My vote is for the revolving head on BOP! Genius!!!
Castle is the best toy ever. It's a beutiful looking castle with fully functioning mode, drawbridge, and gate, but wait there's more ....and it explodes!
Close second is Rudy from Funhouse. His eyes and mouth open and close. His eyes follow the ball. He throws insults while you play. Finally you can shut him up and stuff his mouth with the ball. And the animation, sounds, and light show when you start multiball are fantastic!
Respect to the old schoolers of diverters and ramp lift, for adding diversity and deeper challange to the game.
If you take the era in which it appeared into account I don't think anything can compare with Rudy.
I must agree, Rudy is the first thing that comes to mind. It realy made you go "wow" first time you saw it in the 80's. And still does.
Quoted from EchoVictor:
+2, but I have to include the ball-lock matrix as part of the toy "package". Multiple layers of strategy (memory game awards/spots determine jackpots/tic-tac-toe) make this one a winner.
When I first got JM I use to just drop the ball randomly to the matrix to form a tic-tac-toe line and not pay attention to the matrix before the machine gives you control of the glove. After that I was putting up much better scores and getting further into the game modes Also I remember the first time I got multi-ball it was pretty intense as the matrix dumped all 3 balls at once!
Another cool and interactive toy are the phurba ramp divertors on the Shadow and even the breakout style battlefield is a cool toy too.
Flintstones ramp with divertors that can feed the ball to either flipper is pretty unique too.
It came out in 1990, but I think the BOP head was as cool and better.
Other toys I like are the CP jump rope and the TZ magnet flipping as a couple others mentioned. The coolest thing I see on a pin is the most simple. The mirror on TOM. It makes it look like the ball is floating everytime I see it. Not sure if that is a toy, but it is cool.
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