The JJP bashing/joking really isn't called for. The guy wanted to improve something he loves and he did. He put together a pinball company and produced a quality game that beats the standards of most games if not all in build quality, technology and in some areas innovation. The theme might not be for some but it's a high quality piece of mechanical art. I've spoken with Jack before and he's a standup guy. All companies have hiccups, especially new ones but in the end JJP delivered. The Hobbit pinball should be another great pin with some new things possibly never done before in pinball.
As always you can speak with your pocket book. If you don't want something for whatever reason, don't buy it. I'm seriously happy that pinball is still being manufactured and that so many people are excited about it. Dump the negative speak. We're in good times guys. Don't take it for granted.