Date: 13th December, 2013
There haven't been many updates about Jersey Jack Pinball's second title - The Hobbit - but with the second movie in the trilogy hitting the big screen today, the company have revealed the artwork to be used on the game's cabinet, backbox and backglass.
The first of the six pieces of artwork is the one players will see the most - the backglass.
The large LCD monitor remains in the same place as The Wizard of Oz and appears the same 26-inch size. The surrounding montage of scenes from the movies features Bilbo top centre, Gandalf top left and Thranduil top right.
One character strangely absent from this, and all the artwork, is Smaug the dragon. Whether he has been deliberately omitted so far because his appearance has been a closely guarded secret until the release of the second movie The Desolation of Smaug we will have to wait to see. Hopefully he will be prominently featured in due course.
The sides of the backbox feature the first two characters from the backglass.
The imagery shows Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf on the right backbox side, and Martin Freeman as Bilbo on the left, both gripping their respective swords.
Like the backglass though, the three-piece set of cabinet montage appears to be custom made for the The Hobbit pinball.
Even here though, parts of the image come from poster art for the first movie.
As with The Wizard of Oz, the left side of The Hobbit is the happier of the two, with the right side showing the battles our heroes face along their journey.
The cutout shape around the lefts suggest this artwork may be destined for decals rather than direct-to-cabinet printing - something which has been mooted for the standard edition machines at least.
The coin door surround continues the split between good and evil, featuring Gandalf with the sun on the left and Gollum by moonlight on the right.
The three cabinet panels don't make the same continuous image in the way they did on The Wizard of Oz.
The only artwork piece not yet revealed - other than the playfield - is the game title shown on the LCD monitor. This may be where Smaug makes his starring role.
Apart from being the opening weekend for The Desolation of Smaug, Jersey Jack Pinball is also opening its doors to buyers of The Hobbit and The Wizard of Oz to visit the factory in Lakewood, New Jersey today. A whitewood of The Hobbit complete with the cabinet art you see above is expected to be on display, along with the new ruby red 75th Anniversary model of The Wizard of Oz.
We'll have more from that open day, as well as all the latest news about The Hobbit right here at Pinball News.
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