Date: 7th October, 2019

Stern Pinball have revealed a new version of their 2017 release, Star Wars.

The original Star Wars game featured artwork created by a number of different artists in collaboration with Lucasfilm. Creating a design which was acceptable to the licensor was a rather fraught process, so it’s a little surprising that Stern have sought to revisit the game using a whole new art package.

Rather than the movie-based designs of the first models, artist Randy Martinez has drawn a new look based on the popular Star Wars comic universe.

Randy is a well-respected comic book artist with thirty years’ experience, twenty of those creating designs for Lucasfilms.

The new Comic Art Star Wars games come as Pro and Premium models, each with their own distinctive cabinet, translite and backbox design. The original Limited Edition version was restricted to 800 machines, and Stern have opted not to produce a second LE model this time.

The Pro’s cabinet and translite concentrate more on the lightsaber battles, while the Premium focuses on the battle to destroy the Death Star.

The left side of the Pro model
The left side of the Pro model
The front view of the Pro model
The front view of the Pro model
The right side of the Pro model
The right side of the Pro model
The left side of the Premium model
The left side of the Premium model
The front view of the Premium
The front view of the Premium
The right side of the Premium model
The right side of the Premium model

The playfield artwork is also new and identical on the Pro and Premium models, although the decals on the apron and back panel do differ.

The Pro playfield
The Pro playfield
The Premium playfield
The Premium playfield
Playfield detail from the Premium model
Playfield detail from the Premium model
Playfield detail from the Pro model
Playfield detail from the Pro model
More of the new playfield artwork
More of the new playfield artwork
Drop target decals
Drop target decals
Playfield artwork in the pop bumper area
Playfield artwork in the pop bumper area
The new playfield artwork for the game's main characters
The new playfield artwork for the game’s main characters

The playfield layout is also unchanged from the earlier Star Wars release. It is believed the animations and graphics on the LCD displays have also not changed, featuring clips from the first three movies rather than any animated comic storylines.

Playfield art on the Premium
Playfield art on the Premium

The prices of the two new Star Wars models are the same as the original designs at $5,999 and $7,599 for the Pro and Premium respectively.

Here’s how Stern announced their Comic Art edition of Star Wars.

Stern Pinball Announces New Star Wars™ Comic Art Pro and Premium Edition Pinball Machines
 
CHICAGO, IL – October 4, 2019 – Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, announced today the availability of a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic comic artwork from the Star Wars galaxy. Star Wars themed Comic Art pinball machines will be available in Pro and Premium Edition models.
 
Star Wars themed Comic Art pinball machines feature the artwork of one of today’s most popular artists, Randy Martinez. Randy has been illustrating for over 30 years receiving countless accolades of his work.

Through a broad spectrum of his skills, Randy has been creating cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, paintings, and 3D art for Lucasfilm since 1999.
 
Randy’s art first appeared in Star Wars Kids Magazine, before he quickly moved on to create cartoons and caricatures for Star Wars Insider. Randy was chosen to create the official key art for Star Wars Celebration IV, Celebration V and Celebration Europe.
 
“Fans of both pinball and Star Wars will be impressed by this hand-drawn comic artwork. It is stunning and captures everything a true Star Wars fan could ever want in their pinball machine,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.
 
The Star Wars themed Comic Art Pro and Star Wars Comic Art Premium machines made by Stern are packed with features that provide an irresistible game experience. The game includes select dialogue and footage from the original Star Wars trilogy, color-changing LED-lighted inserts, and a sculpted TIE fighter. All models feature two LCD screens. The Premium model also features art representing an exploding Death Star, a sculpted LED-lit Millennium Falcon and an interactive hyperspace loop that encircles the playfield and can accommodate up to 5 pinballs at once.
 
Complementing the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the video display. SPIKE™ reduces system complexity and energy usage resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing. The state-of-the-art electronic system also powers a high-fidelity 3-channel audio system that is three times more powerful than audio systems of previous generations.
 
Pricing and Availability:
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price:
MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.
Pro Model: $US 5,999
Premium Edition Model: $US 7,599
 
Star Wars themed Comic Art pinball is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.
 
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc. is a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball. Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise. Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.
 
A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
 
STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
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