Quoted from jsrfo:
Just want to mention that going back to 1994, Stargate had some cool resin sculpted toys on it, including two sculpted Mastages for bumper caps (with a lit ring below them) and a rising Horus and Anubis, and of course, the glidercraft. Very cool, especially for their time, and well integrated from the movie.
I own Stargate, and seeing the similarity between its sculptures and the WOZ sculptures swung me to the purchase of the WOZ. Wish I could afford The Hobbit (or any other NIB for that matter), but the wife would probably kill me.
Moving on to the current debate, how anyone can compare 1960's-ish lit bumper caps, dimestore toys and action figures on the playfield to what JJP has been doing? (Deep breath, waiting for the Pinside barrage of Fanboy remarks).
You don't have to like every aspect of every piece on every game. The WOZ trees are excellent, but the witch could have been executed better. But, within the game, it is good, and no one looks at it and says that it's mesed up. Everyone knows what it is, and isn't that the point? I suspect the Hobbit will be the same.
To me, JJP is making an attempt to return to the good days of the 1990's with their products. We all know that it hasn't been without issue, but they have kept improving their game. At least acknowledge or respect that. In any event, more pinball manufacturers means more pinball for all of us.
Reading over what I wrote above, I'm not sure why the outrage. I purposely did not state anything about a manufacturer, no matter how it was perceived, and yes, it was referring to Stern. After all, a few posts prior, someone complained about the Stern bumper caps.
But my point is this, the terms "lit bumper caps", "dimestore toys", and "action figures" seem to have really resonated with those reading this thread.
If I'm off base on that, and if others aren't thinking the same thing, please, let me know. But it seems that those terms struck a universal nerve. And everyone went to the same place or logical conclusion. Why? Apparently, whatever competition for market share has developed, it appears that has driven TWD at least partially in a new direction. Isn't that a good thing?
Sure, I own a WOZ. I don't really like or dislike the witch. It's part of the game, that's all. I bought the WOZ instead of something else new, because I have an opinion of which I liked better. Now, owning a WOZ has had it's on share of issues, some well documented here. There isn't anything perfect, and I won't hide from WOZ issues either. There's a lot to like, but there are things to dislike as well.
Shouldn't have stepped into the swill...