It’s been 20 months since Jersey Jack Pinball last released a new game, and the drought has come to an end with the announcement of their latest release, Toy Story 4. Toy Story as a theme has long been a part of the rumor mill in terms of what JJP was working on and the email that they sent out today throws in the surprising caveat that it’s about the 4th movie instead of the entire franchise up to this point. The email also states that the game is shipping now, so those who pre-ordered the game, without knowing what it was, should be receiving said orders fairly soon.
The game design was led by Pat Lawlor, whose career in pinball needs no introduction; This is the 3rd title he has produced while at JJP. As of the moment, the game is only available in two models – the Collector’s Edition (CE) at an MSRP of $15,000USD and a Limited Edition (LE) at an MSRP of $12,000. There is no mention of a lower priced standard model at the moment but according to a recent post on JJP’s Facebook page, the CE’s were almost sold out already so it might be that the LE’s are serving as the “Standard” here.
Here’s the promo video, with some great production value (as they did with GnR). The Duke Kaboom ramp shot looks pretty cool:
UPDATE: New gameplay video just dropped so here you go:
My assumption in looking at the playfields here is that they decided to focus on a single film instead of all four so as to keep the design more focused. I also imagine that they saved the release until now to piggyback on the hype behind the upcoming Lightyear film.
Here’s the press release with more details:
Jersey Jack Pinball is excited to announce the highly anticipated release of the Toy Story 4 Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition pinball machines. Experience the magic of Toy Story like never before, playing pinball with Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, and more of your favorite toys as they come to life in this pinball adventure.
Experience the magic of Toy Story 4!
Launch into the world of Toy Story, with the voices of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Bo Peep, Duke Caboom, and more. Custom call-outs from Buzz and Woody can be heard throughout the game. The journey is accompanied by an original soundtrack that includes a special rendition of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.
Experience the light and wonder of this high-flying, combo-filled playfield from JJP’s award-winning design team, led by Pat Lawlor — celebrated designer of the best-selling pinball machine of all time, The Addams Family.
Jersey Jack’s state-of-the-art platform includes proprietary technology that engages players with an immersive experience, featuring mesmerizing light shows alongside animations and scenes from the film.
Players can send the silver-ball flying off the Duke Caboom jump ramp — just don’t let the Bensons block your shot! Blast into the jet bumpers to collect a super jackpot in Buzz Multiball, and aim for the stand-up targets to light Rescue Forky. Hurry up and bash Gabby Gabby into a pinball frenzy on the way to scoring Grand Champion. Take a chance on the spinning wheel to earn different awards like Extra Ball, Tiki Party, Super Loops and more! Start interactive carnival games like Star Adventurer, Dragon Zone, Squirrel Derby, and Flipball on the 10-inch playfield frame display.
Smile for the camera!
A special feature of this high-tech entertainment system is the digital photo booth that takes pictures while you play. Make memories and ‘tweet’ your high scores! The machine comes fully equipped with bluetooth audio for wireless listening and Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless over-the-air software updates. Scorbit, a competitive pinball platform and social network, is also included in the package.