|THE WIZARD OF OZ:
Date: 3rd July, 2012
It got here a day early, but the Independence Day update from Jersey Jack Pinball brings us some new looks inside the factory to see the progress towards building the first games.
It's an impressive sight, although a production line without any line workers always looks a little odd. Those workers won't arrive on the line until proper production is ready to begin and they have been suitably trained. With the factory being in New Jersey, there probably aren't too many local workers versed in pinball manufacturing.
To help them identify the numerous parts, there are examples with their appropriate part numbers as reference.
Elsewhere in the factory, the backboxes and cabinets are also ready to start their journey down the line.
In the update e-mail Jack said, '"We're moving along, going as fast as we can....." That's been some of what we can report on production. More and more assemblies continue to be built, more parts arrive daily and we are getting games together.'
On Facebook, Jack also posted a picture of his daughter Jen holding a sheet of 19 decals which decorate Dorothy's house, surrounded by Matt's Trumper Bumper trees and numerous flipper mechanisms.
Talking about the latest time-scale for delivery of games, Jack told purchasers, "We know that everyone is waiting for the ultimate update - when we say that we are building your game next. We can see that's coming in these next several months and we are hopeful that real games will ship in September. We have taken a lot of extra time to get this game right. As we place games on location we will shake out some potential problems too. There are many moving parts and many elements that have to come together from many sources. We believe we are building the greatest pinball machine ever because if we believed any less, that's what we would be giving you."
Returning to the playfield, we also get a shot showing the LED general illumination lighting in action.
This had not previously been shown either in pictures or when the game went on public display at E3 or the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show.
The final new picture shows Australian distributor Howard Bellin of Bumper Action meeting the team earlier this week.
Finally for this update, there's a new look at the 'dashboard' display, complete with the Wizard's booming, menacing sound call telling you, no demanding you shoot the ramp.
That animation wraps up this latest update from JJP.
We'll be back with all the latest JJP and The Wizard of Oz news, right here at Pinball News.
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