Jersey Jack Pinball just revealed its newest pinball title: Elton John. The game is available in two editions: Platinum Edition (MSRP $12,000) and Collector’s Edition (MSRP $15,000, limited to 1,000 units). The game is designed by pinball industry veteran Steve Ritchie, assisted by apprentice Mark Seiden, and is Steve’s first design for Jersey Jack Pinball.

The playfield of the Platinum Edition

The playfield of the game has several 3D toys, including including an interactive Elton John toy, a rocket sculpture with LED flames, a Tiny Dancer motorized toy, a Crocodile Rock physical lock toy, a grand piano three-ball lock with diverter, and more. The game features the following 16 Elton John classic hits:

  • Rocket Man
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Bennie and the Jets
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • The Bitch is Back
  • Crocodile Rock
  • I’m Still Standing
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Saturday Night’s Allright (For Fighting)
  • Your Song
  • Take Me To The Pilot
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Levon
  • Honky Cat
  • Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll)
  • Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

Both models of the game contain the following:

  • Custom Speech by Elton John
  • The 16 Elton John Studio songs mentioned above
  • Piano-Playing Interactive Elton John Sculpture
  • Grand Piano 3-Ball Lock with Diverter
  • Micro LED Piano Marquee
  • 3 Multi-LED ‘Bennie and the Jets’ Bumpers (one apparently under the piano)
  • Rocket Sculpture with LED Flames
  • ‘Crocodile Rock’ Physical Lock Sculpture
  • ‘Tiny Dancer’ Motorized Sculpture
  • 14 Multi-LED Star Inserts
  • ‘Rocket Man’ Ball Launcher and LED Lit Ramp
  • RGB LED Action Button for Selecting Songs
  • ‘Rocka-Box’ 3-Bank Drop Targets
  • 3 Flippers
  • ‘Rocket Man’ Drop Target
  • 2 Kickbacks
  • 2 Rapid Spinner Target
  • E-Ticket Up-Kicker
  • Founder Jack Guarnieri Signature Card
  • Removable Magnetic Rule & Pricing Cards
  • Heavy Duty Playfield Magnet
  • Wardrobe Up-Post
  • Coil-Driven Knocker

The Platinum Edition comes with the following:

  • Dual Layer Acrylic LED Topper
  • Platinum Metallic Armor
  • Sparkle RadCals with Exclusive Art Package by Christopher Franchi
  • Exclusive Platinum Edition Art Blades
  • 1,294+ Individually Controllable RGB LEDs
  • Individually Numbered Platinum Edition Plaque

The Collector’s Edition comes with a bunch of extras:

  • ‘SUPERSTAR’ Topper w/ Dual 10” LCD Screens & Interactive Laser Lightshow
  • Golden Metallic Laser-Cut Armor
  • Exclusive Collector’s Edition Art Blades
  • 1,570 Individually Controlled RGB LEDs
  • Sparkle Playfield with Exclusive ‘Baseball’ Elton
  • Mirrored Backglass
  • Interactive Cabinet Light Show with 260+ Individually
    Controlled RGB LEDs
  • Sparkle Bottom Arch
  • Laser-Cut Action Button Plate
  • Star shooter knob
  • Designer Steve Ritchie Signature Card
  • Individually Numbered Golden Plaque
  • Sparkle RadCals with Exclusive CE Art Package by John Youssi & JP De Win
  • Not listed on the game flyers: the interactive Elton John figurine on the Collector’s Edition is different than on the Platinum Edition.
Different glasses for Elton on the various models of the game. PE on the left, CE on the right.

While the game is designed by Steve Ritchie, designing a pinball machine is always a team effort. The team is listed in the outlanes of the game.

  • Game design: Steve Ritchie
  • Software: Bill Grupp, Joe Katz, Duncan Brown, Ted Estes, Jason Allen, Taylor Snyder
  • Art: Christopher Franchi (Platinum Edition), John Joussy & Jean-Paul de Win (Collector’s Edition)
  • Animations: Olaf Gremie, Mark Molitor, Jean-Paul de Win
  • Designer Apprentice: Mark Seiden
  • 3D sculptures: Evolution Studios
  • Sound: Pierce Colbert
  • Mechanical engineering: Dan Molter, Chris Talko, Nick Jensen, Ernesto Velaquez, Dan Lachcik
  • Electrical engineering and support: Tony Tumminaro, Eric Miller, Ashley Peterson

Later today, October 19, 2023, Jersey Jack Pinball will host a Pinball Expo seminar, starting at 8:00 PM, in which members of the Elton John design team will discuss the making of the game. There are also several invite-only events for distributors and VIPs scheduled. Pinball Magazine plans to attend some of these as well and report on it in Pinball Magazine’s annual Pinball Expo report, which is being updated throughout and after the show.