Lightning Pinball Machine



Lightning Pinball Machine

These early 80’s Stern pinball machines have a very unique layout and game play.  They have become highly sought after and collectable.


Lightning Pinball Machine

*The pictures shown are of the actual game being sold.*

The Lightning Pinball Machine by Stern features a 2 level playfield, multi ball play, speech, and a bonus that goes up to 99,0000 on a display in the playfield.

This game is in very nice condition.

The split tiers and ease of entry into multiball is a terrific introduction pinball game. The play field art featured beautiful, vivid colors. The idea that your locked balls remained locked after you drained is something that some people dislike, but I found to be entertaining. Stealing the multiball that your friend recently locked up and watching them lose it is entertaining for casual gamers.

Information From the Original Lightning Pinball Machine Flyer

Bi Level playfield

3 sets of drop targets

2 sets of flippers

The following is from the International Pinball Database:

Manufacturer: Stern Electronics, Incorporated, of Chicago, Illinois,
 (1977-1984) [Trade Name: Stern]
Date Of Manufacture: March, 1981
Model Number: 126
MPU: Stern M-200 MPU
Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) [?]
Production: 2,350 units
Serial Number Database: View at The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database (  (External site)
Theme: Fantasy – Norse God of Lightning
Notable Features: Flippers (4), Slingshots (4), Standup targets (9), 3-bank drop targets (3), Kick-out holes (2), Spinning target (1), Rollunder (1), Horseshoe lane. Has speech. Split-level playfield with 2 ramps. 2 and 3 ball multi-ball.

Up to 4x all playfield values after achieving multi-ball. Has a timed ball when a certain score is reached. No pop bumpers. A one-way gate at the top of each ramp prevents balls in upper playfield from draining back down the ramps. Digital display on playfield counts down bonus time and alternately displays bonus earned (up to 99,000 points).

Design by: Joe Joos Jr.
Art by: W. Schmidt
Mechanics by: Joe Joos Jr.
Notes: The artist’s signature can be seen in the light blue area above the right flipper on the upper playfield. Reportedly, it appears on the backglass in the black area to the left of the 4th player display.

Manufacturer data for Lightning:
Production Start Date: 3/31/81
Production End Date: 7/17/81
Quantity produced: 2350

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