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Williams BANZAI RUN Collector Classic Arcade Pinball Machine
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Feb 20, 2012
US $4,995.00
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States


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The most unique pinball ever... BANZAI RUN!
1988 Williams

BEAUTIFUL condition cabinet features colorful moto-cross artwork!

BRAND NEW playfield glass and lockdown gasket!

Polished chrome legs with new levelers!  Beautiful coin door and a rebuilt shooter!

Pristine condition backglass with BRAND NEW LED score displays!

An entire full VERTICAL PLAYFIELD in the head of the game!  Never done on any other machine!

This playfield puts you right out in the dirt, racing to be the KING OF THE HILL!

Hit the targets to challenge the other racers, then shoot the MOTORIZED ELEVATOR to the upper field!
BRAND NEW pop-bumper caps and lane guides!

Shoot the ramp to increase your LAPS and spot the other competitors!
BRAND NEW playfield plastic posts!

Ball save kickback on the left outlane along with a pocket kicker inside the left slingshot!
Completely rebuilt flippers... ALL SIX OF THEM!

This playfield is a pure adrenaline rush!

An original owners manual and spare boxes of light bulbs are included!

I always like to start off my listings with the following words that you will generally NEVER see on an eBay auction, especially for pinball machines...


That's right!  If you have a problem with this game, we can come out to your home and repair it.  This is our business, not just a hobby like most sellers!  We are so confident in our restorations that we back them up, unlike other fly-by-night sellers that like to put the words "AS-IS" on all of their auctions.  The reason we can back up the games we sell is because we actually do the work that's needed to make the game perform reliably for years to come.  It requires a LOT of work and experience to make a 10, 20 or 30+ year old pinball machine reliable.  Be VERY cautious in buying pinball machines “AS-IS” on the internet from a stranger that is hundreds or thousands of miles away.  I have built an ENTIRE business by just servicing the problems that people buy over the internet.  An unrestored game usually results in repairs costing hundreds of dollars or more!  Don't fall for "free/discount shipping" deals, false ratings on game condition, bad or misleading pictures and claims of a game being completely "shopped" to entice you into a "good deal".  Don't fall for sellers that only show you a picture of the game sales FLYER and not a picture of the ACTUAL GAME they will send you!  Pinball machines can NEVER be compared simply on price and as always... YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

I want to preface this auction by telling you a little about myself.  I am a qualified pinball machine repair technician with a long list of happy and satisfied customers.  Due to my in-your-home restoration services, I have a proven track record of service and support in the Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern/Central/South Jersey and Northern Delaware areas.

Welcome race fans to... BANZAI RUN!  This game was produced in 1988 by Williams, the maker of the greatest and most collectable modern pinball machines on the planet. Banzai Run is one of the most unique games ever created.  It has a complete playfield inside the head of the game with flippers, targets, kickers and everything!  Never done before and never done after!  The game was the brainchild and very first game designed by the great Pat Lawlor, who went on to create such titles as Earthshaker, Whirlwind, Funhouse, Addams Family and Twilight Zone.  This game was so expensive to produce that a limited number were created.  Only about 1700 of these were built.  I was fortunate enough to get to play one when they were new and it has always been one of my favorite games.  I have not had one of these in over a decade!  The majority of these games are already in the hands of the major pinball collectors and they never give them up.  The artwork, sound and gameplay puts you right out on the moto-cross track, making for one intense game of pinball! 

You'll love the rocking soundtrack and the announcer as he welcomes you to the Banzai Run!  The main objective of the game is to challenge the five competitors to become the KING OF THE HILL.  You start out in sixth place, behind Yellow Belly, Blue Beard, Green Machine, Red Hot and The King.  There are targets on the lower playfield that correspond to 4 of the 5 racers.  Hit the corresponding targets to light the competitors in the upper playfield.  Once you have one or more of the racers lit, you can shoot for the elevator to take you to the upper playfield.  Once there, you will see the necessary shots to defeat the racers.  Defeat all of the 4 lower-end competitors, then you can challenge The King.  Do this by locking a ball in the upper playfield, then the MULTI-BALL frenzy begins!  During multi-ball, you have to shoot the center hole with one ball and go for the upper playfield with the second ball.  Make it to the top of the upper playfield for ONE SHOT at the captive ball.  Blow it and start all over again!  The rules are simple, just like moto-cross, but VERY difficult to actually win.  There's also a FREESTYLE mini-pachinko game in the upper playfield!  That's not all, the playfield features a ramp and other targets to spot competitors and also add LAPS.  The more laps you accumulate, the more bonus points you get at the end of the round.  There are other great features such as a ball save kickback, captive holes, an up-post between the upper flippers, pop-bumpers, slingshots, roll-overs and more!  The classic and extremely family-friendly theme goes great in any home gameroom!

This game was so popular when it came out that it's very hard to find one at all, let alone in such great condition.  The circuit boards are all original to the game with matching serial numbers!  The playfield on this game is in excellent condition due to the fact that the majority of it is covered with a factory-cut clear mylar protective layer.  The mylar appears to have been installed when the game was fairly new, but there are a few inserts with minor wear underneath the mylar and the mylar also has some bubbling at some of the inserts.  The upper playfield is absolutely gorgeous!  The ramps and plastics on the playfield are original and in very good condition with a few blemishes and cracks.  The original silk-screened backglass is in pristine condition with no flaking or peeling paint and brand new LED score displays have been installed.  The cabinet is excellent and unfaded with minor blemishes which have been touched-up.  The chrome legs have been polished and brand new playfield glass has been installed.  This game is a huge hit for pinball machine enthusiasts and it plays lightning fast just like it did in 1988!

This game has been professionally serviced for long-lasting reliability and enjoyment. I have many years of experience in pinball repair and restoration as a business, not just a hobby. Anyone can change the rubber and light bulbs on a game and call it "shopped". My games are put through a rigorous multi-step process that is extremely important when buying vintage or pre-owned pinball machines.

Here are just some of the things that were done to this machine:

    * Circuit boards have been fully tested and inspected
    * BRAND NEW lithium battery installed on the CPU board
    * BRAND NEW LED score display unit
    * Any burned coils have been replaced
    * Fuses replaced with proper type and value
    * Chrome legs have been polished
    * BRAND NEW leg levelers (feet)
    * BRAND NEW playfield glass
    * BRAND NEW lockdown gasket
    * Cabinet has been cleaned inside and out
    * All glass and glass channels have been cleaned
    * All playfield lamp inserts have been cleaned
    * Playfield was disassembled, detailed and polished
    * New lamps and fresh rubber installed
    * Bumpers and slingshots have been fully serviced
    * BRAND NEW pop-bumper caps
    * BRAND NEW lane guides
    * BRAND NEW playfield plastic posts
    * BRAND NEW flipper linkages
    * BRAND NEW flipper coil stops
    * BRAND NEW flipper coil sleeves
    * BRAND NEW flipper EOS switches
    * BRAND NEW yellow Williams logo flipper bats
    * Shooter rebuilt with new springs, sleeve and tip
    * Mirror finish balls have been installed
    * A full diagnostic test and software configuration was performed
    * An original owners manual and spare boxes of light bulbs are included

This game plays just like when it was brand new!

Shipping/Delivery: Pick-up at my location is FREE and I will demonstrate how to break down and set-up your game and help you load up.  For local delivery, there is a charge ranging from $95 and up, depending on distance and includes in-home set-up and leveling.  Shipment preparation is $60 and includes shrink-wrap and cardboard.  We can do full-wood custom crating if desired.  Shipping generally runs about $350 for East Coast locations and $450 for the West Coast.  For an exact door to door shipping quote, you can call North American Van Lines at 800-959-8880 and take the option for the eBay and Gaming Division.  Game is shipped from zip code 19460.

In-Home Service: For local buyers, we can service the game in your home if needed at a discounted rate.  Buyers outside of the local service area will get free phone support.  If a game is shipped or is picked up and gets damaged in transit, we are not responsible for transportation mishaps.  Service plans are available and technical phone support is FREE to the original owner for the life of your game.  You won't be left out in the cold after the sale!

Call us at 484-744-0615 if you have ANY questions!

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