Quoted from 3rdaxis:
The theme is cool and at the end of the day I guess it would be fun but $8000? The playfield, a cheep cutout overlay, no silkscreen or clearcoat. The cabinet is just decals, no silk screening at all, butt-jointed corners. The apron is plastic. The lockdown bar is plastic. The upper ball rail is plastic. A single speaker under the playfield, I think? Or no speakers. Raspberry Pie MPU with a Chinese power supply. I'd give you $2000 for it. And that's being conservative. This is the fakest pinball machine I have ever seen. Like something Toys"R"Us would sell if Toys"R"Us where still in business. And you didn't even have to pay for a licence... lol Should have never posted pics of this on this website. What a scam. And I though Stern pinball machines were cheap, This thing makes Stern machines look like Ferrari's. I can clearly understand the cost of a start up company but this is something else. I can't imagine the cost per unit being more then $1200. Just comes off as trying to "cash in" on the current market IMO.
Ouch. Well they built 10. If they don't get orders, they won't build more. And if the first customers are negative about it, they won't get a second wind of orders.
But ultimately they are still not that deep in debt:
1) This is still their hobby and they have day jobs
2) They have a system now, and can tackle a more competitive table design
3) They just invested in making 10 machines. Which is like less than what most of us pinheads have in our private collections
So to me, even if Mafia fails, the new company is in good shape to tackle something more appealing for the second pin.
But yah - they will need to quit the day job and work like hell to make something truly "collectible"