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1978 Gottlieb SINBAD Pinball Machine In Action

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Published on May 6, 2015

Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Company, a Columbia Pictures Industries Company (1977-1983)
[Trade Name: Gottlieb]
Model Number: 412
MPU: Gottlieb System 1
Type: Solid State Electronic (SS)
Production: 12,950 units (confirmed)
Serial Number Database: View at The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database (IPSND.net) (External site)
Theme: Fantasy - Myth and Legend
Notable Features: Flippers (4), Pop bumpers (2), Rollunder spinner (1), 4-bank, 3-bank, 2-bank, and single drop targets.
Design by: Ed Krynski
Art by: Gordon Morison
Notes: The 4-player EM version of this game is Gottlieb's 1978 'Sinbad'. The 2-player EM version is Gottlieb's 1978 'Eye Of The Tiger'.

The flyer indicates that this game was a direct tie-in to the 1977 Hollywood movie "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger".
This game was also made with the lower cabinet using metal for the entire front, entire back, and entire bottom. The sides of the cabinet were made of wood, as was the backbox. The pedestal upon which the backbox connects to the cabinet was made of metal. The serial number is stamped in the wood on the inside of the cabinet near the shooter rod. We asked Wayne Neyens about the metal cabinet. He comments:

I think that it was Doc's idea but I forget. It had many draw backs, as I recall it was very noisy, hard to assemble and needed more room than we had available to do the assembly.

Wayne refers to Roman F. "Doc" Garbark, head of mechanical engineering at Gottlieb.

Sinbad (Sindbad) the Sailor was a character in one of the folk tales of classic Arabic literature known collectively as The Thousand and One Nights (aka The Arabian Nights).

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