PINBALL EXPO 2006
The show hall opened a little after 6pm on Thursday evening.
There was an expectant crowd eager to get their hands on both the many games and the bargains or rare parts available at the vendor booths.
But there was plenty to keep the fans entertained outside the hall.
The crew from Zizzle were there with six of their home games - three Pirates Of The Caribbean games and three Marvel Heroes games.
There was a tournament being played on a Zizzle game for kinds aged 12 and under and Zizzle t-shirts were available for $10.
When the doors opened, the scene had changed somewhat from our pre-show look.
The two rooms were now filled with games - both set up and folded up - and vendors.
The main hall was brightly lit while the outer room was dark for some serious pinball play. There were 25 vendors set up on Friday evening including all the regulars and a few new faces.
There were several new products on display, including the new version of Bruce Nightingale's pinball lifter - a frame that fits on top of an inexpensive bike lifter available from Sears, that turns it into a pinball lifter.
This new version allows games stored on end to be lifted and rotated into position.
Graphic Dimensions were there printing t-shirts to order - you choose the image to go on the front, the back or both and they printed them while you waited.
Almost next door in their own special cage were HSA Pinball with an impressive collection of clearcoated playfields.
Speaking of playfields, Rick from Bay Area Amusements had a sample of the new Attack From Mars playfields made by High Class Pinballs in Germany.
It had a list of known issues which will be fixed when the playfield is available shortly. With the Attack From Mars cabinet decals and the PinLED board sets he was also selling, you could almost make a new game from scratch.
Also in the hall were three UltraPin games from GlobalVR.
There was a tournament running on the Medieval Madness UltraPin game with the highest score when the hall closed on Saturday at 5pm winning aT-shirt.
The full list of the games in the main hall is:
While in the outer (Pinbrawl) hall were:
Finally, in the lobby area were:
Add them all up and that's 212 games in the three areas. Those are games that were set up and powered. There were also a couple of dozen games on end and wrapped up which were for sale and not available to play, so they are not included in this list.
The condition of the games varied but was generaly good - better than last year when some were even missing flipper buttons - but you may have noticed many of the newer and more popular games were absent.
This game from Korn provided a lot of interest.
The Shadow was combined with a dance mat to produce a curious hybrid. You operated all the pinball buttons with your feet.
Another game drawing the crowds was this Jolly Park by Spinball of Spain provided.by Mike Pacak.
It is one of only three different models produced by Spinball and features a Magna-Flip style feature to lock balls in one of three lanes, a 180 degree ramp and a double captive ball where you can hit the front ball to knock the ball behind out of its lane and onto the playfield for a two ball multiball.
Want to see more? Take a look at the video below to get a feel of the atmosphere at the show.
So that concludes our look at the games and vendors in the two halls. We'll be back shortly with more reports from Pinball Expo 2006.
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