Quoted from Jappie:
I just received my NOS playfield from BAA. Yay!
After unpacking it, it struck me how totally different this playfield looks from the one inside my machine. I mean, I know there are differences in quality for the playfields of this title, but dayum, to me, this is shocking!
Luckily, the NOS playfield looks much better than my original one. It's not perfect, but the color palette is much richer. Graphics are a lot nicer and less 'hard'. The playfield inside my machine has this green hue over the graphics, which the NOS one does not have. And Gandalf... well, see for yourself.
Of the following pictures, every first picture is the playfield that's inside my machine. Every second picture is the NOS playfield. All pictures were taken in similar lighting conditions. They were not edited, except for size.
I have had a lot of lotr m’s trying to find the mint hou one. One thing I learned is the playfeilds changed with build date. I had three next to each all hou and the late games the graphics not as good. 2003-04 seemed to be the best.