Pinball Hype Index

We track all the latest pinball machine theme buzz so you don't have to. These are the most hyped pinball themes from pinball's biggest fans.

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Total pieces of content analyzed: 38,125
Total individual pinball themes identified: 1,562
Last updated: November, 2022

Back to the Future Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
1
Movie

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a long wished-for pinball theme. Fans want an update of the 1990 Data East game from a company like Stern.
  • Status:
    Produced over 10 years ago
  • Last Made By:
    Data East
  • Year:
    1990
  • Other:
    Remake/Revisit Candidate
Jaws Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
2
Movie

Jaws

Jaws is a long rumored / wished-for theme for Stern Pinball, based on the Steven Spielberg film from 1975.
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Scooby Doo Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
3
Cartoon

Scooby Doo

Pinheads love thinking about what a Scooby Doo-themed pinball machine would look like, hoping for an iconic recreation of the classic cartoon, preferably from Spooky Pinball.
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Venom Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
4
Comic
Movie

Venom

Venom is a popular comic book character and recent film series. Fans have been buzzing about Venom from repeated rumors and other hints from Stern.
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Evil Dead Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
5
Movie

Evil Dead

The pinball community has long requested an Evil Dead themed machine, particularly by noted boutique producer, Spooky Pinball.
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Beetlejuice Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
6
Movie

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice has been an in-demand dream theme for some time, thanks to it's lasting popularity and ingrained place in pop culture.
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Harry Potter Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
7
Movie
Book

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a beloved franchise noted for its books, movies, and world-building.
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The Goonies Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
8
Movie

The Goonies

The Goonies is a much requested pinball theme and was once the code name for Stern's Stranger Things game.
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
9
TV Show
Cartoon

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a pinball theme that's frequently requested by fans and has been associated with Stern rumors for years.
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Black Sabbath Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
10
Band

Black Sabbath

Stern Pinball fans have often discussed their wishes for a Black Sabbath themed pinball machine.
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Ozzy Osbourne Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
11
Band
Famous personality

Ozzy Osbourne

Frequently mentioned alongside his band Black Sabbath, pinball fans would love an Ozzy Osbourne pin in some form.
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Tron Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
12
Movie
Video Game

Tron

Although Tron was produced by Stern this century, it's a frequent target of Vault rumors.
  • Status:
    Produced over 10 years ago
  • Last Made By:
    Stern Pinball
  • Year:
    2011
  • Other:
    Vault Candidate
Top Gun Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
13
Movie

Top Gun

Following the success of Top Gun: Maverick, the Top Gun license will be difficult to obtain. But, whoever does obtain it would likely have a massive hit on their hands.
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Foo Fighters Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
14
Band

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters are one of the first bands mentioned when fans discuss more modern artists for music pins.
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The Lawrence Welk Show Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
15
Famous personality
TV Show

The Lawrence Welk Show

Ok ok, it's an internet joke. No one in their right minds would make a Lawrence Welk themed pinball machine. But Lawrence Welk gets discussed a lot by pinball fans, so it makes the buzz list.
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Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
16
Book
Movie
TV Show

Lord of the Rings

The original Lord of the Rings pinball machine helped catalyze a strong turnaround for Stern Pinball, and fans have long wanted to see it vaulted with a more modern take.
  • Status:
    Produced over 10 years ago
  • Last Made By:
    Stern Pinball
  • Year:
    2003
  • Other:
    Vault Candidate
Army of Darkness Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
17
Movie

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness is an extremely popular cult classic movie, often requested by fans of boutique manufacturer Spooky Pinball.
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Big Trouble in Little China Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
18
Movie

Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China may not be as relevant as it once was, but nostalgic fans often mention the 80s action / adventure romp as good inspiration for a pinball machine.
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Friday the 13th Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
19
Movie

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is another popular horror franchise that's often mentioned as a desirable pinball machine theme.
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The Matrix Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
20
Movie

The Matrix

The Matrix films top the list of most wanted pinball themes, and rumors have circulated about a game for the franchise for years.
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Van Halen Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
21
Band

Van Halen

Van Halen is frequently mentioned as a candidate for a music themed pinball machine, however most fans realize the licensing for said theme would be difficult or even impossible.
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Pokémon Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
22
Video Game

Pokémon

Pinball fans obsess over the possibility of a Pokémon themed pinball machine, hoping it will connect with younger pinball fans and bring a revenue boost to location operators.
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Nightmare on Elm Street Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
23
Movie

Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street is an all-time classic horror film franchise and although it has been produced once, fans would like to see a modern take on this classic theme.
  • Status:
    Produced over 10 years ago
  • Last Made By:
    Gottlieb
  • Year:
    1994
  • Other:
    Remake/Revisit Candidate
Pink Floyd Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
24
Band

Pink Floyd

Pinball fans are eager for a Pink Floyd-themed machine, particularly after the releases of themes based on contemporaries like Led Zepplin.
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Bill & Ted Pinball Machine Theme Rumors 2022
Rank:
25
Movie

Bill & Ted

When pinball fans think of classic 80's and 90's era childhood themes for new dream pins, the Bill & Ted franchise is at the top of the list.
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