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Random Thoughts & Pictures

I bought this game at the 2006 White Rose Gameroom Show in York, Pennsylvania. I don't recall if I ever played Pin*bot on location, but I have played it on many occasions at various pinball shows over the last several years. I liked the game and it fits well with my general interest in Williams System-11 games. Also, I was drawn to Pin*bot because the theme, music and sounds remind me of Space Station. Space Station is perhaps my all-time favorite System-11 game and is high up on my want list.

The game is in very nice condition. The playfield is mostly Mylared. But the Mylar is smooth and shinny with virtually no bubbling or peeling. In the few areas where there is no Mylar the playfield is not noticeably worn. In fact the only minor wear spots are in front of the three eject holes and around the very edge of playfield slot for the teeth targets. None of this is particularly noticeable. The plastics are also nice. The thin plastic by the ramp lift mechanism is cracked, but all the pieces are there. The right and left front corners of the plastic over the lock holes are chipped. But the movable ramp section and the upper mini-playfield are both clear and fresh looking. Also, the Vortex ramp is completely intact with only some minor decal wear. The Vortex ramp is also the correct color orange (i.e. not a black Jack*bot replacement). The cabinet is excellent and complete with a fully intact topper. The glass is perfect. The wiring and boards all appear to be original with original bright white IDC connectors. Nothing appears to be burnt or hacked. It's hard to believe this thing is over 20 years old.

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GIVE ME SIGHT -- LOCK MY -- EYE BALLS

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In November 2016 I bought a reproduction mirrored backglass from Classic Playfield Reproductions. This was one of their translite to mirrored backglass conversion projects. Comparison photos are shown below. What's gray on my translite is blue on the backglass. What's red on my translite is more orange on the backglass. There's little difference between red and orange on the backglass. What's red looks orange. What's orange looks orange/yellow. The mirroring is neat, but there's not much of it. The backgless might be a consideration for someone with a translite in poor condition. My translite was decent. If I had to buy the backglass again I might not.

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Translite.

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Backglass.

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Backglass versus translite. Click for larger picture.

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Promotional decal set for Pin*bot.

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Promotional plastics for Pin*bot. The small yellow plastic is the Pin*bot token from Taxi.

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Here are some promotional keychain plastics that were included with the reproduction Pin*bot plastics set released by Classic Playfield Reproductions in 2007.

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Shown above is the four page promotional flyer for Pin*bot. Click for larger picture.

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Here's a set of decals I found rummaging around a junk box at a pinball show. I loaned this set of decals to Planetary Pinball for scanning. Don't know if they ever got around to reproducing them.

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Shown above are patent drawings for Pin*bot. Click for larger picture.

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This handheld Pin*bot game from Tiger is a boring little low-rez, two-dimensional LCD game. It's a neat little collectable for the Pin*bot owner who has everything. But game play is pretty uninspiring when the real thing is right here in the gameroom.