Date: 19th April, 2013
It's the headline buyers, watchers and well-wishers have waited 27 months to read, but production of retail The Wizard of Oz games has finally begun.
The announcement comes in the latest update e-mail from Jersey Jack Pinball which includes plenty of pictures and a video teaser for their next game The Hobbit. Naturally, we've got them all for you right here.
The playfield production line
JJP were waiting for the production driver boards to arrive, and now that the first batch has been delivered and approved, construction of full games can begin, followed by a burn-in period of testing.
Playfields are populated
More parts are added
Completed playfields move down the line
The playfields are installed in the cabinets
The waiting cabinets
Here's what Jersey Jack Pinball have to say.
Greetings Pinball Fans,
Good News is that we now have received the first batch of production board sets. Better news is that we are completing full production games now with all production parts and we will be shipping games after our burn-in testing cycle. Next week we will have more sets of boards....more games and that's the same for many weeks after.
JJP Distributor, Abel Electronics will be at Pinball at the Zoo this weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a WOZ. The game will have the latest code update. For more info, visit - www.pinballatthezoo.com
And here's an exclusive picture for Pinball News of members of the Jersey Jack Pinball team who are working in the factory producing games.
Members of the Jersey Jack Pinball team in the factory at Lakewood, NJ
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While production of The Wizard of Oz has begun, work on JJP's next title The Hobbit continues too with the announcement that the group Two Steps From Hell will produce the music for the game.
Our Team has started The Hobbit LE and the game is on track for 2014. We already know that it will have multiple metal ramps, multiple flippers, feature "That Dragon" and be a fast paced game. It's already easier since Joe + Co. can focus on game elements and not drawing thousands of parts that need to be tooled for the first time.
Jeff Busch is drawing the Hobbit LE artwork and the game will incorporate all three movies and we will be able to show some playfield details soon.
We are happy to announce that "Two Steps from Hell" will produce the music for The Hobbit Pinball Machine. Two Steps From Hell,was founded in 2006 by composers Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen. Two Steps can be heard worldwide in the ad campaigns for blockbusters such as "Oz The Great And Powerful", "Harry Potter", Dark Knight", "The Hobbit", "Wolverine", "Skyfall", "Lord Of The Rings", "Spider-Man", "Bourne Identity", "Indiana Jones 4" and "Lincoln".
Two Steps From Hell is at the forefront of a new "Epic" music genre and have almost a billion views on YouTube and have 3 top selling albums on iTunes. The first album "Invincible" is about to become a certified Gold record. Their music can also be heard featured in television shows such as "America's Got Talent", "X-Factor" and "The Super Bowl 2013". Nick and Thomas have also worked with Hans Zimmer on two films, Sherlock Holmes 2 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 4. Two Steps From Hell will wrap up the E3 convention this summer with a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 14. This is their premiere concert and features 130 musicians from around the world.
A short sample of music by Two Steps From Hell is included in this teaser video.
JJP head Jack Guarnieri has previously stated he will perform cartwheels down the line when the first finished production games roll off the end of the line, so we look forward to bringing you that video in our next update, right here at Pinball News.
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