We’re back in London’s Docklands area for the annual coin-op and amusements trade show, EAG International. As usual it is being held at the ExCel London conference centre.
The exhibition centre is next to an offshoot of the River Thames as it heads off into the North Sea. Its location is a former docks which has been redeveloped into housing, shops, hotels, restaurants, some light industrial units, and the ExCel. All around are reminders of the area’s past.
A statue marking the former docks here
Dockyard cranes, now merely decorative
The EAG International show is held in ExCel’s halls N1 to N3 on the north side of the building – the opposite side to the river.
The entrance to Hall N2 at ExCel London
Set up had begun on Monday ahead of the public opening on Tuesday at 10am, with the two exhibitors with pinball machines getting their stands ready.
Electrocoin had five Stern pinballs on their stand (picture: Gary Flower)
The Pinball Heaven team complete assembly of their stand (picture: Gary Flower)
Entry to EAG International is free, and once inside the hall all the games are on free play, although some of the more popular titles might normally involve a little queuing before you can play them.
The show is a mix of amusements, gaming, redemption and rides. EAG International is paired with the snappily-titled Visitor Attraction Expo show, so there’s a wide spectrum of amusements to see and try.
Visitor numbers appeared reasonably low on the second of the three days which was when we visited, and reports suggest the first day was even quieter. The aisles were not busy and there were plenty of vacant games to try out, with only the very newest titles sometimes requiring a wait.
EAG International is paired with Visitor Attraction Expo
Let’s get straight to the pinball though, and as we saw earlier Electrocoin had five Stern Pinball machines on their stand – The Munsters Premium, The Munsters Pro, 2 x The Beatles Gold and a Deadpool Pro.
The Electrocoin stand
Stern Pinball titles on the Electrocoin stand
The Munsters Premium
The Munsters Pro
We had the opportunity to try the Pro and Premium models of