Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sweet Happy New Year!

We wanted to squeeze in a quick blog update before this year ends in a few hours. And even though we may not reach the wide audience through this blog we wanted to give y'all a heads up announcement as we start a new year at Whizbang Pinball.

2011 was the milestone year for our young company as we finally got it all together and finished the first two games of the four Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons that we are building. Pinball Expo in October was the debut of the the near-finished EM and Solid State versions of the game allowing us to take orders and deposits for 3 of the 4 games at the show! We couldn't have been happier with the response to the games and the printed playfields.

Wayne Neyens, the original designer of the Continental Cafe that we used as a host game, got to play the game again this year.

Going forward we will provide a more in-depth behind-the-scenes picture of the lead-up to Expo when time allows and also give thanks to the whole crew that made this project happen. But for now we want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year and we are more than excited about the possibilities for pinball in 2012!

2011 at Whizbang Pinball gave us more opportunities to travel to new places and meet new friends of the silverball. We can't wait to complete the build of the final two WNBJM games within the next few months and start thinking about the future of not only Whizbang custom games but also the commercial games we will create for Jersey Jack Pinball.

This shot was taken in early October, in the late hours of a long day at the Whizbang studio after successfully getting the first solid-state game up and running. Thanks again to this crew for taking the time and putting in the hours towards meeting the goal we set for Pinball Expo. Without the expertise, knowledge, and group passion for the art of pinball this project would never have been completed in the 2-year gestation period. Pictured above(l-r)Greg Freres, Dennis Nordman, Kerry Imming, Greg Golminas, Bryan Kelly, Ken Walker, and Mark Weyna (and behind the lens, Jean-Paul DeWin). Like Kerry said, "I didn't know the water was going to be this deep on this project." Neither did we. We'll plan on having an entire blog post thank-you note to everyone that contributed to WNBJM.

Back to the great response to the printed playfield art, we are announcing today that we are putting together a list of interested people that would like to own a "Second Edition" silk-screened WNBJM playfield. The first batch of playfields sold out very quickly and we've had a good number of people asking about a rerun. So if you or anybody you know would like to get on the list, please let us know by emailing us at

We already have a list of people that have been contacting us since October so let us know as soon as possible so we can get this in the works. The price is $600 (plus shipping) and once we have the final list compiled we will email back with how to place the final order and how much the down payment will be to secure your order. We will also announce this on Facebook and RGP as well. We hope to get the order placed by the end of January.

We also have a couple interested parties in the 4th of the four games we've created and will eventually make another announcement to update the status on that game.

All the best for a Whizbang New Year!

Greg & Dennis

All art, sketches, or photos related directly to "Whizbang Pinball" or "Whoa Nellie (Brand) Big Juicy Melons" or "Whoa Nellie (Brand) Sweet Juicy Melons" are TM and Copyright 2009-2011 WhizBang Pinball LLC, Greg Freres, and Dennis Nordman.

Photos on this post courtesy G. Freres and JP DeWin