Date: 14th September, 2021

Stern Pinball today revealed their latest ‘cornerstone’ pinball title, Godzilla. Cornerstone games are ones created in-house by the Stern design team, with three such games usually announced every year and each having three feature levels (Pro, Premium and Limited Edition).

The new Godzilla game from Stern Pinball
The new Godzilla game from Stern Pinball

The playfield design for Godzilla is by Keith Elwin who previously designed Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park and The Avengers: Infinity Quest for the company. Artwork is by Jeremy Packer (a.k.a. Zombie Yeti).

The playfield, cabinet and backbox art is by Zombie Yeti
The playfield, cabinet and backbox art is by Zombie Yeti

In recent releases the Pro model has been been missing relatively little compared to the Premium, but with Godzilla there are several important mechanisms left out of the Pro. However, all models feature three flippers and the Magna-Grab magnetic newton ball device, and even the Pro has plenty of shots and features.

Let’s take a look at the Pro first.

The left side of the Pro model
The left side of the Pro model
The front of the Pro model
The front of the Pro model
The right side of the Pro model
The right side of the Pro model
The backbox translite art on the Pro model
The backbox translite art on the Pro model
Part of the cabinet art on the Pro model
Part of the cabinet art on the Pro model
Part of the cabinet art on the Pro model
Part of the cabinet art on the Pro model
The Pro model's playfield
The Pro model’s playfield
The Pro model's playfield
The Pro model’s playfield
The upper part of the playfield on the Pro
The upper part of the playfield on the Pro
The upper part of the playfield on the Pro
The cylindrical Magna-Grab on the Pro
The tower is static on the Pro but moves on the Premium/LE
The building is static on the Pro but moves on the Premium/LE
The tower on the Pro model
The building on the Pro model
The damage meter in front of the tower
The damage meter in front of the building
The right ramp and spiral wireform
The right ramp and spiral wireform
The feature matrix on the Pro
The feature ladder on the Pro
The Pro model's playfield
The Pro model’s playfield with the single pop bumper above the right outlane

Next we’ll move on to the Premium model. As usual, this and the Limited Edition model share a playfield design and feature set, with the Limited Edition having more bling and extra-cost items such as a shaker motor, art blades and anti-reflective glass. All three version have their own translite, backbox and cabinet art packages.

Here’s the Premium.

The left side of the Premium model
The left side of the Premium model
The front of the Premium model
The front of the Premium model
The right side of the Premium model
The right side of the Premium model
The Premium model's playfield
The Premium model’s playfield

While the Mechagodzilla feature is a flat plastic on the Pro, the Premium and LE get a real model. But, there’s a lot more besides.

The Mechagodzilla toy and mechanism
The Mechagodzilla toy and mechanism with a ramp and spinner
The MechaGodzilla model
The Mechagodzilla model includes a ball grab magnet and illuminated eyes
In addition to a ramp, spinner and magnet, the device also rotates to reveal standup targets
In addition to a ramp, spinner and magnet, the device also rotates to reveal a bank of standup targets
The upper part of the Premium's playfield
The upper part of the Premium’s playfield
The central tower shot
The central building shot
The moving building on the Premium and Limited Edition
The moving building on the Premium and Limited Edition
The bridge on the left can fracture to divert the ball
The bridge on the left can fracture to divert the ball
The tower can move up and down to reveal shots and release locked balls
The building can move up and down to reveal shots and release locked balls
Balls can be locked on top of the tower
Balls can be locked on top of the building
The building lowers to release the locked balls
The building lowers to release the locked balls
The three locked balls are released
The three locked balls are released
The right ramp on the Premium
The right ramp on the Premium

The Limited Edition comes with silver powdercoated and clearcoated metalwork along with its own unique art package on the cabinet and backbox, including a different font for the game’s title.

The left side of the Limited Edition model
The left side of the Limited Edition model
The front of the Limited Edition model
The front of the Limited Edition model
The right side of the Limited Edition model
The right side of the Limited Edition model
The playfield in the Limited Edition
The playfield in the Limited Edition

The Limited Edition bottom arch features game designer Keith Elwin’s signature.

The playfield in the Limited Edition
The playfield in the Limited Edition
The Mechagodzilla device in the Limited Edition
The Mechagodzilla device in the Limited Edition
The left side art blade features more art from Zombie Yeti
The left side art blade features more art from Zombie Yeti
The right-side art blade on the Limited Edition model
The right-side art blade on the Limited Edition model

For the multimedia, the design team had access to the first ten Godzilla movies for visuals, sounds and the theme music. If the theme tune isn’t immediately recognisable, the game also includes Blue Oyster Cult’s Godzilla song.

Stern have followed Spooky Pinball by initially only making the Limited Edition model available to members of the paid Stern Insider All-Access membership scheme. It is ‘limited’ to 1,000 units.

Stern have said they intend to reduce the number of times they change production of the three models in order to increase output. Production of the Pro models comes first, starting in around a week’s time with the aim of targeting public locations ahead of home buyers. Limited Edition models are next in line with production starting in the last week of September. Premiums will, as usual, be the last to be manufactured. These should go on the line in mid-October.

Here’s the feature matrix showing what you get with each of the three versions:

The feature matrix for Godzilla
The feature matrix for Godzilla

The prices of the three models have all increased since Stern’s previous cornerstone game. The Mandalorian cost $6,199 for the Pro model, $7799 for the Premium and $9,199 for the Limited Edition.

Godzilla’s prices are $6,899 for Pro (an increase of $600 or 9.7% ), $8,999 for the Premium (up $1,200 or 15.4%) and $10,499 for the Limited Edition (up $1,300 or 14.1%). The price rise can in part be explained by the higher cost of parts used in the games and the greater transport costs, while all new Stern titles will now include the QR code reader for their Insider Connected internet-linked system. The company also revealed they have had to increase wages due to staff shortages which has added nearly $100 to the price of a game.

The Insider Connected system is pre-installed on Godzilla
The Insider Connected system is pre-installed on Godzilla

The addition of the Insider Connected QR code reader means there is no longer space for a pricing card, although the game pricing can be viewed on the LCD panel in the backbox.

The Insider Connected QR code reader
The Insider Connected QR code reader

The company have also revealed a wholesale price (i.e. price to distributors) of $200 for the Insider Connected kits which can be fitted to older Spike 2 titles. Expect to see these available soon for not much more than that price, with an initial six month price reduction to encourage uptake.

There will also be some accessories available for Godzilla from the Stern Shop and from distributors.

A custom shooter rod and decal for Godzilla
A custom shooter rod and decal for Godzilla
The art blades found on the LE can also be purchased for the Pro or Premium models
The art blades found on the LE can also be purchased for the Pro or Premium models

Here’s how Stern Pinball announced their latest release:

CHICAGO, IL – September 14, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc. and Toho International, Inc., the subsidiary of the Japanese entertainment studio Toho Co., Ltd, announce a new line of pinball machines based on the iconic Toho film franchise featuring the King of the Monsters, Godzilla! The Godzilla pinball machines are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.

Godzilla is the longest running film franchise created by Toho, with thirty-two films produced since 1954. The popularity of the films have made Godzilla one of the most recognizable symbols in pop culture worldwide. In addition to numerous accolades and cinematic awards for film, music, and special effects, the Godzilla film series and licensed characters have generated over $1 billion in merchandise sales around the world.

In this monster-packed pinball adventure, players become Godzilla! The evil aliens, the Xiliens, use mind control rays to take control of the monsters King Ghidorah, Gigan, Megalon, Ebirah, and Titanosaurus. The Xiliens are demanding all of Earth’s resources. Godzilla and its allies, Mothra, Rodan, and Anguirus, battle the Xilien invasion with the goal of conquering Mechagodzilla to become King of the Monsters!

Chaos and destruction ensue on the playfield with Godzilla multiball, started by shooting one of the various shots in and through the centrally located skyscraper. In the Premium and LE models, a motor actuates the skyscraper, diverting balls through each of its five stories as it collapses, ultimately locking three balls on its roof. The Premium/LE playfield also features a collapsing bridge ramp. This animated breakaway ramp is guarded by a custom molded Godzilla and can divert pinballs back to the flipper or directly onto the playfield during Bridge Attack multiball.

On the Premium and LE models, Mechagodzilla features a motorized three-bank target set which rotates to reveal a spinner and jump ramp. Players will engage the Kaiju in battle by launching pinballs with the jump ramp and bashing the magnetic ball catch on its chest to start Mechagodzilla multiball.

All models of Godzilla pinball machines feature an innovative “Magna Grab” magnetic newton ball, capable of catching pinballs from five different shot paths, including off the plunge. This device can also divert pinballs to set up shots from the upper left flipper. The game also includes the iconic title song “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult, stunning hand-drawn artwork by Zombie Yeti, intricate wireform ramps, three spinning targets (Heat Ray, Mechagodzilla, and Monster Rampage), three flippers, three “powerline” themed stand-up targets and a UFO pop pumper. The game highlights video and audio from ten* Toho Showa Era Godzilla films to create a one-of-a-kind immersive Godzilla pinball experience.

Godzilla pinball machines also debut Stern’s Insider Connected system, which includes a QR code reader on the bottom arch that enables players to interact with the game and this new network in a variety of ways. Stern Insider Connected provides new entertainment and player engagement features and an operator focused tool set to drive location play and remotely manage every aspect of the machines. Insider Connected goes live with the launch of Godzilla, with the full scope of features scheduled for roll out over the next year.

Only 1,000 LE machines will be available. The LE version includes an exclusive full color mirrored backglass inspired by Mechagodzilla, iconic custom cabinet artwork, custom high gloss metallic silver powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity.

“Partnering with Toho, we have brought the Godzilla universe to pinball” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “Insider Connected enables players, owners, and operators to interact with their machines like never before.”

Pricing and Availability:
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”)*:
*MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.
Pro Model: $US 6,899
Premium Model: $US 8,999
Limited Edition Model: $US 10,499
Godzilla pinball machines and accessories are available now 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.
Recent Stern Pinball titles include The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man. 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.

About Toho
Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful live action and animated content including motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, Toho remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan, and Toho International, Inc., a U.S. established incorporated company that manages and commercializes Toho’s intellectual property portfolio. To learn more about Toho, visit: www.toho.co.jp/en/.

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Stern Pinball’s press release for Godzilla

We hope you’ve enjoyed this detailed look at Godzilla.

Jack Danger will be streaming the Premium or Limited Edition gameplay on his Dead Flip Twitch channel on 17th September at 6pm Chicago time.

We end with the latest promo video showing some of the features above.

Stern Pinball’s trailer for Godzilla
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One Comment

  1. Nicky

    15th September, 2021 at 1:42pm

    I don’t know. I was finally in the market for a new pin and this is a license I am really interested in but that price jump is just too much. 9k for a Premium?!?!?! A jump that large should have been split between a few machines to lesson the blow. (Mandalorian 6.1k , Godzilla 6.3k, next game 6.5k etc). I understand how economics work but taking a beating on Godzilla and slowly getting where they need to be may have been the better long term option.

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