PINBALL CLUB BRAZIL
and the land of TAITO PINBALLs!
See their Web Page
Mike's visit and tour of
the Clubhouse, Sao Paulo, August 2008
Take the five boroughs of New York City, double it, and you
have Sao Paulo, Brazil. ~20 million people - and yes
there was pinball !
Pinball Clube Brasil is run by local pinball enthusiasts
who share a lease on a commercial space. They pool all
together and house them at this one location. Let's
everybody enjoy each other's games. There are a couple
meetings a week
where the members gather to fire up the games, have some drinks,
and chow down on some of the best pizza on the planet.
They made this space their own, for sure! The place is
adorned with everything imaginable. Go online, play music,
play console games,
and hours could be spent looking and reading all the memorabilia
on the walls
While they certainly have American imports (all the US
hobbyist's faves), we're going to mainly look at the
of TAITO "knockoff pinballs" which were extremely popular in
Brazil during the 80's.
FIREPOWER becomes FIRE ACTION !!
Seeing a TAITO pinball is like deja vu... not a Bally, but a
close copy of one! They took the popular themes at the
time, sat down
and re-produced everything from the ground up. The whole
theme, layout, and their OWN artwork! Most obvious
is always the
backglass, because Taito's backbox/displays were totally
different than Bally's or Williams'. They reworked their
the backglass artwork (and the new title of couse) to make it
Williams GORGAR becomes Taito DRAKOR
Williams FLASH becomes Taito SHOCK
Williams BLACK KNIGHT becomes Taito CAVALEIRO NEGRO !
A closeup look at the playfield lets you see how the Taito
knockoff artwork is close, but totally different.
The detail and nuances of the Williams artwork are certainly not
there, but when this is all you know, you'd simply never know.
The language is Portugese.
Cavaleiro Negro - Upper playfield.
Cavaleiro Negro - Taito Neon Sign
SPACE SHUTTLE - Taito Style
Bally EIGHT BALL DELUXE becomes Taito SURE SHOT
Gottlieb's BLACK HOLE .. the TAITO Version
Black Knight curtains ?
This is a tool cabinet amazingly stenciled with a T2 design.
Favorite American collectibles
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