Date: 12th June, 2014
Stern Pinball has announced that the company will be re-running their Iron Man title from 2010 in what could be the first of a number of classic title remakes.
Stern's Iron Man translite
The re-run will be called Iron Man Pro Vault Edition, introducing the Pro naming, even though Iron Man was originally produced before the Pro and LE variants were introduced. This also leaves the door open for a possible Limited Edition version in the future.
Stern says the Vault Edition will feature a number of changes, including full LED lighting, the use of Stern's new style of backbox and speaker panel, and one-piece models of the Iron Monger, Whiplash and War Machine characters. The cabinet will also use decals for the side and backbox artwork rather than the original's screen printing.
Remakes of classic titles have become increasingly popular of late, with Planetary Pinball Supply starting the most recent round with their Medieval Madness remakes. That title - to be manufactured by Stern for Chicago Gaming - is expected to be the first of a series of popular titles, while the recent announcement of PPS's Matt Christiano purchasing Illinois Pinball has led to speculation that remakes of Big Bang Bar or Kingpin could follow.
Stern have recently rebooted their second production line at their Melrose Park factory. This has been used in the past to make consumer versions of their full-size titles, as well as redemption and video games, and it is thought it will be used to make the Medieval Madness games. It would also be suitable for making short-run Vault Editions without impacting on production of their latest new title.
Stern's suggested price for Iron Man Pro Vault Edition is $5,495. Here's how they announced the remake.
Stern Pinball Opens its Vault to Reintroduce Iron Man Pinball
World’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Games Announces First Stern Vault Release With Iron Man Pro
MELROSE PARK, IL – June 12, 2014 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today it is opening the Stern Vault for re-release of Iron Man™ Pro. The Iron Man pinball machine features visuals, speech, music and sound effects from the Marvel blockbuster films Iron Man and Iron Man 2. After numerous requests from the pinball community, Stern is re- introducing this exceptional game.
Originally released in 2010, the Iron Man Pro model continues to bring the battle between billionaire industrialist, Tony Stark/Iron Man, and his enemies to the fingertips and flippers of pinball players. With non-stop action, Iron Man Pro Vault Edition heightens the excitement, bringing back a classic game for players of any age and skill level.
Iron Man Pro Vault Edition features technological and manufacturing upgrades utilized by Stern in its current Pro models. Among the improvements is all-LED playfield lighting. Iron Man is manufactured with Stern’s updated modern metal and wood back box with red t-molding and with a decaled cabinet and speaker housing. The Iron Monger, War Machine and Whiplash figures have been molded in one-piece construction for improved strength.
“Operators tell us Iron Man is a great earning pinball game, and enthusiasts tell us it’s a great playing game. We didn’t make enough,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball.
Look for future Stern Vault Editions.
Pricing and Availability: Pro Version: $5,495 (MSRP)
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games in the world. Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture a full line of popular pinball
games, merchandise and accessories. Recent Stern titles include Mustang, Star Trek, Metallica, The Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman and many more! All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. Both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe enjoy Stern’s games. For more information, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
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