Lot 52
  • 52

'The Simpsons' data east pinball machine, circa 1990

1,000 - 2,000 USD
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  • plexi, glass, plywood, paint, plastic, base metal
  • 77 by 58 by 29 inches, 250 lbs
With back glass featuring vignettes from opening including Bart on a skateboard, the Simpsons in their car, and Homer at the nuclear plant, included a plaque stating hte machine was specially produced for Sam Simon; 3 pieces total

Catalogue Note

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening gave advice to the producers of the game. The bumpers are dressed as nuclear reactors and several characters from the show function as targets. Other targets depict the Simpson family's favorites such as chocolate, pork rinds, and bowling. The machine is equipped with a Yamaha synthesizer that plays the theme song from the television series. It also features a computerized voice system on an OKI sound chip, and the characters are constantly talking.

The original voices of the characters from the series are used. Mr. Burns says "Don't blame me; I didn't do it," Homer taunts you with, "Don't you know how to use the flippers?" while Bart says lines like. "Don't have a cow, man," "Way to go, man," "You blew it, man," and "Hey, man, I'm an underachiever, too." 

The Simpsons pinball machine won the award for best pinball game in 1990 by the Amusement and Music Operators Association, a group that represents coin machine operators.
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