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By Rick471

3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

Saw the opposite thread, but I think this one will be more fun.

Whats the best looking pin, regardless if it plays well or not!!??

And,,,,,,go!!

I personally vote for TOTAN,,,its pretty!!


#2 3 years ago

CFTBL .... all_the_way


#3 3 years ago

Agree, CFTBL &TOTAN, but Centaur is just primeval beauty to me.


#4 3 years ago

Fathom!


#5 3 years ago

TOTAN ftw


#7 3 years ago

There is more than one beautiful pin. It changes based on what is trying to be moved lol...;););) I am ready to "Buy It Now" on all of them LOL;););) That guy has the best!

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#8 3 years ago

Cabinet and Translite I would say CFTBL (playfield is a tad dim)

For overall TOTAN.

But I have to admit all of John P games are awesome looking. (TOTAN, CV, TOM)

My vote is for any John P games!


#9 3 years ago

TOTAN, Centaur, Fathom, TOM, are awesome-

Big Juicy Melons for the win


#10 3 years ago

Totan for me!


#11 3 years ago
jimjim66 said:

TOTAN, Centaur, Fathom, TOM, are awesome-
Big Juicy Melons for the win

Mmmmm melons


#12 3 years ago
Slate said:

Cabinet and Translite I would say CFTBL (playfield is a tad dim)

Clean ramps, clean pf, and lit pops change everything.


#13 3 years ago

TOTAN, CV, Centaur.


#14 3 years ago

I would honestly say whitewater. Great playfield (how can you not like mountains and water, and a waterslide ramp?), and there is hands down no other topper as pretty with the animated water, it reminds me of beer signs in bars

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#15 3 years ago

Thumbs up for Whitewater! Not my fav but is a very good lookin pin...


#16 3 years ago

TOTAN has to be tops


#17 3 years ago

The Whitewater topper would have to be the best out there... Very clever.


#18 3 years ago

I will +4 the topper on WH20.


#19 3 years ago

Not sure if I would say it is the best but I like Corvette. And as others mentioned, TOTAN, CV and TOM are pretty too for the newer games. There are a lot of older pins which are just beautiful, such as Xenon.


#20 3 years ago

Totan


#21 3 years ago

Twilight Zone, big fan of the theme


#22 3 years ago

I'll say Star Race. Beautiful game but a lousy player.


#23 3 years ago

Silverball Mania - truly high art.

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#24 3 years ago

TOTAN is tops in my book also love how Fathom & Silverball Mania look as well.


#25 3 years ago

I will go against the grain a little bit (TOTAN of course no brainer...) and vote for JD and Genie!

For backglass, I vote 'Viper' from Stern...

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#26 3 years ago

CV just cause it pops so much. Bk2k is my number one fave. Lately, I have been really drawn to Judge Dredd.


#27 3 years ago

TOTAN or Fathom, nothing else comes close really.


#28 3 years ago

TRON LE is my favorite, and I like the gameplay too


#29 3 years ago

CV is purdy


#30 3 years ago

Popadiuk/Deal FTW


#32 3 years ago

Both Totan or Tom


#34 3 years ago

Xenon is beautiful but I'd also have to put a vote in for Flash Gordon. TOTAN is definitely a looker too.


#36 3 years ago

We had this thread before. I personally prefer to play DMD's, but nothing can match Paragon for its beauty.


#37 3 years ago

I must agree Gone Fishin, from the day I first saw her Paragon is my favorite


#38 3 years ago

Agree with Centaur. I can't believe Phantom of the Opera hasn't been mentioned.

Actually, anything by Paul Faris FTW! Paragon backglass is a masterpiece.


#40 3 years ago

I like TOTAN, and TOM. Tron's LE playfield is cool but the cabinet is so generic compared to the older titles.


#41 3 years ago

CV looks like a clown puked on it


#42 3 years ago

Em's,would have to be Gottlieb,Early solid state,Bally's.Later solid state Williams,Then Dot matrix -Williams-Bally.Sorry guys but you Can't beat the beauty of the early EM's


#43 3 years ago

MM needs to be in the conversation. I agree with TOTAN, TOM, WH2O and Centaur as well. You gotta like purple to like CV (which I don't). IM, TRON LE and Avatar all get a lot of looks as modern pins. Adding LED's to any pin will make it look better.


#44 3 years ago
cdnpinballer said:

Actually, anything by Paul Faris FTW! Paragon backglass is a masterpiece.

The winged barbarian's upper body looks out of perspective and out of proportion to his leg along with his giant head, and his face (Faris) is expressionless. The babe (Faris' wife) looks almost bored that she's half a second from being mauled. The manticore-like beast looks awkward with the carefully placed left paw and splayed right claw. Is it going to swat or bite? The three important elements don't jive together well.

If I were to frame this painting, it would be complimented by being placed on the wall in between other 'masterpieces' like Dogs Playing Poker and Velvet Elvis. His Lost World backglass was much better.

The playfield is very detailed and much better than the backglass though.

Faris is definitely talented with painting skills but he obviously had a tendency to appropriate his concepts from other popular artists/themes at the time, i.e. Space Invaders/HR Giger, Eightball/Happy Days. I'm sure he was influenced by Heavy Metal magazine, bitd, as well. In Paragon's case, no doubt he was inspired by a true painter of masterpieces, Frank Frazetta: http://www.frankfrazetta.net/Gallery_1.html.

...but he didn't get it quite right, imho.

But, again, he got it perfect with Xenon. That game shines in a line-up. image-29.jpgimage-29.jpg (Click image to enlarge)


#45 3 years ago
OTTOgd said:

If I were to frame this painting, it would be complimented by being placed on the wall in between other 'masterpieces' like Dogs Playing Poker and Velvet Elvis. His Lost World backglass was much better.

Different strokes for different folks. Aren't you the guy who likes the Data East photo backglasses? So bad it's good type comments from you? Not sure if I can take your opinion seriously. Comparing Faris' art to dogs playing poker is sacrilege. How dare you.


#46 3 years ago

+23,456 for TOTAN

CV is a very nice looking machine as well, but TOTAN's cab art and translite are better IMO.

I really like the pf artwork on the 70s and 80s bally/williams machines as well (maybe even more than the 90s machines), but the cab artwork isn't great. So, based on the machine as a whole (pf, lighting, cab, and translite/backglass) I'll go with TOTAN.


#47 3 years ago

I am gonna say MB and Xenon.


#48 3 years ago

Fireball II - IMO, one of the most gorgeous backglasses in pinball history. Playfield also excellent.

AFM - Brilliant.


#49 3 years ago
cdnpinballer said:

Different strokes for different folks. Aren't you the guy who likes the Data East photo backglasses? So bad it's good type comments from you? Not sure if I can take your opinion seriously. Comparing Faris' art to dogs playing poker is sacrilege. How dare you.

No, I compared the Paragon backglass to the Dogs Playing Poker, not his art in general. Faris does have talent.

Take the rose-coloured Paragon glasses off and take a good look at the backglass painting; technically and anatomically, it's not that great, and using his and his wife's likenesses with bored expressions doesn't help. Like I said, his earlier Lost World was executed better overall but less dynamic. He was inspired by Frazetta but the complicated scene he intended to create was beyond his abilities.

Arguably 'sacrilegious' is Faris' controversial mimicry of popular artists and use of cultural likenesses to sell pinball machines then stating that they were not influential at all, calling it coincidence to avoid legal trouble.

Yes, Gottlieb System 80 photo translites. Obvious rip-offs of popular culture as well, and I would love to have room for a Hollywood Heat and Genesis in my line-up. Already have TX-Sector and love it. Good or bad, great representation on the 80's. Raven, I pass.


#50 3 years ago

TRON LE has the best looking PF in my opinion. MB, TOTAN, CV, ToM, and Fathom are great looking pins.



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