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By DCFAN

3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

Here are some pics of my LOTR with some add-on figures which are all from the original Play Along toys. For some reason I did not get the camera to focus well but the general layout can be seen. The only thing I changed from the original figures is that Sauron is at the Barad-Dur tower where he belongs, and the Uruk holding the head was inserted on the right pop bumper instead of next to the tower. Gimli is added on the pop bumper behind the Gimli Hole. Boromir is on the left Pop. Legolas is on a custom made plastic I made attached to a screw on the path of the dead. Arwen is also on a custom made plastic.
On the sword, I have the Witch King and his Nazgul buddy reaching toward the general direction of Frodo. All of these mods have been done without damaging any plastics so they are reversible, except the pop bumper figures. I bought spare pop bumper caps to have in case I want to remove the figures which are attached through the caps with screws.

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#2 3 years ago

More pics:

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#3 3 years ago

And More:

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#4 3 years ago

some more:

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#5 3 years ago

That's the beauty of LOTR... You can make it your own!
Mine is completely different from most I've seen. Heck, even my Balrog is darker than DC's.
That is a $#!t-ton of figures you have in there!
I guess "Go big or go home" is the motto in the DC household!


#6 3 years ago

That machine is clean!

Would be pretty funny if you snuck a small "Where's Waldo" figurine somewhere in there though


#7 3 years ago

It does look a little crowded in the pics, but when you are standing in the playing position and are an average height, the distance between figures looks much bigger than the worms-eye-view of the camera shots which diminish depth perception. I also made sure to stay consistent with the story in the use/placement of figures. One other note, I have been very careful about not obstructing my view of the ball. For example, Arwen and Legolas are between the left orbit and the Legolas ramp for a clear line of sight for the paths and all insert lights.


#8 3 years ago

I forgot to mention that tomorrow my LOTR LE will have a new friend. spiderman is coming to be LOTR's right hand man.


#9 3 years ago

Wow, nice job. You're making my LOTR feel a bit naked... I did however install a Dayton 12" sub yesterday on my LOTR and it is pretty insane. Probably a bit overkill and would have been fine with the Sony 10" sub (but the price was the same and I decided to try it out). The thing is so big it barely fits under the cabinet. I'll be plugging spidey into the same sub when he arrives next week from Trent.


#10 3 years ago

I do like that look but, do the figures block your view of the ball when in play???? Being an early SS lover I prefer a much more open PF than that of the newer pins.


#11 3 years ago
RWH said:

I do like that look but, do the figures block your view of the ball when in play???? Being an early SS lover I prefer a much more open PF than that of the newer pins.

No, I specifically laid them out so that they are not in the line of sight of the ball paths. The Arwen figure is in line with the blue pad between the left orbit and the Legolas path. I have noticed only a slight view obstruction from that figure when the ball is rolling back toward the left flipper, but it has not affected my gameplay. The first time I played it with the new figures installed, I had my 2nd best game to date.

I am sure that the view is much better with these figures than the spiderman Back Alley Creations building and subway mods.


#12 3 years ago
DCFAN said:

RWH said:I do like that look but, do the figures block your view of the ball when in play???? Being an early SS lover I prefer a much more open PF than that of the newer pins.
No, I specifically laid them out so that they are not in the line of sight of the ball paths. The Arwen figure is in line with the blue pad between the left orbit and the Legolas path. I have noticed only a slight view obstruction from that figure when the ball is rolling back toward the left flipper, but it has not affected my gameplay. The first time I played it with the new figures installed, I had my 2nd best game to date.
I am sure that the view is much better with these figures than the spiderman Back Alley Creations building and subway mods.

Why are all the figurines basically facing the player? Looks a bit odd/unnatural. I set up a few "battle scenes" in mine, with the figurines looking like they are interacting with each other, rather than just being "on display."


#13 3 years ago
DCFAN said:

I forgot to mention that tomorrow my LOTR LE will have a new friend. spiderman is coming to be LOTR's right hand man.

Well played sir, very well played!


#14 3 years ago
StevenP said:

DCFAN said:

RWH said:I do like that look but, do the figures block your view of the ball when in play???? Being an early SS lover I prefer a much more open PF than that of the newer pins.
No, I specifically laid them out so that they are not in the line of sight of the ball paths. The Arwen figure is in line with the blue pad between the left orbit and the Legolas path. I have noticed only a slight view obstruction from that figure when the ball is rolling back toward the left flipper, but it has not affected my gameplay. The first time I played it with the new figures installed, I had my 2nd best game to date.
I am sure that the view is much better with these figures than the spiderman Back Alley Creations building and subway mods.
Why are all the figurines basically facing the player? Looks a bit odd/unnatural. I set up a few "battle scenes" in mine, with the figurines looking like they are interacting with each other, rather than just being "on display."

The slingshot figures are oriented like the originals so they are not all just on display in a player facing orientation. It makes sense for the horses to be facing forward. I don't think anybody wants to be looking at a horse's ass when they are playing. Also, The Witch King and Nazgul are trying to get the ring from Frodo so they are facing him. Not all the placement was my idea. I will readily admit that I saw some other pinhead's work to get some of my ideas and inspiration.

As a matter of fact, I don't recall many pinball machines that have toys that do not face the player by any manufacturer.



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