Super Chexx bubble hockey unofficial thread

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    #8 3 years ago

    If you want to save a few bucks the original Chexx is a great option. I sold mine before a basement remodel, but I'd buy one back if one was for sale locally. I painted mine to be Gretzky (82-83 Oilers) vs Lemieux (92-93 Penguins). The bottom picture was actually the sideboard, which was never installed.


    #12 3 years ago

    It depends on what your budget is. Shots on goal would be cool, but I just don't think it's worth an extra $500.

    #29 3 years ago

    This is probably obvious, but this game is most fun when you have others around your same still level. It's not like pinball where you can always set a high score. Part of the reason I sold mine, besides the basement remodel, was that I simply didn't have any competition--I'm not even that good, but my friends all just seemed to really suck at the game.

    #40 3 years ago
    Quoted from taylor34:

    That's definitely an issue with the game, though not as bad as foosball (which I had before). In foosball, if you're decent, no one will ever stand a chance. In Chexx there are random bounces that will sometimes allow the worse player to win before time runs out.

    As someone who sucks at's a very similar feeling. There are common shots in Chexx that the beginner player just doesn't even think to defend. An example is from the right defense with the puck back at your own goal. When you shoot it hard it raises over all of the sticks so you have to block it with your center or goalie. There is nothing intuitive for new players to pull your center back to defend when the puck is sitting next to the goal. It's a really nice looking shot too. The puck rockets to the upper corners of the goal.

    #54 3 years ago

    With the split base you can get it though 32" doors. If I remember correctly you have to put one side of the top though first at an angle (on it's side). I remember getting it into my basement room myself...then when I had help moving it out it was much more difficult. It's all about the technique.

    #67 3 years ago
    Quoted from bintzknocker:

    I have the same issue. So I went to home depot (my local hardware store sucks but thats a different story) and bought a switched outlet. (the one that has a switch for one of the outlets). Put it in an electrical box. Cut the female end off an extension cord. Wired the female end to the switch so that the outlet is hot when the switch is flipped. Plug Chexx into the outlet, plug the male end of the extension cord.
    Lock the coin door and there you go. You turn the game on and off with the switch instead of having to go into the game.

    If your wall are already finished, wouldn't it be difficult to wire in the "switched outlet". Would be a great solution if it was already done. I guess, if you're in an area where there is no moisture you might be able to run the wiring behind the baseboard. I guess you could also fish the wire directly above the outlet. Still...not up to code and not really an easy fix.

    Also to the best of my knowledge any cheep outlet can be turned into a switched outlet. They have a breakable connection between the two outlets. At that point you just need to wire them correctly.

    PS: Just to be a troll, with the debate over the MMR. Wouldn't you pay a premium for an original Chexx?

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    #484 9 months ago

    They quoted you a price? I had to talk with several people to get them to agree to send a quote even sending them the board. The closest they came for me was $75 per hour, plus parts.

    #496 9 months ago

    Were the playfields on the older games more yellow? If not,any tips for for trying to make it white again?

    #500 9 months ago

    Yeah, I've tried a Magic Eraser...nothing. Actually it does help a bit, but it takes off more red and blue then anything. The figures are yellowing too. After doing some more research, I think I'm going to try a "retrobright" process to see if that makes any difference. I'm going to start with a bottle of Salon Care 40.

    #502 9 months ago

    Yeah, it didn't really bother me until I replaced the ramps. I'm hopeful about the retrobrite. Since it's winter I'm going to try using a full spectrum floodlight to hopefully activate the process. I'll try to post before and after pictures.

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    #523 8 months ago
    Quoted from lpeters82:

    Yeah, it didn't really bother me until I replaced the ramps. I'm hopeful about the retrobrite. Since it's winter I'm going to try using a full spectrum floodlight to hopefully activate the process. I'll try to post before and after pictures.

    I can 100% confirm that Retrobrite will whiten yellowed plastics in Chexx. I was able to do the goals with the floodlight. They went from the color of butter to bright white. I'm struggling a bit with the ice as it's winter here and I'm finding that my floodlight needs to be fairly close in order to work. I'm sure I'll get it, but it's going to take awhile.

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    #554 8 months ago

    That's pretty sweet. I keep debating about painting my figures again. Last time I did a Gretzky (Oilers) vs Lemieux (Penguins) theme. I'm more of a casual fan so choosing a theme is always a toss up for me.

    #556 8 months ago

    I think most just print them out on adhesive paper, apply them, and clear lacquer over the top. That's what I did for the one's below. That was my first time attempting any model painting. Hoping I could clean them up an a second attempt.

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    #558 8 months ago

    I had no idea. I just picked something I liked and went with it.

    #569 8 months ago
    Quoted from roar:

    Google "jersey fonts" or "sports fonts".
    You'll find a site like this:
    You may want to use something other than a word processor (Photoshop or Gimp?) to add different colours to the different areas of the font like lpeters82 was able to achieve. Though he may have been to accomplish that in Word too I suppose with a drop shadow or glow effect.
    lpeters82 - I think your painting looks amazing for a first time, I hope to get similar results when I do mine. I'm going Chicago (Mostly new players, Toes,Kane/Roenick upfront, Keith and Seabrook on defense and a toss up between Belfour or Crawford in net) for sure... can't decide on their opponent, likely Toronto or Montreal.

    Thanks. I didn't mind the way they turned out, but whenever I do things myself I notice all of the flaws. For example, when I tiled our basement bathroom. After I was done small issues in spacing were bothering me. I went upstairs to see how the "professionals" had done it and saw that theirs was much worse then mine. It never bothered me upstairs. Anyway, as for the names and numbers, my guess is that's just Microsoft Word (Word Art), but I do also use pixlr which is a free online editor.

    #588 8 months ago

    I'm guessing that thing is quite a bit more rare then a Chexx. It really is amazing how similar it is. When did Chexx come out? Wasn't it also 1983?

    #592 8 months ago

    Anyone have an extra small stick figure? I have a CCCP goalie or USA long stick for trade, but I'd also be willing to purchase. Looking to complete a set for painting.

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    #608 7 months ago

    Did you use sunlight or a lamp?

    #612 7 months ago

    I used a bulb and had good results, but I'd like to try it again this summer (when we finally have some sun).

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    #623 7 months ago

    That's the only downside with Chexx. It's only really fun if you play against someone of a similar skill level.

    #627 7 months ago

    I am still looking for a short stick for a painting project (any team).

    #644 7 months ago

    Check the one above you. Aren't you guys actually pretty close. Seems like a deal could be reached.

    #651 6 months ago

    How much did they charge to do the dome? Mine looks similar to your before pictures.

    #674 6 months ago

    When I painted mine I put on many layers of clear. I have no idea how many exactly, but it was a process. I had a board with holes drilled into it where all of the figures sat for 1-2 weeks.

    #676 6 months ago

    I just use the stuff from a can. I sold that machine, so I can't comment on how well it's actually holding up. My plan was to respray ever so often.

    #679 6 months ago

    Has anyone tried adding athletic tape to the sticks? Most players tape their sticks anyway, so it's not like it would look out of place.

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    #715 4 months ago

    Yeah great price. Would be purchased in a hurry in my area.

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    #743 3 months ago

    I still need to choose which teams I'm going to paint. The last time I did a paint job I did Grezkey (Oilers) vs Lemieux (Penguins). I'm a fan of hockey, but I don't really have any team I follow, so choosing is difficult. I'm probably either going to do Slap Shot or Miracle On Ice.

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    #747 88 days ago

    So I a long-shot of a request. My Super Chexx has the older style of main board and scoreboard. Apparently the boards inside the old scoreboard and new scoreboard are not interchangeable; nor can the old main board power a new scoreboard. Does anyone know where I can buy a single board for the old scoreboard? I'm very hesitant to send it into Ice as the $85 per hour could add up very quickly. In the picture the old board is the one with more components.

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    #770 29 days ago


    I'm going to need to do something like that for my Super Chexx. I like the smaller goal light, but honestly I think changing the top lighting to red has a greater impact. Could you provide more details on how this is accomplished. I'd like to try to do that on my machine. Alternatively, or additionally would it be possible to add one of those mini beacons to the top of the machine? I think that would make a nice light show.

    #772 29 days ago

    Yeah, I think that's where the impact comes from. The goal lights are cool, but they don't really add all that much IMHO. I don't think there is much confusion about who scored. I'd be perfectly happy to just have a beacon on the top that goes off whenever a goal is scored for either side. Perhaps find a "cup-like" holder that can be mounted then just set the beacon light inside of that. I'd be willing to test it out, but I really don't know how to wire it up.

    #776 29 days ago

    Cool, I just sent you a PM. I'm going to try to find a smaller beacon plus LED strips under the cabinet. I think that will provide a nice light show. I've added lighting to games before, but this will push my skills to the next level. I'll learn as I go. If anyone finds a decent smaller beacon post it here, I'm thinking others will be interested in creating these.

    #781 29 days ago

    I don't know the beacon is just so synonymous with scoring in hockey.

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