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Game Description:NOTE: A large amount of detail/information is given below on the condition of this game, in regard to it's higher collectible value, and often-common multiple inquiries that we typically receive regarding intricate detail on "high end" popular games such as this one. We apologize in advance for the "extra reading" but want to convey as accurate a depiction of the game's details as possible for those discriminating customers who cannot visit our shop to see/play this game in person before buying. If you have any questions or require any additional information or pictures, just e-mail us.
PinBot was produced by Williams during the "comeback of pinball" during the mid-to-late 1980's and was one of the first games to offer a playfield packed full of gadgets and fun that really made it a bargain in the arcades at 25¢ a play! This game's popularity spawned two sequels- The Machine: Bride of PinBot in the early 1990's, and JackBot in the late 1990's.
This game packs a tremendous amount of pinball gadgetry and features in it's playfield, which not only made it popular in the arcades, but makes it very desirable in the collector and enthusiast markets of today. At the start of play, the ball is shot up a "corkscrew" skill-shot ramp where the player can be awarded 5,000 to 100,000 points depending on where the ball stops on the ramp. Three lively pop bumpers keep the action going on the upper right side of the playfield. These are situated underneath an upper see-through "mini" playfield that the ball can get to by shooting the left ramp. The ball has four exits from the upper playfield- left to the main playfield, down to the pop bumpers, to the right flipper, or down to the ball shooter for a free shot at the corkscrew ramp!
The main object in PinBot is to get both balls locked and start Multiball play. To do this, all of the lights on the center panel must be lit by hitting strategic targets at the top and side of the panel. Or, if you're a skilled player, make the flashing target on your first shot to instantly complete the light panel!
Once the light panel is completed, the top 5-bank of targets lowers itself down into the playfield, and the PinBot 'visor' above the targets raises up. This allows access to the two ball lock saucers- PinBot's "eyes". Lock both balls to give PinBot sight, hear him say, "I SEE YOU!", and then start fast, exciting Multiball play with double scoring!
The left ramp which leads to the upper mini playfield is an elevating ramp that goes up/down with play. When down, hit the flashing drop target on the left side of the playfield to raise the ramp for a brief interval. Shoot under it to collect "Energy Value" which is built up by the pop bumpers on the other side of the playfield.
Make your way with PinBot through the galaxy by advancing from planet to planet! The game selects a destination planet for you at the start of the game (lit on the center of the playfield). Making the 3 drop targets, or hitting the right bullseye target when lit advances the planets. Make the destination planet for a 'special' (free game or extra ball). Completing all the planets advances you to the sun, and lights right bullseye for additional special!
Making the left ramp advances the "Solar Value" which is a progressive score award that is carried over from player to player, and game to game. Collect anything from 100,000 to 5,000,000 points with the Solar Value carryover feature!
Make the upper left eject pocket from the right flipper for point awards and to collect extra ball.
All of this exciting game play is backed up with exciting "light shows", flashers, and great colorful playfield and backglass artwork. And this game features fantastic music, sound effects, and speech to go along with play. With all the fun and features that this game packs, you can see why it was so extremely popular in the arcades!
Most PinBot games were played so heavily that they literally wore out, and it can be very difficult to find one that has survived at all well after all the years. The popularity of the game, and with so few surviving well to today, has made this game very collectible among pinball enthusiasts and collectors alike, and one of the most popular classic games for any home gameroom or collector's lineup.
Game Condition Details:Overall:
Over 120 hours have been invested in the excruciatingly-detailed restoration of this legendary classic Williams pinball game. It easily meets our criteria for a "Collector Condition" rating, which is our top rating for a used, reconditioned, restored game.
Cabinet and Backbox: The entire interior and exterior of this game have been fully restored including a complete cabinet repaint in original factory colors and artwork design. The cabinet and backbox were fully disassembled, stripped to the bare wood, repaired/refinished, and repainted using custom hand-made stencils and paint colors painstakingly matched to the original, unfaded factory colors. No quick or easy task, the extremely detailed paint and art work on this game took many months to fully reproduce from start to finish- a very demanding cabinet restoration with a great deal of time and effort focused on every minor detail. All exterior cabinet hardware/trim has either been replaced with new, or restored to like-new condition and reassembled.
Wiring harnesses for the backbox and main cabinet were all fully disconnected and painstakingly cleaned to remove any dust, grime, and debris that had accumulated through use over the years. After cleaning, these cables and harnesses looked brand new again! All were re-installed in the original factory layout and reconnected to the necessary components.
Coin door assembly on the front of the game was also painstakingly disassembled and fully restored, being sanded down and refinished and repainted with the original style textured black enamel paint. The restored door features original coin acceptor mechanisms and is fully functional- game can be operated by coins or run on "free play". A new coin box and metal lid have also been installed inside the front door of the game.
Legs on this game are new reproduction Williams "System 11" legs with the correct finish and bead that runs partially down the exterior of the legs. Legs also have brand new leg protector pads installed to help prevent wear/tear/scuffs on the cabinet exterior from the leg mounting. Leg bolts are brand new and the original style with the correct acorn head. Legs also feature brand new heavy-duty leg levelers and lock nuts.
A brand new scratch-free sheet of playfield glass has been installed (tempered safety glass) and the lockdown bar that holds the glass in place has been restored and features a new foam rubber seal to keep out debris.
All circuit boards inside the backbox have been overhauled, upgraded, inspected, and tested for proper operation and good looks. The original MPU board is still in place and in excellent condition with no signs of past repair work or "hack" repairs. A brand new remote-mount memory backup battery pack has been installed for the MPU board, and the game software has been updated to the latest L-5 revision. The power supply board has had a brand new power rectifier and filter capacitor installed for better reliabilty and smoother power output. All boards have had solder reflowed on connector pins to ensure that no intermittent connections are present. No burned connectors are present on any of the circuit boards, and all connector pins have been coated with DeoxIT anti-oxidation compound to provide better connections, increase reliability, and lubricate pins for extended life of boards and connector pins/housings. All original boards used in this game are in excellent condition, showing no signs of past damage or past poor repair work.
The five original score display units on the backbox insert panel have all been replaced with brand new modern LED score display units which are more reliable and will outlast original gas tube type displays which are now obsolete. These new LED units look as good or better than originals, and feature a "dimmer" control to adjust the brightness of the displays to your own liking. The new LED displays in this game also include a new display driver board mounted on the back of the insert panel, and all displays and the driver board operate on low voltage, elminiating the need for the dangerous original high voltage display power. This makes for a better-looking, safer, and more reliable pinball machine.
A new original style ball shooter assembly has been installed on this game along with chrome external spring, and all internal parts rebuilt or replaced as well.
"Light bar" on the top of the backbox is an original part and is in excellent condition with no cracks or breaks. All lights underneath it have been replaced and are fully working. A few small superficial scuffs are present on the back side of the light bar from use/handling in previous years, but are not visible from the front and don't detract from the look or functionality of the bar. Truly a rare case to find a PinBot game with the light bar still in place on it, and unbroken/undamaged like this one.
Backglass on this game is a clear sheet of glass which features a mylar translite behind it. Translite is original and in near-mint condition (see images below)- absolutely gorgeous in this remarkable game. Glass and translite have been carefully and fully cleaned an reassembled along with new backglass plastic trim on the edges.
Playfield on this game is a brand new, and extremely rare, factory-original NOS playfield- not an aftermarket reproduction. We acquired this playfield from a private pinball collector some 12-15 years ago, and saved it for a restoration of this caliber. The playfield was clearcoated for added shine and protection using automotive grade materials- not the cheap "brush on" stuff that many hobbiests buy at hardware stores. It has a gorgeous, shiny, "wet" look to it, and looks like it just came off the factory assembly line! This playfield was not "drilled" or "dimpled" when we acquired it, which means it had no screw/post holes marked or drilled on it from the factory. 10 hours alone were required to properly mark and carefully drill the playfield before we could begin to install any hardware/parts on it.
A few very minor blemishes are present on some of the "inserts" or "light lenses" on the playfield surface, which look like they were possibly part of the manufacturing process (see images below). Some had what looked like a few tiny "flat air bubbles" in/on them which appear to be part of the original silkscreened artwork and factory coating. These are very minor and don't deter from the overall look of the playfield, nor do they interfere with the finish or the game play, but are mentioned here simply for accuracy.
The playfield features scores of brand new parts- both aftermarket reproduction and NOS original. A brand new reproduction "corkscrew" ramp was installed in the upper right corner (skill shot) along with new ramp decals. The ramp was mildly modified to allow a smooth transition for the ball from playfield on to ramp, which eliminates "jumping", rattling, and other problems that are frequently seen with the corkscrew ramp on PinBot games. The ball glides seamlessly up the ramp on this game without any trouble.
We also acquired and installed a brand new officially-licenced reproduction set of playfield plastics (light shields) to replace the worn, warped, yellowed, and faded originals. New white nylon cap nuts have been installed to secure the plastics and give a "day one" new look. Flasher domes and brackets have been attached to new plastic pieces with correct factory-style rivets, courtesy of our Riveting Service which retains factory-original style parts and look!
A brand new see-through upper "mini" playfield was also installed on this game. Original red mini posts were installed on the new playfield, along with new flat plastics, and the playfield screw holes underneath were counter-sunk to accomodate flat-head screws where required, which keeps them from hitting and scratching up the pop bumper caps underneath.
We also spent a considerable amount of time and effort to raise the mini playfield up about 1/8" over the original mounting position. This gets the underside of the playfield surface up and off of the pop bumper caps directly below it, and eliminates the common problem of artwork wearing off the bottom of the mini playfield from rubbing on the bumper caps (frequently-seen damage on most all original PinBot games). We fabricated some special "studs" and locknuts for mounting the playfield in place, making it sit high enough not to get damaged, but still making it easy to remove/reinstall when performing maintenance/repair in the future.
The PinBot "visor" over the 5-bank elevating targets at top/center of playfield is an original part and is in excellent condition with no cracks or breaks. Replacements for this part are no longer available, so we were lucky to have an unscathed original to restore and re-install on this game.
The large molded cover plastic with decal on it that sits over the visor and the blue ramp above it (top center of playfield) is also an original part- no cracks or breaks or damage to the decal, plastic, or metal bracket riveted to its underside. We wanted to replace this part as the original decal on it has some small air bubbles underneath it, and the plastic has a few slight warped areas, but parts for this unit are discontinued and no longer available new. So this part was cleaned up and retained, and should continue to look great and function properly for years to come, but condition details are mentioned here for accuracy.
The elevating 5-bank targets in front of the visor are all brand new- a complete NOS new assembly that we acquired in the late 1990's and saved for a high-caliber restoration such as this one. These are no longer available- discontinued/obsolete. So the targets, target backing, slider bracket, and wiring/hardware on this unit are all factory-original and in new condition- something you'll never see on another PinBot game, and a nice finishing touch to this high-end restoration.
All standup targets have been replaced with new parts where available- the only target we could not acquire for replacement was the round blue translucent target on the right 5-bank. Original was restored and re-installed and looks great next to the new targets- looks and works as good as new.
Drop target bank has been completely and thoroughly reconditioned, restored, and rebuilt, including a brand new target reset bracket to raise the targets up. These look and work great!
Flipper assemblies have been completely replaced on this game with brand new modern units, making maintenance, adjustment, and parts replacement much easier than with old obsolete original parts. Fully assembled with brand new parts, including new plungers, springs, cranks, switches, coil stops, coil sleeves, bushings, wiring, and hardware. They once again are strong, crisp, and look/play just like brand new! Brand new white Williams flipper bats (complete with "W" logo) have been installed to retain original look on the top side of the playfield.
And of course all incidental parts along the way have been reconditioned and/or replaced, including new rubber ring kit, light bulbs, nuts, screws, cap nuts, and other hardware.
All under-playfield hardware and assemblies have been restored as well, including all coil mechanisms removed, disassembled, cleaned, rebuilt/reconditioned, and new coil sleeves installed. Target bank motor assembly and all under-playfield circuit boards have been cleaned and overhauled to look and work like new. Entire playfield wiring harness was removed and fully cleaned- every single wire. All wire connections to parts under playfield were re-done with twisted splice ends for added reliability and professionally soldered for good reliable connections.
All lamp socket staple-down wiring is brand new and routed in exact factory pattern- this is the first process in the parts installation on the new blank playfield.
All three pop bumpers were fully rebuilt and restored and feature brand new white plastic bodies, blue skirts, and red translucent caps. New lamp sockets are installed with new mounting hardware.
New score and instruction cards adorn the lower playfield card holder (or "apron").
Here is a detailed list of work that has been done on this game, followed by more details on parts and game modifications:
A lot of large and small parts are typically replaced anytime a game is fully restored like this one, and this list may not reflect all of the actual parts used in the process. Shipping/freight costs for obtaining many of the parts listed below are also not be included, so would be considered additional costs invested beyond what is listed here.
NOTE: ("NOS" means "New Old Stock", and indicates a part that is of original manufacture, new (never used), and authentic (not a reproduction, look-alike, or "aftermarket" part). Most "NOS" parts are discontinued and no longer available from the manufacturer, and can consequently be very hard to find, or expensive if they can be found.)
Like all pinballs we sell, this machine also comes complete with instruction/operation manual and schematics, and fully functional coin door. For our local customers, this game also includes a full warranty on parts and labor, at no additional charge. For out-of-town customers, we offer our limited warranty.
Pickup is available at our shop, or for additional cost we can deliver/setup locally, or package in preparation for out-of-town shipping.
For details on purchasing, delivery, or packaging/shipping, see our Game Sales Info page.
For more details on our work, see our restoration information page.