Stern reveals The Munsters at CES
Posted on January 8, 2019
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Stern Pinball revealed their newest game title: The Munsters. The game, based on a TV-show that was mainly broadcasted by CBS in the U.S. The show ran from 1964 to 1966 and has 70 episodes. The game had been rumored to be coming for over a year due to several “leaks.” The game is designed by John Borg, who called it his dream theme in previous interviews. Artwork on the game is by Christopher Franchi. Unlike previous game revealings, this one was announced upfront, although Stern would not confirm which title would be revealed, although it was hardly a surprise. Now the cat is officially out of the bag and below are links to the first images:
All models have a Herman bash toy with a magnet in front of it. The magnet can grab the ball, which then has to be released by shooting a second ball to it, similar to the start of Mist Multiball in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The Premium and LE model have a lower mini playfield, which appears to be actually a miniature playfield, with smaller balls and flippers, like were used previously on Stewie pinball in Stern’s Family Guy. The miniature playfield represents Grandpa’s Laboratory, where the player needs to activate Grandpa’s machine during a timed mode. When succeeding in doing so it starts a 2-ball multiball on the minature playfield.
Below is Stern’s official press release:
Stern Pinball Announces New Munsters Pinball Machines
CHICAGO, IL – January 8, 2019 – Stern Pinball, Inc., a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball, proudly announced today the availability of a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic American TV hit sitcom, The Munsters.
Players will be transported to 1313 Mockingbird Lane, joining the entire Munsters family on this haunted pinball adventure. Featuring Herman, Raven, Lily, Spot and Grandpa, players will work their way towards Munster Madness in this frightfully funny and action-packed pinball world under glass. The Munsters pinball machines will be available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.
“The Munsters are iconic and timeless, and it was time to create a pinball experience around this freaky-fun family. With beautiful artwork inspired by the supernatural family, this theme is perfect for a pinball machine,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern’s The Munsters Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models feature stunning and distinctive hand-drawn art. Each game features a custom sculpted Herman bash toy with magnetized ball catch, highlighting Herman multiball. In addition, all models include a pop-up Spot bash toy hidden under the left ramp, a custom sculpted Drag-U-La toy car featured near a left shooter lane kicker, as well as a metal turn-around, flip-up ramp.
The Premium and Limited Edition models both feature Grandpa’s laboratory, a lower playfield that features 2 mini flippers, 2 ramps, a Grandpa bash target, a digital number display, and a multiball feature. The Premium model features an exclusive black and white custom art package in homage to classic black and white TV.
The Limited Edition – only 500 units globally – includes additional unique features such as an exclusive mirrored backglass, anti-reflection pinball glass, shaker motor, exclusive custom art blades, a custom autographed bottom arch, a sequentially numbered plaque, and exclusive custom casket-themed cabinet artwork.
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 high-definition 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 Model: $US 7,599
Limited Edition Model: $US 8,999
The Munsters pinball is available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.