well 16 hours in and voting is at 351 votes with 47.5% for not re-theming and 52.5% for a re-theme / reskin which has been a close call during this period.
Stern did a reskin on Juicy Melons and Pabst
Stern did a reskin on Family Guy and Skrek
Then Stern have done alot of cookie cutter designs with lots of features recycled and for me didn't go for GOTG because it wasn't terribly innovative. I loved Metallica's layout, art but just not the music otherwise would of loved to buy it.
I haven't got into the Archer show but I like Bond and loved Get Smart when I was a kid so Archer is a theme that sits in between these. I watched Keith's Archer whitewood develop over a few years and loved it and really hoped as a theme and layout would be built as intended.
Imagine if we watched Scott Dansi's TNA get built, go to shows as a whitewood and loved by everyone and then if Stern got it turned into a WWE Womans or My Little Pony World is Under Threat. I am sure alot of people would want to see the game as originally intended TNA.
As like alot of guys have said this is a cool layout and the approach of the Iron Maiden theme is well done, and could get away with a mummy theme done changing the cabinet, translite and music and playfield could almost stay as is as well as the rules.
As for a retheme for this game and totally agree I would hate Stern to get lazy and do it on heaps of games but the equal spilt on "don't" and "do" re-theme, is people love Keith's layout design so much because it is fresh and original and Stern have broken a few of their molds in recycled design on this release which is a great thing and hope it encourages other designers to do the same.
As for cost to re-theme this game to say Archer:
- layout - not alot which frees Keith to be a little involved but also working on his next game
- mechs & manufacturing - win-win, as mechs / parts are swappable between the games which would possibly give stern a improved buying power ?
- rules - since many seem very very cool maybe a 50% change for adapting to the theme (50% time) - same rules designer
- sounds - yes a new cost (time and license)
- callouts - yes a new cost (time and license)
- art - yes a new cost (time and license)
I know this is a very broad, vague and rough estimate but you could consider it a 40% saving to re-theme to say Archer ?
otherwise great discussion and interesting to read people's thoughts due to a new designer with a great looking design