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The Beatles Ka-Pow/Stern Pinball (CONFIRMED) pictures and videos..


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Post #343 No more speculation... Posted by BD_Designs (1 year ago)

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#1162 1 year ago

I just don't understand the economic logic. A Beatles license, especially considering the target group of people who buy new pinball machines (35-60 yo with above average income) is the most coveted license you can ever get. ACDC, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith are all very nice but the Beatles have a gigantic lasting global appeal. No other music group or artist in history even comes close. Michael Jackson, maybe.

Comparisons with Beatles themed video games really don't make any sense. They're played by a much younger target group, completely different demographics and culture.

A well executed machine could have sold for years in much much higher volume that the other Stern music pins. If I was Stern, I really would not have cared if the license was $500 or $1000 per machine higher. It could have been destined for Addams Family sales figures.

/edit I would seriously not be surprised if Stern is taking the piss out of us and does in the end come up with a proper pinball machine instead of what's being shown now.

#1182 1 year ago
Quoted from Tomass:

Wait, I am almost 45 and n
NO ONE my age that I know ever cared about beatles. This is targetted to the 50+ crowd or older.

Nah, no way. You're talking about the #1 selling band of all time. I've been to plenty of gigs from bands/artists who were great in the 60's/70's/80's and there were mainly older people, not so much however at the Paul McCartney concert I was at. You're seriously underestimating the size of the Beatles franchise, very few come close.


#1221 1 year ago
Quoted from imharrow:

My experiences are similar to tomass. People I know acknowledge the influence and innovation they brought, but I don't know a single person who identifies as a Beatles fan.
On the other hand, I do know people who identify as Zeppelin fans, or Maiden fans, or AC/DC fans.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to determine estimated global demand based on personal experience. I for example know zero ACDC fans, 1 Zep-fan (myself) but I do know a handful of Beatles fans. Stern sells in dozens of countries, looking at global album sales (sure, there are plenty of 1-album wonders too), streaming stats (Beatles is not that far behind ACDC despite not having released new material since 1970) etc. there is nothing to suggest that a decent Beatles pinball would not sell at least as good as ACDC, Metallica etc. Besides that, the Beatles have a pretty mainstream audience (on our side of the ocean they dominate any audience-voted top-1000 of all times list).

Under the assumption that a Beatles machine would sell as well as ACDC etc., why not design a proper machine with proper production numbers? Surely you'll make a higher total profit despite higher licensing costs per machine.

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