Nothing personal to anyone, but I think this price ceiling situation continues to get out of hand with Stern similar to what happened with the SM VE.
I just do not understand why they are doing this right now.
Yes, I get if "you do not like the price do not buy it", as it is a luxury and not a needed part for functionality of the game.
Another $100 price increase for the Game of Thrones Pinball Topper over the previous one.
$500 instead of $400 (and this is on "sale" right now from $550?) in less than just a few months since the TWD topper, even if the dragon moves its wings.
That is like two months of groceries for small families in lower cost of living areas of the USA.
Is the engineering design costs, materials, and functional complexity driving the expense?
I actually conducted a detailed look into its design as a technician and engineer, and it uses *mostly* standard parts other than the resizing of the dragon from the playfield version.
The wings are basically modified flipper coil assemblies in a manner of speaking.
Is the wiring even tied to game mode functioning while playing or is it static like TWD?
I could not find that out.
I do understand the circuit board wiring in this case for power and connections, but I do not know how it wired in function of the wings coils for activation.
It is almost forcing people to prefer aftermarket toppers as a standard.
It is also driving the market to continue to prevent pinball to be affordable as a hobby to new collectors. There is a cause and effect relationship with these type of circumstances. It is not about the topper alone by itself, which some have simplified.