Quoted from Eskaybee:
Ironman, Avatar, TRON, Transformers, AC/DC were terrible themes?
Ironman was a miss exactly for the reason rarehero stated, NO LE Model. Avatar tested the waters; TRON nailed it spot on. TF was a bit of a miss when they went with 3 different LE versions but still sold out sight unseen due to TRON. AC/DC nailed it. And the cycle continued...’holy shit, we can make $5million dollars before we make a single game, it might be a good idea to expand’ And here we are today.
JJP Good for the hobby...i can’t disagree; it was his pitch (if memory serves) for Stern to do the LE model. If it wasn’t for that, we might still have $5k full featured pins, but we might not have new pins at all...
I believe Jack got Stern to do the LOTRLE that i ended up paying $5200 for. Thanks Jack.
It still takes "balls" to invest a huge amount of $$$ into pinball and "future expected growth". There are no guarantees that the "cycle" was going to keep rolling then or even now.
If Stern was still in the Dmd dark ages then yeah, it would be a total different story today.
I remember the TF days, the bloom faded quickly on that one.
When JJP entered the game it ushered in the era of "high prices". Back then, it was like holy crap, how can a pin cost $6500!
Nowadays, apparently that is chump change.