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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 8:53 am
by funky
Alca International also did a Magic Roundabout machine in the '70s, I think....... A really retro weird bubble machine with the bottom a bit like a Dalek? .......The top had a train with all the Magic Roundabout toys and cars and also figures of characters like Dougal and Zebedee and, I think maybe, the Beatles could have been in there... On the very top there were about half a dozen puppets who moved also... These were soft plush puppets like the glove puppets you would see in that era, like Sooty.... Also played music as the train went round...... Really retro looking machine in yellow plastic and a clear domed top..... Probably a rare item and not too many of them about? :!?!: !THUMBS!

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 11:20 am
by funky
Did a bit of searching for the Magic Roundabout machine from Alca and couldn't believe it when I saw one on ebay USA...... Not sure how to post the link to it, but the item number is 140957205823...... Shame it's not in the UK or I would have gone to see my bank manager....... So guess it may stay in the good old U.S. of A?......Really retro looking machine. !!CHEERS!!

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 11:34 am
by badpenny
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Q: Thought you may like to know a little more about your machine. It was first introduced by Alca in May 1975, it was called Puppet Party, this was a derivitive of a Sega Game, Although Michael Green ran Alca, it was owned by industry Guru Marty Bromley, who also owned Sega Enterprises Ltd in Japan, sadly Marty is no longer with us, but Michael Green is still active in the industry. I have the largest database on coin operated equipment in the World, more than 143,000 files. I am the Official British Coin Industry Historian with more than 60 years in the industry on a daily basis, I hope I have thrown a little more light on your machine, it is quite rare because of the low production run. Freddy Bailey 26-Apr-13
A: Wow, thank you very much. Can I add that to my listing? Mike Andrews knew the guys and I thought it was older than 1975. So Sega made something like it earlier? Bill Butterfield

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:56 am
by funky
Cheers b.p......... that's the one... Hey my description of it wasn't too bad?....Well, apart from maybe the Dalek bit :HaHa: .......The old memory is still OK when it comes to machines you remember from your youth..... Wouldn't think there would have been a lot of them made, as it was just a TV theme back in the day...... but I like the design of it... !THUMBS!

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:23 am
by andydotp
Please don't mention Daleks chaps...
Me (actor) Dad got bumped off by one of 'em on telly when I was about five.
Don't want to revert to the plastic bed sheets. !OMFG! (Did I just say that?)
Cough, cough, moving on, what a wierd machine! :!?!:
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Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:41 pm
by funky
yea its a weird machine andy but i quite like it,......so hope it doesnt get exterminated.................................................EXXXTERMINATE!!!!!,........ !!ESCAPE!!

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:50 pm
by pennymachines
I saw one of these hotly contested at an auction in my very early collecting days.
The Dalek resemblance is frightening...
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flippa_winna wrote:Returning to the single player Royal Jubilee pusher of 1977, it was aptly named as it was the Queen's Silver Jubilee in this year...
I notice that Jamieson Automatics also produced pushers celebrating the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The version seen here, on their trade stand at Alexandra Palace in January 1977, surely has more than co-incidental similarities to the Alca Electronics Ltd. Royal Jubilee. Notice the three slots and the strikingly similar background image.
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1970s saw the onslaught of videogames, but Jamieson Automatics continued to produce wall machines adding simple upright versions of the same games including Bingo, Electrodart etc, and one of their big successes of this period was the Bingo Table which was wanted by both arcades and fairgrounds in the UK and abroad even as far as Australia. Pushers were also high in the market and they produced multiplayers such as Silver Jubilee, Runways, Lucky Push and even an upright version of the Silver Jubilee.
‘Our Ian’ – Ian Jamieson by Joyce Todd

Great to see some pusher enthusiasts here, including the leading expert on the subject. !THUMBS!

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 3:03 pm
by badpenny
Rare photo that ....
The Yorkshire Ripper playing a pusher.

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 4:24 pm
by pennymachines
Watch it BP - I think that might be our friend Ian you're pointing at. :tut

Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 4:47 pm
by slotalot
Yes it is !WORSHIPFULL!