True story: two weeks ago I was in Phoenix at a sales meeting for my wife’s company, and I was talking to one of the executives there about his favorite band of all time. It was Iron Maiden. He knew my wife and I were pinball fans, and that we had a small collection of them at home, and he said if they ever made an Iron Maiden pinball machine he’d probably have to buy it. Well, I should give that guy a call, because this weekend Stern announced their next pinball machine, and guess what: it’s based on Iron Maiden. (I mean, duh. Clearly that’s where this was going.)
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, the latest in Stern’s subgenre of pins based on crucial metal and hard rock bands, is a pinball battle between the band’s iconic mascot Eddie and the evil legions of the Beast. Like the recent Metallica, Aerosmith and AC/DC machines, it comes with a soundtrack of classic Iron Maiden song. That soundtrack features 12 hits, including the following:
“2 Minutes to Midnight”
“Can I Play With Madness”
“Number of the Beast”
“Run to the Hills”
“Hallowed Be Thy Name”
“Flight of Icarus”
“Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
“Fear of the Dark”
The playfield looks loaded with a variety of alluring shots, with four flippers helping you make them. It also features a couple of spinners, a bank of drop targets, a couple of ramps, and a bullseye up the middle—basically your standard assortment of modern day pinball tricks that make the game so exciting today. It also comes with a high-definition screen display on the backglass, which is basically standard for new machines at this point, and a beefy sound system that’s more powerful than recent similar games.
In typical Stern fashion, there’ll be three models of the game. The Pro model is the basic one, and will set you back $5999. The Premium and Limited editions include a variety of alterations—the press release mentions such features as “an interactive sarcophagus ball lock, a motorized secret tomb entrance, a controlled middle pharaoh laser-cut metal ramp that raises to reveal the underworld scoop, a dual sensing Newton ball, and two custom Eddie sculpts.” The Limited edition also comes with a mirrored backglass and a more powerful sound system with JBL speakers; only 500 of those units will ever be made. The Premium model will cost $7599 and the Limited lands at a mighty $8999. That executive from my wife’s company can probably swing that.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will be available through Stern dealers throughout the world. Check out their website for more information. And if you want to get a good look at what this machine looks like, check out the photos below.