Quoted from Whysnow:
Who all are part of this company?
The language of the original post, followed by it sounding like Bsavage is the developer, followed by pinfantexas being part of this make it a bit confusing. It would be nice to understand who is representing the company here.
Here's my story: I'm new to the hobby, got in about 2 years ago. My real job: I am the CEO of Fun Publications, Inc. We have run the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club (GIJoeCon.com) under license from Hasbro for the past 15 years. We also run the Transformers Collectors' Club (TransformersClub.com) under license from Hasbro for the past 9 years. This means besides the clubs, we run 2 international collectors conventions each year as well (GIJoeCon.com and BotCon.com). So, we make over 50 exclusive toys a year for these clubs.
I was at an arcade auction about a year ago and my friend bought a machine I had never seen (which doesn't mean much) called Viper Night Drivin', looked kind of cool, but had these weird dirty yellow balls (I think there were only 3). He told me that no one had ever remade these balls. And when he has seen them on the Evilbay that they go for around $100. Hmmm...wonder if my guys could do this economically. So, I borrowed a ball from my friend and sent it for evaluation. My factory rep said that he had come up with a way to do this and sourced the original steel balls. Size and weight were crucial.
Three sample rounds later and a change to the next harder material up the scale got us to the balls. Now, what to make... how about GID? AND how about colors for other machines? Never been done. Wouldn't it be cool to have balls that match the colors in your machines? Will people like them?... don't know. It's a fair amount of cash layout to experiment but, could be really fun for people and it's a mod that does't do anything to your machine.
So I'm taking the gamble.
Also I thought, wouldn't it be cool to have a half white half black ball so it would "flash" when you play. When we tried that I realized that the balls skid more than they roll. That's why you get wear on the PF. If they rolled all the time it would not be a big deal. Well, that did't work, back to solid colors.
That's how all of this got started. I saw a need, worked out the production and took the risk.
What else could we make? Pretty much anything that makes sense to take the risk. We know how to make lots and lots of toys as well as sculpting and graphic work. Maybe we will make custom mods/toys for machines but, for now, one thing at a time.
Thanks for the read,