I own two Stern games in AC/DC Premium and ST Premium. They seem to be of a much higher quality then the games of late.
the ones that come out of the box perfect ! And give no Problems .
I have been lucky and unlucky with the same title NIB so it is a crapshoot like with any Companies Product . The One That i First Bought and had no Issues NIB was a Met Premium Roadcase With the Great Old Mans BackGlass Which i Like allllllot even though i have a Monster Pro Backglass too i got on the side
If were just talking quality of the build and of the boards, I'd say anything in the Whitestar/SAM era. I'm going to say SpiderMan was probably the pinnacle of Stern as far as quality. Good printed manuals that came with the game, cabinet decals that held up, SAM board system for easy updates.
Assuming those are both earlier run games they are both made during Stern's sweet spot of quality control. I think the games between 2011 and 2014 are the most full featured and highest quality of any they have ever produced. It seems they switched their clearcoat formula around the time of Walking Dead. I have a 2012 ACDC Premium and the clearcoat is perfect and the game quality just seems higher than my more recent Sterns. I think they also moved to the new factory in 2015 and quality suffered a bit ever since.
Good choices. I enjoy today’s games but not convinced they are better quality than SAM/WS era.
I wouldn’t mind a Meteor either if you have one.
I've seen a few of those routed with parts of the playfield surface literally worn away from wear, and all the mechs were still going strong.
I got the one machine that I own because it has the extra reliable SAM system and the larger speaker system on the early AC/DC Premium machines. I have not seen any problems developing on the playfield, so I think I am good there too, so far... I do wax it about once a month or so. No node board problems (since there are none) and any problems that I do have, I can fix all by myself with the right parts. The power switch is in the right place and the lockdown bar has that one spring loaded lever on the right. The leg bolts are normal and not those newer type supports that might strip out. Overall, I am happy with the machine and glad that I got it. It was also designed by Steve Ritchie and I previously owned a Black Knight that he designed years ago. I was happy with that one also. I like his callouts and the attitude he presents, like "play better!!!", among other things. That tends to motivate me. I have the insults set on "heavy" which is more like real life for me anyway.
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