Although the theme for Stern Pinball’s next release had been widely reported, the timing of the game’s launch was less certain.
Originally planned to be announced shortly after the Texas Pinball Festival in March and shown at the Midwest Gaming Classic the following weekend, the launch plans were thrown in the air by the impact of the Coronavirus on the pinball industry. The two shows were cancelled for 2020 and pinball manufacturing shut down, denying both a platform for the launch and the ability to actually build the games.
Now, pinball manufacturing has resumed – albeit with reduced capacity – so Stern Pinball have wasted no time in kickstarting their delayed launch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (called TMNT from now on).
As usual, this latest release comes in three variants – Pro, Premium and a Limited Edition with a maximum of 500 units. Each has a different cabinet/backbox art package with the LE getting a mirrored backglass rather than the translites found in the Pro and Premium.
Let’s start with the TMNT Pro.
Like the other models it has a single flipper button on each side and an ‘action’ button on the lock bar. Similarly, none of the models has any kind of decorative engraved or laser-etched mounting for the action button – it’s just a button. The Pro also comes with the same green backbox surrounding trim as the Limited Edition, while the Premium sports red trim.
The right side of the Pro model
The left side of the Pro model
The front of the Pro model
The translite artwork for the Pro model
The artwork for all three models comes from Jeremy Packer, a.k.a. Zombie Yeti, who previously created art for several games for Stern Pinball, including Ghostbusters, Deadpool, Primus and Iron Maiden.
The right side of the Premium model
The left side of the Premium model
The front of the Premium model
The translite artwork for the Premium model
The Limited Edition model comes with green legs, body armour and speaker surrounds, in addition to unique artwork and interior cabinet art.
The right side of the Limited Edition model
The left side of the Limited Edition model
The front of the Limited Edition model