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Roger Sharpe’s Rare Prototype Muppets Pinball Machine

Since there's been so much talk about a possible Muppets pinball machine lately - in newer rumors about Barrels of Fun Pinball because of their involvement with the Jim Henson Company or the longest standing Jersey Jack Pinball rumor that has yet to come true, I figured that I'd dig up this article that I wrote a couple of years ago about a prototype Muppets game that pinball icon Roger Sharpe was involved with. Pretty cool stuff (says the person who wrote it lol).

"Did you know that the man who saved pinball, Roger Sharpe, created a prototype Muppets pinball machine that almost went into production in 2002? Check out the awesome art on this thing by another pinball legend, Paul Faris.

The machine was designed as a proposal for the amusement machine manufacturer Bromley, who ultimately decided to pass on the project. It is a flipperless game, sort of like the old school Bingo machines from long ago.

Titled “The Muppets Haunted House Adventure“ the game featured Kermit the Frog as Frankenstein, Miss Piggy as The Bride of Frankenstein, Gonzo as Dracula, Fozzie Bear as Wolf Man and Rizzo the Rat as Igor. Of course, my personal favorites Beaker, The Swedish Chef and the old dudes Statler and Waldorf were in there as well.

This isn’t quite the Muppet pinball machine that many people are clamoring for, but it still would have been pretty cool. It sort of makes me think of the Simpsons Kooky Carnival redemption game that was made back in the day.

As a side note, the original Muppet Show was my favorite television show when I was really little. One night my parents went out and I had a babysitter who made me go to bed before the Muppet Show came on television. I NEVER had to go to bed before the show. I was livid. So after she put me to bed, I snuck back downstairs and peeked through a crack in the door to the family room to see what was going on. She was in there on our sofa hooking up with some dude! Needless to say, she never babysat for us again. Don’t mess with my Muppets!

For more info on this game, check out the following page:

Here‘s the Stern Simpsons redemption game that I mentioned:

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