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Stern Pinball Announces a Premium Edition of AMC’s The Walking Dead Pinball

Stern Pinball has announced the availability of the Premium Edition of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. This is in response to continued strong demand for the title.

The Walking Dead Premium Edition offers the same fan-favorite game play as the sold-out LE model, full of extra features such as additional targets, a special-effect fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads, and a player-controlled motorized crossbow pinball launcher. A new high-definition art package adds to the player’s experience of battling zombies and completing game missions.  The Premium Edition rounds out the three model lineup of AMC’s The Walking Dead Pinball, which includes Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.

The Premium Edition will cost you $7,595 (MSRP).

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Stern Pinball Walking Dead Accessories Out Now

You can talk on the undead walker hoard through pinball with Stern Pinball‘s four licensed and custom-developed pinball accessories based on AMC’s The Walking Dead. The accessories are available for purchase on the Stern Pinball website.

You demanded it, and Stern listened, so now they are offering unique, game-specific accessories that further enhance the appeal of its pinball machines and enable pinball fans to customize their games to suit their personal tastes.

The Walking Dead accessories include:

  • A fish tank topper full of three fully detailed zombie heads designed and sculpted by Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead. The topper is accompanied by game-integrated lighting that attracts players and adds zombie ambiance to any room
  • An authentic zombie head shooter knob that adds tactile art to a player’s first interaction with the game
  • Custom-designed, artistic inside-panels that add dimension to the pinball playfield area
  • Blood splattered side-armor that further enhances The Walking Dead pinball experience

For those looking to get these add-ons, here’s the pricing:

The Walking Dead Pinball Backbox Topper: $399.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Zombie Shooter Knob: $79.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Playfield Side Art Panels: $79.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead Pinball Side Armor Trim: $499.99 U.S.

The Walking Dead accessories are available now through the Stern Store and select authorized Stern distributors and dealers.

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for?

Around the Tubes

CBR – AMC’s “Walking Dead” Spinoff Casts its First Leads – Nice. Very interested in seeing what’ll make this show stand out.

Baltimore Sun – Artist transforms comic book store’s ceiling into work of art – Hmmm, wonder if we could get permission to do this to our ceiling?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Gotham by Midnight #1

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Three #10

The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale Delivers

walking-dead-5 photoIf you’re like us, you’re still shocked from the mideason finale of The Walking Dead. The ratings say a lot of you watched it. The midseason finale was watched by 14.8 million viewers. That was an increase of 23 percent from last year.

In the coveted 18-49 age demographic, the episode was watched by 9.6 million adults, which is 24 percent higher compared to last year’s episode during Thanksgiving.

The fifth season has been in impressive one for the series, as its premiere was the most-watched episode of the series ever and beat Sunday Night Football in the 18-49 demographic.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 8, 2015.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E8 Coda

walking-dead-5 photoRick and the group go face-to-face against Dawn and her officers in an attempt to save both Beth and Carol without any more bloodshed.

It’s the final episode for the fall of The Walking Dead and the epsiode brilliantly amps up the tension as the episode progresses. The episode builds up the last few episodes as Rick and his crew’s plan to retrieve Beth finally plays out….. to the expected tragedy we all knew was coming.

While a lot of the season has been pure action, and over the top violence, this episode is a reflective one that builds to a gut punch at the end. A coda is defined as “a concluding section or part, especially one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.” This episode perfectly encapsulates that definition.

The episode touches on a lot from the season, and previous ones, with lots of discussion of relationships, and actions. There’s a lot of discussion about dealing with what they’ve had to do, and there’s even reflection on the future and if everyone has one. It’s all about actions and reactions.

Five seasons in and the series can deliver gut punches, and hit you emotionally, something few shows on television can do, and do so regularly. Five and a half seasons in, the show delivers one of the most emotional hours on television and a roller coaster ride unlike anything else.

Overall rating: 9

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E7 Crossed

walking-dead-5 photoWhile Carl, Michonne and Gabriel hold down the church, Rick takes a rescue mission to Atlanta, and Abraham’s group deal with the fallout from Eugene’s revelation.

It’s battle time, and this episode of The Walking Dead felt at times more like an episode of the A-Team, or Friday Night Lights. With Daryl back and Rick caught up that Beth and Carol are captured, folks decide on the plan to storm the hospital and get their friends back. Part of that is the initial plan on exactly what to do, no matter their decision, you know things aren’t going to go right.

Over with Glenn and Abraham’s crew, Abraham is dealing with the fallout of nearly beating Eugene to death, and doing so like a petulant child. Glenn steps up, as they look for food and figure out what to do with beaten Eugene.

The episode is a solid one moving us into the fall season finale. There’s some character development especially for Maggie and Rosita, as both step up a bit dealing with Abraham. Both show some more of their forceful personalities. There’s also something going through Abraham’s head as he figures out what he did, and where he’ll go from here. Sasha too deals with some stuff after the loss of Bob. Like everyone else, she’s focused on the mission, and messes up because of that. And what’s up with Father Gabriel?

What’s especially great is we get to see some of what’s been hinted at in what happened in Atlanta, we’re seeing some of the aftereffects of the battle that raged there.

There’s lots going into the fall season finale, and who knows who will and won’t make it out!

Overall rating: 8

TV Review: Comic Book Men S4E6 Bat Prints

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Walt considers buying hand and footprints of Adam West and Burt Ward from the “Batman” TV series. Then, a customer sells a rare set of “Star Wars” comic strips.

In the sixth episode of Comic Book Men, things get back to basics, as there’s no campy adventures, or trips places, this is just simple people coming in to sell items and a bit of history of things. And when Comic Book Men gets simple, it also gets much stronger.

This episode has an interesting mix of items including the comics, some Batman memorabilia, and a G.I. Joe toy. Mixed throughout is the usual jokes and ribbing that makes these guys seem like fun folks to hang out with. Each item has a nice explanation as to what it is, and why it’s significant. Yes, the show then comes off as a Pawn Stars for geeks, but it’s the jokes and humor that makes it stand apart. There’s also the fact I actually like this stuff.

Overall, the episode is a back to basics one after some recent episodes that had a theme throughout, and that’s not a bad thing.

Overall rating: 7

TV Review: Comic Book Men S4E5 BronyCon

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Walt and the guys visit BronyCon, a fan convention for “My Little Pony.” Also, a customer wants to sell a board game from the 1970s featuring Godzilla.

The episode is an entertaining one that I’m going back and forth about. A Brony for folks that don’t know, is an adult who is a fan of My Little Pony, a toy and animated show that’s geared more towards little girls, but has found an impressive fandom outside of that demographic.

After a person comes in to sell an item having to do with My Little Pony, the guys decide to head to BronyCon in Baltimore to check out the scene more and figure out if there’s a bigger market out there for them to cater to. They also decide to participate in the costume contest, and it’s interesting to see who takes that seriously, and who kind of mocks the Brony culture. What I also find interesting is the knowledge that some of them show, something they’re clearly not comfortable with showing off at times, especially I think because Walt shows disdain. It shows an interesting dynamic of the guys.

Overall, the episode is mixed for various reasons. I had issues with it because it seems to mock Bronies a bit. I liked it because it showed off the odd dynamic of Walt and the guys.

Overall rating: 6.9

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E5 Self Help

walking-dead-5 photoAbraham and the group run into problems on their way to Washington, D.C.

For fans of The Walking Dead comic book, there’s some things we’ve been waiting for concerning the character Eugene. In this episode, the show drops, and the truth comes out as far as what Eugene knows. The moment is shocking for those who didn’t see it coming, and still a bit for those of us who did, but the show continues to shows off its strength. That strength is showing off the humanity in all of the chaos.

In this instance that humanity is focused on Abraham, who we get to see his past, and somewhat how he got to where he is. Through flashbacks we see Abraham’s past, especially his family, and what he had to deal with towards the beginning of the apocalypse.

Brilliantly though, the Abraham’s story is tied together with Eugene’s story, and we see what’s driving Abraham. It’s an amazing symbiotic relationship where Eugene’s misdirection is the driving force for Abraham. Whether or not he suspected the lie, Abraham needs Eugene, as that’s his motivation to keep going, as we see. It’s an amazing moment played out with subtle acting and writing, something the show isn’t given enough credit for.

The episode is an emotional one in many ways, and it’ll be interesting to see where this mission goes from here, and how Abraham’s group keeps going.

Overall rating: 8.5

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E4 Slabtown

walking-dead-5 photoBeth finds herself in a hospital in the middle of Atlanta after being kidnapped by a car with a white cross.

What happened to Beth? Fans of The Walking Dead have been wondering for quite some time now what exactly happened to Beth and who was driving the mysterious car that kidnapped her?

This is the episode where we start to piece the puzzle together, brilliantly in a way. We only know as much as Beth, maybe just a little more since we saw the kidnapping take place. But, as she learns more and more about the world she’s a prisoner in, so do we.

That’s the amazing thing to me about this episode. I felt myself on the edge of my seat the entire time either muttering “oh my god,” or screaming at the television. This was an episode that was beyond tense and brilliantly had an homage to the beginning. The episode took us back to the beginning in many ways. We have a similar amount of information as we did in that first episode, five seasons in and it feels like the beginning. Just amazing.

Now, we also see Atlanta too! In a way the episode returns back to earlier in the show, and shows us what’s up with Atlanta now as well. So much time has passed, and we have an idea what else might be out there.

And that was one hell of an ending. What happened!? What’s going on!? We want to know!

Overall rating: 9

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