We’re back at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Centre for the opening of the show at midday on Friday.
Inside the main hall, work was continuing on setting up all the machines and stands.
The main show desk
The grand prize raffle machines for each day’s draw had arrived, along with the main Houdini prize for the draw on Sunday afternoon.
The grand prize Houdini game
Friday’s main prize, a Pac-Man cocktail game
Saturday’s prize Flash Gordon pinball
Sunday’s daily draw prize – an Asteroids upright
The show desk also displayed the many smaller raffle prizes as well as selling show souvenirs such as posters and shirts.
Raffle items and show souvenirs
Next door, Next Level Pinball Shop had a nice line-up of machines for guests to play.
Next Level Pinball Shop’s display
Around the corner was the Nitro Pinball stand where the latest titles could be played.
The Nitro Pinball stand
The Thunderbirds game was getting a lot of attention even before the show opened
We had a sneak-peek inside Thunderbirds to see how it is put together.  It’s worth noting that this is still only a prototype game so various elements may change before production.
Let’s look inside
The display/speaker panel swings out of the way
The control and audio boards
Power supplies, a shaker motor and a bass speaker in the cabinet
There is a substantial playfield support bracket
Under the playfield
Marco Specialties had an impressive collection of Stern Pinball’s latest titles, including nine Iron Maiden titles most of which were the Premium model.
The Marco Specialties stand
The Pro (left) and Premium (right) models
The Premium cabinet art
Some of the Iron Maiden games on the Marco Specialties stand
It wasn’t all Iron Maiden though
The Aerosmith pinball topper
Throughout the hall, games were being readied for the midday opening.  The hall was packed full with hardly any space not being home to a machine of some description.
The three huge PinballFX machines dominate the central area
Some of the many free play pinballs
The final finishing touches are applied
More free play pinballs
The show always has a good selection of electromechanical pinballs
More EM pinballs, plus one early solid-state
More games being set up
Custom pinballs on the Fast Pinball stand
The show is not all pinball though, as there