On December 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. CT, preorders opened for Spooky Pinball’s latest release, Rick & Morty. Machines were sold out within 4 hours, according to user reports.
The standard edition and limited “Blood Sucker” edition, both made available only to “Fang Club” members, are now listed as “Out of Stock” on the Spooky Pinball website.
According to the full reveal trailer, Rick & Morty pinball machines were limited to 750 units.
While I haven’t much followed Spooky’s releases in the past, even I’m blown away by the speed at which Rick & Morty pinballs were snapped up. It was clearly a hotly desired title.
And I suppose it shouldn’t be any surprise. With the recent release of Season 4, Rick & Morty is still a huge IP, and the pinball table itself ain’t too shabby.
According to Spooky Pinball, Rick & Morty pinball offers the following playfield features:
Full RGB lighting
Interactive “Rick’s car” toy
The Smiths’ house
Danesi 2.0 ball lock system
Rapid portal transport
And it offers the following game features:
Custom voice over from series creator Justin Roiland
Adventures from the series
Video clips and songs from the series
P3-ROC control system
Intergalactic custom art
Additional music composed by Scott Danesi
To see these features in action, check out the trailer below. (I love this trailer. It proves that arcade game manufacturers can do amazing work when they, you know, actually care about the IP they’ve licensed.)
Even if I myself am not the biggest Rick & Morty guy—some episodes disgust me, some tickle me pink—I can 100 percent respect the importance of such a project. This is exactly the kind of exciting, modern license I seriously appreciate.
All in all, I’m glad to see such a seemingly well-crafted table adopted by players with such fervor. And I, for one, am crossing my fingers for a wider release in the future.
Though Spooky Pinball is known for its “boutique” releases, who’s to say Rick & Morty won’t transcend those bounds? A little arcade blogger can dream.
Until then—or rather, if then—I hope the collectors and arcade operators who were able to get their hands on Rick & Morty pinball enjoy their purchase.
Look out for final builds shipping in early 2020.