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    Unhappy New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    I just got the new Star Wars Pachinko "Advent of Darth Vader" (or something) and it's quite a nice machine despite the issues I have with my particular unit.

    Now I got it from a vendor and they are going to help me with the issues here, but I was wondering if anyone else has the unit, has similar issues, or what general opinions are about the game.

    First... mine is in an UGLY gold Crystella frame. I understand the Darth Vader unit is available in red and black too. The pics I've seen have all been red, so opening the box and seeing the hideous harvest gold was an unpleasant shock. Fortunately the vendor has super customer service and the frame might be able to be switched, and given a speaker is also bad, it's probably best.

    But of bigger concern and a possible design flaw is that the Darth Vader mask that goes up and down jitters, jams and grinds when it tries to raise up. I laid it flat on its back and it works ok... in fact it started working right after I raised it back up for a while, but then the problem came back. My theory is that it's grit or something in the gears and when it works against gravity they stutter and stick. But I don't want to tinker and void the warranty. As I said the vendor is going to help me out which I appreciate because the unit wasn't cheap.

    Here's the real kicker... the cell is PERFECT... so pristine! I wish I could fix the Vader mask issue because I'd hate to exchange it and end up with one with more wear. I mean this pachinko is SWEET!!!

    So far the Vader mask hasn't been a big issue during actual game play, in game play it started moving once but the vader chance never came up... it was a tease. But the mask does cycle up and down with each power up. I'm wondering if it needs some lube... but again I don't want to mess anything up until I know what can be done from the vendor. I know these are new and rare, and given the price, I am all the more concerned it's fully functional.

    Ok... I've complained about things, but don't get me wrong it's SWEET and don't let my being concerned about the issues give you the wrong idea. I LOVE the animated Star Wars characters. I have the first Star Wars unit, and it is neat and all but... I then got my significant other a Marvel Heroes skill slot unit for Chirstmas and it's adorable with the chibby Marvel characters. I then got myself the Star Wars slot... and I was not thrilled. It's an OK unit, but the video, graphics, etc are all old, tired and boring and pretty much copied directly from the pachinko. So... it's NICE to have some original graphics and video on this new pachinko.

    The game play area is ok... I've seen units with more "interesting" ball paths, but the focus of this is the screen and droids and lightsaber.

    The game itself as well as the Crystella frame are sure to enduce a seizure in someone photosensitive, but it's a great light show if you can handle it. In fact the Crystella frame is pretty cool by itself, save for the hideous gold color.

    Anyway, does anyone else have this unit? Anyone have similar issues with the vader mask? That mask issue is the only thing I can think of as a possible achilles heel with this unit, all the other issues with my specific one can be fixed by swapping with a different frame.


    Ben

    PS... I can take some pics and a video of the vader problem, if I can figure out how to post them here.

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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    If you don't like the gold frame, I'll take it off your hands free of charge!

    Does the mask jutter/stutter/grind on powerup or just during play?

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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    darn id be happy with any crystella frame even if it was pink with green spots

    and if you got a video of it running i think alot of people would be greatful as i dont think there are many around here yet due to cost
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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    Quote Originally Posted by compirate View Post
    If you don't like the gold frame, I'll take it off your hands free of charge!

    Does the mask jutter/stutter/grind on powerup or just during play?
    Anytime the Vader mask moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcrippen324 View Post
    darn id be happy with any crystella frame even if it was pink with green spots

    and if you got a video of it running i think alot of people would be greatful as i dont think there are many around here yet due to cost
    It is a pretty frame as far as design, it's just the harvest gold doesn't belong and certainly doesn't go with the Red/Black/Silver theme. It's an aesthetic thing and considering all the images I've ever seen showed it in red, it came as a shock because it wasn't listed as gold. Oh well... I'm glad to own it, and confident it'll all work out.

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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    Can you say which vendor you got it from??
    My favorite color is Ham

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    The Black is actually the Bisty version and only with King Kong and 7 Samurai. The colors are painted on, maybe after it's out of warranty, you can paint it? Got a lot to take apart to do that though. The sales prices for frames in Japan are gold - 2,000Y, black - 3,500Y, red - 5,000Y, the red being the rarest right now, the gold's been out for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBearSteve View Post
    Can you say which vendor you got it from??
    I wanted to discuss it with them, ask if it's OK if I mention them. I don't blame them at all for any of this, and they are working to help me out. I feel bad because I'm mentioning the problems, and I don't want that to reflect badly on them... because it shouldn't. They are helping me out, the only thing and again I don;t think it's their fault is the item on the site showed it as a red unit and when it arrived it was gold. I am sure they'll alter the listing to mention that in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zottig View Post
    I wanted to discuss it with them, ask if it's OK if I mention them. I don't blame them at all for any of this, and they are working to help me out. I feel bad because I'm mentioning the problems, and I don't want that to reflect badly on them... because it shouldn't. They are helping me out, the only thing and again I don;t think it's their fault is the item on the site showed it as a red unit and when it arrived it was gold. I am sure they'll alter the listing to mention that in the future.

    No problem, I was just curious about the cost of one
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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    For those interested - Black case

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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    $1499 plus ~$80 shipping to the US is about what to expect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by compirate View Post
    For those interested - Black case
    What do those prices mean as far as dollars, commissions, and shipping to the US? Is there a formula to determine actual costs?


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    Last edited by Zottig; 02-26-2009 at 12:01 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zottig View Post
    $1499 plus ~$80 shipping to the US is about what to expect.

    Holy Moly!

    I better take out a second mortgage to buy one
    My favorite color is Ham

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    That black one, my best guess:

    4900 cost
    2000 shipping in Japan
    1000 commission
    3000 packing for shipment to the US
    26400 shipping to the US (I estimated at $300 because of lighter weight, probably will be more)
    2640 commission on shipping
    39940 total

    $453.86 (88Y to the $) - your mileage may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zottig View Post
    $1499 plus ~$80 shipping to the US is about what to expect.
    Good, that makes me feel better about what I spent on the cell ($334.27), although I still have a little over 25 days to wait


    Hardly anyone on here likes the case, let alone the gold one, but I'm a Sankyophile and must slap you for the snub!
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    But like you said, that light show will give you seizures!
    Last edited by compirate; 02-26-2009 at 12:26 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    I LIKE the case
    My favorite color is Ham

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    Congrats on the New Star Wars Pachinko!!

    I'd love to see some pics of your version and also some video if possible


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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    I like the frame too, just not the color in conjunction with this cell. I mean Star Wars was from the '70s... but having Harvest Gold is going too far, but at least it's not Avacado Green... shudder.

    I'll take some pics later today and try a video.

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    OK, I am going to take some pics and try to make some videos. But I did notice that the vader problem is not that bad. It's a belt drive thing, so it is slipping and making a horrible noise, but at least it's not gears grinding. The belt looks really loose so some lube on the track and perhaps tightening the belt should fix it.

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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    maybe some automotive belt dressing may help
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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    One of our members had an issue with his T-Rex on Jurassic Park. I believe that he was able to fix it. Perhaps there is a something of value to be found in this thread.

    At the very least this is an interesting thread exemplifying how some members got together to identify a problem or two and the subsequent fix. Jurassic Park Dropped on it's head by UPS
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    Default Re: New Star Wars Darth Vader Pachinko

    Here are some pics I uploaded to Flickr:
    Pachinko - a set on Flickr

    Here is a 10 minute video on YouTube that happened to include part of a fever:
    YouTube - BRLewitt's QuickCapture Video - February 26, 2009, 04:29 PM

    You'll note the grinding as the Vader mask tries to raise. It's hard to hear as this video was made with my laptop's webcam. I turned the volume up so you can hear the audio a little better.

    All in all it is a fun unit.


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