(Topic ID: 229233)

Official 2018 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread


By LesManley

7 months ago



Topic Stats

  • 615 posts
  • 118 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 3 months ago by Pinballlew
  • Topic is favorited by 52 Pinsiders

You

Linked Games

No games have been linked to this topic.

    Topic Gallery

    There have been 356 images uploaded to this topic. (View topic image gallery).

    D3237051-8135-4A63-87B8-DAA67F8221A0 (resized).jpeg
    B233ADBF-1523-421D-A9A2-4CE36C2AB119 (resized).jpeg
    EBC4ECF5-E64A-40AD-9BC5-D8EB2F991E36 (resized).jpeg
    50E34B04-302D-4B12-8661-8F5252746263 (resized).jpeg
    05323D0D-36B4-4A00-BCAD-C5343E4B7246 (resized).jpeg
    E15D53D2-D720-4765-9F13-DFBEADFB92CB (resized).jpeg
    31E6415C-FFD0-49BE-8A96-6E3CDF47A97C (resized).jpeg
    20181229_194402 (resized).jpg
    F14A859C-AC68-42A8-856F-B83B95A896EF (resized).jpeg
    05CD4BC8-8917-4429-B8A6-2E02C7BCBC4A (resized).jpeg
    IMG_4179_ (resized).jpg
    IMG_4397 (resized).jpeg
    IMG_2228 (resized).jpeg
    20181226_211337 (resized).jpg
    IMAG2105 (resized).jpg
    Yg+MmaW2TXSfJ0jixocbXw (resized).jpg

    There are 615 posts in this topic. You are on page 12 of 13.
    #551 5 months ago

    Is anybody waiting for New Year or Orthodox Christmas on January 7th?

    My wife and I have a variety of friends that celebrate everything from Hanukkah to Orthodox Christmas. However, I’m pretty sure presents are opened at new year for the Orthodox crowd.

    #552 5 months ago
    Quoted from cletus:

    Is anybody waiting for New Year or Orthodox Christmas on January 7th?
    My wife and I have a variety of friends that celebrate everything from Hanukkah to Orthodox Christmas. However, I’m pretty sure presents are opened at new year for the Orthodox crowd.

    Whoa. I’ve learned something new! I couldn’t wait that long though...

    #553 5 months ago

    Got my package! Thank you
    Beautiful poster of blade runner and another poster!

    IMG_4767 (resized).JPGIMG_4798 (resized).PNG
    #554 5 months ago

    What's the other poster?

    11
    #555 5 months ago

    Got my package. Thank you secret Santa. This will come in handy when I put Munsters in the living room.

    IMG_20181222_201658 (resized).jpgIMG_20181222_201917 (resized).jpg
    16
    #556 5 months ago

    christmas eve in europe, time to unwrap

    got the whole package, an invaluable handy bulb tester!! can not count the times i had to lift a playfield up again because of one faulty LED so this will get used constantly.
    also the flipper button tool is is perfect for me, no more struggling with pliers
    then some awesome bling for iron maiden and TNA, gonna post pictures once installed. the TimTams are already gone

    thank you very much secret santa! happy christmas to all of you awesome people

    D78057E8-9854-4500-A38A-0D60125E7883 (resized).jpegF3BF7E35-970B-496E-919D-B14C82725A9A (resized).jpeg

    #557 5 months ago
    Quoted from cletus:

    Orthodox Christmas on January 7th?

    I did last year. It was great !

    LTG : )

    #558 5 months ago

    Not sure if I can hold out till morning, might have to bust open my package at midnight

    #559 5 months ago
    Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

    Not sure if I can hold out till morning, might have to bust open my package at midnight

    Do it. It's Christmas morning then so that counts as waiting. Plus, I have to travel and drive tomorrow, so I want to see as many gift openings as I can before I have to do that.

    13
    #560 5 months ago

    Technically not my secret Santa....but I received a parcel from an American pinsider friend. Just thought I'd share the US goodies he sent. What a stand up guy!

    Merry Christmas everyone!!

    IMG_20181224_1241526_01.jpg
    #561 5 months ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    Technically not my secret Santa....but I received a parcel from an American pinsider friend. Just thought I'd share the US goodies he sent. What a stand up guy!
    Merry Christmas everyone!!
    [quoted image]

    Bad ass.
    America cereal is the stuff dreams are made of.
    I've eaten many a late night bowl of cereal while working on my machines.

    12
    #562 5 months ago

    Ok. We decided to open gifts tonight. WOW My secret Santa was the best stalker ever, and totally knocked it out of the park!!!! A numbered arcade aid poster (on very thick paper). Looks like it was won my by Santa...this is getting framed! A pinball life cup and keychain. Pop 8-bit medium invader. Lighted Pac-Man Christmas tree ornament. A Boba Fett and Max Rebo Band Star Wars Christmas ornaments (will look great on my Star Wars tree). Two 6-packs of dirty Donny guitar picks. A blue pingulp and a metal “arcade” sign. My secret Santa did some major homework and was so generous. Thank you!

    AEA0BF26-FA4B-4277-BA18-AB84D2FAFB01 (resized).pngEEBB62D1-E07A-4E4F-85D7-BF4C43BB13A2 (resized).jpeg

    #563 5 months ago

    that arcade aid poster reminds me of the intro to silicon valley. very cool stuff indeed. congrats!

    #564 5 months ago
    Quoted from dnapac:

    Ok. We decided to open gifts tonight. WOW My secret Santa was the best stalker ever, and totally knocked it out of the park!!!! A numbered arcade aid poster (on very thick paper). Looks like it was won my by Santa...this is getting framed! A pinball life cup and keychain. Pop 8-bit medium invader. Lighted Pac-Man Christmas tree ornament. A Boba Fett and Max Rebo Band Star Wars Christmas ornaments (will look great on my Star Wars tree). Two 6-packs of dirty Donny guitar picks. A blue pingulp and a metal “arcade” sign. My secret Santa did some major homework and was so generous. Thank you!
    [quoted image][quoted image]

    That poster is cool and I never did get it back in the day. Me and a co-worker got all the questions right too. We actually scheduled out a conference room and worked on the puzzle in there together. I got the lanyard, pins and post cards at least. I never knew they had Space Invaders Funko Pop figures either. Fun stuff.

    15
    #565 5 months ago

    Put together one of the gifts my secret santa got me.

    Fun soldering project!

    Of course, drinking some of the booze they sent while soldering seemed appropriate.

    Thx again santa!

    image (resized).jpg
    16
    #566 5 months ago

    Thanks secret Santa! Good lord that flash light is bright . Already putting it to good use.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas everybody!

    21763AFF-7977-4FFE-A55F-C9B941D3F1AD (resized).jpeg8FFB6485-B778-4611-9A33-861ACB01C07F (resized).jpeg9ADE2F22-1F05-46D7-904E-2BBE5C5CA9CD (resized).jpegD36F3A94-596B-42CE-8F09-B3FBB821E272 (resized).jpeg
    #567 5 months ago

    Wake up! It is time to start opening presents and posting pics!

    Happy holidays pinheads!

    17
    #568 5 months ago

    Ok...since my kids got me up at 5:00am...I'll start the ball rolling on Christmas Morning. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

    Wow! Secret Santa got just what the doctor ordered. My games are in for some upgrades! Everything came really nicely packaged and my SS had a great sense of humor too. I got some of Aunt Bethany's gifts it seems...Meow Mix Brushing Bites for her damn cat she wrapped up again (we do have a cat so these will get used) and Jello for the "this one's leaking" package...lime of course. Lime happens to be my favorite Jello, so this will get used as well. Thank you SS for making me smile on Christmas morning.

    Gifts in case you can't tell what some are...

    Meow Mix Brushing Bites
    Lime Jello
    X-Men Magento Art Blades
    Metal Pinball Wizard Sign
    Tons of Warm White LEDs
    New Pinballs
    Remote Battery Holders
    Pinball At the Zoo Shirt
    Ghostbusters Stay Puft Bank

    Thanks Again for everything!
    IMAG2103 (resized).jpgIMAG2104 (resized).jpg

    18
    #569 5 months ago

    Merry Christmas fellow pin dorks!!!

    My secret Santa did their stalking like a pro.
    I got:
    1. A Black Knight 2000 topper
    2. A black Knight 2000 keychain
    3. A Black Knight 2000 T-shirt
    4. A Madison Pinball T-Shirt
    5. A stack of Madison Pinball stickers
    6. A sack of Lionman arcade tokens
    7. A telescoping magnet tool

    Thanks Secret Santa!!!

    All of this secret Santa talk made my wife step up her pinball gift giving. She got me a custom Tron LEGO pinball machine, a pinball themed t-shirt and a sweet lab stool for all of my pinball restoration and tech work.

    379FE472-EEB1-48DB-838C-8AF6AE8955F7 (resized).jpeg
    16
    #570 5 months ago

    Thanks again Secret Santa! I opened the wrapped gifts today and got a very cool mini arcade cabinet and a pinball pint glass (the perfect size! ). Thank you! You did a great job, SS! (the unwrapped gifts were eaten a long time ago ad the bumper sticker is in my display cabinet! )

    709E2BFC-6ADE-4A10-9216-3E789A7AB112 (resized).jpegA8082529-A1B7-45B6-9469-254EEF8423DA (resized).jpegE66420C3-A55C-4A2D-8A71-867BFDA2EF68 (resized).jpeg

    A9F20C7E-BD54-4F68-970B-9044C75D79C2 (resized).jpeg
    17
    #571 5 months ago

    -to be sung to BK2K music

    I got a topper! (Hahahahahaha)
    Oh what a sight! (No way!)
    Bling out my Black Knight (thanks santa for spendingyourmoney)
    IT'S OUT OF SIGHT! (HA HA HA HAAA)

    Cheers Santa!

    IMG_20181225_075909_445 (resized).jpg
    14
    #572 5 months ago

    I was good and opened my gift this morning, mainly because I had to many drinks last night and forgot haha.
    Love my gifts a great T-shirt, classic Pop Bumper blueprint poster and the awesome "The Complete Pinball Book"
    The book is Great and going right on the coffee table in the living room, I love it.

    Thank you SS and to lesmanley for setting this up it was a lot of fun.

    20181225_090948 (resized).jpg20181225_091002 (resized).jpg20181225_090956 (resized).jpg20181225_090959 (resized).jpg20181225_110534 (resized).jpg
    17
    #573 5 months ago

    Thank you Secret Santa, opened mine up, love the t-shirt, will put the glass to god use, and will find a place for the lights. Thanks to all.

    IMG-20181225-02238 (resized).jpg
    15
    #575 5 months ago

    Secret Santa spoiled me so good, I can barely fit it all in one picture. Thanks so much, awesome job, Merry Xmas everyone!!!!! I especially love the Alfred bendy. I friggin loved Mad Magazine back in the day

    20181225_091706 (resized).jpg20181225_091727 (resized).jpg
    14
    #576 5 months ago

    Thanks Secret Santa!
    I got a couple of pingulp beverage holders, a long lifetime supply of every kind of bulb I can think of, and a very cool Got Pinball shirt.

    Merry Christmas!

    20181223_132238 (resized).jpg
    #577 5 months ago

    So as I’m completely shitfaced on the wife’s recommendation - I recorded the opening earlies today whilst still relatively sober! it premieres on twitch at 7pm and a huge thanks to lesmanley who should get a special twipy for this effort!

    Can I just say who ever my secret santa is they knocked it out the park! Many many many thanks ! ESP for the light which is amazing!

    Watch me open at http://twitch.tv/NeilMcRae/

    Back to the bar!

    Merry Christmas pinsiders it’s been a blast!

    Neil.

    16
    #578 5 months ago

    Awesome gifts from my Secret Santa (cat not included). I left my box unopened but everything was individually wrapped.

    Started with the smallest package and got four awesome Double Danger pinball magnets. These puppies are so strong, you can't put them next to each other. I got the severed arm, Jackpot, Skull with flippers and Alien Rocketship.

    Next package felt like a book and it was a book. Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball by Adam Ruben. I'm new to the hobby and I do feel a kinship with you all but I'll be interested to read in depth of what is truly expected of me in my new cult.

    I asked for a pinball t-shirt and quirky socks and Secret Pinside Santa did not disappoint. I got the appropriate to me "World's Okayest Pinballer" shirt made famous by Ed "Roberts" Robertson (of BNL fame). He wore the black version when he became a 4-0 Bro on Buffalo Pinball. For the socks, I teach music and I love pinball. I also like to wear interesting socks at school. These socks are amazing and will be put into the rotation when we start back up in the new year.

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks to Les Manley for making this happen and a big thanks to my awesome Secret Santa.

    IMG_1526[1] (resized).JPGIMG_1528[1] (resized).JPGIMG_1529[1] (resized).JPGIMG_1530[1] (resized).JPG
    15
    #579 5 months ago

    Thank you Secret Santa. You knocked it out of the park. Game On interactive power supply, game artwork, Spooky coozie and stocking hat. Already putting the hat to use going from Christmas #1 to Christmas #2. Merry Christmas Pinsiders

    20181225_095110 (resized).jpg
    15
    #580 5 months ago

    Best secret santa gifts ever! From the bottom of my heart Merry Christmas and thank you.

    2BB6EA82-D06F-408A-94C6-E06B0133DA8B (resized).jpeg7E09C3EA-6697-4E67-B530-D82292DC0669 (resized).jpeg
    13
    #581 5 months ago

    Thanks for the gifts santa! (Along with the T-shirt and mustang poster I forgot to take a picture of, as both are already in use!)

    IMG_20181213_081719 (resized).jpg
    15
    #582 5 months ago

    I actually made it until Christmas before opening the presents. Very cool gift with key chains for all my games along with some “Troxel Repair” key chains. So cool seeing something with Troxel Repair on it!

    Got a sweet book, too. Drop Target Omnibus.

    Huge thank you SS!

    1DBE3F42-E85B-4171-AAA2-12618DA449F6 (resized).jpeg
    14
    #583 5 months ago

    Kids went and grabbed the mail and what do you know....part 2 of my Pinside Secret Santa gift was inside...a cool shirt and some sweets to keep the sugar high alive. Thank you again Secret Santa and lesmanley for organizing everything. Merry Christmas to my entire Pinside family!

    3EFEF61D-282E-4C07-A73D-DF2ED2450A34 (resized).jpeg
    #584 5 months ago

    Secret santa did some research on me! It's a light-up sign related to something non pinball - low res pic because if it's legible it will erode the secret-ness of what I gave. Thanks secret santa.

    IMG_20181225_180646242 (resized).jpg
    12
    #585 5 months ago

    My Secret Santa was awesome! I received multiple items over the last few weeks. A few of which I didn't even realize were from my Secret Santa until I opened them. My Santa did his/her research and saw I was a Batman fan so It was a Bat-Tastic xmas for me. I got a cool Batman and Robin sculpture and a set of Batman '66 inspired hardcover comic compilations. They knew my likes a little to well as a couple of the items were things I already bought for myself.

    batman_statue (resized).jpg
    bman_book (resized).jpg

    However my Santa was good to me and included amazon gift receipts. So I'm able to exchange the duplicate items I already had towards this cool universal monsters bluray set I've been eyeing the last few months.

    universal monsters (resized).jpg

    Thanks again to my Secret Santa, they've inspired me to go even bigger next year!
    And also thanks again to LesManly for organizing it all.

    12
    #586 5 months ago

    First I would like to Thank Les Manley for this awesome holiday tradition.
    Second, I would like to sujest we do it again in July, We could call it pinside
    Summer birthday bash. (Need help with the name) Sorry winter b-day people.
    Third all of you have made this Christmas very special, as stated earlier in a post
    His wife and my wife bought me something for our game room (surprise)
    Last thank you secret Santa, not sure how you had enough information to figure
    Me out. Yes, I needed to purchase the circuit breakers you sent, second, I have another
    Machine in my very small game room that needs a pingulp. Third, my whole family enjoyed the can cozies and candies, but last the Cat flashlight made my day. I worked for
    A Cat dealer in western pa, and thought, how in the heck did he pull this one out.
    Thanks Secret Santa
    You are truly amazing!

    480F66C0-B66B-4F46-B1EE-C48C8BED68B3 (resized).jpeg
    17
    #587 5 months ago

    Full unboxing
    Gift.gif

    Stoked!~bottom of the mug says grand champ! Love it!
    jfp (resized).jpg

    14
    #588 5 months ago

    Thank you Santa!! My SS hit it out of the park! I have a space themed leaning pin collection so the poster was perfect!! It’ll light up nice once the game room is finished (I plan on having black lighting). I love the mini asteroids (will go nice next to the big one), the shirt, pin, and the hulk chia pet. Thanks SS I can tell you did your homework on me!

    5155C0BF-FF6F-4404-9087-B7537B44B2E4 (resized).jpegAF12ED04-4E86-47B0-AE72-51911FE5CCF8 (resized).jpeg
    #589 5 months ago

    LesManley has made glad the hearts of Pinsiders. As Christmas Day comes to a close. Thank you John, for doing this and all you did for others.

    LTG : )

    12
    #590 5 months ago

    Wait, it's still Christmas Day on the left coast! I opened this morning, but just got home from celebrating.

    Some rich, rich, rich treats (peanut butter hot chocolate -- that will be interesting!), lit buttons and mystery sling plastics! Thanks SS! I'm away from my machines and can't recall if I have a relevant machine fitting the chica. Someone recognize these? Maybe it's a hint that a big package that these fit on is still coming by freight!

    pinside-ss-2018 (resized).jpg

    #591 5 months ago
    Quoted from HighVoltage:

    Wait, it's still Christmas Day on the left coast! I opened this morning, but just got home from celebrating.
    Some rich, rich, rich treats (peanut butter hot chocolate -- that will be interesting!), lit buttons and mystery sling plastics! Thanks SS! I'm away from my machines and can't recall if I have a relevant machine fitting the chica. Someone recognize these? Maybe it's a hint that a big package that these fit on is still coming by freight!
    [quoted image]

    Plastics are Funhouse

    #592 5 months ago

    Sweet, I recently picked up a project FH that is currently disassembled and I need good ones! How did SS know?!

    10
    #593 5 months ago

    Boom!

    Thanks SS Santa!

    FAEAF36E-9655-4A17-A604-2F8016FDC39F (resized).jpeg
    #594 5 months ago
    Quoted from puck:

    Full unboxing
    [quoted image]
    Stoked!~bottom of the mug says grand champ! Love it!
    [quoted image]

    Oh snap!! Santa's got skills !! Awesome video too! That beer looked goood too.what was it!?

    15
    #595 5 months ago

    Holy Awesomeness!!!!!

    Unwrapped an ultra cool Batman 66 batsignal mod.....Thank you Secret Santa!!!

    Yg+MmaW2TXSfJ0jixocbXw (resized).jpg
    20
    #596 5 months ago

    Now that I am back from out of town Christmas celebrations, I just wanted to say a thank you again to everyone who participated and had fun with the Secret Santa program in 2018. It has become bigger and more popular than I ever expected it to be and that is a great thing. I don't mind putting in the effort and running it at all since I know it is appreciated by so many. Opening my gifts and seeing what others get has truly become a new Christmas tradition for me and hopefully for many of you as well. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and may you all have a Happy New Year! Hopefully I'll see you all again in the Secret Santa thread for 2019!

    Also...an extra special Thank You to pinsider mickey. I wasn't the person he was supposed to send gifts to, but he asked for my address because he said he wanted to send me a Christmas card. Well, I get home today and there is a box on the front steps. I wasn't expecting anything, so I had no idea what it was. I opened it up and it is a Colorado Almond Toffee Tin and a box of mini chocolate turtles from Enstrom Toffee & Confectionery. It was an extremely thoughtful and generous gift that he didn't have to send. I hope you had a very special Christmas and have a great New Year! From my family to yours David, thanks again.

    IMAG2105 (resized).jpg

    11
    #597 5 months ago

    I got my poster and translites mounted. (Still playing with the back lighting.) Thanks again, Secret Santa!

    20181226_211337 (resized).jpg

    Thanks, again, to lesmanley for organizing this. And, thanks to everyone for posting their goodies. It's so much fun seeing what everyone received and the thought that went into every gift. There are some truly awesome people on Pinside! Already looking forward to next year!

    Here's to a flipping awesome new year!

    #598 5 months ago

    Will post a pic soon. (forgot to snap one).
    Thanks Secret Santa, whoever you are.

    #599 5 months ago

    I received a t-shirt, and a LDB tester from Pinitech for Bally/Stern machines.

    I actually don't have this tester yet! So now I have a complete set!

    Thanks Secret Santa!

    10
    #600 5 months ago

    I'm a bit late in posting but a HUGE thanks to my Secret Santa! I kind of felt bad when I signed up for the program since I don't post much online in general. I love the stickers (and one of a game I'll someday track down locally!) and the gift certificate was already put to great use. My only complaint about pinball life is that it seems that a day after placing any order I think of something else I meant to order...

    IMG_2228 (resized).jpegIMG_4179_ (resized).jpgIMG_4397 (resized).jpeg
    Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
    $ 89.00
    Cabinet Parts
    Pappy's Pinball Palace
    $ 34.95
    Playfield - Other
    Hookedonpinball.com
    £ 49.00
    Lighting - Led
    PinballToys
    $ 229.00
    Lighting - Led
    PinballBulbs
    $ 100.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    G-Money Mods
    From: $ 42.00
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 26.50
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    The MOD Couple
    $ 19.95
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    ULEKstore
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    From: $ 175.00
    Gameroom - Decorations
    Pinball Photos
    $ 224.99
    $ 42.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    The MOD Couple
    € 42.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    YOYOKOPTER MODS
    £ 99.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    PinballToys
    From: $ 21.95
    Apparel - Unisex
    Pinball Wheezer
    $ 29.99
    Cabinet - Sound/Speakers
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 799.00
    Flipper Parts
    Mircoplayfields
    From: $ 42.00
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 5,599.00
    Pinball Machine
    Operation Pinball
    From: $ 99.99
    $ 89.00
    Cabinet Parts
    Pappy's Pinball Palace
    $ 22.50
    $ 219.99
    $ 10.95
    There are 615 posts in this topic. You are on page 12 of 13.

    Hey there! Got a moment?

    Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside