A pinball machine themed after something from the 21st century.
Being a prior Spooky customer, and knowing how they care about their product and customers, they are only ones in the industry that would even stand a chance of getting any of my NIB money.
And now with a relevant theme like Rick and Morty, in my mind, they are the only pinball company that matters.
I bet this is going to kill it on location. Every location.
Will 750 units be enough?
Quoted from Daditude:
I was thinking the same thing. This demand for this is probably a LOT more than 750
Once it and word gets out, no doubt.
It's the perfect storm of pinball that's been in the media quite a bit lately and finally a theme super relevant to now.
I know several locations already this would be perfect for.
One of my pinball friends who is in his early 20s just called. He is quite good in tournaments and has played every game imaginable.
I've never heard him so excited about a theme in the five years him and his dad have been coming over. He's always putting R+M an my TV whenever he's here. lol. I go way back on adult swim myself. This is going to be good.
As a seasoned player the only thing wrong with South Park were the huge scoring holes in the playfield. But when all the other pinball places dried up, it was a good game to get my fix. Even my infant daughter at the time found it amusing.
Back in the 1990s a buddy told me there should be there should be a Ren and Stimpy game. I guess it's too late for that.
Sorry, but have they released pics or price yet? I'm still in a little haze from last night.
One thing about Spooky games, when the mystery box arrives, there is usually no mystery. Best damn playfields in the business.
Quoted from Vino:
They were the first with the recent pf issues that impacted a handful of us. Mainly left unnoticed by the numbers compared to the JJP/sterns.
To their credit they were responsive, have since resolved issues, and will consider a future purchase.
I know, I was one of them. And was taken care of in less than 15 minutes after reporting it. Not getting into details, but it was not caused by the quality of the wood or the clearcoat.
I get it. When Munsters first ran, I was more into a show that was already in syndication.
But I'm not holding my breath we'll ever see a The Lone Ranger pinball machine.
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:
All this hype before we have seen a pic, watched a vid or seen a game.
I trust what Borygard has to say. He's a straight shooter if there ever was one.
Quoted from metallik:
Wouldn't it be something if every R&M got snapped up by a prior Spooky customer? OTOH it would be quite the bummer if 750 wasn't enough to satisfy even *that* demand....
At least it won't be anything like that TBL EA debacle. I got my message in already. Not sure what good it's going to do as far as place in line, but I'm buying one.
Quoted from metallik:
'Gratz on the TnA, I assume that replaced the caped crusaders?
Yes it did. But the caped crusader went on location where it has been earning very good ever since. As far as met, my musical tastes had changed dramatically since I was an 80s headbanger and I just couldn't go back there. It was a well built solid machine though.
Quoted from tomdotcom:
Spooky posted why. Read their posts in this thread.
I had a hard time finding it but it got hidden in the quote of this post-
Quoted from sataneatscheese:
I just hope this brings more people to pinball and advances the hobby.
I've never really cared much about this "bring more people into pinball" thing.
However there is no doubt in my mind once this game goes on location in some of the breweries and other spots in the college town I live in, it is going to be a huge hit with not just regular pinball players, but a much younger crowd as well.
Again, don't think they won't be making enough of these to fill demand.
You must understand, R+M fans are super intelligent. Meaning most of them have figured out how to make money without doing too much.
Quoted from Extraballz:
Let me guess. A handsome GenX dude stole your women in the 90s?
Not quite. lol. I never considered myself part of one generation or another. Once you do and are content with that, as you get older it tends to stunt your growth and you start longing for things from the past instead of just remembering them and stop moving forward into the future. At least that's the way I see it.
I've got Killer Klowns recorded. Might make for a good cyberdrunk watch later tonight.
Sounds like bangerjay has better things to do than watch crappy TV shows. Speaking of which, Cowboys sure are crappy tonight.
My 21 year old daughter's return phone call when asked if I should buy Rick and Morty.
"Heck Ya! Everybody I know loves that show!"
Do you think 750 will be enough of these?
She said there was a lot more buzz about it a couple years ago but it is still very popular.
For those that say young people can't afford these things, she is in her fourth year of college and has a job where she makes more money than I do. Not that she is going to buy it, but her and her friends do go out to places where something like this would definitely catch their attention and it would certainly get played.
Quoted from Deaconblooze:
If I'm an operator, there's 0 chance I'm not putting this out on location. The show has a really strong following, and it's very relevant TODAY (rare).
If I'm an operator, I'm putting one in one of the breweries or night spots where the college kids in my town hang out. There is a rec center in the basement of the local university where I used to play that this would be perfect for.
The way I see it is we've already planted the seed by having our own games they can play. Now give them the themes they can relate to, and the rest will take care of itself.
Quoted from cjchand:
According to Wikipedia - yeah, I know, but work with me here - seems the audience keeps growing:
Dunno what happened on S3E1, but the trend is definitely "up and to the right".
No doubt about that. But my point was it is not just older people that have been watching adult swim for years like myself. It has crossed over to all walks of life.
Except maybe those that have been stuck in their ways for years, but there're still plenty of other pinball machines for them.
Quoted from 6S3NC3:I called yesterday afternoon, about 200 members in the club. Im sure that bumped up a bit.
I'm certainly one of them.
Kinda wondering with more distributers now, which would be the best way to go to get an early spot even if you are already a past Spooky customer.
I have decided to go straight to the source as Charlie, as busy as he must be, seems to have no problem replying to e-mails pronto. Like I said before, he's too cool for school.
Quoted from pinmister:
Been craving me some El Farolito with Nimblenuts-hopefully sooner than later fo sho.
We can certainly do that.
Quoted from KingPinGames:
Spooky Pinball (WI Based)
PinballStar Amusements (PA Based)
KingPin Games (WI Based)
Nitro Amusements (WA Based)
Lock When Lit (MO Based)
I believe that is it for USA distributors.
I guess Wisconsin is about as close as any to where I live anyway.
The distributer in my town only sells new Stern, JJP, American, and CGC.
I do however go by there once a week to say hello.
Quoted from Sticky:
You can tell who the old guys are just by going through the thread and seeing some of these posts. Guys wondering what this is or suggesting themes that nobody born after 2000 has ever heard of.
Not bagging on any of you for your age but come on, Evil Dead? Halloween? Someone mentioned Munsters?
I had to go back and quote this. And say years of age has nothing to do with it. Now I'm going to go finish knitting.
I've got the whole series set to record. Watching it random when it comes on is no longer enough.
Old Bob showed up and we watched the 4th season premier twice. That is three times in one night.
Quoted from frolic:
I wonder why the announcement of 750 total made?
"we often limit to what we feel we can do in a timely manner that is a fair wait time for the customer. Also the limit is a huge part of the draw for some people and makes it cool when you can get ahold of one!"
I love the entire presentation so far and have not been this excited about a new pinball machine since they would just drop them on location with no internet input. I'm already thinking BS might be in my future.
My only question is will the order in which somebody joined the Fang Club have anything to do with the order in which members are allowed to purchase? I'm one of those guys that can sometimes go a week without checking my e-mails although I'll be checking them more frequent now.
My daughter and I bonded tonight over pizza and the new dragon episode. Then we watched Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
Quoted from flynnibus:
Didn't say the theme was new... his comment was "But what other Pin in the last 10 years checks all 3 of these boxes?". You are the one that introduced the idea of the topic had to be recent..
Well, one of the boxes to check was Rick and Morty. And none that you posted were that.
Quoted from MikeS:
You can't penalize people that are waiting up to a year and a half for a game. A lot can happen in that timeframe. People get divorced, lose jobs, get married, have babies, recessions happen, etc.
Others just play pinball and get drunk and the year passes right by. I suppose a heart attack or liver failure might throw a wrench in that wait though.
This is like the 90s, when the pinball machines introduced many to the themes.
I've seen the show before, but have been waiting for someone the industry to go this route for a long time. Glad it's Spooky. I'm almost sure it wouldn't be anybody else.
I'm assuming we will also be getting hit for that almost 10% Ca. sales tax upon purchase.
No problem. If people can afford new pinball machines, then they should pay their taxes as well.
I had to google Spin and Marty. lol. Just a tad before my time. Hahaha!
In my world, even Ren and Stimpy is an antique theme.
Quoted from Pball:
Yes, Spooky has to charge CA sales tax now. I received my ACNC two weeks ago and they had to charge tax.
It is what it is. Some states have no sales tax and crazy high property taxes. My property tax is super low relatively speaking. Nobody wants to pay any taxes, but somehow they gotta pay to keep things running. And keep all those fancy suits up in Sacramento living high on the hog.
Quoted from kermit24:
you know the only reason your taxes are low is because you are old and have lived in the same place forever. Grandfathered rule.
Close, but I am not old. It was my old grandma that bought the house in 1966 and keeping it in the family that keeps taxes low. She wouldn't let grandpa move in. Something about a Christmas blowout at our house where she yelled at him snd he dropped a bottle of Jack Daniels in the driveway.
Quoted from ausretrogamer:
We’ve now gone to taxes. We all know the certainties in life, unfortunately taxes are one of them. Now, back to our regular Rick & Morty schedule
I just wanted to point that out. I knew when I paid sales tax on my Fang Club membership, that like death, NIB pinball tax was now inevitable.
I guess I'm too young to worry about little shit like how many coils or did they put Rick on the right side when he should be on the left side, or even if the gap between the flippers is 1 millimeter wider than the last game.
Even with what has been revealed so far, I already love the game. Glad I'm not old and set in my ways.
I bought my Toyota and drove it away the same day. I don't wait on mass produced cars. I am however willing to wait my turn for Rick and Morty.
The people I have consulted say get it. That includes the one that someday might inherit it.
Quoted from The_Casual:
Drinking o-din, you meant drinking.
And fixing my friends brakes and oil leaks for free because he cut off the end of his finger. lol. I can be a nice guy that way. It was a big time and not a time to think about what would be happening at 7:00 AM the next morning.
Quoted from iceman44:
Did you get one Spicoli or did those "tasty buds" cause you to oversleep?
I'll let you know when I actually do wake up. lol.
I'm sure nobody here really wants to know what went on last night. lol. Or my comatose conversations with nimble pin this AM. I gotta get this brake fluid off me from yesterday is all I know.
Around here a year goes by real fast. Before you know it they will be selling halloween decorations again.
Quoted from kermit24:
But in order to pull this off, you need a theme that gets people excited.
I seriously doubt Rick and Morty was on any of the other companies radar. And many in charge of those companies may have never even heard of it before now.
It's also very hard for people to change or accept new things once they are set in their ways. There is still a huge market for them and their themes anyway.
Good for them! It's not anything I'm really interested in, and I'm glad it is Spooky doing this one.
Charlie seems very open minded when it comes to young talent like Scott and sort of giving him a lot of his own latitude with themes and whatnot.
Quoted from sataneatscheese:
So... is Rick and Morty the biggest day 1 sell out in pinball history?
There may be other titles that sold that many units the first day, but going back in time to figure out which ones or how many is almost impossible due to the limited records available.
I'm sure T-2 did great as it was released to coincide with the movie's release. But again, it was not a limited production game.
Quoted from tacshose:
It was PURE LUCK I saw the email from KT as I have been traveling and luckily on West coast time was able to get up at 7 to place my order before heading to meetings. I am sure most people missed this going on sale
I surely don't check my emails everyday, and definitely not at 7:00 AM on my days off. I was convinced this would be closer to Christmas.
Quoted from flecom:
every year at IAAPA I harassed everyone in a Stern shirt about doing R&M, problem is they are all old and out of touch
I'm sure they are not out of touch with making money. lol. They probably could have sold more Rick and Mortys than WWE or a few other recent titles.
I'm just glad they didn't have the opportunity to cockblock the license like they did with Godzilla.
I'd rather wait a year or more for Rick and Morty than being left in limbo waiting for a replacement playfield for some of the other's games out there.