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Hot Wheels it is - says Kaneda

By Krupps4

5 months ago

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#196 5 months ago

My first reaction to this license is "isn't Hot Wheels a toy for young boys who like cars but can't own or drive them?"

Then look at the Gen X pinball demographic. We've all either owned real sports cars at some point in our lives, driven around and gotten tickets, or perhaps have a classic car in our garage right now. Or you've got a respectable looking family man sedan but the engine has major balls and would make the 6 bangers you drove in high school look like a Stomper. Ultimately, the "wish" of metal toy cars isn't very relevant to us.

Other themes like TMNT and He-Man are also childish but they have characters and universes to explore. Also a big part of Hot Wheels is reproductions of classic cars / special cars. Will those licenses carry through to a pin or will we end up with another Gomez Motor Company fake truck?

#351 5 months ago

Basing a pin license off "X million people love thing Y" is how stuff like Wheel of Fortune and WWE get made.

Remember the normal world could give two shits about pinball. So it's not about picking a theme normies like to lure them to pinball its about picking themes pinheads want that also has some millenial appeal for location. (JP is great example)

Think of how often we see "dream theme" lists on this site. Have you EVER seen Hot Wheels mentioned? Say what you will about Stern but if people type Iron Maiden into this site 10,000 times they pay attention. They know the sample size of this site is more than enough to accurately judge the market.

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#683 81 days ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

Serious question, would you feel the same if JJP or Stern announced a Sponge Bob or even a Bozo's Circus pin?

SpongeBob would SLAY on location. Just outright MURDER. The kids who grew up on that are now in college and are the ones plunking down coin at barcades.

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