MORE WIZARD OF OZ
Date: 11th June, 2011
Jack Guarnieri's recent seminar at the Northwest Pinball & Gameroom Show was reported here at Pinball News, and it included two slides showing sample cabinet artwork and a look at one of the playfield features.
Now Jersey Jack Pinball has released these images plus another three, and we bring them all to you below.
As with the earlier backglass and monitor images, these are only shown in monochrome and are just representations of the final artwork which will be created by artist Jerry Vanderstelt as a painting on canvas.
The finished cabinet side and backbox side based on the image above will comprise two of the seven pieces of art Jerry is painting for the game.
The backbox monitor image and the surround we showed you before are two more of the seven, while the right side cabinet and backbox bring the total up to six.
Jack explained the concept behind the artwork. "Jerry wanted to tell the story beginning with the left side of the cabinet at the flipper button, in bright and cheery Munchkin land. As your eye moves along the image from the front of the cabinet to the back you are further into the story, and on the Yellow Brick Road moving up the back box a much darker aspect of the story emerges. The story continues onto the other side of the cabinet backbox and right cabinet side."
Joining the two cabinet sides is the seventh and final piece of artwork - the coin door surround imagery.
The second image from Jack's Seattle seminar shows a playfield feature consisting of a pop bumper and a set of standup targets located in the left outlane.
Jack explains how the feature works: "The player gets a chance to hit targets, complete modes and work to even get their ball to pop back up onto the main playfield."
For our next feature we move not just to another part of the playfield, but to a different playfield altogether.
Featuring six R-E-S-C-U-E targets, a single flipper, a hairpin lane and a kickout hole, the Witch's Castle mini-playfield has a realm of possibilities for inclusion in the game's rules.
Our final new picture shows a second mini-playfield depicting Munchkinland. Munchkinland (or Munchkin Country) is where Dorothy's house lands after being brought to Oz by the cyclone, so naturally it includes the house.
Shots from the mini-flipper around the orbit appear to spin the house we saw earlier. With the lack of other shots to make, the Munchkinland mini-playfield may be an under-playfield feature viewed through a window.
So we've now seen draft versions of all seven pieces of Jerry's artwork, together with two mini-playfields, two playfield toys and an outlane pop bumper feature. For a full list of all our Jersey Jack Pinball and The Wizard of Oz news, check out our The Wizard of Oz page.