Quoted from attyrhodes:
I'm considering trading my LOTR and some cash for a Hobbit. The prices for JJP seem to be sky rocketing and LOTR seems to have hit a plateau. LOTR is my first pin, anyone think it's a bad decision?
At the end of the day, to each their own. On one hand, I believe that almost no game is a real keeper, and eventually almost all games go and get either traded or sold and new machines come to fill that space.
I've owned The Hobbit a few years back. It was a fun game, but didn't nearly get the play that Lord of the rings gets. Then again, that's just my personal experience, and maybe very different in someone else's home / collection.
Lord the rings pinball to me seems very much more of an experience compared to the Hobbit, which in my opinion, fell a little flat in terms of immersion. Again, strictly my opinion, and that may not match the opinion of others.
Was the Hobbit a beautiful game, absolutely...and built like a tank, by far the heaviest pin I ever owned.
There are some people that have issues with both games, mechanically speaking. I was fortunate that I did not have a hard time working on any of the Hobbit mechs, though I know there are many who have and it is so jam-packed under that playfield, that I've heard that it can get really tough at times to get where you need to go, although anything and everything is possible when it comes down to repair, you would figure it out.
If you're looking for a vote, I would say my first sentence...to each their own.
Although, if I was personally asked today, would I trade my Lord of the rings for a Hobbit, If I'm being absolutely honest, I would probably play with the idea in my mind a little while, I'd think about the pros and cons, ogle at the pretty pictures, etc, but would probably ultimately say no.
For me, and strictly this is just my opinion, if I felt that my time with the Lord of the rings game was over, I would probably have my sights set for a completely different themed game because for me, I would play that Hobbit and wonder why it didn't feel as personal of a Tolkien experience as the Lord of the rings...and that would probably drive me nuts.