Hard to believe I bought this game in 2017, spent a few weeks working on it, completely lost steam for restoration, followed by pinball itself. I sold most of my arcade & pinball collection last year to refocus on writing music, getting my company through a pandemic, payoff a car & student loan, and to make space for a work from home office.
The Before Photos
Taking a step back was the right move for me at the time, but two games remained in my collection despite trying to get rid of them as well. I couldn’t sell my Taxi (since it was in 1 million pieces) and I received no bites on my AMH listing, so it also stayed.
The Mando announcement made me wonder “that’s cool, what else has happened in the last year in pinball?” As it turns out, quite a bit! What started out as casual research turned into lurking on Pinside threads, listening to Podcasts, watching YouTube, getting back into restoration group the Taxi, and playing AMH a lot more (having a blast with it)
There are many great Taxi restore threads on Pinside involving some very talented artists. The Skypilot Tale of Two Taxi’s story is a personal favorite, and always love to drool over some HEP restores, including his blacked out Taxi. The motivation for posting this is really to resuscitate the hobby from the clutches of obscurity in my own life and to share a strange journey. Hopefully, you find something worthwhile here for you.
What a hot-glued mess this game is (literally, but I’ll get to that in a moment) Let’s finish this thing!