Top: Original backglass Star Trek
Bottom: "Motion Picture" backglass
What other changes can you find?
(Bally) is a solid state pinball
designed by Gary Gayton and produced by Bally
in 1979. This was one of Bally's most successful tables, with nearly 17,000 machines manufactured.
It was initially released with artwork based on the original Star Trek
television series. However, soon after production began, the decision was made to tie the game to Star Trek: The Motion Picture,
which was being released later in the year. This was done by updating the backglass art to show the Enterprise
crew in one-color spacesuits, to be a closer match to their Motion Picture
uniforms. Furthermore, an unnamed woman appearing on two playfield plastics was redrawn as Ilia instead.
Although the pinball itself plays well, purist Trek fans
will bemoan the slapdash use of the license,
as only the artwork ties the game to the series. The Enterprise
is shown firing a gigantic energy beam
from its front saucer, one lane is labeled "Jump to Hyperspace
", and the only Spelling Bonus
on the entire table is for B-A-L-L-Y. Spock is the only regular character depicted on the playfield, accompanied by a smiling, generic blonde woman in a red jumpsuit (and Ilia in the redecorated version). Even so, it's a popular piece of seventies Trek
memorabilia for devoted collectors.
This Star Trek pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: Seen on the female crewmember in the upper-right corner of the playfield, before she was redrawn as Ilia.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Done to all of the original Trek characters. Most prominent for the male crewmembers, who now sport bulging biceps, broad shoulders, and sculpted pecs.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Spock wears a green full-body jumpsuit on the playfield.
- Bald Woman: Ilia.
- Dolled-Up Installment: The updated artwork tying the game to The Motion Picture can be seen as this.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Worn by all of the characters.
- Heroic Build: Kirk, Spock, and McCoy get this as part of their Adaptational Attractiveness. Especially prominent on the playfield version of Spock.
- Hourglass Hottie: The woman standing next to Spock on the playfield has a waist only slightly wider than her head.
- She's Got Legs: In the original art, the left triangle bumper had a picture of a female crewmember sitting down with her bare legs prominently shown. Subsequently redrawn as Ilia with matching stockings.
- Space Clothes: Full body silver jumpsuits, 'nuff said.
- Space Station: The playfield has "Space Station Ko", with the three bumpers representing connected pods.
- Spelling Bonus: B-A-L-L-Y collects all lit bonuses. What, S-P-O-C-K wasn't available?
- Stealth Pun: A small passage loop, hidden behind one of the bumpers, is labeled "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
- Wave Motion Gun: The Enterprise on the playfield is firing one from its front sensor dish.