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Trying to find the name of a specific EM machine

By nrwheele

4 months ago


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#1 4 months ago

Hi Everyone! I was hoping to see if anyone would recognize the description of the following machine - my father-in-law recalls playing it during his younger years, and wants to purchase one, but he can't for the life of him remember the name of it.

He described it to me as a 70's era machine, and the backglass features elephant(s) in tutus. No description on the playfield itself, unfortunately

I've tried on several occasions to Google it based on his description, but I haven't found anything that matches so far.

If anyone knows the name of this machine or could provide any leads, I'd greatly appreciate it!

#2 4 months ago

Elephant in tutu on the right.
https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=521

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#3 4 months ago

Your next question is what is a nice Circus worth. Expect to pay around $500 from a collector if it’s mostly working. Retail I’d say they’ll ask $2,000 but it better be working 100% and very nice cosmetic condition.

Any specific 40 year old machine is hard to find. I’ll be at Texas Pinball Festival this weekend. If you PM me (or post here if you can’t send PMs yet) I’ll let you know if I see one.

#4 4 months ago

I appreciate the quick responses!

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Circus was it; I showed him the picture to jog his memory, but he said that wasn't it; he recalls a number of elephants, possibly 8 or so (not sure if that was just the backglass or including the playfield).

Apologies for the vague details, but like he said, this was 50 years ago lol

#5 4 months ago

Show him this: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/90225
and click on the playfield pictures

NOT EM. NOT 70's. NOT Tutu's. But all the blue elephant drop targets could maybe be remembered as such....

"...when it comes right down to it, this far inside the head it all looks the same." - Buckaroo Banzai

#6 4 months ago

He could have played this in the 70's, even though it was made in the 50's?

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#7 4 months ago

Most likely not but just another to add. Jungle King. Elephants on pf(not bg)by roll over buttons…maybe they looked like a tu-tu to him. : )

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#8 4 months ago

Funny, after seeing this thread I was reminded of my ongoing search. I remember playing a pinball machine in Jr. High we had in our game room there (we were mostly foosball players back then). I remember it was a pool theme (8 ball or 9 ball), but after searching and looking at every pool themed pin made in the 60's & 70's & early 80's I've yet to find the pin that matches what my memory was. At this point, I'm thinking that I just don't recall accurately any details of the pin to recognize it 35 years later.

#9 4 months ago

We have a winner! It actually ended up being "Jungle King", he mis-remembed the lights as tutus (sorry for the misleading details!) He said they affectionately referred to the game as "Elephant's Asses", which is the only name he ever remembered it as.

Thanks for all the responses, he was tickled pink to be able to see the machine again after all these years. This forum is fantastic

#10 4 months ago

Oh I want a Jungle King now

1) I like that center pop with rubber all around
2) I own a jungle queen

#11 4 months ago

WTB: Elephant Asses

#12 4 months ago
Quoted from Sarge:

WTB: Elephant Asses

Those star rollovers do seem strategically placed on some of them.

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#13 57 days ago

Split Second from Stern 1980

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#14 57 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Funny, after seeing this thread I was reminded of my ongoing search. I remember playing a pinball machine in Jr. High we had in our game room there (we were mostly foosball players back then). I remember it was a pool theme (8 ball or 9 ball), but after searching and looking at every pool themed pin made in the 60's & 70's & early 80's I've yet to find the pin that matches what my memory was. At this point, I'm thinking that I just don't recall accurately any details of the pin to recognize it 35 years later.

We can still rule it down a little.

What years were you in junior high?
Did the machine have 2" (small) flippers or 3" (common) flippers?
Was the score display rollers, light ups, or digital?

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