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Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« on: September 17, 2015, 09:11:38 AM »

As most of you know, I'm your typical KISS fan that spent most of my youth listening to their music, going to their concerts (22 shows) and collecting merchandise. My collection consists of magazines, 1978 KISS machines, posters, belt buckles 29 inch dolls, cards, signed albums and many other items. I bought this game solely because it is a KISS machine, and the main reason was that I was lucky enough to unbox the 1978 KISS machines in 1979 when I was 11 years old. My son Zac is 11 years old. I wanted to unbox my KISS LE with him. Dad is 91 and can't really travel so it was just Zac and I. So it was a very special moment.

I want to extend my thanks to Joe and Angela from "Kids Just Wanna Have Fun" in WA. The entire buying process was so easy and I was kept in the loop throughout the entire process. Fantastic to deal with !

Here's the NIB machines..







Try and get an 11 year old to pose for picture with a straight face !





Well packed








The sideart needs to be seen in person. It is bloody amazing ! I don't know how they achieve this effect, but I love it !





I've set up a PRO next to the LE for comparison.





Zac had the first ball.. In fact, I could not get him off the game for 20 minutes !





Backglass look amazing. You really see the visual difference between the two playfields. The LED effects on the LE make it look like a different game.





I HATED the red trim. But once I set the game up, I like it !





Here's a picture that is not out of focus !!





I've only had time to play it for 30 minutes last night and i had one game this morning before posting this unboxing thread. I will write up an honest review once I have the time to go through the game.

First impressions - The game is visually stunning. It plays smooth and the ramp shots are awesome. The demon multiball is incredible as the entire playfield goes dark with only RED lighting. Fantastic idea. The code is 1.04 - and it has potential. The KISS matrix lights change colour based on what mode you need to complete. The code potential will be amazing when developed further. Taking that into context, the game is awesome even with shipping code.

The sound is completely mind blowing. The re recorded songs lack the punch of the original recordings, but that's not a huge issue.

I will write a review on a separate thread once I've put time into it..

The game will be at the factory for less than a week, before I take it home. There are some collectors and KISS fans that want to play the LE to decide if they want the Premium or the Pro. If you are one of those sitting on the fence, then come in for a game.

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2015, 09:19:29 AM »
Cool pics! Good times sharing it with your boy too.

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2015, 09:37:13 AM »
Cool pics! Good times sharing it with your boy too.



Thanks mate - the highlight was the unboxing with my son.

Over the next few days my buddies will all have a game or two. I wish Greg was here to play the machine - that's been the only "downer" for me.
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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2015, 12:10:06 PM »
I am glad you are enjoying the game


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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2015, 12:37:38 PM »
Thanks for sharing Nino. I particularly like the pics in focus  <.> <..>

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2015, 01:13:27 PM »
Yeah Dude!
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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2015, 02:10:07 PM »

 
Well done mate, and what a great story - three generations and two Kiss pinball unboxings - that will be a unique situation forever I am sure!   @@*
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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2015, 04:55:17 PM »
Congratulations Nino looks very nice.....enjoy .

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2015, 05:53:42 PM »
glad your enjoying it nino - i still haven't unboxed mine yet lol

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2015, 07:15:15 PM »
Congratulations Nino  $#$

Glad you shared this very special time with your son. Enjoy your new LE pin mate.

Looking forward to your write up.

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2015, 08:18:32 PM »
Congrats glad you're happy with the game
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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2015, 08:28:28 PM »
Thanks for sharing Nino. I particularly like the pics in focus  <.> <..>

Who's game is the Pro?

Will be for a customer that may not commit until after playing my LE and considering a Premium. There's a few of my old friends that want to see the differences "side by side" - non pinball folk - just mad KISS fans.

glad your enjoying it nino - i still haven't unboxed mine yet lol

Pull ya finger out mate !

I played it at lunchtime and before I finished work. I'm very impressed and happy that I bought an LE. A contrast in play style than TWD LE. This is not a "stop / start" game. It is bloody FAST and the ramp shots are sweet. I need to play it for a week or so (like I did with TWD LE). It does appear to have a different clearcoat. Much much better than TWD LE.
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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2015, 09:24:15 PM »
Always a pleasure to see NIB game unboxing photos from good people.  ^^^

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2015, 09:40:19 PM »
I always said you would like the red trim Nino in person once u saw it compared to gaudy orange trim idea.

The photos are great.

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Re: Stern KISS LE #395 Unboxing
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2015, 10:16:02 PM »
Thanks for sharing Nino, glad that you are happy with the game.

Totally agree re Joe and Angela from Kids Just Wanna Have Fun, great to deal with