Star Wars has been a successful and venerable licence for Stern Pinball. Following the three models of the cornerstone game – Pro, Premium and Limited Edition – announced in 2017, the company released a Star Wars Pin home model two years later, rapidly followed-up by re-arted comic book versions of the Pro and Premium models.
The only combination not hitherto revealed was a comic book version of the Star Wars Pin, a situation that has now been resolved with Stern Pinball today announcing exactly that, just in time for the holiday season.
The Star Wars Comic Art Pin takes the original Star Wars Pin and applies a new art package by Randy Martinez who created the comic art for the Pin’s big brother.
The cabinet and backbox artwork package is a modified combination of the designs found on the cornerstone comic art models. The translite image comes from the Premium comic-art game while the cabinet and backbox sides come from the Pro variant. The Pin model also sports a yellow strip around the cabinet and across the translite.
The Pin range of games isn’t intended for commercial operation and so has no coin mechanism, front door cutout or the associated wiring. That allows for a larger Star Wars logo on the front door.
Naturally, the re-arting goes beyond the external appearance. The playfield and plastics have also received the comic look, although the playfield design is unchanged from the earlier Pin version.
The playfield design and corresponding inserts are somewhat different from the full-size coin-op model, so the playfield artwork is similarly custom-designed for the Pin while borrowing many of the design elements and colour schemes.
The Pin range is priced below the cornerstone title Pro models which have a MRSP of $6,199. The MRSP of the Star Wars Comic Art Pin is $4,499 or $1,700 less than the arcade version. That’s the suggested price which can often be discounted by dealers, although it is unlikely to drop below the minimum ticket price of $3,999.
The game will be available through regular Stern Pinball distributors while the company will also be offering the game for sale through their own web store. This will be priced at the MRSP of $4,499 plus applicable taxes and shipping.
The shooter lane cover uses the same design as the arcade version but doesn’t feature a cut-out to help gauge your plunger strength.
Stern have been promoting their new Star Wars Comic Art Pin by producing a flyer, shooting a promotional video and putting out a press release.
STERN PINBALL ANNOUNCES NEW STAR WARS COMIC ART PIN AFFORDABLE PINBALL MACHINE FOR THE HOME
CHICAGO, IL – November 17, 2020 – Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, announced today the Star Wars Comic Art Pin, a new stylish, affordable, and fun pinball machine designed and engineered for the home.
Based upon the highly successful Star Wars Original Consumer Pin, Stern’s new Star Wars Comic Art Pin celebrates the iconic comic artwork from the Star Wars galaxy. Star Wars Comic Art Pin immerses players in the dynamic Star Wars universe. The Pin is packed with features that provide players with an irresistible game experience including select speech and footage from the original Star Wars trilogy, color-changing playfield inserts, a custom sculpted Death Star, and a custom sculpted and interactive TIE fighter.
Star Wars Comic Art Pin pinball machines feature the artwork of famed comic artist, Randy Martinez. Randy has been illustrating for over 30 years receiving countless accolades for his work. Randy has been creating cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, paintings, and 3D art for Lucasfilm since 1999.
The easy-to-setup Star WarsComic Art Pin is reliable, built to last, and engineered with genuine Stern commercial-quality parts. The playfield is housed in a stylish cabinet with dynamic, high definition artwork. The all-LED playfield lighting provides optimal color and brilliant light shows.
“The Star Wars Comic Art Pin is designed to provide quality family entertainment and bring pinball fun to homes everywhere,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “We are pleased to bring these pinball machines celebrating the Star Wars galaxy and adventures to our fans with beautiful new comic artwork.”
Complementing the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations. SPIKE reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.
Pricing and Availability:
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”)*: $US 4,499
*MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.
The Star Wars Comic Art Pin is available to pre-order now 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 Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, 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.
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Stern Pinball’s press release