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Stern STAR WARS club...May The Force Be With You

By Micky

2 years ago

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#3121 2 years ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Another New release from The Mod Couple! The Star Wars "Satellite Reflectors" set. While we loved the general detail and theme of the game it just seemed off to have chrome lamp shade spot lights floating in space! Our Satellite Reflectors are a plug and play replacement that refine the Spacey look with authentic type satellite dishes to light your beautiful playfield. Same effect with an authentic look!! Each dish comes assembled with New chrome mount and reflector dish for a simple (5 minute) installation. Every piece is hand painted to fit the theme and weathered space look. As everyone has a personal taste for layout, our Satellite Reflectors are sold as a set of (2). Kits are available to ship Now and priced at $24.25 Free US shipping! For now please PM me for purchase, interest, or questions. Thank you for your interest in our products, may the force be with you!
The Mod Couple!

Purchase made! To me this is more of an enhancement than a "mod". I'm hoping to see more innovative enhancements like yours for SW. A lot of what is out now looks like cheap crane game toys with LEDs stuck in them.

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#3294 2 years ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

With the Mod ship request I must Also share what NOT to buy in my opinion!!! I will note I have NEVER bad mouthed a product as I do appreciate the effort in most all cases to try but This mod to me is Horrible! A few threads back #Psw757 said he bought a Lighted destroyer from Lightedpinballmods but was not satisfied with it. I figured, why not I'm cheap and it is just a toy and he only wanted $20 for something he paid $90 for. For the record he Really tried to talk me out of it saying its Really not good but I Figured How bad can it be for $90? Holly mother I thought this was some kind of gag gift when I opened it?? It was squishy soft and looked Seriously looked like it was molded with peanut butter and a Spoon@! And smelled like it also! The finished gooey toy appears to be finished with a paint roller and illumination was more a few scratches that glowed through the paint. Sorry but absolutely Nothing I would ever use for anything beyond a door stop to be honest. I think its painted clay? Anyone want a Smoking deal on a cool mod? lol sorry I would Never sell this to Anyone nor do I in Any way hold #Psw757 accountable for anything but honesty. I may squish it into an ashtray for cigar nights...

Wow. That is honestly terrible. This should have been sent back for full refund. Seriously, that type of crap has no place being sold on Pinside or anywhere for $90...

#3301 2 years ago

Haha. Oh well, maybe people are afraid to make waves?

Ironic that it ended up with Yelobird. The Mod Couple mods are amazing in their detail and creativity. Opposite that turd which is just a junky toy with an LED in it.

#3341 1 year ago

Are there any Cliffy protectors needed for this game aside from the shooter lane? I don't see any available, but maybe some are in the pipeline? How about areas to add mylar?

#3387 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

mnpinball when is this said R2D2 topper due to be announced?

The license holder keeps rejecting the design. In the end it will be a Jar Jar Binks topper instead.

Seriously though, I have been waiting intently on the topper. I was hoping the topper would arrive before my Premium, but it looks like that is not going to happen! I join the club tomorrow.

#3419 1 year ago
Quoted from John1210:

Looks awesome. Still dont get the attraction of those bezels. Makes it look too busy and detracts from the screen imo the clean black looks way better.

I feel the opposite. The bezel from pinball life makes the screen blend in much more like it belongs there. The game was screaming for this mod. To each his own I guess.

#3451 1 year ago
Quoted from Psw757:

Get the Armada Star Destroyer, it looks like it came with the machine. Very highly detailed.

How are you guys mounting these ships? I have some piano wire and I was thinking about using that. Seems like the Armada ship is kind of big for one mount though.

Edit: I found some great picture from earlier in this thread using piano wire. I will mount some toys, though I am a little worried the Armada class Destroyer is a little too big. I am go to try to keep it over top of the right ramp as much as possible.

#3456 1 year ago

I kind of liked the white trim at first, but once I stepped back from machine about 10 feet it really stuck out like a sore thumb. The whole game has black trim and the white around the head just didn't look right. It looks so much better now. It only took a few minutes to do too. I did it while I was putting in the Flipper fidelity speaker system.

Here's a picture with one of each so you can really see the difference.

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#3458 1 year ago
Quoted from kermit24:

To each their own. I like the white!

That's what makes this hobby great!

#3460 1 year ago
Quoted from zacaj:

I think that means you need to make the rest of the trim white!

I know where we can get some white trim...

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#3472 1 year ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

I like that...I actually just bought some black T molding....was it hard? my T molding seems stiff so was a little worried about the corners? any advice would be appreciated.

When you pull the old T-molding off you will notice that the ridge that fits into the slit is cut off at the corners to allow it to make the curve easily and smoothly. All you need to do is use some cutters to cut the molding the same way the factory one is cut. This is not an exact science here, if you are a little off it won't be visible at all. If you don't take off enough material, you can always go back and cut a little more. Just put the seam in the middle on the bottom like it was to begin with. I used a stout set of sharp scissors to make the final cut and it came out nice and flush. One other thing to verify is that you got the right channel, by holding it up against the original and making sure the dimensions are the same.

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#3478 1 year ago

How about some free play and instruction cards? Anyone have links or files to post? Thanks!

#3480 1 year ago
Quoted from AUKraut:

Suggestion: go to the top of the thread page and search for "cards"......all kinds of choices will pop up, even a few I made.

Wow. I feel a little stupid. I searched on "card" instead of "cards" and got practically nothing. Searching on "cards" brought a whole lot of great stuff. Obviously the Pinside search function doesn't work like I'm used to...

Thanks again!

#3486 1 year ago

R2D2 had been waiting for months in my game room. Finally his machine is here. He is a little upset about not having a topper though.

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#3490 1 year ago
Quoted from tbanthony:

Cool R2D2. I see an opening at the top - Is it a beverage cooler? Trash can?
EDIT: I'm guessing beverage cooler based on the Pepsi logo at the bottom. Cool; yours looks mint. Some not as nice one's available on eBay. Nice score in having a good one.

Yeah it is a beverage cooler. The lid was originally clear, but I removed it, turned it upside down and sprayed it with fusion metallic paint. I didn't have to tape off the decals and now it looks more like the real R2!

#3493 1 year ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

So what do you keep in it?!?

It's just here for looks, but can be used for beverages of my choice at my next gathering. Truthfully it is a cool looking prop for the gameroom and I only paid $75 for it. It gets a lot of comments when people come over; mostly good.

#3523 1 year ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Interactively update the backbox brightness while changing Attract Mode,

This is cool. One of the cool things about spike is being about to dim the backbox during game play to cut down on reflection. Interacting menu just makes it easier to set up. This and the new sound settings are totally worth it. I have the Flipper Fidelity speakers with ten inch woofer and was hoping for better control. Once again the spike 2.1 system is superior to the old way where there was a crossover between the cabinet and backbox. I haven't experienced/noticed the ball drain issue, but glad it's fixed anyway! Keep them coming Dwight!

#3568 1 year ago

Is there an easy way to start a multi ball on this game? I can go through 10 games of the time without having a multi ball!

#3579 1 year ago
Quoted from D-Gottlieb:

Let me ask again-
Will the Premium /LE hyper drive loop magnetize chrome balls?

Any game with magnets will eventually. Since it doesn't stop and hold the ball it probably will take longer to magnetize them. As many metal ramps as are in this game the balls will probably need changing long before they are magnetized.

#3620 1 year ago
Quoted from foobeer:

Loving the look and feel of my premium with pinstadium lights, mod couple death star & satellite reflectors, and custom blades created by twenty84 (info here)

I have the Mod Couple satellite reflectors and death Star too. They look awesome.
The reflectors especially are such a great idea because it simply dresses up the spots without adding clutter.

I'd love to see what those side blades look like with white or EL lit white instead of the mirror backing... I'm over the mirror blade thing and prefer art blades.

#3643 1 year ago

I saw a bunch of posts and thought maybe the topper was released... Oh well. I can only imagine the lame demands by the license holder that are holding this up. As I mentioned before, it will probably be Jar Jar instead of R2D2 by the time it is released. Theesa multiball.

That smoky smell is $500 burning a hole in my pocket.

#3646 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Topper shmopper whom gives a shit.

Haha. I'm normally not a topper person, but I feel this game needs one and should have had one standard. Currently 18 games in my collection and zero toppers.

#3673 1 year ago

The ball doesn't drop on the switches the way it does on Metallica or Dialed In, so no protectors needed there. There is already factory mylar at the drop spot.

Edit: this is apparently only true for the Premiums/LEs and not Pros. Rule of thumb is that any of the new games that drop the ball off of the ramp directly onto the inlane switch must has a Cliffy switch protector ASAP!!

#3691 1 year ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

I would try the PInnovators spike 2 sub mod, and buy a $90 exterior sub....the sound is great....much better than the sound on my Met and ACDC, which had flipper fidelity speakers installed.....

Keep in mind that Met and ACDC were antiquated mono sound with a crossover between the back box and cabinet speakers. SW is a SPIKE game which has three separate channels (2.1) of lossless sound. The new software allows bass and treble, balance, and separate volume for cabinet speaker. The Flipper Fidelity with the adapter and ten inch woofer sounds much better in SW than in the older games and the new controls opens up a whole new level of tweaking.

#3693 1 year ago

I don't use external subs, but don't let that sway you as they do sound good. Being able to hook two pins to one reasonably priced sub is a bargain even with the Pinnovators mods.

#3755 1 year ago
Quoted from paynemic:

Anyone have a definitive solution for fan noise on a premium? I’d just like silent. I did some searching around but didn’t get to a final resolution.

I bought a really quiet 80mm fan, glued on two rare earth magnet disks and stuck it in the backbox just above the power supply pointing upward. This fan runs 100% of the time the machine is powered on and draws air up through the power supply enough to keep the noisy fan from ever coming on. Once you put the backglass on the added fan is basically silent. My fan has not come on since I bought this. YMMV.

Here are a few more details. I purposely bought a non-PWM fan the Noctua FLX model. It came with a 2-pin molex adapter cable which I cut and installed a standard Stern 12v power connector onto. I also bought the Stern 8-way power splitter from Pinball Life. This splitter is cool and it also uses magnets to stick onto the metal back box. Links below. Also, pictures show the magnet installation with five minute epoxy and an overall shot that shows the installation location along with the power splitter. It is very important that the fan blows upward to aid in the natural convection rather than fight it.





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#3762 1 year ago
Quoted from AUKraut:

Cool! (No pun intended).....
What size are those magnets?? I’ve already got the fan ordered....

These are the same. They come in handy for all kinds of things.

DIYMAG 15pcs 1.26”D x 0.08”H Powerful Neodymium Disc Magnets, Strong, Permanent, Rare Earth Magnets, Fridge, DIY, Building, Scientific, Craft, and Office Magnets, amazon.com link »

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#3908 1 year ago
Quoted from Brian541:

Didn't get the shaker yet but will be,Should have been included!

I put the Pinball Life shaker in my SW and it was really simple compared to the old SAM machines. I really like the way it works compared to the Cointaker shaker in my Metallica. The Cointaker shaker is way too violent. I need to figure out how to adjust the weights on that one to make it less violent.

#3948 1 year ago
Quoted from fxdwg:

have a quick look at this pinside thread, https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-tame-cointakers-shaker-motor I bought a couple of CT's red tremor shakers and they were crazy violent. this little device worked like a charm in my TWD...

Thanks. I ordered a motor speed controller last night and feel confident that will fix the problem. I actually cut my weights to make them lighter and that did almost nothing. The speed controller is a much better idea. From now on I'm buying PBL shakers...

#3960 1 year ago
Quoted from ktownhero:

I don't understand worrying about $50 on an accessory for a $5k-$8k game... Just grab the Stern motor for $159

I agree but the Cointaker shaker is already in the machine. I hate to throw it away when there is a great solution for $10. If there were no solution, I would throw the Cointaker shaker in the trash and start over.

#3965 1 year ago
Quoted from TKDalumni:

More code coming...woohoo!!


#3978 1 year ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

We have yet another code update coming this month.

OK, it is April 3rd so I won't hold my breath. Still four weeks in this month. Looking forward though!

Quoted from fosaisu:

The Star Wars shooter knob and topper accessories are still not available for sale. We will make a formal announcement once they are finalized and available.

I may be a dead guy with $500 in his pocket by the time the topper comes out. I've never bought a customer shooter. Any idea what this one looks like?

#4003 1 year ago

I moved the post on my Premium. Now it drains on the left side like a normal game does from the factory. I haven't had to adjust the inner orbit, though it very rarely will go STDM from the right exit instead of hitting the right flipper. On those rare times the ball is kind of clanging through slowly instead of a smooth orbit. Very rare on the right hand kick that it goes down the middle, but I have yet to tweak that one too and I can see the rail has some play in it. I have a 2-second timer on the right kick out anyway. At some point I might tweak both of them, but they are far from a problem. The freakin up post rejects on my Metallica are much more annoying than anything on this game. At least Stern is back to spending the extra $$$ for the two controlled gates instead on one up post. I notice even GOTG has controlled gates and they list gates in the feature matrix now days.

#4008 1 year ago

I just wanted to share my experience with the Stern light saber side rail upgrades. I really love the LE side rails and tried to get some with no luck. Instead I ordered the Stern light saber side rails and installed them. Two problems were apparent right away. First was the backing was not held down well enough which caused shadows in the cut out area especially along the blade portion. Second problem was the handle portion of the cutout area used such fine lines that you basically could not see the saber's handle shape unless the room was well lit and you were looking directly straight on so you could see the white backing.

The first problem was an easy fix. I removed the rails and taped the backing down along the entire length in a way that is not visible from the front and reinstalled the rails. The second problem still remained a head scratcher. I did some quick research on putting in some EL backlighting, but that led to dead ends and I wasn't sure it would fix the problem anyway. Long story short I decided to hand paint some outlines on the handles. Not being an artist, I simply got a fine white paint pen and simply/carefully ran it along all of the edges in the cut out areas representing the light saber handles. This worked awesome and was done in about ten minutes per side. Now even in low light you can actually tell its a light saber and it looks infinitely better from all angles. The handles stand out now in any light with just that little added paint.

I attached some pictures below. The camera on my Samsung phone is so darn good in low light it was hard to get a good "before" pictures because the camera made it look better than it actually looked to the eye. You can still get the idea.

In the end I am now really happy with these. It still would be cool if someone would create a light kit though.

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#4031 1 year ago
Quoted from Crile1:

Mirror blades vs Pinstadium lights for this game? Pinstadium are 3x the cost...worth it?

The game is already plenty bright, so pinstadium are not even a thought for me on this game. I'm also getting really tired of mirror blades. I admit they look good on some games, but the newness is gone for me and most games I see them on now simply don't look good. I prefer art blades, but they have to be really good ones. For this game I'm considering these:

#4090 1 year ago
Quoted from D-Gottlieb:

I would like to quiet down the power supply fan or change the cooling solution completely. What is the best mod for this? The fan is at the top of the power supply and turns on periodically despite placing another quieter, always-on fan on top of it.

Use a fan with a little more airflow and it will work. The first fan I used didn't work either. The one that I have now is silent and the stock fan has not come on once since.

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#4179 1 year ago
Quoted from imagamejunky:

Wish there were 2 or more different video modes.

I would love to get rid of the video mode. At a minimum, just let me skip it for a few points or a hurry up of some sort.

And yeah, where the eff is the topper?

#4193 1 year ago
Quoted from kermit24:

Dwight has said there will not be another video mode.

Cool. Now some sort of choice to bypass the existing one and all is well.

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#4255 1 year ago

I don't see the shooter anywhere. Apparently it is a storm trooper. Part number is 502-7048-00?

#4276 1 year ago
Quoted from tbanthony:

It's amazing how slowly some of this stuff is coming out. It's amazing they got the game done at all.

Disney is probably trying to squeeze an extra nickel out of this stuff any way they can.

#4283 1 year ago

This one looks similar but a little too big:

#4289 1 year ago
Quoted from chubtoad13:

That stormtrooper is dumb.
A Death Star shooter wouldve been better.

Even the stormtrooper is better than that smiling Yoda that is for sale in the market place LOL. I've never actually bought a shooter, so skipping the Stern shooter will not be a big deal. Lets hope the topper kicks ass though!

#4364 1 year ago

Not sure if everyone saw the game play pointers that Stern posted on their website last week?

#4406 1 year ago
Quoted from Riffbear:

What are these fans needed for? (Sorry I'm a noobster when it comes to SW)

The factory fan on the new SPIKE system kicks on and off intermittently to cool the power supply. When it is on, it is as loud as a jet engine. The fan can be replaced with a quieter one, but the simpler mod is to simply put in a fan just above the power supply blowing upward. This additional fan runs all the time and keeps the power supply cool enough that the internal fan never clicks on. The key is getting a REALLY quiet fan, but still enough air flow to keep the supply from running. As noted 80mm is the biggest that you can get without casting a shadow on the translite. Even with an 80mm it has to be installed as far right as possible above the factory fan in order to avoid getting a small shadow on the translite. Also, as noted above, the fan MUST BE BLOWING UPWARD so it is not working against the natural convection flow for this mod to work. If you get an adapter as shown above you will need to use a 60mm fan because the extra height will definitely cast a shadow otherwise. That adapter is definitely a great mod to this mod!


#4419 1 year ago

I doubt it. All three toppers have that black box on the bottom and the Batman and Aerosmith toppers are not Stern official toppers.

#4435 1 year ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

4. Camera that takes pictures of players and displays them on screen (a stretch but would be awesome)

If by "awesome" you mean "suck balls" then I agree.

#4443 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinhead1982:

The outline gate on my LE is struggling, the magnet struggling to make contact and the spring not retuning it to original place.
It was working, I know there are a few posts here about the issue. But don’t want to trawl through 4000 posts! Any help would be appreciated

That gate has a bushing similar to a flipper and it needs to have a small gap to allow free movement If there is no up and down play, the gate will rub under the playfield and won't move smoothly.

Lift the playfield, loosen the gate with an Allen wrench, pull the gate out from the playfield ever so slightly so it has a couple millimeters of play up and down and then tighten the screw. Hold the gate in place with your right hand while you tighten the screw with your left to get it lined up easily. It should move freely after that. Took me a total of two minutes.

#4458 1 year ago
Quoted from yzfguy:

I can only barely fit one side in, and have zero clearance to put the other in. I imagine each cab is slightly different, but mine is too tight. So disappointed.

Different sizes from different vendors?

#4469 1 year ago
Quoted from Psw757:

Finally got my hands on some side blades that match the world under the glass and look good!

Who sells those? They look nice.

#4487 1 year ago

That is actually a pretty good software update. Definitely worth putting in!!

#4495 1 year ago
Quoted from zacaj:

one to adjust the length of the video mode,

It would still be nice to be able to do away with the video mode(s) completely or at least be able choose points or some random award in its place. I've never been a fan of video modes as a regular mode in a pinball machine. I'd much prefer it be hidden or random; more like an Easter egg that you see maybe once in 50 games.

#4544 1 year ago

That 80mm fan doesn't car a shadow on the translite?

#4560 1 year ago
Quoted from BentleyBear:

The back of my startbutton came loose.Have tried to get it back on but bo luck.Can anyone take a pic of the back of the startbutton so i can see what i'm doing wrong ?
Should be an easy thing but i just can't get it to stay on there.The backside just falls out when i push the startbutton

Try turning the button 90 degrees to the side and slide it in then twist it back to straight up and down to lock into place.

#4623 1 year ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

I meant the flipper buttons. I haven’t tried the center button to skip through the mode video.

I don't think you can skip the video mode. In the new revision you can go into the menus and shorten it from 20 seconds to 15. That change makes it a little more bearable.

#4637 1 year ago

I did this fix and put the power to 24. Hits the flipper every time. Never close to SDTM either.

#4641 1 year ago
Quoted from ChipScott:

Man, I love this game.

So do I. The longer I have it the better it gets.

#4719 1 year ago

I like the Pinball Life shaker. It actually shakes the machine rather than turning it into a violent vibrator. The PWM is the best way to tame on SAM games..

#4720 1 year ago
Quoted from D-Gottlieb:

Why not just remove some material from the weights?

That seems like a good solution but it actually does zero! I cut a ton off of a Cointaker weight set and didn't notice the slightest difference. I think it's because its a DC motor so it spins up faster faster with less weight.

Edit: deleted PWM talk for SPIKE.

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#4935 1 year ago

Dang so many posts today... I thought for sure the topper was released!

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#5026 1 year ago
Quoted from Sprudeldudel:

ttached is a photo of a second of the stainless steel polished and laser engraved instruction card I had made.

Those look awesome! Looks like it really has a lot of contrast that makes it easy to read too.

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#5113 1 year ago
Quoted from Captchaos:

Just installed Fidelity Speakers in my SW, what a difference! It is well worth the money...hearing things I never noticed before. I noticed that when the volume was turned up the stock speakers would have horrible sound quality. Well that is a thing of the past with the new install! Give them a try! Changes the SW experience.

I have them too and the sound is really awesome. The SPIKE 2 system has really great sound, it's not compressed and it's 2.1 instead of straight 2.0 stereo. That way there are separate volume controls for the cabinet and backbox speakers.

#5160 1 year ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

Awesome, good to hear. I bet Lucas Films requirements will end up making it a better topper.

I hope you are right. Previous experience with license holders meddling seems to produce the opposite. This has been an extended meddle too...

#5170 1 year ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

It could be good thing if Stern had been trying to opt for a cheaper / clean looking plastic topper. Disney could say "no it needs to metal", "the lens on R2 needs to be rounded, not flat", "R2 needs to look more weathered as that's the way he looks in Episodes 4-6, not new in Episodes 1-3". Stuff like that.

Well I hope you are right. I just wonder why it could be taking so long. My fear is that Disney won't like a toy that can light up, spin its head and make noise because people will be buying them who don't even have the pinball machine. They might be making Stern neuter it to be only usable as a topper.

Quoted from Eskaybee:

No have it turned off. I’ve thought about putting it back on just to see how it is though.

I'm going to have to try it with stacking off at some point. Does it affect scoring and/or progress through the game much?

#5223 1 year ago

Has anyone found a source for replacement apron decals that don't have the epilepsy warning?

#5253 1 year ago
Quoted from JoshODBrown:

. Now stick your head down under the cabinet and listen to that same sound from the cabinet speaker.

The SPIKE system is 2.1 not 2.0, so the cabinet speaker is a completely separate sound track!

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#5466 1 year ago
Quoted from fusion:

I just installed my custom powder coated armor on my Star Wars pro Nice glossy black with blue and green metallic flake.
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Sure would be nice if someone would come out with a back lighting kit for those light saber side rails.

#5478 1 year ago
Quoted from imagamejunky:

NIB JJP DILE doesn’t have this issue either.

Your DILE will dimple like mad just the same as the Sterns. Once the dimpling is set in, the little lines that will cease to matter. My SW Premium doesn't have the little lines. Probably the Premiums and LEs have a little more clear coat. It also has surprisingly little dimpling considering the amount of play.

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#5480 1 year ago

Understand, and I should add that I am not trying to downplay the pictures posted above. There are lines and there are lines. To me the ones posted above by BRTLKAT are not acceptable.

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#5565 1 year ago

I had a game reset the other day. This is the only times it has ever had the slightest problem. 1.05 software.

#5575 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Ahh man, thats a pain in the butt.. I tried to do this with my Tron and it broke with drill bit. Maybe I will just buy that electronic speed adjuster thingy.

I don't think you can use the speed adjuster on the newer Sterns with SPIKE? I assume you have the Cointaker shaker? They are all too strong... The one from Stern and the one from Pinball Life seem just right.

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#5718 1 year ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

Topper update from the September "State of the Stern" update. Sounds like the final final final approval (pending NASA review) for the most anticipated topper in pinball history has been submitted.
"The Star Wars topper has been sent and submitted for final approval getting us one step closer to our formal announcement once it’s available."

I would assume that they haven't begun production pending this approval, so we are still not going to see this in our hands any time soon. I'm guessing Christmas at this point.

#5741 1 year ago

Does it go back down if you flip the game off? If so it's an electrical problem. If not it's mechanical binding.

#5751 1 year ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Update and winner!
I was pretty shocked to find that the flipper has no play at all - it really is tight against the playfield. Will adjust immediately.
Left as it is and playfield would look like an old em with flipper marks in the playfield.
Going to check all my other Stern's as never would have thought this would occur on a new game.
Haven't had the game long and the flippers never felt right but I couldn't figure out why......

Stern needs to invest in some gap tools... The price is right.


1 week later
#5808 1 year ago

Search for "cards" within this thread. There are some great ones

#5847 1 year ago
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#5954 1 year ago
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#5982 1 year ago

I'm in. The $500 is still on my floor after burning a hole in my pocket eight months ago.

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#6001 1 year ago
Quoted from kermit24:

I wouldn't get your hopes up. GAP may be wrong... I think it will be $399 for IMDN and $499 for Star Wars, but I hope I am wrong for sure.

Might want to buy one while its $399.

4 weeks later
#6052 1 year ago

First thing to do with the Premium is ditch the white T molding.

#6056 1 year ago
Quoted from zacaj:

White trim, white powdercoat

As long as the trim matches the powder coat. That one on the market place looks terrible with two different whites

2 weeks later
#6177 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

The topper we already saw and everyone thought was a let down? hopefully coming soon!

Not sure what people were expecting, but it was no letdown to me. My friends who saw it in person at Stern thought it looked good too. I'm getting one the day it is released.

#6207 1 year ago

How about being able to pass on the video and just take some points instead? Would be nice to have this option on every game that has a video mode past, present and future...

3 weeks later
#6307 1 year ago
Quoted from Sprudeldudel:

Installed the powdered leg bolts on my LE today. Small but meaningfull touch-up.
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Does someone sell these or were those customer made? Normally I don't really care about leg bolt color as long as the threads are still good, but those look fantastic!

1 month later
#6512 1 year ago
Quoted from Yfichelle:

Hi all, someone has a pdf for the rules. I search but dont find.


#6536 1 year ago
Quoted from Jediturtle:

a way to opt out of LSD

A way to opt out of the video mode and choose points instead would also be wonderful.

#6544 1 year ago
Quoted from spidey:

I reduced the video mode timer to the minimum of 15 seconds. Now it's not so bad.

Been there, done that. Still wish I could bypass it or simply disable it in the menus.

#6564 1 year ago

The Pinball Life shaker seems just right in Star Wars. When I got my Metallica it had a Cointaker shaker in it and it was way, way, waaaaaaay too strong. Funny thing was its not even the red thunder or whatever there stronger shaker it. I like a shaker but when it is overboard it just feels stupid. Better off without one than one that is too strong.

2 weeks later
#6679 11 months ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

I’m with this guy, how many asteroids are you hitting per run? If it’s more than 1or 2, probably a sign you’re too drunk to be playing anyhow.

I've never had a clean run. Probably because I don't like video modes and I have never really tried. It's just 15 seconds of intermission before getting back to playing pinball.

1 week later
#6724 11 months ago

Seems like that could be repaired with some UV glue. I've had good luck with "Bondic".

1 week later
#6788 11 months ago
Quoted from J-Freeze:

The pinworlds mods are sweet! I put them on my pro, they are just what it needed.
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I just ordered the sand world for my Premium. I look forward to seeing it. I would really like the forest world too if they get made. I have a tie fighter over the pop bumper area and not a huge fan of the ice world any way.

#6790 11 months ago
Quoted from dnapac:

That said, all look good.

I agree, they all look amazing. The attention to detail is spot on. I might have to get the whole set after all. We'll see...

1 week later
#6849 10 months ago

With BK on order, budget will be a little tight if the SW topper finally comes out this month...

3 weeks later
#7043 9 months ago

To me the premium with the light saber side rails is the best combination of art and game play. At first I really wanted the LE side rails, but after seeing them in person a few times I'd rather stick with the light saber rails. I love the hyperloop ramp. Nothing in pinball has ever gotten my adrenalin flowing like that ramp!

#7048 9 months ago
Quoted from Cheeks:

Hmm...I'd love to see pictures too. I was leaning LE because of the rails, etc.

Here is a link to my original post. These rails didn't come without problems of their own. I used a white paint pen in a simple method to make the saber handle stand out better.


1 month later
#7327 8 months ago
Quoted from Pinstein:

Thanks, any recommendations on which shaker to buy?

Stay away from cointaker unless you want something that shakes your whole neighborhood. The Stern and PBL are the way to go.

2 weeks later
#7369 7 months ago
Quoted from Toasterdog:

Did he say that?

I do seem to remember something like that in a couple of interviews. Definitely would not be a mod that I want for the exact reason stated by Steve. Your machine though, so do as you want. Just keep in mind that some might consider this a mod that would lower the price of the game if you sell it. Definitely put the button where it would be covered by a new set of extended side rails or light saber rails if you ever want to sell the game.

#7388 7 months ago
Quoted from tpir:

One million percent this. Might as well install a foot pedal for it.

If you really want to cheat the system, leave the button on the lock bar as is for multiplier changes and add a rapid fire button in parallel on a foot pedal. Hold the pedal down and get 15 fighters per second!

1 week later
#7413 7 months ago

Step stool?

1 month later
#7501 6 months ago

I finally was able to get my light saber side rails back lit. The color is not perfect but I think they look awesome now.

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#7504 6 months ago
Quoted from VillaThrills:

Ok...that is pretty cool. Thought I was done modding out my SW, guess I was wrong. Lol. So did you cut that out yourself?

The rails are obviously the Stern official mod:

I was able to get Hooked on Pinball to sell me the lighting kit. This was not a ready to go kit like with the LE. I had to do some custom cutting to leave the original backing behind the saber handle and just have the lit portion on the saber part itself. I also bought some theater gel material in red and blue to add the color and carefully cut and taped it over the EL panel to tint the light. One other key thing that is needed regardless of whether you backlight is to highlight the saber handles with a white paint pen so they stand out better. As they come from Stern, these side rails are basically a fail. With a little work they look awesome as heck. Here is the post with before and after on the white paint pen mod:

#7506 6 months ago
Quoted from VillaThrills:

Ah so is the blade not cut out and the EL paper in on top?

No it's all laser cut. Replaced the original white backing on the blade portion with EL

#7524 6 months ago
Quoted from Jerickso77:

That looks pretty good but a bit pricey. Anyone have it?

Used to be able to buy the "Star Wars: Armada - Imperial Class Star Destroyer" on Amazon for $40 and mount it yourself. Its not lighted but looks great none the less.

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#7538 5 months ago
Quoted from ZMeny:

Star Wars: The Pin
Unboxing, Setup, & Gameplay

Looks better than I was expecting. Simple, but looks well made with the metal ramps and new speaker panel. Even the dots are nice. As a supporter of Project Pinball charity, I'm hoping a lot of these make it into Children's hospitals. This is a perfect game for that purpose.

#7540 5 months ago
Quoted from Rob_G:

The cabinet speaker is an upgrade? There's a spot for one, but nothing there.

Sorry, I meant the backbox. Previously the speaker was where the "coindoor" is now.

#7560 5 months ago
Quoted from kermit24:

They switched to rails for all pro games released after Iron Maiden.

I'm glad they did this. The pegs sucked. To me it makes sense to make all the games the same anyway. The more rails you buy, the cheaper they are. Just put them everywhere! I'm still glad they stuck with the latches instead of the levers for the lock bar. I like those a lot better now after having them for a while. And I also like the metal heads with the small bolts instead of the coffin locks a lot better.

1 month later
#7681 4 months ago

The fact that we have a whole new set of artwork and the game has been around as long as it has leads me to believe that the topper will never see the light of day unless it happens very soon.

Not holding my breath.

1 week later
#7769 3 months ago
Quoted from Thunderbird:

The purist are probably going to have a fit, but putting in this Williams post has made the difference between a frustrating game and a dream machine. Let’s face it, the left lane drain is not good at all, even with the post all the way in, it still is unfair drain crazy. The post in the photo shows 2 of the screw holes being used. This Williams post creates similar geometry to the one added in the pro version. Don’t worry, the ball will still drain, but now it is a great deal more fun and fair. Family loves this one adjustment and now have a great time with an otherwise frustrating experience, unless your nudging skills are pro player level.
It is completely reversible without any changes to PF. It is a genius design done by a friend of mine. SWpre/LE is now so much more fun, can’t even begin to say how much more enjoyable it has become. The post floats above the PF. I think he could be talked into making more if anyone is interested. After installing that one post, the game has become family and friends favorite. Prior to that, no one hardly played it.
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Interesting. I already had a star post there instead of the standard post, but it fits kind of tight. I could pretty easily 3D print something that would look good there using the two hole technique your buddy thought up.

#7774 3 months ago
Quoted from D-Gottlieb:

The Premium ships with a post in the goody bag, if you want to install it.

There is no hole in my Premium?

Quoted from Thunderbird:

It is completely reversible without any changes to PF. It is a genius design done by a friend of mine. SWpre/LE is now so much more fun, can’t even begin to say how much more enjoyable it has become. The post floats above the PF. I think he could be talked into making more if anyone is interested. After installing that one post, the game has become family and friends favorite. Prior to that, no one hardly played it.

Thanks for posting the experience with this mod. I went ahead and 3D modeled and printed a modified Siamese post to do the same thing as the mod you posted. On mine the post is aligned with the furthest open hole and adds a tab that screws into the lowest adjustment hole. The result is the outlane is still a large opening but the protruding post under the drops seems to cut way down on cheap drains. (I need to get a proper size/color rubber).
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#7790 3 months ago
Quoted from Thunderbird:

Shapeways won’t really work, because 3D printed is not as good as the real post, made with metal. It needs that for stability when the ball hits it. Gathering a list of interested people now and will let everyone know as soon as my friend figures out costs and shipping, etc.

Depends on the design. 3D printed is plenty strong if printed with nice thick walls. Easily as good as the cheap plastic posts that come in the game or available at Marcos and others. There are tons of posts on yeggi and thingiverse and I have used them in games with no issues regarding strength.

As for this mod, I'm sure your friend's metal base is the cat's meow. I'm also sure in this spot a proper 3D printed mod will work fine too.

Quoted from Sprudeldudel:

I disrepect none of you as people, but this whole "how to cheat" post nonsense doesn't make you look all that great - and that doesn't change, just because you are here in numbers.

Calling people cheaters is disrespecting them. Oh well. Funny how some people can't comprehend the idea that others might not be as good a player as them and simply want to enjoy the game. Putting a wood screw in the middle of the outlane to prevent all balls from going through would be cheating. Making the game drain at a similar percentage in the left outlane to other modern games is more of a fix than a cheat to me. All of these games have adjustable posts in the outlanes and in this case the adjustment doesn't quite cut it. I suppose people who have to close the outlane to the smallest setting are also cheating? Or people who use 5-balls or don't disable extra balls? What about all the people who make replays and specials award an extra ball? Not everyone is a tournament player and sometimes small changes are needed to enjoy the game.

Personally I like my games set up in the middle post position, with factory settings and 3-balls. In some few cases I have to adjust the posts to the easiest position and/or add an extra ball at a certain point plateau to make the game fun. The two recent games in my collection that fall into this category are Ironman and SW Premium.

People made the same negative comments regarding the extended outlane guides for STTNG. In the end Steve Ritchie himself endorsed the use of them saying his original design was not nearly as fun or fair to use.

3 weeks later
#7973 89 days ago

I'm still enjoying my Premium. This is evidenced by my recently selling a gorgeous Metallica Premium and keeping the SW. I got both games at about the same time and loved both to death. SW just has more staying power and in the end I played it way more.

#8069 83 days ago
Quoted from wiggy07:

What do you think now that your $500 dollar toppers with moving parts are now going to cost $750.00. Include tax and shipping your now $500 dollar toppers with moving parts are now going to cost close to $800.00.

Black Knight topper is bad ass and moves and the price point is $430. It also doesn't have the Star Wars license to deal with. R2D2 robots are obviously something Disney is protecting the rights on very closely.

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#8275 52 days ago

I make the death star as much from the left flipper as the right. It does usually have to be cradled to get the proper aim from the left; otherwise it is a luck shot.

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