complain about in the stern versus Jersey Jack debates that I have read about?
I appreciate any help, but my first experience back into the fray was pretty meh. I don't want to waste much time if this is par for the course.
Updated the title - now that I know more!