Although at first glance and upon reading about this in a September 27, 2014 Pinball Magazine article, I thought this was going to be just another fantasy VirtualPin table, like so many I’ve seen before for genres that don’t exist in reality when it comes to the ol’ silver ball. Low and behold, for all you Urban Achievers out there that have missed the buzz from folks like Pinball Magazine, Kotaku, Collider, Geekology and more, the guys at European based DUTCH PINBALL COMPANY, announced their forthcoming THE BIG LEBOWSKI PINBALL. This meticulously crafted machine is not just a professionally built full-scale pinball machine and great cinematic tribute, but is a piece of art with it’s amazing detail, hand-drawn playfield art, custom made playfield toys, sub-playfield play with licensed Brunswick lane design, as well as video and audio clips directly from the 1998 Coen brothers film.
Coming in at $8995 (plus shipping), it is a couple grand more spendy than some of it’s contemporary machines made by Stern (Stern’s 2011 Tron: Legacy LE version had an MSRP of $5699 where as the current The Walking Dead LE version carries an MSRP of $5995), which has been cause for debate in some enthusiast circles as to how it helps the already struggling pinball industry to introduce a machine at such a relatively high price point. In contrast, however, both “Pro” editions of Stern’s Star Trek and The Walking Dead pinball machines currently have an MSRP of $8595 – $8795.
Although the small Dutch Pinball Company has obtained the official license to produce this game, it’s likely this machine won’t be made on as large of a scale as the commercially mass produced, licensed pinball machines that Stern cranks out every year. If you’re in the States however, consider yourself lucky to have the opportunity at all to get your hands on such a great piece of pinball history, as the The Big Lebowski Pinball machine will be selling for €7995 in E.U. countries which converts to $10,166, by my calculations, so keep that in mind. Further, I’m sure the licensing costs were quite a bit to for such a small company to obtain and for what it’s worth, no other pinball manufacturer to date has attempted to produce a Big Lebowski themed machine in the movies sixteen year history. That all being said, Dutch Pinball has helped U.S. buyers as well by keeping a State-side distribution center here in Parkridge, Illinois, which eliminates the need for Dudes on U.S. soil to pay import tariffs.
You can currently pre-order your machine for $4500 down and $4495 + shipping by April 1st, 2015. Machines will be shipped out on a first-come/first-served basis. Suddenly, I have a whole new idea of where I wish my tax returns could go this year!