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Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:13 pm
by DomB
Being a massive fan of the original Sonic games, I can only hope this goes ahead.
Sonic Spinball was also the first game I ever owned, and still one of my favourites. So to have this at Alton Towers would be amazing! :D

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:17 pm
by Bote
If it's getting the name Sonic Spinball then it is near certain they will tie it in with the pinball game.

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Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:20 pm
by oldgitBEN
Well here is the confirmation Spinball is to be rethemed for next season!

Looking from Mutiny Bay the ride looks its usual colours
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A quick peek through the Squirrel Nutty station reveals a paritally painted support
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A view from the Squirrel Nutty Ride heading towards Spinball
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Further round we see more supports in the dark blue colour and all the Spinball theming still in place
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Finally an overview of the site showing the paint in progress.Image

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:23 pm
by Bote
The new blue certainly looks better. One thing I did notice is that the Spinball Whizzer signs appear to remain. I would of thought that they would be down by now, and the new ones on site.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:25 pm
by Dean
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Have remembered this music for a few years now...

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:26 pm
by Chris W
Thanks Ben! :D

I'd say that this is also confirmation that it will be a Sonic retheme and not just a simple repaint.

A very nice blue chosen.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:26 pm
by oldgitBEN
there is very little activity beyond the paintwork on the supports as yet, but i would expect the current theming to be removed or ammended.
Also the blue isnt a million miles away from the greeny/blue the ride currently is, i still think it will be an eye-sore near the towers but at least a slightly better looking one.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:28 pm
by Sam
I'm a bit worried we've overestimated this retheme. Could we just being a retheme as well as a entrance sign change to "Sonic's Spinball - sponsored by SEGA"?

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:30 pm
by Gloomy Dude
That is an awfully Sonic-y blue. Hopefully the track won't just be repainted a different red. That would be a bit half-bottomed. I kind of hoped the track would have been repainted blue and the supports a new colour, but there you go.

Let's remember, despite heavy rumours and TTF's seeming confidence in the project, nothing is confirmed. Giving some supports a repaint in a darker version of the colour they already are does not a re-theme make.

So, next question, what will become of the Beastie? Re-theme a knackered old kids' Pinfari into something shiny, new and Sega-approved? Or maybe moved? Even if it's just into Storybook Land (dragon theme would fit in). Can't have a knackered old kids' Pinfari embarrassing our (potentially) beautifully newly themed Spinball.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:34 pm
by oldgitBEN
staff on park were highly amused by my 7 year old saying "thats the new sonic ride for next year." The staff member asked "how have you heard that?" very suprised but saw the funny side of it.
He didnt deny it and seemed that shocked that he knew im taking that as confirmation lol.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:37 pm
by Rob L
The blue doesn't look massively different to the current turquoisey colour, at least not in the picture taken from a difference anyway. Saying that though, I do like it, and it's a nice Leicester City royal blue! :P

I'm not expecting too much from this re-theme, just the re-paint, a new name and entrance, and maybe a few small bits of theming if we're lucky. I really hope the track is also re-painted, although I do have my doubts about this happening.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:38 pm
by AstroDan
I would imagine the bulky work will be done once the Winter events end so, from 4th January the ride can be themed accordingly. They will have 6 weeks before the Half Term event.

:)

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:41 pm
by Jase
I'm hoping for a huge fibreglass Sonic - very facebook'able! :)

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:44 pm
by Elliot
I can't help but think it could simply just be a re-paint, I would like to see Sonic Spinball but it is perfectly plausible that it could just be a re-paint.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:47 pm
by DomB
"RR Elliot" wrote:
I can't help but think it could simply just be a re-paint, I would like to see Sonic Spinball but it is perfectly plausible that it could just be a re-paint.


They were selling off Spinball medals and stuff for ridiculously cheap prices at the end of last season. There's also been rumours for quite a while now, so a retheme does look likely.

However, you could be right, but at the moment things point towards a retheme. :)

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:53 pm
by Nightfall
"AstroDan" wrote:
I would imagine the bulky work will be done once the Winter events end so, from 4th January the ride can be themed accordingly. They will have 6 weeks before the Half Term event.

:)

Unless there is snow, floods, storms...

I would say that this could just be a repaint but as the Spinball signs are in turquoise it's unlikely they would keep them with the new paintjob.

Sonic + Spinning coaster = interesting match (although I think the spining direction would make more sense on a ball coaster).

I still think the Spinball theme was unique just not implemented brilliantly.

Didn't that guy (nj... somthing like that) mention that the carts were broken. could there be some truth in what he said?

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:56 pm
by Elliot
I know it looks more likely for a re-theme it's just we could be making a big fuss over nothing, only time will tell.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:13 pm
by haydn!
Would be interesting to see a re-theme, and Sonic would be ace.

But, it could just be a re-paint as the new color for the support matches the pinball scenery thats been there since the ride opened quite well.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:28 pm
by Bote
If it becomes Sonic Spinball then a vast amount of the pinball scenary will be kept. This way they can retheme the ride, without doing too much. New signs, coat of paint, new soundtrack, and voila. That way you get a rethemed ride, that can easily fit into the seasons budget. Sonic Spinball is a pinball style game.

Re: 2010: Spinball Whizzer Re-Theme!

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:37 pm
by Sam
"Begining Of The End" wrote:
That way you get a rethemed ride, that can easily fit into the seasons budget.

No need! Many of us reckon that SEGA will pay entirely for the (small) retheme as part of a sponsership deal for the new Sonic game. AT won't have to pay anything, or won't receive anything.