Stern Pinball Inc. has revealed The Munsters pinball machine, a theme that may seem outdated after recent Stern Pinball machines from Stern, like Deadpool, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones. But another family of monsters, The Addams Family, was the subject of the best-selling pinball machine of all time in 1992, so The Munsters isn’t so out of place as a pinball theme. The Munsters was a mid-1960s CBS sitcom that competed directly with ABC’s The Addams Family — but how does The Munsters pinball machine plan to take on the competition? Check out the images below of The Munsters playfield, cabinet, and a bunch of detailed shots of toys and more.
As you can see in the images above, there are three versions of The Munsters. Aside from each having distinct cabinet art, the Premium and Limited Edition versions contain some extra goodies under the glass; most significantly there’s a sunken, mini-playfield under the center of the main playfield. It has miniature flippers, it’s own tiny ramp and even a wireform with an upkicker. Stern’s press release also points out the sunken playfield has its own multiball mode. The Pro mode does not have a sunken mini-playfield, but all three versions share the following features:
- A left ramp that lifts up to reveal a Spot toy you can bash with the ball (Spot is the Munster family’s pet dragon).
- A right ramp that stern describes as a “turn-around, flip-up ramp”.
- A large Herman Munster with a magnet to catch and toss the ball around.
- A “Zap” button. No word on what that does yet.
- A scoop with a built in metal protector (pinball owners will be relieved to hear this, these traditionally naked wood scoops are the main point of wear on many playfields).
- Each version has unique cabinet art, but the Premium version has a full black-and-white art package. Pretty neat.
- The now-standard monitor in the backbox with custom graphics and scenes from The Munsters sitcom.
Watch the teaser for The Munsters Pinball below.
The MSRP for The Munsters Pro Model without the mini playfield is $5,999, while the black-and-white Premium Model will run you $7,599 and the Limited Edition Model (500 units) $8,999.
We will update this story with more images as we get them. Check out the slideshows below (they are taking a long time to upload in full resolution).
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