Date: 29th April, 2013
Ten days after manufacturing of the first production games began, the first retail games ship to buyers today.
This exclusive picture from the Jersey Jack Pinball factory shows the first boxed machines strapped to their pallets, ready to be loaded onto trucks.
The first retail machines ready to ship
Later in the day, the first truck arrived and the boxes were loaded, before the truck departed the JJP factory.
Jack and Operations Manager, Larry Appice celebrate
The first production machines depart
Jack Guarnieri watches the first retail The Wizard of Oz machines leave
As the truck drove away from the factory, Jack kept his promise to perform a celebratory cartwheel.
Jack performs a cartwheel (of sorts)
You can see the truck leaving and Jack's acrobatics in this video:
JJP also produced one of their updates e-mails. Here's what they had to say:
Greetings JJP Fans:
Today marks one of our biggest milestones as Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc. proudly announces that it has begun shipping Wizard of Oz Pinball Machines!
While the proverbial yellow brick road may have been a bit longer than anticipated, we are absolutely thrilled to be shipping games now. In these coming weeks the game code will continue to evolve with regular updates as Keith and Ted implement more modes and rules.....If you "tweet", we have created a special Twitter Page to announce code updates when they're ready. We will also announce when code updates are available on on the Jersey Jack Pinball Facebook Page.
We are completing more games daily and shipping them as they go through burn-in and final testing. The games are shipping in the queue in which orders were placed.
Whether you have been following our journey since day one, or have recently found out about our company, Thank You. This experience has been extremely special and we could not have imagined abundance of support we have been given. JJP couldn't be more thrilled that The Award Winning game has begun to make its way to amusement centers, taverns, truck stops, amusement parks and home game rooms around the globe!
A billion ideas, thousands of parts and millions of dollars have created this game for you!
This weekend, Jack as well as Joe Newhart of PinballSTAR Amusements will be at Pinfest 2013 on May 3rd & 4th in Allentown, PA with 3 WOZ Pinball Machines. For more information about the show visit, http://www.pinfestival.com/.
At the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown in Denver this weekend, WOZ won 1st place for "Crowd Pleaser" & another award for "Most Unique"!
We'll have more about Jersey Jack Pinball's The Wizard of Oz very soon right here at Pinball News.
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