NWPinallers will have a great chance to put their hands on a legendary notoriously famous super rare pin tomorrow. I wonder if that will be the only time it ever sees the light of day.
I can almost imagine the stories:
Its 2065 and an old pinballer and his grandson are hovering over their bubble sealed collection of original, not 3D printed, pins. "Were you there in 2015 gpa, at the Pacific Northwest show, you know the one...?" the little boy asks.
"You mean the one with "Magic Girl?"... he said as he chuckled a bit.
"Yeah! That's the one! What was it like?" the younger pinhead asks excitedly.
"Well..." the old man pauses, arching back on his rocket boot heals a bit, taking in the moment. "I was... well...I was...."
The younger pinhead leans in to catch the precise moment in the story he's been waiting for and can hardly contain himself.
The old man squints a bit, "I'll tell you this. I was not impressed, not one bit." he said bluntly.
Deflated the young pin slumped to the ground, pouting with disappointment. The old man leaned in and smirking a bit.
"There, there, little pin. That there is just a taste of what we all felt, right up until that crazy Leprechaun haired sumbitch Popaduce appeared out of a puff of smoke right there from the spiral ramp, shooting purple rainbows all over the place, drenching every last soul in candies printed with the letter "S", each piece like they were born with their names right on their heads. He then called up a great whirlwind magnet of pre-order money storms pulling change and dollar bills from everyone's pockets all while shrieking like an methed up owl.
We thought we were all gonners, right up until the ghost of ol' Python Angelo appeared riding a monster roller coaster right off the back glass of a cyclone. Ol' Python was pissed. He swooped in and threw down great big pair of red clown shoes. They landed right on the ground in front of that money sucking bastard, and made him put them on and walk backwards out of existence, taking the game and all future mention of JP out of the history books. Then old python went back to his time machine Roller Coaster to kill Stephen Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger before the movies Predator and Gremlins were made."
The young boy was in shock. Eyes glazed in amazement. "Really?!! Was that really what happened?" he asked.
The old man winked, then let out a long sad sigh. "No. Sorry little pin. We just looked at it. We looked and went home and that was that."
Now crushed with a new level of disappointment, he looks up at his gpaw and asks "Why? Why would you say all of that only to let me down AGAIN." I...I...just don't understand" he sniffles in confusion.
The old man beaming with a sinister pride looks down at the little pin and says, "Cuz. Now you know how we all felt, and maybe then you'll learn your lesson and never trust a man who says making pinball is easy."
Then both hop into their hover limo and fly away from their family Stern Museum and Pinball Factory"
Then end.... or is it!
I guess we'll all know tomorrow.
For all involved, here's hoping for a different story. Good night.