First I want to say that Pirates was my first JJP pin. A dream theme for me that I wanted to see done right. It absolutely is a complete home run for me. Packed deep gameplay with tons of great shots and awesome code out of the box. It impressed me so much I went looking at all their other titles and bought a Dialed In. Again for me absolutely amazing game that blows away any stern product (Especially after I bought a NIB Star Wars LE and was ready to sell it a week later) that I have played recently. The only reason I haven’t got more is their remaining titles do nothing for me.
Second we often forget in our passion for pinball we are a vocal minority. I think a majority of pin purchasers are not on pinside. So when we look at ownership numbers it is somewhat skewed because we think we are all online and taking the time to put our collections in our profile. Not everyone does that.
Third while it is fun to speculate on what happens at various companies we care about if you don’t have an actual ownership stake/true inside information all you are doing is speculating. Nobody knows for sure.
Finally every company in the world has quality control issues regularly. That is why we have so many product recalls from cars to drugs to food to every other damn thing. It is a part of being a business. Yes all businesses should strive to be their best but you give a company a chance to make more money they will take it. And if your subcontractors screw you with faulty parts everyone screams how could that happen. Remember the huge airbag recall? That was literally getting people killed. And we are surprised by pinball machine production issues. I expect problems with my purchases. However I expect help correcting them. In my experience I got that with the few small problems my JJP games have had.
And back on topic obviously would love to see Harry Potter as well as John Wick, James Bond and while I have never been impressed with car themed pins I am trying to figure out how there are 10 Fast and Furious movies and no pins for it.