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For sale: Hankin FJ **RARE to find in the states**


By arcademan1

11 months ago



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  • FJ Hankin, 1978

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#8 11 months ago

It should be pointed out to our friends in the Northern Hemisphere that all 5 of the titles that Hankin churned out in the three years they were in operation from 79-81 are best described as poor players with a clunky design so you would be buying this as a piece of antipodean history rather than any sort of desirability or long term playability.

Quoted from Brk_oth:

They only made approx 1000 FJ Holden pinballs, so a rare game, and especially rare to see one in the US.

For context though, FJ was actually Hankins biggest seller at 1180 units and their first.

The sales numbers dropped off dramatically to a few hundred with the subsequent titles (including only 350 Empire Strikes Back which in 1980 should have been guaranteed money in the bank) and they closed up shop the following year.

They had the capital to buy the licenses and manufacture their own branded parts, but they couldn't design a pinball machine that anyone wanted to play.

Sounds oddly familiar?

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