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The Phantom Tollbooth Retheme


By wayinla

35 days ago



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#51 24 days ago

Translite design underway. Testing registration of the reels and lights. I may have to move the title to match the lights below it but I think it will look strange.

The original backglass is awful so I don’t know what that lighted area above the score reels are for. Anyone have a Super Star that could tell me?
Maybe it’s just really bad flaking.

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#52 24 days ago

So much better than i thought it was going to be when the first lines went down. You must be very proud.

#53 23 days ago
Quoted from punkin:

So much better than i thought it was going to be when the first lines went down. You must be very proud.

So far so good. Probably as good as my skills can do! Still learning!

#54 23 days ago
Quoted from wayinla:

The original backglass is awful so I don’t know what that lighted area above the score reels are for. Anyone have a Super Star that could tell me?
Maybe it’s just really bad flaking.

I don't have the game, but this looks like nothing there.
http://bgresto.com/?p=702

#55 23 days ago
Quoted from RCA1:

I don't have the game, but this looks like nothing there.
http://bgresto.com/?p=702

Maybe it’s where players could write their high scores?

#56 23 days ago

After looking at the rear mask of the backglass, I see that the lighted area is just bad flaking. The lights are for illuminating the score reels.

#57 22 days ago
Quoted from wayinla:

After looking at the rear mask of the backglass, I see that the lighted area is just bad flaking. The lights are for illuminating the score reels.

Yeah, looking back, I think I sprayed it white because it was clear glass there from missing artwork.

#58 21 days ago

I hope to have the backglass ready by next week! The art file is at the printer. Possibly a backglass animation (sort of, but more practical)! Stay tuned.

#59 17 days ago

Just found your post, this is really top class work!

#60 14 days ago
Quoted from scottacus:

Just found your post, this is really top class work!

Far from “top class” but your comment is much appreciated!

#61 14 days ago

The backglass is in and Tock is a real working clock!

Backglass is 1/8” acrylic so a hole could be drilled for the clock. It was made by a local sign store. I honestly don’t miss the heavy glass. I’ll post a picture of the entire pin tomorrow.

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#62 14 days ago

Clock detail.

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#63 14 days ago

Pretty much done! I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, new blended with the traditional em style, the clock is pretty cool and practical. Still needs some tweaks but certainly playable. One thing I’d like to get would be autographed play cards from Mr. Juster and Mr. Feiffer. We’ll see!

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A few more pics.

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#65 14 days ago

I think this is my most favorite retheme I’ve ever seen. Heartfelt thanks for reminding me about this book and therefore allowing me the privilege of sharing it with my son

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#66 14 days ago

Very well done, wish I still had the photos of the before, what a transformation!

#67 14 days ago

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/93087

Found the original for sale post with all the before photos!

#68 14 days ago
Quoted from hodgesm0:

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/93087
Found the original for sale post with all the before photos!

I felt bad about retheming it because the playfield was in pretty good shape. I just hope the final result justified destroying the original art.

#69 13 days ago

Here’s how the backglass looks when lit. I had to remove some bulbs because they washout the art. I think it’s not bad but maybe in the future I’ll redo it.

#70 13 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I think this is my most favorite retheme I’ve ever seen. Heartfelt thanks for reminding me about this book and therefore allowing me the privilege of sharing it with my son[quoted image]

I’m so happy that this has helped you reconnect with the book and pass it along to you son. Your post is one of the nicest I’ve read! Thank you!

#71 13 days ago

Excellent work. This is how I started out, re-theming EMs. Building something unique is such a rewarding experience.

#72 12 days ago
Quoted from SLAMT1LT:

Excellent work. This is how I started out, re-theming EMs. Building something unique is such a rewarding experience.

Thanks for the encouragement. It was fun and I learned a lot in the process. This will hopefully be a pin I’ll keep in my forever collection.

#73 7 days ago

Video showing the details of the The Phantom Tollbooth (TPT) playfield and backglass.

#74 7 days ago
Quoted from wayinla:

Video showing the details of the The Phantom Tollbooth (TPT) playfield and backglass.

Bloody outstanding.

#75 7 days ago

not a fan of EM's, and have no recollection of this book. But MAN you did a great job retheming it! Love the detail.

#76 7 days ago

Amazing job ! What was the time frame from start to finish, and do you have an art background? I've always wanted to do a re-theme pin, but don't think I have the skills.

#77 7 days ago
Quoted from seeburg220:

Amazing job ! What was the time frame from start to finish, and do you have an art background? I've always wanted to do a re-theme pin, but don't think I have the skills.

Thanks. This was my first em and first re-theme so there was a lot of firsts and a lot to learn. I hadn’t even done a lot of painting or woodwork before. But it was something that I wanted to do and had fun doing it. I do like art but I don’t really draw for fun.

This project started around March 2020 and was just completed. There was time waiting for parts or figuring things out so actual physical work time was much less.

If you’re patient and methodical you can do this. I have only a little more than a year of pinball experience. Prior to this pin I had never disassemble an em or worked on a cabinet. I didn’t have a rotisserie so I made one of my own design (I’ll show that in another post).

I knew I didn’t have the skill to do full blown color art so I picked a theme that I had some confidence in being able to recreate. Simple white background and black lines.

Just find a theme that you love but something that isn’t too ambitious. Be patient. Make the most out of your problem solving skills and do research online to find help. Most mistakes can always be corrected, plan ahead, take lots of pictures, etc. and you can do it!

#78 6 days ago

Very impressive! You managed to retheme the entire game in less time than it would have taken me just to shop it.

#79 6 days ago
Quoted from gweempose:

Very impressive! You managed to retheme the entire game in less time than it would have taken me just to shop it.

Haha! It would have been a different story if it had mechanical problems. Thankfully the pin was fully functional when I bought it. That was one of my purchase “must haves” since I had zero experience with em’s.

#80 6 days ago

Fantastic. There should be a thread of literary-themed games.

#81 6 days ago

I cant began to share the joy I get continually popping into this thread!

My first copy of the book was given to me by the Illustrator Jules Feiffer.
It was at a book fair, at the library on Long Island. 1968-9.

Somehow, it was Magic, and I read it twice.

I had completely forgotten about it, until you shared!

Both Men are still alive...Wouldnt it be Amazing, if they could see Your Work!
Jules might be easier to reach through an educational email.

A Quick question, Did you have Plans to Integrate the Bumper Caps?

#82 6 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I cant began to share the joy I get continually popping into this thread!
My first copy of the book was given to me by the Illustrator Jules Feiffer.
It was at a book fair, at the library on Long Island. 1968-9.
Somehow, it was Magic, and I read it twice.
I had completely forgotten about it, until you shared!
Both Men are still alive...Wouldnt it be Amazing, if they could see Your Work!
Jules might be easier to reach through an educational email.
A Quick question, Did you have Plans to Integrate the Bumper Caps?

Really nice to hear that this pin has brought back some fond memories. There is a Phantom Tollbooth documentary and I just sent them an email about my pin. Hoping they respond back!

Yes, I am planning on putting bumper caps with art from the book.

#83 6 days ago
Quoted from PilotPinball:

Fantastic. There should be a thread of literary-themed games.

I agree!

#84 6 days ago

Yaaah! The Hobbit and Deadpool are both here.

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