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Re: Post an Image of a Favourite Monster or Sci-Fi Collectible!
« Reply #900 on: February 27, 2018, 11:37:52 AM »
I have to limit myself to the various collectibles associated with the machine, like the brochure, the key fobs, the "3D" counter display, the embroidered patch and such.

Good stuff! Once you pick up the Bally pinball machine then you'll be able to join that very select company of completists.

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« Reply #901 on: February 27, 2018, 12:04:40 PM »
Once you pick up the Bally pinball machine then you'll be able to join that very select company of completists.

A completist I'll never be! There are other Creature collectibles that cost even more than the pinball machine. And that's not counting movie posters!
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« Reply #902 on: February 27, 2018, 01:57:03 PM »
It's not about the cost. It's about the aesthetic appeal of the artifact and the psychic pleasure one derives from its possession!

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« Reply #903 on: February 27, 2018, 02:51:49 PM »
It's not about the cost.

It is if you don't have it. Besides, I don't even play pinball.
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« Reply #904 on: February 28, 2018, 11:32:31 AM »
Me I'm a sordid pinball degenerate. While I can't remember the very first pinball machine I played as a kid, it would probably have been back in the late fifties and well before I discovered any kind of monster related toys/items.

I do have a particularly strong memory of playing one specific machine as a kid though.  My parents had me attending supplemental Lithuanian language classes on Saturdays between 4:00 and 5:30 PM during the school year. These classes were in the basement of St. Peter's elementary school just north of downtown London on Richmond Street. While dreadfully inconvenient for a young fellow, there was a certain silver lining. I'd be given $0.50 or so to go see a movie downtown prior to classes plus bus fare there and back. But St. Peter's was only about a mile and a half away from where we lived in Old South London. So I could walk there anyway. The bus fare I could then spend otherwise!

Sometimes I would indeed take in a movie. But often I'd elect to deploy my cash in other ways.

One of the first temptations was a pinball machine at a low-end diner that was right across from the Wishing Well Beverages bottling plant on Richmond Street which was on the southern edge of the downtown area about halfway to St. Peter's. I believe that it was this Gottlieb Sweet Hearts machine released in 1963:





Pinball was then banned in Canada for a twelve year period or so ending in January 1976. But when the new student recreation center at the University of Western Ontario was completed in 1971, it had five pinball machines including this Gottlieb 2001.





Now I was never short of cash as a student and I fed many a quarter into that machine, but it couldn't last. You see under the law it was an "illegal gaming device". Accordingly a City of London police officer appeared at the rec center after about three months, played the machines for two or three hours to satisfy himself that they were indeed illegal gaming devices which could very well corrupt students, policemen and whoever else for life, and the machines were gone for good the next day. Yes, seized they were by the fascist State!

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After the draconian law banning pinball was repealed in January 1976, two particular machines acted to set me on the path to permanent pinball degeneracy. These were both to be found at the York Hotel in downtown London directly across the street from the CNR passenger train station. The first was the Wizard released by Bally in 1975:





A very well designed game, it sold over 10,000 units which smashed Bally's previous production record of 5254 for a pinball machine. I had the game completely mastered and built up a total of nineteen free games on a single quarter one afternoon before I succumbed to fatigue.

The other game was in the other room by the old fashioned greasy spoon lunch counter attached to the York Hotel. (How I miss those greasy spoons now!) It was the Royal Flush machine which Gottlieb released in 1976:





I had my best run ever on this machine late one afternoon. I'd hit everything and I had the machine lit up like a Xmas tree. I was already up to five or six free games but I wasn't even targeting the free game hole. My timing was so good that I was hitting the silver ball hard enough to propel it off the glass and I just wanted to keep hitting. And then believe it or not but a hippie watching me play with astonishment leaned on the machine so hard that he tilted it thus ending my best run of all time! I wanted to strangle him.  >:(

So no, I've never needed drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. Pinball and other assorted baby boomer kids' stuff including comic mags, bubble gum cards and monster and other model kits, muscle cars, and rock music and stereo equipment are all it took to set me on the path to ruin. And here I am today!

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« Reply #905 on: February 28, 2018, 02:20:06 PM »
That Hepcat sure plays a mean pinball!

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« Reply #906 on: February 28, 2018, 02:35:12 PM »


Be afraid, be very afraid of my pinball wizardry!



My pinball skills are held in such high renown that I've gone on from being a feature in certain machines:



To being the actual subject matter!



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« Reply #907 on: February 28, 2018, 04:55:41 PM »
Those your machines? They must take up a whole room!
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« Reply #908 on: February 28, 2018, 05:13:37 PM »
No, no, sadly I don't have any pinball machines yet. But I have the rest of my life to rectify this failing!

Someday as well I'd like to make a trek to Las Vegas to check out this Pinball Hall of Fame which would be paradise found to any pinball buff.

Here as well is a great site for locating pinball machines:

PinballMap

Individual specimens of these three classic woodrail machines could until recently be found right here in Toronto!







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« Reply #909 on: February 28, 2018, 05:20:09 PM »
No, no, sadly I don't have any pinball machines yet.

So, do you take your cat to the local pin ball hall?  ;D
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« Reply #910 on: March 04, 2018, 01:15:42 AM »

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« Reply #911 on: March 04, 2018, 05:15:39 PM »
No, no, sadly I don't have any pinball machines yet. But I have the rest of my life to rectify this failing!

Someday as well I'd like to make a trek to Las Vegas to check out this Pinball Hall of Fame which would be paradise found to any pinball buff.

Here as well is a great site for locating pinball machines:

PinballMap

Individual specimens of these three classic woodrail machines could until recently be found right here in Toronto!







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Since I am a former resident of Vegas, I would have been a great tour guide for you and your visit Las Vegas. The Pinball of Fame is definitely a must-see, and witness the greatness.
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« Reply #912 on: March 05, 2018, 10:42:13 AM »


Interesting that cover artist Carmine Infantino ripped off Howard Purcell's monster from this 1966 issue of Sea Devils:



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Sadly #31 is one of the few Sea Devils comics I lack in my collection.

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Re: Post an Image of a Favourite Monster or Sci-Fi Collectible!
« Reply #913 on: March 05, 2018, 06:00:38 PM »
Interesting that cover artist Carmine Infantino ripped off Howard Purcell's monster from this 1966 issue of Sea Devils:



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Sadly #31 is one of the few Sea Devils comics I lack in my collection.

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I don't think Purcell swiped Infantino's monster. Both are pink but one features antenna while the other has horns and tusks  ???

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« Reply #914 on: March 06, 2018, 10:58:19 AM »
Purcell's monster came first; Infantino's was nine months later in 1967.

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