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Rare Prototype Art for a Never Produced Data East Universal Studios Park Pinball Machine

How awesome is this?! Courtesy of Christopher Franchi and the Super Awesome Pinball Show podcast. I have no way of knowing if this is true, but on my Facebook page someone said that the playfield layout that was going to go into the Universal Studios Park pinball machine eventually went into Data East's 1992 game "Hook."

”BONUS! Here's a rare look at the proposed backglass artwork for a Data East pin based on Universal Studios Park. DE got tangled in an impossible web of licensing and in the end Gary Stern was not feeling the strength of the IP, so it was scraped. Thanks to Joe Kaminkow for sharing this image from his personal collection.”

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Jul 08, 2022

This is what I heard as well, once I bought a Hook late last year. That would have been pretty cool. And Hook is really no slouch, when it comes to gameplay! Especially with a pinsound board! Could you imagine the soundtrack/callouts on a Universal DE Hook?!! Change the art on the pf and cab, throw in that translite and make a pinsound Universal mix, and boom!..rethemed to the original idea.

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