The Walking Dead Pinball Interview
with Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing and Licensing at Stern Pinball
What was it like working on the Star Trek pinball and working with Karl Urban?
Karl is a great actor and avid pinball fan. He was tremendous to work with in both marketing the game and adding great color with his custom speech work.
How many Star Trek pinball machines were created?
As a private company we do not give out sales numbers. The Star Trek machine is available in three three editions: pro, premium and limited edition (sold out). We continue to sell our Pro and Premium games to our customers.
The Walking Dead Pinball Machine was just announced on September 9, 2014. Who did you specifically work with for The Walking Dead license?
We work directly with AMC on the Walking Dead game. They are fantastic and have one of the hottest properties in existence. We feel our fans will love it!
How long has this pinball been in development and who made up the team working on it?
The team led by John Borg and Lyman Sheets along with great talents like Tanio Klyce, Mark Galvez, Mike Kizyvat, Stephen Jensen, Steve Martin and Greg Freres. The team worked over a year to get this game done. We also worked with Walking Dead producer and horror icon Greg Nicotero on our sculpts.
What are some of the most unique features of The Walking Dead Pinball?
Unique features of The Walking Dead pinball machine include zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C, a zombie-filled art package, the limited edition's (LE) fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads, a motorized crossbow assembly that allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game, the LE's mirrored back glass with exclusive art, and The Walking Dead's score and music.
Could you tell us about the crossbow?
The motorized crossbow assembly allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game.
What is your favorite part of the Limited Edition version?
I love the way the art turned out. the cabinet and back glass art are stunning and creepy.
Is it true that the pinball machine does not include any voice work from the actors?
We use custom voiceover work in the game.
Could you tell us about your experience at San Diego Comic Con 2014?
We always look forward to Comic Con. This year at San Diego Comic Con we showcased our new Iron Man Vault Edition and Metallica pinball machines.
What is your favorite pinball game of all time?
I do love Flash Gordon :)
When do you think we'll hear about the next pinball machine being developed?
You'll have to wait and see!
Is there anything you can tell us about what we can expect from Stern in 2015?
We're continuing to grow and always looking to advance pinball into the future. Keep Stern on your radar in 2015.
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us! Is there anything else you would like to add?
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