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Taito pinball machines - a standard body version of flight 2000 (among others)


By ForceFlow

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    I just stumbled across a video of a taito pinball machine and started looking into what they had produced.

    They had several knock-offs including gorgar, firepower, black knight, xenon, and a standard body version of flight 2000 (with a layout similar to centaur).

    http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=4579&picno=43777&zoom=1

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    Has anyone seen Taito pins in the US?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taito_of_Brazil

    I wasn't able to identify this one--anyone know which one it is?

    https://www.facebook.com/100008378448436/videos/1668382603451005/?fref=nf

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    [edit] Found the one in the video--it's polar explorer: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=4588

    #2 3 years ago

    very interesting I never knew about this

    #3 3 years ago

    I've never seen a Taito game in person. I can't imagine many made it to the US, as they're mostly knockoffs and importing them probably would have been not cost effective

    #4 3 years ago
    Quoted from Collin:

    I've never seen a Taito game in person. I can't imagine many made it to the US, as they're mostly knockoffs and importing them probably would have been not cost effective

    You're probably right--it looks like Taito of Brazil started out importing components from Taito in Japan, assembling in Brazil, and shipping to the US. But, it looks like that ceased after a while due to import laws and pinball machines being seen as gambling devices.

    Some are direct knock-offs, but others were completely rethemed (like polar explorer). I don't care too much for the artwork on the Zaccaria game that polar explorer is based on, but I do like the polar explorer artwork better.

    #5 3 years ago

    F2K's art on Centaur's playfield. Wonder what the sound package is like.

    #6 3 years ago

    Man thanks for this...what a weird ass set up they had going.

    #7 3 years ago

    It is called "the force awakens"

    #8 3 years ago

    Ive always wanted one of these Haunted Hotel

    #9 3 years ago
    Quoted from dothedoo:

    F2K's art on Centaur's playfield. Wonder what the sound package is like.

    Not the real machine, but since it is running the real ROMs, you can hear what it sounds like. Different than either Centaur or Flight 2000.

    #10 3 years ago

    Mr Black:

    #11 3 years ago

    Any Taitos floating around needing a new home???????????

    #12 3 years ago

    Does PAPA have any of these? I need to check them out at ReplayFX if they do.

    #13 3 years ago

    Just when I thought Thunder Man was the wackyiest thing out there.

    #14 3 years ago

    Snake Machine

    #15 3 years ago

    I'm betting Taito recycled their sound board technology from their video games. It's interesting to hear 70s/80s video game style audio on a pin.

    #16 3 years ago
    Quoted from Fishbeadtwo:

    Any Taitos floating around needing a new home???????????

    Uh oh...did I just suddenly spike market demand for these pins?

    #17 3 years ago

    Cavaleiro Negro

    #18 3 years ago

    If someone knows how to import from Brazil, maybe I could help...

    #19 3 years ago

    I have been looking for awhile now so nope.

    #20 3 years ago

    Titan (really badass) Made in USA if you want to reimport duty free.

    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Mr Black:
    » YouTube video

    Defender

    #22 3 years ago

    Taitos are hard to find....I've been looking for a Mr. Black for 3 years.

    #23 3 years ago
    Quoted from AlexSMendes:

    If someone knows how to import from Brazil, maybe I could help...

    I'll take one each of everything you can find Taito

    #24 3 years ago

    Cool! I think an Elevator Action or Jungle Hunt pin would have rocked!

    #25 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Titan (really badass) Made in USA if you want to reimport duty free.
    » YouTube video

    Titan = Barracora

    #26 3 years ago

    What's the boardsets look like? What cpu chip do they use?

    Any pictures under the playfield? What do the flipper assemblies look like?

    Any manuals/schematics scanned?

    #27 3 years ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    What's the boardsets look like? What cpu chip do they use?
    Any pictures under the playfield? What do the flipper assemblies look like?
    Any manuals/schematics scanned?

    I was curious too, but I haven't dug up any photos yet.

    There are a few random instruction sheets on a couple ipdb pages.

    #28 3 years ago

    Drakor

    #29 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Mr Black:
    » YouTube video

    I really really really want one of these. Hopefully in 6-8 months I'll be able to start seriously trying to track one down but, based on what I've read so far, it will probably be a big pain and require recruiting some Brazilian pinsiders for help.

    #30 3 years ago

    Brush up on your Portuguese and get into the Brazilian pinball forums.

    http://www.pinballbrasil.org/

    Heavy Metal Rowamet

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    #32 3 years ago

    Funny Forceflow. I was looking at these today too. Spent about 2-3 hours just clicking on Brazilian websites. It started with amendes thread on that funny looking CV and I thought maybe amendes could help me import some. Here's what I found...

    After amendes thread I started looking on that Mercado Livre site which seemed like a Brazilian CL. I bookmarked a pinball search and thought I might start listing some in the SS for sale thread.
    http://lista.mercadolivre.com.br/pinball#D[A:pinball-]

    This site seemed to have a bunch of schematics and technical stuff. I didn't dive fully into it yet but it was one I bookmarked.
    http://www.tabalabs.com.br/pinball/esquemas.htm

    This site had a listing of all of the pins made by Spanish companies and had some flyers which I thought about putting on IPDB. This didn't have anything to do with Taito but a pin Vid showed me was Terrific Lake, which I think looks so awesome, and this site had a flyer.
    http://www.tecnopinball.org/doc_biblioteca.php

    A Spanish arcade forum. Again looking for info on Terrific Lake.
    http://www.retrovicio.org/contacta-nosotros

    This was a site I found that seemed to sell parts for Taito machines. They had a "sell machines" category but nothing in it yet. I thought it may be interesting to contact them to see how easy it would be ship a machine.
    http://www.jswpinball.com/

    A Brazilian pinball forum
    http://www.pinballbrasil.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

    This was a site dedicated to Jose Batalha. He worked for Taito for 35 years.
    http://www.pinballgames.com.br/

    An interesting article on the origins of Taito de Brasil. It has some really cool pictures including flyers.
    http://augustocampos.net/taito-brasil/

    #33 3 years ago

    I love these foreign machines that no one in the U.S. knows exists. I'd love more info on Sega machines from the 60s and 70s but that seems harder to come by.

    #34 3 years ago

    Nice detective work

    Yeah, I hear you. I also seem to have acquired a taste for oddball machines, even though they can sometimes be frustrating to work because of the limited repair info available.

    #35 3 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Nice detective work

    If you ever make any connections that might yield some cool games, hit me up. I may be in for a Titan or Mr. Black.

    #36 3 years ago

    I wonder how long it'll be before a Japanese company produces a pinball table again ...

    #37 3 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    If you ever make any connections that might yield some cool games, hit me up. I may be in for a Titan or Mr. Black.

    While I hope I can make some connections, I doubt I'll be able to connect with anyone anytime soon. I don't think I know anyone in Brazil and the little Spanish I still remember doesn't help a whole lot with Portuguese

    #38 3 years ago
    Quoted from rubberducks:

    I wonder how long it'll be before a Japanese company produces a pinball table again ...

    If they ever do, I'm sure it would turn out to be pretty darn interesting. They do some wild and crazy things with video games.

    #39 3 years ago

    So I punched in some numbers on UPS.com to see what the cost of shipping would be. I may have done it wrong but shipping cost was $8,334.27 to Indiana. Probably not going to do that.

    #40 3 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    So I punched in some numbers on UPS.com to see what the cost of shipping would be. I may have done it wrong but shipping cost was $8,334.27 to Indiana. Probably not going to do that.

    A shipping container would probably be cheaper.

    #41 3 years ago

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    #42 3 years ago

    If only they could incorporate into Pinball the same technology they have put into pachinko.

    Japanese Pinball machines would be amazing.


    #43 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

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    Thats quite a stack of backglasses. That Spanish Columbia seems interesting. I like the sounds with the extra ditties during gameplay.

    #45 3 years ago
    Quoted from robertmee:

    I'll take one each of everything you can find Taito

    I can find them all

    #46 3 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    A shipping container would probably be cheaper.

    I got a friend who's got an office that handles some import/export stuff at Rio's pier docks..... Not sure what he does exactly, but I'll find out!

    #47 3 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    » YouTube video
    Ive always wanted one of these Haunted Hotel

    Me too.... But that's another old manufacturer (LTD).

    #48 3 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I'm betting Taito recycled their sound board technology from their video games. It's interesting to hear 70s/80s video game style audio on a pin.

    Taito's sounds are absolutely awful.... Take for instance Zarza (clone of Xenon), and Sure Shot (clone of Eight Ball), and compare!

    I was once interested on acquiring a Zarza, and asked the restorer if he could use Xenon's sound instead. He said it's very, very difficult to do it (please don't ask me why), so I gave up...

    #49 3 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    Funny Forceflow. I was looking at these today too. Spent about 2-3 hours just clicking on Brazilian websites. It started with amendes thread on that funny looking CV and I thought maybe amendes could help me import some. Here's what I found...
    After amendes thread I started looking on that Mercado Livre site which seemed like a Brazilian CL. I bookmarked a pinball search and thought I might start listing some in the SS for sale thread.
    http://lista.mercadolivre.com.br/pinball#DA:pinball-
    This site seemed to have a bunch of schematics and technical stuff. I didn't dive fully into it yet but it was one I bookmarked.
    http://www.tabalabs.com.br/pinball/esquemas.htm
    This site had a listing of all of the pins made by Spanish companies and had some flyers which I thought about putting on IPDB. This didn't have anything to do with Taito but a pin Vid showed me was Terrific Lake, which I think looks so awesome, and this site had a flyer.
    http://www.tecnopinball.org/doc_biblioteca.php
    A Spanish arcade forum. Again looking for info on Terrific Lake.
    http://www.retrovicio.org/contacta-nosotros
    This was a site I found that seemed to sell parts for Taito machines. They had a "sell machines" category but nothing in it yet. I thought it may be interesting to contact them to see how easy it would be ship a machine.
    http://www.jswpinball.com/
    A Brazilian pinball forum
    http://www.pinballbrasil.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
    This was a site dedicated to Jose Batalha. He worked for Taito for 35 years.
    http://www.pinballgames.com.br/
    An interesting article on the origins of Taito de Brasil. It has some really cool pictures including flyers.
    http://augustocampos.net/taito-brasil/

    1) Mercado Livre is kinda like Craiglist.... it's too risky, you can never completely trust those listings.... I take a look at it now and then, but you have to know who's on the other side....

    2) Jose Batalha worked at Taito Brazil and after the company was closed he kept many, many machines and parts.... He then sold and restored many pins, but died a couple of years ago. I heard that the stuff he still kept was lost (thrown away by his family)

    3) You'll have a hard time trying to interact at the brazilian pinball forum, it's kinda abandoned and most of the guys don't speak english... In addition, unfortunately the pinball community here in brazil is not as tight and friendly as in the rest of the world....

    #50 3 years ago

    I asked about these Taito pins on RGP years back. Well, it was more of a "wanted to buy' post.

    I basically got the same response as it's on here. No one has one; no one has even seen one in the states. And this was coming from some heavy hitters on the scene.

    The only way to obtain one is importing.

    The one I really love to own is this Taito Polar Explorer.

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