Toy pinball is one of my favourite hobbies. I wish I lived in America where there were a lot more machines available, but I think I've done alright living in Australia and keeping my eye out for bargains. My hobby started when I was given a little tabletop Star Wars pinball machine. It's about the size of the smaller Tomy machines, but nowhere near as complex, there are no intricate mechanics inside, just some flashing lights, sounds and the score dial. I still fell in love with it, and soon found some other, generic versions of the same machine with space and racing car themes. I soon moved onto free-standing pinball machines which are my current obsession. I've been wanting to start a blog site to review the different ones that are available so I've been doing research for years. I'll get around to the reviews eventually, but until then here are some hints and pics. The most advanced home pinball games in terms of game modes and accurately recreated parts are the Zizzle machines, which use solenoid-powered bumpers and flippers, have special modes and games with specific targets and timing just like real arcade pinball machines. They unfortunately only have a backlit LCD score display so it looks a little harder to read than the generic LED ones. There were four models released, two Marvel Super Heroes machines and two Pirates of the Caribbean machines. The second generation were improved and much more preferable to the original ones, and I think look better too, especially with the new lighting. There was a fifth model in the works but Zizzle went bust before it could be produced. Years later the "Star Galaxy" appeared, which looked like a hybrid of a Zizzle machine and a regular, budget pinball machine. Some design improvements and additions have been made but the machine doesn't contain the Zizzle's computer, so all the targets just add to the score and there aren't any special modes, just like a regular, budget model.
Anyway, here are the pics:
And the unreleased prototype of the most awesome and appropriate one of all, Atari Arcade Classics pinball
And the more recent Star Galaxy machine:
I wish I had one of these machines! Any of them, the Zizzles or the Star Galaxy, although if I had a choice I'd get the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End machine, it's the most beautiful home pinball machine ever made in my opinion. I have read that they can all be a bit faulty over time, and require maintenance just like real pinball machines, so that might be something to prepare for. The cheaper, electronic machines with mechanical flippers don't tend to break down as easily, but they do still get faulty so it will be handy if you can solder and operate a screwdriver.
Oh, and here's my YouTube playlist of home pinball videos: http://www.youtube.c...F15607FAEFD9889
Edited by Cammy, Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:34 AM.