This weekend, a trailer popped up online to showcase a surprise release from Stern Pinball, given that it’s unusual to reveal a new pinball table on the week of Christmas. This morning, the company officially revealed the machine in all of it’s glory along with the necessary details.
First off, here are three trailers to show the game off, the first two are showcasing the Pro (one is a trailer, the other covers the features), then the Premium trailer. To do a quick summary, if you want that amazing projection mapping tech, you’re going to have to spring for the Premium/LE models:
Here’s the Premium:
The three cabinets together:
From the playfield of the Limited Edition. In my view, Stern should play up the “Mixed Reality” aspect a little more, calling it the first Mixed Reality pinball machine and all. It’s quite impressive:
And here’s the press release that was posted to Facebook; click here for the photo album to see more details. It seems to suggest that the machines are available right now, but I’ve been told that they won’t actually ship until Jan/Feb, although I saw someone on my Facebook post that they received a Pro today. Stern confirmed with me that they’ve been shipped out in limited quantities, but didn’t say much more than that; if you have a local pinball parlor, keep your eyes peeled in case they announce it. What do you think about Stranger Things pinball from all of these details?
Stern Pinball Announces New Stranger Things Pinball Machines – CHICAGO, IL – December 23, 2019 – Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, announced today the availability of a new line of pinball machines celebrating the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things.
Experience the terrifying forces in Hawkins, Indiana that turn this small town “upside down” with supernatural elements, strange sightings, and government secrets. Stranger Things pinball machines will immerse players in a search to unravel the extraordinary mysteries and secret government experiments taking place at the Hawkins National Laboratory. The gameplay focuses on unlocking the hidden meanings of supernatural events occurring in and around the town, including the appearance of a girl known as “Eleven” with telekinetic abilities. The ball is wild as Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce, and Police Chief Jim Hopper help Eleven close the dimensional gate.
“Stranger Things is one of the most successful shows of all time, connecting with people around the world and across generations. This game features action, mystery, suspense, and humor; Stranger Things is a perfect fit for pinball,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.
The Premium and Limited Edition models feature a first ever video projector that displays images and animations directly on the playfield, creating dramatic interactions with gameplay action. The center of the playfield features a unique ramp that doubles as a screen and leads the player into a direct battle with the Demogorgon. These models also feature a new Eleven themed “telekinetic” magnetic ball lock.
The Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models all feature distinct hand-drawn art in addition to the custom sculpted, interactive Demogorgon bash toy, guarded by drop targets and a rotating ramp. All models include two hideout ball scoops, a Demodog spinner, three custom ramps, and game rules that will transport players into the Upside Down.
The Limited Edition model is limited to 500 units globally. The LE model includes additional unique features such as an exclusive mirrored backglass, exclusive custom themed cabinet artwork, a custom autographed bottom arch, exclusive custom art blades, anti-reflection pinball glass, a shaker motor, and a sequentially numbered plaque.
Pricing and Availability:
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price:
MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.
Pro Model: $US 6,099
Premium Model: $US 7,699
Limited Edition Model: $US 9,099
Stranger Things pinball machines are available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc. is a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball. Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise. Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.
Recent Stern Pinball titles include Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man. A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
I like the innovative main target and the synth sounds of the 80’s. Thumbs up!