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March 20, 2016 - Stern's booth at the recent ASI industry show in Las Vegas!


March 11, 2016

Stern announced today the availability of its much anticipated Ghostbusters pinball machine inspired by the original Columbia Pictures blockbuster "Ghostbusters" film. The Ghostbusters pinball machine will be available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models. The game will immerse players in the amazing and fun challenge of catching mischievous ghosts in an adventure- filled pinball environment capturing the world of Ghostbusters.

  The Ghostbusters pinball experience highlights the humor of the film as the player progresses through the game. The game also includes custom speech by original "Ghostbusters" cast member, Ernie Hudson, who guides the player into becoming the newest member of the Ghostbusters team!

  "The Ghostbusters pinball machine celebrates the much loved original movie produced by Columbia Pictures and gives fans a fun, entertaining, high energy pinball experience," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "After all, it’s the Ghostbusters!"

Ghostbusters pinball is designed to be easy to play but difficult to master. It features a moving interactive Slimer toy target and a fresh distinctive layout that integrates traditional pinball devices with unique multifunction two-way ramps featuring a magnetic diverter and scoring switches. In addition, the game features a modern take on a ball transfer target, combative open field drop targets, a ball eject target, a captive ball target and custom molded toys.

The Premium and Limited Edition models also feature an interactive ghost hologram target with animations, "para-normal" magnetic action slingshots, distinctive ramp architecture and additional custom molded toys.

All models feature beautiful and unique hand drawn art by renowned illustrator Jeremy Packer a.k.a. Zombie Yeti.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Pro Model: $5,995 MSRP
Premium Model: $7,595 MSRP
Limited Model: $8,795 MSRP

Stern has released more official photos of Ghostbusters!


March 4, 2016

This teaser appears in the March 2016 edition of the industry magazine PlayMeter.


January 4, 2016 Stern announced today the release of its Spider-Man Vault Edition pinball machine. Inspired by the Marvel Universe Comic series, Spider-Man Vault Edition is an update of the pinball classic. The game features all-new art, animation and sound packages based on the legendary Ultimate Spider-Man comic series.

“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s most popular characters worldwide. Our goal was to take one of our most popular games and make it even better,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “Stern Pinball and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of collaboration. This is a great pinball interpretation of the adventures of Spider-Man.” Spider-Man Vault Edition features:
-- The same amazing gameplay of the original, with an all new look and feel.
-- All new art package, including: cabinet, backglass, decals, and playfield plastics are designed based on images from the actual Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man comics library.
-- All new custom-molded toys specifically designed and decorated to capture the Ultimate Spider-Man art style (Doc Ock, Sandman, Venom and Green Goblin).
-- All new animation and dot matrix video art designed around the Ultimate Spider-Man comic art.
-- All new custom speech and sound effects for all characters.
-- New mode event themes based on the Ultimate Spider-Man Universe.
-- Webslinger themed laser-cut side armor in black powdercoat with contrasting color inserts.
-- Two new music tracks plus the original score.
-- Numerous improvements to durability based on research of the original game’s field experience, including:
-- Steel plastic protectors at the Sandman and in the pop bumper area.
-- VUK opening playfield protectors at Dock Ock and the Sandman.
-- Stainless steel playfield protector beneath the webslinger in the pops.
-- All stainless steel webslinger ball guides.
-- Improved ramp guards.
-- Optimizations to the design of anti-ball trap plastics and ramp covers.
-- Improved wire form ramp mounting details.
-- Anti-wear Dock Ock playfield magnet assembly.
-- All LED playfield lighting.

The Ultimate Spider-Man is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics from 2000 to 2009. The series is a modernized re-imagining of Marvel's long-running Spider-Man comic book franchise as part of its Ultimate Marvel imprint. Pricing and Availability:

Vault Edition: $7,595 USA MSRP; sales tax not included

Spider-Man Vault Edition is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world and additional details are available upon request.


August 18, 2015 - Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, proudly announced today the availability of Game of Thrones pinball machines. Inspired by the hit HBO ® drama series, the newest Stern machines put players in the heat of battle where noble families fight for control of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.
Stern’s  Game of Thrones Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition machines are packed with features and toys that provide an irresistible challenge to play against kings, knights, knaves and dragons. Each player can choose to be a Knight of the Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy, Baratheon, Martell, or Tyrell family Houses, and pick other Houses to battle. Game of Thrones actor Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (The Hound) guides the player throughout the game with authenticity and strong presence. The goal of the game is to rule the seven kingdoms of Westeros.

“The  Game of Thrones pinball machine celebrates the much-loved HBO series and gives fans an intense, high-energy  pinball  experience,”  said  Gary  Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

The Game of Thrones pinball machine will be available in three models offering a variety of pricing and exclusivity for Game of Thrones fans and pinball collectors. All three models feature an animated, interactive dragon that roars, flies, and breathes fire through the magic of all-LED lit playfields. Players can slam the ball into the Battering Ram, attempting to break down the Castle Doors and grab features such as Super Jackpots, Wild Fire, and Playfield Score Multipliers.   The  animated  mechanical  Sword  of  Multiball  holds  back  reinforcements  until  it’s time to attack. A bank of three Drop-Targets lights the Lord of Light Lanes to protect against side drains and awards other progressive features. A Kickback fires the ball in anger when struck.
Players  can  win  valuable  random  awards  and  features  with  Reel  Pops™,  a  fun  new  software mechanism, by playing the Pop Bumpers and spinning three virtual spinning reels on the display. When three identical symbols line up, the player is awarded the prize shown on the reels. Earn Gold and spend it on needed weapons and features. An Action Button is featured on the front molding for the largest array of interactive play features ever seen in a pinball machine.

The Game of Thrones Pro model includes all the above features and 7 multicolor Shield inserts that represent the great Houses of Westeros and special shots on the playfield. Lightning-fast ramps and orbits send the ball on fascinating and versatile courses throughout the game. Enter a whole new realm with Game of Thrones Premium and Limited Edition Pinball models. Vastly different from the Pro model, both Premium and Limited Editions feature a massive and challenging Castle upper playfield with a second set of full size flippers, shots and an animated Dragon. Both models feature dazzling, full-playfield, color-changing  LED’s  throughout  the game.   An  Elevator  serving  two  “floors”  brings  the  ball  up  to  the  Castle  where  the  players  battle against Houses and Dragons. The second Elevator floor delivers the ball to the Iron Throne, where victories great and small can be celebrated. Amazing light shows and effects are a visual celebration  of  players’  victories.
The Limited Edition model delivers all the play features of the Premium model, while also featuring a Certificate of Authenticity, a numbered plaque, a designer-autographed playfield, a beautiful, hand-drawn cabinet and backglass artwork by Bob Stevlik. Exclusive, glossy, black- powder-coated, laser-cut side armor features dragon elements of the Targaryen Sigil and is inscribed  with  the  Targaryen  House  motto,  “Fire  &  Blood”,  all  highlighted  with  a  rich,  red mirrored backing.

Pricing and Availability:
Pro Model: $5,995 MSRP
Premium Model: $7,595 MSRP
Limited Edition Model: $8,795 MSRP

Game of Thrones Pinball is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.


August 18, 2015 - Stern announced the availability of a new WWE WrestleMania “Total Divas” translite. This new translite celebrates the arrival of the highly anticipated fourth season of “Total Divas” on E! Entertainment TV. Stern Pinball will include a free additional “Total Divas” translite with all WWE WrestleMania pinball machines purchased during season four.

The WWE “Total Divas” franchise features the hottest women in wrestling and captures all the drama that happens behind the scenes in the WWE universe. “This is a great way for WWE WrestleMania pinball fans to add spice to their pinball machines or game rooms,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.

Season three of “Total Divas” remained a powerhouse for E! reaching 1.73 million total viewers and 1.12 million adults 18-49 in L3 ratings, solidifying its spot as one of the network’s hottest programs. “Total Divas” continues to give the exclusive, outside-the- ring look at WWE’s top divas, and this season all it takes is just one spark! The Bella Twins™ (Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya™ (Nattie), Eva Marie™, Paige™ and Naomi™ (Trinity) are back and ready to heat up the summer.

The ladies will continue to give viewers an inside glimpse on balancing life in the spotlight with the drama of their personal lives, along with the non-stop action of their professional careers. This season is sure to be a knockout!


August 12, 2015 - Stern Pinball, Inc., the IFPA, and WWE have teamed-up to create the "King of the Ring" IFPA High Score Tournament. This worldwide event is ongoing until 12/31/15 and challenges players to achieve the highest score to claim the title of "King of the Ring". Scores are submitted and verified by the IFPA. Scores are published on the IFPA website and the King of the Ring Facebook page. The "King of the Ring" will win an amazing grand prize including $500 cash, a special playfield trophy and tickets to a WWE event.

WWE Wrestlemania is a unique and fun pinball machine! The "King of the Ring" competition drives players new and old to experience the fun themselves.

Stern Pinball has partnered with the WWE to bring the WWE Wrestlemania Pinball King of the Ring Tournament to the "Summerslam Fan Experience" at the worlds largest toy store in Times Square, Toy-R-Us on August 21, 2015.

As players compete for the title of "King of the Ring" around the world, they are required to photograph themselves next to their scores and post on the official "King of the Ring" facebook page using the hashtags #WWEPINBALL and #KINGOFTHERING. Continuous social media coverage of the tournament through Q4 2015 will ensure maximum traction and value of the promotion.


May 6, 2015 - Stern Pinball and Epic Rights, KISS' global licensing agent, jointly announced today the availability of a new line of Pro, Premium and Limited Edition KISS pinball machines, honoring one of the most influential and iconic rock bands of all time.

Formed in 1973, KISS is recognized for unique face paint, stage outfits and cornerstone personas known as: "Starchild," "the Demon," "Catman," and "Spaceman." KISS rose to popularity in the mid-1970s with their elaborate live performances and theatrics, including fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. KISS is highly regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time with worldwide album sales exceeding 100 million records. KISS has an unprecedented 28 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band.



Stern Pinball’s KISS pinball machines reflect the energy, excitement, and experience of a live KISS concert. Players will experience10 famous KISS hits in the concert arena playfield and embark on an exhilarating experience ultimately becoming elite members of the KISS Army. Players score points and finish game objectives to fuel the audience’s energy and excitement. Higher scores amp the experience–the higher the energy level, the bigger and louder the show–resulting in a KISS concert experience like none other. Players are awarded for completing game goals with a variety of in-game front row seats, backstage VIP access and fun multi-ball modes that thrill players of all skill levels.

The game is built on Stern’s new SPIKE pinball platform, which includes an upgraded high-fidelity 3-channel audio system over 3 times more powerful than previous generation pinball audio systems. KISS Pinball includes an amazing array of modern and retro features to appeal to players of all skill levels:
  • 10 famous KISS hit songs: Deuce, Hotter Than Hell, Lick It Up, Shout It Out Loud, Detroit Rock City, Calling Dr. Love, Rock & Roll All Night, Love Gun, Love It Loud and Black Diamond
  • Custom speech from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
  • Full-color high-intensity animated LED music lights
  • High-fidelity stereo sound effects and music
  • Original Gene Simmons/Demon head molded toy
  • K-I-S-S spell-out Drop Targets
  • Blood-Spitting Demon Bass Solo player experience
  • Fire-Breathing Demon "God of Thunder" Multiball Event
  • Flying Starchild "Love Gun" Multiball Event


"Partnering with rock royalty like KISS is a natural for us," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "The KISS legacy is admired generation after generation by fans worldwide – KISS’ legendary songs and performances will create an extraordinary pinball experience for players of all skill levels."

"We are always seeking avenues to expand the KISS brand experience, and the new line of KISS pinballs from Stern are an ideal extension of the brand, providing an immersive KISS experience for consumers of all ages, "said Lisa Streff Executive Vice President, Global Licensing, Epic Rights.

Pricing and Availability:
Pro Model: $5,995 MSRP
Premium Model: $7,595 MSRP
Limited Edition Model: $8,795 MSRP
KISS Pinball is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.


April 21, 2015 - Stern Pinball has announced its plans to team up with Project Pinball Charity Group to dedicate a brand new Stern Iron Man pinball machine at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. The dedication will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in honor of Zach Dacy, a Chicagoan youth who beat cancer after a long battle.

"There are thousands of children undergoing intensive medical treatment in children's hospitals across the country," said Daniel Spolar, founder and Senior Director of Project Pinball. "We want to help ease their pain and speed their recovery by giving them a reason to get out of bed, to socialize, and to have to fun by playing an iconic American pastime… pinball!"

Stern Pinball has joined Project Pinball, a charity dedicated to providing recreational relief to patients and their families, as well as the physicians and nurses who care for them, for the Advocate Children’s Hospital pinball machine dedication. The Project Pinball Iron Man pinball machine is signed by Stern Pinball employees including Iron Man game designer, John Borg, and will be placed in the hospital for patients to enjoy.

"We are thankful to be teaming up with Project Pinball and Advocate Children’s Hospital to share our love for pinball with patients such as Zach who have faced these challenges," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "Our goal is to provide patients with a fun, entertaining getaway and put a smile on their faces."

The Dacy family and supporters will be joined by Project Pinball’s Daniel Spolar, Founder and Senior Director, and Tess Brennan, Development Coordinator. Stern Pinball staff will also be present for the April 28th hospital dedication, including Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO; Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing and Licensing; and John Borg, Iron Man game designer.

"We’re incredibly grateful to both Project Pinball and Stern Pinball for donating this machine to our hospital," said Lisa Boland, Child Life Manager of Advocate Children’s Hospital. "This will be an entertaining diversion for our pediatric patients and help them concentrate on something other than tests, treatments and procedures."

For additional details regarding Advocate Children’s Hospital Oak Lawn, please contact Julie Nakis, Public Affairs and Marketing Coordinator at julie.nakis@advocatehealth.com.


April 17, 2015 - Stern has released the following Wrestlemania video!

March 20, 2015 - Today, Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, and Whizbang Pinball LLC officially announced the availability of their Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons pinball machine.

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons pinball takes players on a journey through the Mellon Family farm renowned for abundant produce. Players score points on the farm operated by the lovely Melony Mellon and her twin sisters while avoiding the wrath of their over-protective shotgun-wielding father. The colorful easy-to-learn game features a fun classically styled pinball playfield tuned for a balance of randomness and skilled shooting challenges. The game rewards players of all skill levels.

"Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons offers an entertaining classic pinball experience," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "We’re excited to work with Whizbang Pinball to provide players and operators with a unique pinball game and a fun playing experience."

"I love the combination of designing a retro-style playfield powered by today’s latest technology," said Dennis Nordman, Whizbang Pinball co-founder. This unique blend of classic and modern technologies creates a new breed of pinball machine that presents pinball as an art form while maintaining the reliability and serviceability of modern commercial pinball machines. The playfield, backglass, and cabinet art and styling, central to the game’s unique visual quality, feature detailed original characters and fresh hand-drawn artwork that blend elements of mid-century pin-up art and classic pinball themes. Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons offers many unique features including:
  • Original retro-style playfield designed by Dennis Nordman
  • Original retro-style hand-drawn graphics by Greg Freres featuring fresh fruit, a cool truck and the ever popular Mellon family
  • A unique, durable, weathered fruit crate cabinet design
  • A supplemental set of powder-coated legs for ease of operation and transportation
  • A standard coin-door for location play
  • Illuminated mechanical score reels
  • Retro-style bumper caps and flipper bats
  • Dual-action bullseye melon targets
  • A retro mechanical Knocker
  • Space for crushed beer cans to set the perfect playfield angle (players can choose their own brand or use Whoa Nellie! branded cans)
Pricing and Availability:

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") for the United States: US$6,499 Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons merchandise and accessories are now available through the Stern Shop: http://costore.com/sternpinball/welcome.asp


March 11, 2015 - Stern has announced the addition of two Vice Presidents to support its aggressive growth plans.

Effective March 1st, Ray Tanzer became Vice President of Manufacturing. Ray assumes accountability for all activities connected to SPI’s manufacturing operations. Ray, a Mechanical Engineer by training, started his career as a pinball designer and formerly was responsible for Product Development at SPI. He also served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering at Namco America before returning to SPI in 2014. Since re-joining SPI, Ray has successfully led two very large projects including the company’s upcoming move to new facilities.

On March 16th, Kevin Schechtel will join SPI as Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Program Management and Quality. Kevin joins SPI from its key supplier, Suzo-Happ Group, where he most recently served as Vice President of North American Operations, Global Quality and Continuous Improvement. Earlier in his career, Kevin worked at Motorola and Northrup Grumman. Kevin is a Mechanical Engineer who holds 19 patents. Kevin will lead the organization- wide Total Quality Improvement program and focus on improving the overall performance of SPI’s supply chain.

"Ray and Kevin are great additions to our executive team," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "They fill complementary roles that are critically important to our continued growth and future success. Most importantly, they’re extraordinary individuals who fit well with our culture."


February 20, 2015 - Stern has released the following video about WWE Wrestlemania!


January 6, 2015 - Three announcements in a row!

Stern will debut its newest pinball electronics system, SPIKE, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. SPIKE is a modern, scalable and modular electronics hardware system engineered for the rigors and complexities of pinball applications.

"The modular nature of the system will allow game designers to embrace new technologies to evolve the game of pinball while also improving earnings, reliability, serviceability and efficiency," said George Gomez, Executive Vice President of Product Development at Stern Pinball.

The new SPIKE system is based on distributed processor architecture and an industrial grade network protocol. These technologies reduce product complexity and simplify the manufacturing of the game resulting in a more efficient, reliable and easier-to-service game. The system is designed to facilitate integration of various display technologies such as varying size LCD displays both on the playfield and in the backbox. The scalable nature of the system allows for the integration of Wi-Fi and numerous new game specific features and technologies.

Experienced players will recognize a more engaging overall game experience and quickly appreciate the enhanced illumination effects and higher quality sound.

"SPIKE is the latest step in our ongoing program to leverage technological advancements to improve the game for all segments of our customer base," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "Commercial customers such as operators and location owners will be particularly well served by SPIKE."

New SPIKE system benefits and features include:

Improved earnings:
  • All LED lighting enables enhanced lighting effects, increases reliability and attracts new players. Included is the florescent light replacement by LED’s, which last longer, run cooler and draw less electricity.
  • A new modern CPU and expanded memory allow the designers greater freedom to create new compelling game scenarios to attract more players and lengthen their engagement.
  • A more powerful high definition digital sound system enhances the game experience.
Higher reliability
  • New built-in automotive-grade circuit protection for LEDs, switches and solenoids reduces circuit failures from accidental shorts and environmental faults.
  • Lower game heat reduces stress on components increasing longevity.


Easier serviceability

  • Low-cost game modules are easy for any technician to replace and costly circuit board repair is eliminated.
  • Reduced wiring complexity eases troubleshooting and worn component replacement.
  • Improved system diagnostics make the system easy to learn.
Greater efficiency
  • Reduced chances of failure from environmental conditions with robust solenoid, switch and lighting protection circuitry.
  • SPIKE system games use less energy than older models and generate less heat during operation.
  • New controllable LED artwork backlighting reduces fade, saves energy and lasts longer.

Stern also introduced today the new WWE Wrestlemania pinball machine at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada. WWE Wrestlemania will be available in both Pro and Limited Edition models. WWE Wrestlemania calls players into the ring as WWE superstars embarking on a quest to become the WWE worldwide heavyweight champion. Players train their wrestlers and then compete in a series of matches leading them on the road to Wrestlemania.

The WWE Pro and the Limited Edition machines feature an innovative upper pinball playfield wrestling ring. With the flipper buttons, players control two "Slammer" slingshot-style kickers in the ropes of the ring. Completing the three drop target bank starts a wrestling match. Players rack up points and pin opponents in the ring by shooting into a kick out hole. Keeping the ball in the ring and hitting as many targets as possible will advance players through the match.

Multiple ramps guide the ball throughout gameplay, while brilliant lightshows highlight the all LED playfield. Ten licensed songs include intro music for wrestlers that players choose. WWE announcers Jerry "the King" Lawlor and Michael Cole add play by play excitement.

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan will individually autograph each of the numbered WWE Legends of Wrestlemania Limited Edition (LE) machines on a bottom arch mounted gold plaque. With only 400 autographs available, this collectible must be limited to that number of games. The LE game art features classic WWE stars, of course including Hulk Hogan. Actual WWE wrestling action is projected on the LE’s replica "Titantron" playfield level 5.7 inch LCD directly above the ring. The ball is always wild when it comes into contact with the LE’s exclusive "Chaos" spinning DISC while a third "Wham! Arm" flipper allows players to knock the ball off a wire ramp.

"The WWE franchise features unique characters and fantastic action sequences that are captured in these pinball machines. WWE Wrestlemania pinball games will appeal to a very large and diverse group of both WWE and pinball fans," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "This game is unique with an innovative wrestling ring and other features that will captivate pinball players of all skill levels."

WWE Wrestlemania is the first pinball machine to feature SPIKE.

At the CES 2015 Stern will also be showing its Star Trek, The Walking Dead, and Ford Mustang pinball machines.

Finally, Stern announced a brand new officially licensed AMC’s The Walking Dead prison tower mod. The newest accessory comes from a new partnership with pinball machine hot rodders Mezel Mods. The Walking Dead prison tower mod is available for purchase on the Stern Pinball website.

The custom-designed, easy-to-install prison tower adds to the dimension of The Walking Dead playfield and includes interactive lighting. The prison tower fits all of Stern’s Walking Dead pinball models.

"We didn’t think it was possible, but The Walking Dead machine keeps getting better and better with the addition of our custom-developed Walking Dead accessories," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "We are thrilled to partner with Mezel Mods to bring fans a new zombie apocalypse experience."


December 11, 2014 - Stern announced today the availability of the Premium Edition of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. This is in response to continued strong demand for the title.

The Walking Dead Premium Edition offers the same fan-favorite game play as the sold-out LE model, full of extra features such as additional targets, a special-effect fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads, and a player-controlled motorized crossbow pinball launcher. A new high-definition art package adds to the player’s experience of battling zombies and completing game missions. The Premium Edition rounds out the three model lineup of AMC’s The Walking Dead Pinball, which includes Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.

"It’s great to see both old and new fans so excited about with The Walking Dead machine, which is why we’re offering the Premium Edition," said Gary Stern.

December 10, 2014 - Stern has officially announced the availability of four licensed and custom-developed pinball accessories for its latest release, AMC’s The Walking Dead. The accessories are available for purchase on the Stern Pinball website.

In response to market demand, Stern is now offering unique, game-specific accessories that further enhance the appeal of its pinball machines and enable pinball fans to customize their games to suit their personal tastes.


The Walking Dead accessories include:

  • A fish tank topper full of three fully detailed zombie heads designed and sculpted by Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead. The topper is accompanied by game-integrated lighting that attracts players and adds zombie ambiance to any room
  • An authentic zombie head shooter knob that adds tactile art to a player’s first interaction with the game
  • Custom-designed, artistic inside-panels that add dimension to the pinball playfield area
  • Blood splattered side-armor that further enhances The Walking Dead pinball experience


Retail Pricing and Availability:

The Walking Dead Pinball Backbox Topper: $399.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Zombie Shooter Knob: $79.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Playfield Side Art Panels: $79.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Side Armor Trim: $499.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead accessories are available now through the Stern Store and select authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

Stern Pinball, Inc. held its annual "Evening with Stern Pinball" on 10/17 at the 2014 Pinball Expo in Wheeling, IL. This years party celebrated to launch of Stern Pinball’s newest game The Walking Dead. This years party was bigger and better than ever featuring an autograph session with the Walking Dead design team, a pinball tournament for cash prizes, free craft beer courtesy of Arcade Brewery and live DJs from the Logan Hardware record store. A fantastic time was had by all.


October 16, 2014 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today its new partnership with Whizbang Pinball LLC to build and distribute Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons™ pinball in the spring of 2015.

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons™ pinball takes players on a journey through the Mellon Family farm renowned for abundant produce. Players shoot for and score points on the farm operated by the lovely Melony Mellon and her twin sisters while avoiding the wrath of their over-protective shotgun-wielding father. The colorful easy-to-learn game features a fun classically-styled pinball playfield tuned for a balance of randomness and skilled shooting challenges that rewards players of all skill levels.

"We wanted to create a game that everyone can enjoy, so we started with a more accessible layout from a classic era of pinball," said Dennis Nordman, co-founder of Whizbang Pinball and famed pinball industry design veteran. "This is the first new electro-mechanical style game in over 35 years."

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons™ pinball delivers the most tactile pinball experience since the advent of electronic pinball with real bells, mechanical score reels, a solid state control system, and a digital soundtrack. This unique blend of classic and modern technologies creates a new breed of pinball machine that presents pinball as an art form while maintaining the reliability and serviceability of modern commercial pinball machines. The playfield, backglass, and cabinet art and styling, central to the game’s unique visual quality, feature detailed original characters and fresh hand-drawn artwork that blend elements of mid-century pin-up art and classic pinball themes.
"Stylistically, this is a mash-up of fruit crate labels, classic pinball and retro pin-up art," said Greg Freres, co-founder of Whizbang Pinball. "We’re very excited to be working with the professional team at Stern Pinball on this project."

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons™ offers many unique features including:
- Original throwback-style playfield designed by Dennis Nordman
- Original hand-drawn graphics by Greg Freres featuring fresh fruit, a cool truck, and the robust Mellon family
- A unique, durable, weathered fruit crate cabinet design
- Illuminated mechanical score reels
- Retro-style bumper caps and flipper bats
- Dual-action bullseye melon targets
- Two old-time pinball bells and a real cow bell
- The return of "The Knocker"
- Crushed beer cans included for the perfect playfield angle

"This game is an entertaining unique blend of vibrant art, classic pinball, and modern technology that’s sure to stand out in any collection" said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. "If you want something different in your line-up, this is it!"

Pricing will be announced later this year.

October 15, 2014 – Stern announced today the availability of four licensed and custom-developed  pinball  accessories  for  its  latest  release,  AMC’s  The Walking Dead.

In response to market demand, Stern is now offering unique, game-specific accessories that further enhance the appeal of its pinball machines and enable pinball fans to customize their games to suit their personal tastes.

The Walking Dead accessories include:
- A fish tank topper full of three fully detailed zombie heads designed and sculpted by Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead. The topper is accompanied by game-integrated lighting that attracts players and adds zombie ambiance to any room
- An authentic zombie head shooter knob that adds  tactile  art  to  a  player’s  first interaction with the game
- Custom-designed, artistic inside-panels that add dimension to the pinball playfield area
- Blood splattered side-armor that further enhances The Walking Dead pinball experience
"We  didn’t  think  The Walking Dead machine could get any better but now we have four custom-developed accessories that take your zombie apocalypse experience to a whole new  level,"  said  Gary  Stern,  Chairman  and  CEO  of  Stern  Pinball.  "We  are  thrilled  to  offer these new, exclusive Stern accessories to our fans and are excited about all of the great future  accessory  products  that  are  in  our  pipeline."

Retail Pricing and Availability:
The Walking Dead Pinball Backbox Topper: $399.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead Pinball Zombie Shooter Knob: $ 79.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead Pinball Playfield Side Art Panels: $ 79.99 U.S.
The Walking Dead Pinball Side Armor Trim: $499.99 U.S.

August 5, 2014 - Stern Announces Walking Dead!
Stern Pinball, Inc. announced today the availability of its Pro and Limited Edition models of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. Inspired by the hugely popular AMC drama, the newest Stern game brings the hit series to life on the pinball playfield.

AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched series among Adults 18-49, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The drama tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. Stern’s The Walking Dead pinball features everything fans would want in a flesh-eating pinball world. Players fight to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes, by battling zombies and completing various game missions. The game includes multiple zombie toys for adrenalin-filled zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. A brilliant high-definition zombie-filled art package heightens the player’s excitement.

A message from designer John Borg: "I'm very pleased to announce the walking dead pinball. It is a great game and I had the pleasure of working with a great team of folks on the game. Greg, Stephen, Steven, Kevin, Tanio, Mark, Mike, Mike, Tom, Tom, Robb, Gaby, Reyna, Dave, Gary, Jody And the infamous Lyman at the keyboard..... I hope you all enjoy this timeless, apocalyptic world under glass!"
The Limited Edition (LE) version of the game offers unique special effects such as a fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads and a motorized crossbow assembly that allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game. The LE mirrored back glass with exclusive art adds to the dynamic pinball experience.

"The Walking Dead story has captured the intrigue of audiences for years – from the popular comic books to the hit TV series. We are thrilled to serve such a passionate fan base and to bring this game to pinball fans," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.

Pricing and Availability:
Pro Model: $5,995 (MSRP)
Limited Edition Model: $8,595 (MSRP)

About The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics the series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. The Walking Dead is executive produced by Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Tom Luse.

August 5, 2014 - Stern Releases Metallica Pro LED!
Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today that Brian Schmidt, game audio industry pioneer, is joining Stern’s world-class pinball design team.

"Brian is a solid addition to our team. We’re thrilled to add his sound and audio design expertise to Stern Pinball machines," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

The 2008 recipient of the Game Audio Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Schmidt has been creating game music, sounds and cutting edge technology since 1987. His credit list comprises over 140 games and a client list including Stern Pinball, Bungie, Zynga, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts and many others. Brian has worked for top companies including Microsoft and Williams Electronic Games and is currently a video game industry consultant. Schmidt created GameSoundCon, the industry’s sole conference dedicated to composing video game music and sound design.

"I’ve always been a huge fan of Stern Pinball and have even had the chance to work with them as a client in the past, so I could not be happier to be joining them as a team member," said Brian Schmidt.

Schmidt received his master’s degree in computer applications in music and an undergraduate degree in music and computer science from Northwestern University.

August 5, 2014 - Stern Releases Metallica Pro LED!
Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, announced today that the latest production of its popular Metallica Pro pinball machine has been upfitted with vivid, energy-efficient LED lighting. The addition of LEDs to Metallica Pro further enhances the already critically-acclaimed game experience with its notoriously fast tempos, aggressive audio tracks, and smooth ball flows. All future Stern Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition pinball games will have LED lighting.

"LED technology is a welcomed advancement in modernizing pinball. Commercial operators will benefit from improved reliability and earnings, while collectors will appreciate the brighter playfield and more vivid colors." said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.

LED standardization is the latest step in Stern’s ongoing program to modernize pinball while staying true to the game’s historic roots. The updated lighting system complements Stern’s recently updated modern metal and wood back box with decaled cabinet and speaker housing, now standard on all models.

The Metallica Pro LED model is now shipping in time for the holiday season, rounding out Stern’s LED-outfitted lineup of games that includes the latest release AMC’s The Walking Dead alongside Star Trek, Metallica, AC/DC, Mustang and Iron Man Pro Vault Edition.

Pricing and Availability:

Metallica pinball is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers around the world.

Metallica LED Pro version: $5,595 (MSRP)

August 5, 2014 - Stern Announces Improved AC/DC Pro
Stern announced today an upgraded AC/DC Pro-- model with all LED lighting and a newly designed swinging bell. Originally released in early 2012, AC/DC and Stern Pinball have made history by creating a fan-favorite pinball game and an iconic pop culture classic.

The new AC/DC LED Pro features technological upgrades implemented by Stern in its current Pro models. In addition to the LEDs and the swinging bell, the new AC/DC LED Pro is manufactured with Stern’s updated modern metal and wood back box with a decaled cabinet and speaker housing. All the other great game features, art and music are unchanged from Stern’s earlier AD/DC Pro. "With the AC/DC license expiring at the end of December 2014, we wanted to offer our operators and enthusiasts a great earning game with the enhanced features that we’ve recently developed," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. Stern is planning a small immediate production run on this upgraded game so order while supplies last.

Pricing and Availability: Pro Version: $5,595 (MSRP)
(Steve Ritchie sent along some comments JUST for PGJ readers. He didn't limit himself to the new AC/DC model but looking at this photo he's probably not a guy to try and limit! ... and why would you want to anyway! THANKS, Steve!)

FROM STEVE--First, I am glad to hear that our friend Jim Schelberg is recovering from his recent surgery, and we here at Stern want to scream a resounding "Live Long and Prosper!!!" (You see what I did there?) :-) "Here's to your health, Jim!" (and there?) "Dammit Jim, stay in bed 'til you're healthy!" (and there?) Enough jokes already. Seriously, get healthy Jim. We want you and PGJ to keep on keeping on.

Jim asked me for comments on the new version of AC/DC Pro LED game, and here they are:

Our new model AC/DC Pro LED is more fun to play and experience with a full complement of LED's on the playfield. It is much brighter than the standard Pro, and the excitement of the lighting effects is definitely fired up! I had to replace a few white LED's with red ones because they were just too bright and exposed (big difference over incandescent bulbs) to enjoy the game. Now it looks right and bright.

I designed a new Swinging Bell that strikes the Bell Target with a 6 inch long Pendulum and Ball assembly. The entire Bell swings with the pendulum and ball. The frame and pendulum bracket are made of brushed stainless, and the entire assembly looks great on the game. The Pendulum Ball gives a sweet push-back to the ball in play when struck by it, similar to the Swinging Bell on the Premium and LE versions, but with a bit less force. Our resident artists Greg Freres and Steven Martin created a new speaker/display panel art decal that pops, with "speaker flames" and bright colors. It is a definite improvement over the plain black panel, and mates with the original cabinet graphics well.

I wanted to call this model the "AC/DC Swinger Pro", but some folks here thought that the word "Swinger" might not be interpreted correctly by customers. I don't really care how people interpret "Swinger", so I still call it the AC/DC Swinger Pro model; however, if you order one from a distributor use the name AC/DC LED Pro

Our work continues on the ST code. We will be finished soon, real soon. For those who care, we don't give out release dates for code updates. We find that there is always something else to improve with every game at all times, just like you folks ask for, and we try to get to them. Sooner or later, we have to publish the code. No one here wants to read, "Stern is late with the code!" a thousand times online if we don't make the deadline, and I don't want to be misleading and tell lies about delivery.

I have to get back to work. Thanks for being fans, and thanks for your patience!

Steve Ritchie
To learn more about the new AC/DC pinball machine and Stern Pinball, click STERN


July 15, 2014 - Paul Mandeltort Joins Stern!

Stern Pinball, Inc. ("SPI") announced today that Paul Mandeltort has joined its growing sales and marketing team as Director, Parts and Accessories. Paul comes to SPI from Marco Specialties Inc., a global pinball parts distributor, where he served as Vice President. Prior to joining Marco, Paul spent five years at National Instruments, an engineering test and measurement firm, as a product marketing manager. Paul graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

In his new role, Paul will focus on managing and developing SPI’s after-market parts and accessories business.
July 8, 2014 - Chuck Bleich Joins Stern!

Stern Pinball, Inc. announced today that Chuck Bleich has joined its growing product development team. Chuck Bleich joins the Stern Pinball Game Design Studio as Sr. Electronics Project Engineer. Chuck joins us from Williams Electronics Games, where over the course of his career he played a key role in the design of numerous electronics hardware systems for video, pinball, redemption games and gaming products. He holds 25 patents and numerous design awards for technology and game feature devices. Chuck holds a BSEE degree from the University of Illinois.


June 12, 2014 - Iron Man Re-Release!

Stern Pinball, Inc. announced it is opening the Stern Vault for re-release of Iron Man™ Pro. The Iron Man pinball machine features visuals, speech, music and sound effects from the Marvel blockbuster films Iron Man and Iron Man 2. After numerous requests from the pinball community, Stern is re-introducing this exceptional game.

Originally released in 2010, the Iron Man Pro model continues to bring the battle between billionaire industrialist, Tony Stark/Iron Man, and his enemies to the fingertips and flippers of pinball players. With non-stop action, Iron Man Pro Vault Edition heightens the excitement, bringing back a classic game for players of any age and skill level.

Iron Man Pro Vault Edition features technological and manufacturing upgrades utilized by Stern in its current Pro models. Among the improvements is all-LED playfield lighting. Iron Man is manufactured with Stern’s updated modern metal and wood back box with red t-molding and with a decaled cabinet and speaker housing. The Iron Monger, War Machine and Whiplash figures have been molded in one-piece construction for improved strength. "Operators tell us Iron Man is a great earning pinball game, and enthusiasts tell us it’s a great playing game. We didn’t make enough," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.

Look for future Stern Vault Editions.
Pricing and Availability:
Pro Version: $5,495 (MSRP)



May 14, 2014 - Stern Remaking Medieval Madness!
Planetary Pinball Supply ("PPS"), Chicago Gaming Company ("CGC") and Stern Pinball, Inc. ("SPI"), today announced a specialty manufacturing arrangement pursuant to which SPI will make its manufacturing facility available to PPS and CGC to assemble their remake of the Medieval Madness ("MMR") pinball game.

CGC, which has a long-standing business relationship with SPI, will assemble the game for PPS in SPI’s factory using SPI’s factory labor and production line assets. The game will be assembled with parts supplied by CGC which consist of original WMS specification parts combined with the new electronics and lighting systems designed by CGC. Final prep, packaging and shipment will be from the CGC facility in Cicero, IL.

"We think this arrangement provides the best solution to insure the timely delivery of a high quality game for our customers who wish to own this legendary title" said Rick Bartlett, President of PPS.

"We have a long-standing relationship with SPI and its high capacity manufacturing operation will allow us to complete the MMR games in a timely fashion," added Doug Duba, President of CGC.

"We’re looking forward to helping PPS and CGC exceed the expectations of Medieval Madness pinball enthusiasts," said Gary Stern, President of SPI.



April 29, 2014 - Ray Tanzer Returns to Stern!
Stern Pinball, Inc. announced today that Ray Tanzer has joined its growing Operations team. Ray comes to Stern from Namco where he served as Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing. Prior to joining Namco, Ray spent eleven years with Stern in the Engineering and Product Development areas. In his new Operations role, he will serve the company by leading several large projects including a planned move into larger facilities, process improvement initiatives through the extended supply chain and upgrades to the company's Total Quality Management system.



March 19, 2014 - "Top Secret" Mustang Images!
Stern has taken the "TOP SECRET" stickers off their LE Mustang and released images for the first time today. Their release says, "The "50 Years" LE joins Stern's Boss Mustang Premium and Mustang Pro models to complete the Mustang Pinball line. Stern is proud to participate in the celebration of 50 Years of Mustang by unveiling NEVER BEFORE SEEN IMAGES of Ford's Special Edition Mustang model that is featured in the artwork on Stern's LE cabinet and backglass.

Stern Pinball's "50 Years" Limited Edition machine offers exclusive commemorative game features and artwork featuring Mustangs from the original car through the all-new Mustang GT. Stern's design team created an innovative art package that features genuine Ford Kona Blue cabinet trim identical to the color of the "50 Years" GT. In addition, the CABINET ART IS RENDERED ON A UNIQUE SATIN GLOW BRUSHED ALUMINUM FINISH to accentuate the dazzling new car!

This innovative new cabinet art process was developed by Stern to give the car a three dimensional look and feel. The game also features genuine Mustang engine sounds (some from a certain 1999 Cobra pictured on the upper right loop--ed) and a Sony Music soundtrack of eight generational cruising tunes which put the player in the driver's seat of a Mustang for driving adventures and exhilarating racing.
The game incorporates a mix of classic pinball features and cutting-edge technology to let players race with some of the greatest Mustangs of all time while building a dream collection as they progress through the game. The playfield invites players to go drag racing, rallying, drifting and road racing as they string a series of shots together in pursuit of a high score.

"We are thrilled to honor Mustang's 50th Anniversary with this outstanding LE model," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.



Pricing and Availability:

Mustang pinball is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

Pro Version: $5,395 (MSRP)
Premium Version: $7,495 (MSRP)
Limited Edition Version: $8,495 (MSRP)

To learn more about the Ford Mustang pinball machine and Stern Pinball, please visit http://www.sternpinball.com.


March 19, 2014 - First Mustang off the line! Designer John Trudeau poses with the game below.


March 4, 2014 - Mustang Pro, LE, and Premium Models Announced!

Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, proudly announced today the availability of three Mustang pinball games. The feature-rich Boss Premium and 50-Years-of-Mustang Limited Edition machines will join Stern's Pro model, which was recently greeted by rave reviews at the Chicago Auto Show. Handcrafted by Chicago's own Stern Pinball, the Mustang-inspired games combine two icons of American pop culture - pinball and Mustang.

Stern Pinball's Pro model, designed for arcades and other public spaces, features Mustangs from the past five decades. The Boss Premium model focuses on an array of Boss Mustang models while the 50-Years-of-Mustang Limited Edition machine is signed by the game designer and contains exclusive commemorative game features and art from the1965 original through the all-new 2015 Mustang GT. Each game includes real Mustang sounds and a Sony Music soundtrack of eight generational cruising tunes to give players the visceral experience of driving a Mustang. The Boss Premium and 50-Years-of-Mustang Limited Edition models feature genuine Ford Mustang chrome pony emblems on the speaker display panels, unique art packages, additional drop targets, an interactive turntable feature, a stainless steel crossing ramp and eight color-changing LED shot arrows to lead players on a unique racing experience.

The games incorporate a mix of classic pinball features and cutting-edge technology to let players race with some of the greatest Mustangs of all time and build a dream collection as they progress through the game. The playfield invites players to go drag racing, rallying, drifting and road racing as they string a series of shots together in pursuit of a high score.

"Everyone at Stern is buzzing with excitement about the Mustang games," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "From the artwork and game features to the generational soundtrack, we've created games that will make Mustang lovers, pinball fanatics and collectors worldwide eager to take each model for a test-drive."

The Ford Mustang game continues the Stern Pinball tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. The company traces its lineage to the 1930's in Philadelphia when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Sam subsequently became part owner and president of Williams Manufacturing, a pioneer in the pinball industry, and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for pinball to his son, Gary, who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of the world's favorite pastimes.



Pricing and Availability:
Mustang pinball is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

Pro-Version: $5,395 (MSRP)
Premium Version: $7,495 (MSRP)
Limited Edition Version: $8,495 (MSRP)

To learn more about the Ford Mustang pinball machine and Stern Pinball, please visit http://www.sternpinball.com.


February 4, 2014, 12:01am EST - RIDE SALLY RIDE! STERN MAKES IT OFFICIAL WITH THE RELEASE OF PHOTOS AND INFO ON ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY MUSTANG PINBALL! Don't miss the mini features at the end of this post! Artist Camilo Pardo photos soon and a secret about the playfield that will amaze you and I LOVE it ... see below.

Here is a slightly edited verson of the press release:

American Pop Culture Icons Converge As Stern Pinball Announces Three New Ford Mustang-Themed Games

A new pinball game from Stern Pinball, featuring the all-new Ford Mustang and celebrating 50 years of the original pony car, debuts at the Chicago Auto Show. Stern Pinball will also offer a premium game featuring Mustang Boss 302, Boss 351 and Boss 429, plus a limited-edition game honoring the 1965 original and all-new 2015 Mustang.

Champion pinball player Zach Sharpe will challenge journalists to beat his high score on the new machines during media preview days at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2014 - The all-new Ford Mustang headlines a trio of new pony car-themed pinball games to be revealed at the Chicago Auto Show. Crafted by Chicago's own Stern Pinball, the Mustang-inspired games combine two prime examples of 20th century American pop culture - the coin-operated pinball machine and the original pony car. "For five decades, Mustang has represented some of the best of American culture, inspiring a feeling of freedom and independence for people around the world," said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. "We're excited to have Stern Pinball join us here in its hometown of Chicago with its brand-new games featuring Mustang."

Stern is introducing three new Mustang-themed games this spring featuring cabinet and backboard artwork that pay tribute to 50 years of Mustang. The pro-level machines, designed for arcades and other public spaces, feature Mustangs from the past five decades. The more feature-rich premium edition focuses on Mustang Boss 302, Boss 351 and Boss 429 of 1969 to 1971 and 2012 to 2013.

Stern Pinball is one of many companies producing officially licensed products to celebrate 50 years of Mustang. Other licensees include Mattel with a 50 Years of Mustang Hot Wheels collection, Caddyshack with a limited-edition Shelby GT500 Mustang golf car and the Mustang GT pedal go kart from Berg. A range of apparel and other products are available from http://shopfordmerchandise.com.

The all-new 2015 Mustang makes its first Chicago appearance at the auto show alongside six of Stern's pro-level Mustang games. Top-ranked competitive pinball player Zach Sharpe will also be on hand to demonstrate the new game and set benchmark scores for show visitors and media to challenge. A special limited-edition model signed by the game designer features the 1965 original and the all-new 2015 Mustang. Both premium and limited-edition games feature genuine chrome Mustang badges on the speaker grilles.

"The first car I ever bought was a 1970 Mustang Sportroof with a 302, and I'm currently restoring a 1969 Mach 1," said George Gomez, executive vice president for game design, Stern Pinball. "In designing these new games, we wanted to celebrate the freedom and fun of driving Mustang."

Click to see a video about the Stern Mustang pinball games http://youtu.be/xvSLTNrLyK0

The games incorporate a mix of classic pinball play features and modern technology to let players "go racing" with some of the greatest Mustangs of all time, and even build up a dream collection as they progress. Different interactive sections of the playfield and sequences of shots let players go drag racing, rallying, drifting and road racing in pursuit of a high score. For example, hitting specific targets with the ball enables gear shifting, and subsequent hits activate going up or down through the gears. The games feature video displays in the backboard and real Mustang sounds, giving players the visceral experience of driving Mustang.

"The beauty of pinball is that there is no set outcome, and it can't be programmed like a video game," said Gary Stern, founder of Stern Pinball. "That makes pinball a perfect match for Mustang, taking drivers anywhere they want to go."

(Because this release will be seen by a much more general public audience than the usual pinball notice, there is a lot of general pinball information as well as company info for both Stern and FoMoCo. I opted to omit that for you guys. If you're interested in being complete I'm sure the whole thing is on the Stern website, check it out!)

Photos from artist Camilio Pardo's open house here soon!


December 5, 2013 - STERN TO PRODUCE A 50th ANNIVERSARY MUSTANG PINBALL! Just as images of the new 50th Anniversary pony car are hitting the web, Stern released this information and teaser video for their 2014 game.
MELROSE PARK, IL – December 5, 2013 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s leading maker of real pinball games, proudly announced today the merging of two American icons. Get ready to start your engines and celebrate 50 years of Mustang. The Mustang pinball machine, exclusive to Ford, drops players into the driver’s seat of one of the hottest cars on the street. Narrated by professional racing driver, Tanner Foust, this machine sets the tone for a fast paced, white-knuckle game. The game comes equipped with top-of-the-line features including artwork painted by famed Ford GT designer, Camilo Pardo, and the ultimate soundtrack from Sony Music featuring five decades of hits.
"The Mustang is one of the most iconic, American cars ever made," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "What better way to celebrate 50 years of Mustang than with the launch of the Ford Mustang pinball game? Everyone at Stern is buzzing with excitement about this launch. From the artwork and game features to the stellar soundtrack, we have created a tribute that will make Mustang and pinball fans worldwide proud." Mark Bentley, Ford Global Brand Licensing says, "Ford Motor Company is extremely excited to partner with Stern Pinball on this state-of-the-art Mustang pinball machine. Both Stern and Ford are proud American companies with industry leading, iconic brands. Pinball aficionados from around the globe will appreciate the unique blend of Mustang heritage and Stern craftsmanship in this fantastic machine."
The Ford Mustang game continues the Stern Pinball tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. The company traces its lineage to the 1930s in Philadelphia when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Sam subsequently became part owner and president of Williams Manufacturing, a pioneer in the pinball industry, and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son, Gary, who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of the world’s favorite pastimes.
Pricing and Availability: Availability and pricing will be announced in early 2014. To learn more about the Ford Mustang pinball machine and Stern Pinball, please visit www.sternpinball.com.


DECEMBER 3, 2013--Stern Pinball Releases AC/DC "Luci" Premium Game

MELROSE PARK, IL – DECEMBER 3, 2013 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s leading maker of real pinball games, today announced the availability of the AC/DC Luci Premium pinball machine. Based on Steve Ritchie’s hit design, the latest addition to the AC/DC pinball lineup features an entirely new original artwork package that captures the titillating rock and roll spirit of AC/DC and AC/DC pinball.

Players will rock with Luci to twelve classic AC/DC hits including "Back in Black," "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Other exciting game features include a lower playfield, ball-shooting cannon, drop targets, a mechanized Hell’s Bell and animations of the band. This decidedly edgy tribute to one of rock and roll’s most memorable bands pushes the visual and auditory limits with its style, sound and infectious riffs. Simply put: Luci rocks!

The AC/DC Luci Premium game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. Stern Pinball traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Sam subsequently became part owner and President of Williams Manufacturing, a pioneer of the pinball industry, and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son, Gary, who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of the world’s favorite pastimes.

AC/DC, more than three decades into a career that shows no signs of slowing, like electricity itself, provides the world with an essential source of power and energy. Since forming in 1973, AC/DC's high voltage rock 'n' roll has flowed into the world via consistently sold-out concert tours and global sales totaling more than 200 million albums. Sony BMG Music Entertainment's #1 best selling catalog act worldwide, AC/DC has sold nearly 71 million albums in the U.S. alone, making AC/DC one of the five top-selling bands in American music history. One of the group's best-loved works, the enormously successful and influential "Back In Black," has achieved RIAA "Double Diamond" status, with sales in excess of 22 million copies in the United States. It is the U.S.'s fifth largest-selling album ever. AC/DC’s intense live performances and innovative guitar driven music are at the core of the band’s 30-year legacy of great rock and roll music.

Pricing and Availability:

AC/DC Luci Premium pinball is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

MSRP $7,495

To learn more about the AC/DC pinball machine, "Luci" and Stern Pinball, please visit www.sternpinball.com.


November 19, 2013 - STAR TREK'S "BONES" TO DO CUSTOM SPEECH FOR STERN's GAME!
Karl Urban, "Bones" from Star Trek is a long time pinball fan with a sizable collection of his own. When approached by Stern to record speech for the game Karl was thrilled to be involved in the project. Karl shot this commercial for Stern pinball while on location for his new show "Almost Human" in Vancouver. A special power pack code update with custom speech from Karl Urban will be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to sternpinball.com for more information on Star Trek pinball.


October 30, 2013 - PINBALL ARMOR SET RELEASED!
Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s leading maker of real pinball games and the American Amusement Machine Association’s Manufacturer of the Year, announced today the addition of patent-pending Pinball Armor™ game covers to its rapidly growing line of pinball accessories. Pinball Armor™ protects pinball games from everyday wear and tear as well as transportation and storage damage.

Pinball Armor™ safeguards games with its durable, water-resistant canvas outside and soft, blanket-like padded interior. The covers protect the exterior of a game, including the legs, with a single layer of padding and the head of the machine with two layers for extra support. For game collectors, operators and enthusiasts, Pinball Armor™ provides the best solution for maintaining the appearance and value of a game.

"Our team is thrilled to offer machine owners a quality, handcrafted cover that will preserve the life of their machines," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "Pinball Armor™ was created with ease-of-use and optimum machine protection in mind."

Pinball Armor™ is simple to use. The head, leg and body covers are designed to slip-on and secure tightly. For additional protection, the head can safely be laid and secured on the body of a game.

Pinball Armor™ is proudly made in Chicago, Illinois, the birthplace and home of modern pinball. Pinball Armor™ is available now through authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

To learn more about the Pinball Armor™ and Stern Pinball, please visit www.sternpinball.com.


September 12, 2013 - STAR TREK OFFICIALLY RELEASED!
Bringing back the team of Steve Ritchie and Greg Freres from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stern has added a fourth pinball based on the same licence. This latest incarnation is inspired by the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness films and puts players on the U.S.S. Enterprise and in Captain James Kirk’s chair as they embark on a mission to protect and defend the planets of the Federation.

Stern’s Star Trek pinball machine features all the bells and whistles a Star Trek fan would desire. With adrenalin-filled battles, high-definition artwork, cosmic LED lighting and classic musical scores, the Star Trek game will evoke the sensation of flying through space at Warp Speed to rescue Spock and defeat the U.S.S. Vengeance. The newest game from Stern includes an animated battleship, three lightning fast ramps, three flippers, resettable memory drop targets and much more.


Premium Vengeance and Limited Edition Enterprise Editions


"The Star Trek pinball machine celebrates the much loved sci-fi franchise by bringing fans a whole new adventure right at their fingertips," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Star Trek is Stern’s first all-LED Pro Model. The playfield features eight multicolored LED paths that lead gamers on easy-to-understand color-coded routes. There are six missions for casual players matched by 18 complex treks to immerse enthusiast players deeper in the game. As players attack an oncoming threat with three action-centered flippers, the all-LED playfield will captivate onlookers and enhance the player experience with features like phaser flashes and photon torpedoes.


Star Trek Pro Edition


Players will instinctively know exactly what to do when they approach Star Trek pinball – destroy the U.S.S. Vengeance, a key action-packed feature on the playing field. From the very start, players will have the chance to unlock special opportunities, collect tantalizing bonus features and win a series of accolades called The Captain’s Chair. Star Trek aficionados can expect the classic battle between the heroic Enterprise team and the villainous Khan as well as run-ins with Nero, Klingons and the Narada.

Pricing and Availability: Star Trek pinball is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

Pro Version: $5,395 Premium Version: $7,495 Limited Edition Version: $8,795





To learn more about the Star Trek pinball machine and Stern Pinball, click STERN



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