Quoted from Coolpinballdino:
If it's a good game with neat mechs I might consider getting a pro.
Pros don’t have neat mechs. You’ll want a Prem.
I get that not everyone follows everything - but for real, were you never a kid? How can you not know Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, etc? Marvel characters have been around for decades in various forms of media.
Quoted from ThePinballCo-op:
I watch NFL football
I’ve never watched a football game in my life - but I’m aware of what it is. I can sing the Super Bowl Shuffle lol. Some things are just “in the air”, even if you don’t care about them.
If it turns out to be a great game, you’ll flip positions. The drama doesn’t matter. It’ll either be cool/fun or not.
Quoted from Oneangrymo:
If Stern is going to make a pinball machine based on a TV show series that still has many seasons left and only had like two seasons under its belt it better have the capability of upgrading the code to newer seasons with new voice overs and crap.
Once again, it’s a game, not a full series box set. There’s more than enough content, action, quests, characters and story in the existing seasons to create a pinball ruleset & modes for a game that will last 5-10 minutes.
Quoted from PanzerFreak:
The second season came out just last October, that doesn't really sound like enough time to have the 2nd season represented in the game but who knows. I don't see Disney giving Stern details about the second season months prior but who knows.
Code/rules come very late in a game’s production. You can make any rules and content once a physical design is done...usually inserts are vague enough to go along with any rules you want to create. The game will have both seasons worth of content/story.
Quoted from PanzerFreak:
Kaneda has said he thinks the game will be based on season 1, not season 2
If you love the original Trilogy, ignoring Mando is truly your loss. I bet you'd really enjoy it. Give it a go.
Quoted from Krupps4:
It’s just that I bet a lot of buyers that are of my vintage (which are most buyers) feel the same.
Don't project your experience onto others...Mando is huge, fans of old school SW love it. Kids love it. Families are enjoy it together.
Quoted from sataneatscheese:
Just got a note from a buddy. He got a call from his distributor that their allotment for LEs was way down this time, and that it was "The Mandalorian".
Take it for what its worth.,,
No shame in chilling out, seeing how it is, and getting a Premium (or Pro) after the reveal and hype dies down.
Quoted from thewool:
Dead right. LEs are gimmick just to get scrape in more cash. I can see why they do it but it sucks.
It's literally the only way they keep the factory moving & stay in business.
LE guarantees they can build & sell 500-800 machines at a way higher profit margin before anyone even has a chance to play it. If the LE model didn't exist, people would just wait and see. LE allows them to immediately profit on the project. If they only sold the LEs and no one bought the Prem/Pro...they'd be fine...but then if people like the game and Prems/Pros continue to sell for years, that's just gravy.
Quoted from nicoy3k:
Brian Eddys last game was based on an even more popular show and it completely bombed at release.
Popular show vs. Star Wars. Two different beasts entirely. People like Stranger Things (the show), but don't feel compelled to buy merch to commemorate their enjoyment of it...Star Wars, though? Millions of fans screaming "TAKE MY MONEY"
Quoted from Aniraf:
Is it weird that Zen is doing their version at the same time? Is there any chance they are similar or related? I don't know how Zen operates but I have to imagine they are kind of barking up the same tree right?
Zero relation or similarity. Zen does a lot of their own versions of the same themes real pinball makers use. Marvel, Star Wars, Jurassic, Alien, Family Guy. Zen's always suck. There's no back and forth between their silly video games and real pinball.
Quoted from TigerLaw:
If Stern really feels they have big one here, it has to be Lyman on code. No one else would make sense.
Actually it’s the opposite. This theme would sell huge even if Jpop’s Starbucks cup was coding it. Most buyers, especially in this new bonkers market, have no idea who designers & programmers are. They don’t care. They see shiny new game with theme they want. Sold.
Ugh, hate it. Won’t fit this theme either. The player will be Mando, you’ll be hunting his bounties, protecting the child, etc.
Quoted from kvan99:
So you heard it here people. Buy now!! It's only 10k...we haven't seen it but it's awesome!!! send money now! Ahhh, Kaneda....Stern owes you money bro
Normally 500 is the "magic FOMO" number to get people to buy something they might not even want THAT bad....but in this case - with the crazy frothing market the way it is & the love for this theme, I think they could even get away with doing 1000 LEs. If the goal of LEs is to get 500 guaranteed sales, I think they'd still get that EASY, day 1, even if they did 1000...and I think the rest would easily sell within a month, maybe less. That's just this title & moment in time...I don't think they could get away with it on every LE in the future.
Quoted from kvan99:
Well if Kaneda tells them to buy all 1000 I'm sure they will....lol. this is just fun to watch.
Every pinball "LE" is fabricated FOMO...that's the point. Marketing = people spending extra money without playing the game...it's kept Stern in business. I'm fine with waiting to see how I feel about it & then just getting a Premium if it's awesome. Everyone wins.
Quoted from Yelobird:
Lol. They had half sold on day one. May want to check your facts.
Also, JJP's "Limited" is different than Sterns. JJP is more like "Limited to...". If a JJP LE is 5000, they're just saying "at most we'll make 5000 & then we're done". They might not even get that high, but they're just letting you know what the maximum machines of the run will be....and of course we know that if they do sell through that number, they can go ahead and make a variant & sell whatever number of those they feel like.
So, if all 5000 GnRs sell through...would not shock me if they did a "1000 Slash LE Encore Editions" or some shit.
Quoted from mbrave77:
I bet the baby yoda hand is like the houdini ball launch into the chest, but instead is a Vuk/catapult under baby yodas hand and it shoots the ball up and his hand is magnetic which catches it. That can lock a ball.
Have you ever seen a magnet toy that wasn’t a big core? There’s no magnet in his hand.
Quoted from PanzerFreak:
So 5 main modes from the show, across two seasons of content, and that's it?
How many times do I have to tell you, it’s a pinball machine, not a complete show. LOTR has 7 modes for 9 hours or movie. It’s pinball.
That being said, the mode inserts don’t have text on them. So there might be more modes, but you only have to do 5 from a stockpile of more to get to that mini wiz mode.
Quoted from jimwe5t:
Smog on your Hobbit is really a stationary figure too, but yet you like it.
I don’t think “stationary” means what you think it does. Smaug is an animated character. He turns, his mouth can open to various programmable degrees & is synched to his speech, and his eyes & mouth can light up with various effects. There’s nothing stationary about it.
Can anyone think of a game that has a large plastic crossover? I’m drawing a blank.
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:
Who Dunnit. The worst offender.
These either have interesting cohesive concepts for the plastic or the plastic is more near the back. This one seems really weird, being close to the player & a really long path to the inlane/flipper.
Quoted from Kevin_LHeureux:
I set up my LE today and I will say there’s absolutely no comparison to the pro. Pro is a fun game no doubt but the Pre/LE upper pf, ambush scoop and wireforms take it to another level.
Thanks for having us over to play!
I had a really good first impression of it. I haven’t generally been into Dwight’s games, but I think this one really balances approachability & depth really well. Shots, flow and combos felt really nice - although there are a few things that I hope can be dialed in, like some fast shots that bounce a bit on the exit rather than a predictable path to the flipper. The shots that lead the ball to exit down the middle are a bit obnoxious, as it was 90% STDM. Feels like there should be an Avatar spring somewhere there to keep that from happening.
The moving Mando head playfield is really cool. The shifting gravity & physics keep you on your toes, and it’s really addicting to keep trying to get it back up there to complete Encounters. The multiball that uses the upper playfield is awesome.
Another unexpected feature was the ability to control the Grogu magnet with the flippers & the choreographed shaker FX. Really feels like the machine is being controlled by The Force.
Sound & music are incredible. Custom callouts are great. I feel like it could still use some more voice clips from the show, but in some places that’s definitely used well. I was in a Darth Chicken mode, and every time you made shots, he was saying stuff in that very distinctive voice.
LE is gorgeous. The armor is super smooth and feels great. The mirrored backglass is one of the best I’ve seen. So much mirroring instead of just a few bits or lines. Congrats to you LE peeps getting your games right now. Enjoy!
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