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Stern Pinball launches new X-Men Machine

June 08, 2012|Elliott Serrano, For RedEye

If you're a comic-book geek and pinball enthusiast, the following news is going to make you giddy! Chicago-based Stern Pinball, Inc. is producing a number of X-Men pinball machines that will be debuting in arcades very soon!

Read the press release below, check out the photo gallery, then catch up with me at the bottom of the post:

Stern Pinball Launches Much Anticipated X-Men Pinball Machine
World’s Only Maker of Arcade Quality Pinball Announces Newest Addition to Comic Inspired Collection of Machines

MELROSE PARK, IL – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s only maker of real pinball games, announced today the availability of the X-Men pinball machine based on the Marvel comic book series.The newest addition to the Stern collection celebrates X-Men, one of the most popular comic book series to date. X-Men will join Stern’s revolutionary line-up of comic inspired machines including Spiderman, Iron Man and Batman.

Since the first appearance of X-Men in 1963, the characters in the Stan Lee series have resonated with millions of comic lovers. Now X-Men fans can experience the adventure first hand with a first of its kind pinball display. In this game, players can help gather their favorite X-Men to battle and defeat their villainous enemies. The game features seven main villains including Juggernaut, The Brotherhood of Mutants, The Hellfire Club, Shadow King, Sabertooth, Sentinels and Omega Red. The machine also features a Blackbird launcher and special game modes that touch on the most exciting events in the X-Men Universe.

“Stan Lee’s compelling storytelling combined with his dynamic cast of X-Men have captured the hearts and imaginations of fans of all ages for almost 40 years,” said Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball. “The X-Men pinball machine celebrates Stan’s much loved series and brings fans a whole new adventure right at their fingertips.”

The X-Men game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Stern passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary Stern who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Pricing and Availability:       LE Model $7999 MSRP
                                       Pro Model $5699 MSRP

To learn more about the X-Men pinball machine and Stern Pinball, visit www.sternpinball.com.
 
About Stern Pinball

Stern Pinball, Inc., located just outside Chicago, Illinois, designs and manufactures arcade-quality pinball games. Stern is the only maker of full-sized, arcade quality pinball games on the planet and has released many popular games, including Tron, AC/DC, Transformers, Avatar, The Rolling Stones, Iron Man and many more. Stern’s games continue to be enjoyed by both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe. For more information visit www.sternpinball.com.

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I'd be curious to hear how much revenue pinball machines generate in today's arcades. I grew up playing them, cutting my teeth on classic machines like "Black Knight" with it's evil laugh, and getting vicarious thrills on the "Playboy" pinball machine that featured Hugh Hefner and his Playboy bunnies in the background.

My all-time favorite will always be the Indiana Jones machine that I make sure I take some time to play whenever I see it at Adventure Land in Disneyland. It's been a long-time dream of mine to one day have one of those glorious machines in my living room.

Anyone wanna get me one for Christmas?

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