(Topic ID: 293421)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Pin (Fan petition/Idea Forum)

By Tez17

8 months ago


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  • Latest reply 8 months ago by Rolpa
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“Best Company for MST3K”

  • Stern 2 votes
    13%
  • Jersey Jack 3 votes
    20%
  • Spooky 10 votes
    67%
  • American 0 votes

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#1 8 months ago

Okay, so I don't think its wrong of me to assume that some of you on here (Like me) are fans of the cult classic tv show; Mystery Science Theater 3000. Those of you that are, likely have heard of their success in raising funds on Kickstarter (for the 2nd time!!) for another season. This is a franchise that frankly is PERFECT theming for a pinball machine. Consider how well the Elvira pins or Bally's CFBL capture that classic campy B-Movie feel. I wanted to start this forum to toss around ideas on what types of things could be incorporated into a MST3K pin, who the best maker would be for it, and also just generate discussion for it. Crazier things have happened from forum discussions before so why not? For MST3K as a brand, now would be the best time to begin development on something like this since they are going independent from any network. More word of mouth discussion for them, the better.

For maker, as much as I would love them to be picked up by one of the two triple A brands right now (Stern/Jersey Jack, both for production number reasons and budget reasons), someone who might be more likely to take a chance with them would be Spooky Pinball. Somewhat fits given the ties of Wisconsin to both and the more "roots" origins of both groups.

I think it would be great if they could get an art design similar to what Stern did with their Ghostbusters pin. In other words, that hand drawn animation look that is still somewhat realistic. Pretty much exactly what they use in their "retro" poster artwork for the dvds (See attached). I think including all 3 of the hosts in some capacity could be great as well, maybe even offering different modes for each that involve "playing through" some of the notable films from their respective eras. Would love to see a variety of clips from some of the classic episodes and movies shown on a tv screen (Torgo anyone?). Perhaps when the game starts, you get the famous door sequence. Or use the door sequence on the playfield even? Several drop targets lined up for an infield "hallway sequence" to eventually get all the way to "Theater mode" which starts a movie (Complete within a time limit with movie sign noise playing). For toys, I think you have to include Tom Servo and Crow in some capacity. Gypsy would be fun but less essential (Some reason I'm thinking a magnet toy). Tom could have a similar toy mechanism to the gumball machine in Twilight Zone. Crow could maybe be a ball lock mechanism with his mouth, taunting the player as you go ala Funhouse. Too many options!!

The famous moon could maybe be done as a spinning toy in the backfield or made solid for the plunger handle. How much would the rights be to get Lou Reed's Satellite of Love playing as an Easter egg? Maybe to pay tribute to the mads of the show, there could be a lower playfield mode that would be Deep 13 or Gizmonic Institute. What are some general gameplay aspects you like/dislike about more modern pins? Other aesthetic looks you would want or hope to see? Comment below and lets get the discussion going!

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#2 8 months ago

To add to this, which movies would you want incorporated into the game? We're assuming some movies could be built into the gameplay/art itself and others could be shown just as clips in the "theater" (screen). My personal top 3 would be Mitchell, Final Sacrifice, and Great Spider Invasion. I have a soft spot too for Bride of the Monster but mainly because of its connection with Tim Buton's Ed Wood and less because of the actual episode.

#3 8 months ago

Seems very on brand for Spooky, but I'm not super familiar with the license.

#4 8 months ago

Space mutiny, that is my favorite.

#5 8 months ago

Retheme EHoH, change the house for the satellite of love, boom.

#6 8 months ago

A Deep13 lower PF maybe?

Wearing my MST3K LIVE hoodie as we speak!

#7 8 months ago

Stern should make it and have a stationary Tom Servo sculpt in the back left of the playfield that controls the ball with a magnet please.

#8 8 months ago

Some sort of "shooting challenge" with scenes from Birdemic would be so sweet.

#9 8 months ago
Quoted from bobwiley:

Space mutiny, that is my favorite.

I am literally watching this episode on their Twitch channel as I am reading your comment. haha...

#10 8 months ago
Quoted from klr650:

Some sort of "shooting challenge" with scenes from Birdemic would be so sweet.

There could be an entire mode where you are selling slr pnls.

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#11 8 months ago

Interesting ideas so far. I'm happy to see others sharing their thoughts on this. One new thought I had was what if the whole machine was to be a new experiment by the mads? Meaning new clips could be filmed on whatever set is being used for the next season to show and give the machine its own "story" that could be progressed in a "choose your own adventure" format. Film clips from many of the old classic could still be used as well as cameos by former cast members. I've heard their Alice Cooper machine had a dungeon crawler aesthetic to its game play that could maybe be done here but using the Satellite of Love as a template with movie signs interrupting your quest during the game.

#12 8 months ago

I love the idea, but I worry that any company considering this would balk at the idea that it would require licensing not just for the show but probably also for many of the movies to be included. That seems like a nightmare for the legal department.

#13 8 months ago

Honestly I think a projector screen in the vein of Stranger Things would work really well for this theme. You could even project the shadow of Mike/Joel and the bots, just like the show.

This has me thinking now. Is the projector Stern uses a highly specialized piece of equipment, or can the same effect be pulled off with an off-the-shelf HDMI projector?

#14 8 months ago

I have to imagine the licenses of these movies aren’t too expensive compared to mainstream properties that are made into pinball games.

#15 8 months ago
Quoted from Rolpa:

Honestly I think a projector screen in the vein of Stranger Things would work really well for this theme. You could even project the shadow of Mike/Joel and the bots, just like the show.
This has me thinking now. Is the projector Stern uses a highly specialized piece of equipment, or can the same effect be pulled off with an off-the-shelf HDMI projector?

Really like this idea. Would totally fit this theme.

#16 8 months ago
Quoted from PSchwisow:

I love the idea, but I worry that any company considering this would balk at the idea that it would require licensing not just for the show but probably also for many of the movies to be included. That seems like a nightmare for the legal department.

Many of the movies featured on MST3K, including Manos THOF and Space Mutiny, were public domain IIRC.

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