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White Drop Targets on Jumping Jack / Jack in the Box


By leckmeck

5 months ago



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#1 5 months ago

On eBay right now there’s a set of three clown-face drop targets for sale, but the base color is white—instead of yellow—which I have not seen before.

ebay.com link » Gottlieb Used Play Field Drop Targets Blue Clown Face Match Your Other Targets

I don’t think Gottlieb used these clown-face drop targets on any other game besides JJ/JitB. Every single photograph of these games I have ever seen has yellow as a base color for the drop targets.

So I went to look at the flyers for these games. In both of them, the drop targets are white! Jumping Jack was released three months after Jack in the Box, so I can’t imagine it’s a fluke.

I emailed PBR to ask them about this mystery. Anybody here care to share their insight?

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#2 5 months ago

Mine are yellow and look original.

#3 5 months ago

A friend says he thinks the flyers show sample games, and they must have switched the color for the production run. Even though they were released three months apart, both of these game model numbers are sequential (339, 340) and appeared in the engineering department together at the same time in January of 1972.

#4 5 months ago

I was an operator at the time that these games came out. I got to see one of the Jack In The Box sample games at its test location and I can attest that the sample games had white drop targets with the clown design.
.................David Marston

#5 5 months ago
Quoted from leckmeck:

I don’t think Gottlieb used these clown-face drop targets on any other game besides JJ/JitB.

Not so. Gottlieb later used the white variation of these drop targets on Circus (1980); perhaps that's what the eBay drops are originally out of?

GottliebCircus80Drops.jpg
#6 5 months ago
Quoted from SonicZone:

Not so. Gottlieb later used the white variation of these drop targets on Circus (1980); perhaps that's what the eBay drops are originally out of?[quoted image]

Good catch. I forgot about Circus.

Well, the mystery appears to be solved. Thanks all for your insights!

#7 5 months ago

I suspect, to truly close this topic, that the back of the targets would have to be compared with others of the discussed eras. The design of the back of the targets evolved between JJ/JitB and System 1/System 80.

My gut tells me those are JJ/JitB targets.

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