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X-Men - Official Club Thread All Welcome!


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#11441 4 months ago

As of today I’m joining the X-Men Owners Club! So thrilled to have found a NIB! Magneto for a very fair price, less than when it was on the market and everywhere. It wasn’t easy to find. I don’t know much about this pin, except the Borg design is great, with tons of shots and (finally) very good code. I read a lot about this pin, and I believe it is underrated (though still top 50) on Pinside because of early code and voice issues. I look for pins with that kind of value. The 5 min Borg YouTube video explaining the rules is great, it convinced me this pin would be a nice alternative to my Tron. More to do, with great toys. I’ll have to wait and see how Wolverine holds up. I like the captive ball mod because the playfield is opened up so much. Question - how many of you owners would change out the original Wolverine for the captive ball right away, even with a new, working Hugh Jackman? Anything else you would tweak or change in settings to improve game play? I prefer easier, player-friendly settings that allow for extra balls and deeper games.

Can’t wait to unbox this beauty and start learning the shots! It ships tomorrow!

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#11455 4 months ago

Just added mods like icicles to Iceman ramp, color DMD and lots of little hero and villain critters to my new Magneto LE! Such a cool, fun game. Tons of shots. Tomorrow I’m adding the newton captive ball mod and a smaller Wolverine. Open up that left orbit Beast/Gambit shot. I’ve heard mostly good things about that mod!

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#11458 4 months ago

Yep, that's correct. Dept. 56 Icicles on Ebay. $8.99 for 4 piece set with no shipping or tax. Great deal.

You can simply snap off about 3/4 inch on 2 of them, and they fit the underside of the ramp perfectly. Then, I broke another in half and put it under the clear portion of the Ice ramp too. Looks great. I used 3M 2 sided tape, cut into very thin strips (about 1/4 inch at most) applied to the top edge of the icicles so you can't see the tape much, and stuck them on. You could also try museum putty/quake hold.

I've seen other people use 2 icicles on each side of the ramp, by staggering them slightly and overlapping them. It does look better, but it's harder to adhere and you use all your 4 icicles up.

Good luck!

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#11473 71 days ago
Quoted from Sixmillion:

Xmen was released in 2012, any chance this will get a vault edition? Spiderman and Ironman got one.

I agree with the others here that a vault edition wouldn't be cost effective. I looked everywhere recently for a NIB LE, and finally found one a couple months ago a guy had in storage. It was perfect, brand new and carefully stored. I paid $6k even for it, when it was $7995 new in 2012. Then, when I needed some cash, I decided to sell it because I needed to sell a pin with value and I hadn't had it long enough to get too attached to it. I finally sold it, a mint Magneto LE with a new color DMD and several other nice mods, for $5200. That's the only firm cash offer above $5k I got in a month. I started out listing it for $6800. I don't know why Iron Maiden premiums or Ghostbusters premiums or other pins are still getting $7500, when X-Men Le is loaded. So many features, magnets, moving ramp, spinning disc, physical ball lock, actual glass/mirror backglass, powdercoat, and terrific code. I can only guess it has something to do with the troubled release in 2012, when the code was far from complete. That's becoming common now, but I believe it took almost 2 years, sometime in 2014, to finish the code? By then, people were either bitter, or had moved on. On top of that, Wolverine has a tendency to break, and some people feel he blocks the left orbit/Gambit shot. I didn't mind it at all, and I preferred the original Wolverine to the Mezel captive ball mod. Guests at my house loved X-Men when I had it during the holidays.

I ended up selling to a very nice guy I've met in a few tournaments, and along with Munsters, this was his first ever new(ish) Stern pin. He was thrilled to add a premium X-Men for under $5500. It only had 95 plays on it. I will miss owning that pin, and I probably should have chosen something else to sell. That game should be valued at far more than $5200 or $5500. Hard to figure some pin values tho.

X-Men is a very underrated game, I feel. I have Tron, and X-Men is really a more complex version of Tron, with more shots, and with a different theme, art and sound package.

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