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April 2016.

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New Products & Technologies

Parking a 1951 Cadillac

I had never seen or knew about this revolutionary technical idea. Maybe there is an idea for a redemption game that tests your skills for parking a car? Now you can watch a real TV commercial from 65 years ago. Enjoy.

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A&A Global Adds Solar Panels

A&A’s carbon footprint has now been reduced by the equivalent of:

  • Planting 31,974 acres of trees
  • Powering 5,366 homes
  • Removing 8,212 passenger vehicles from the road

Cost. $3.3 M with 5104 solar panels.
Generates 2,000,000 kWh/year. A&A currently uses all of this electricity.
Building is 212,000 sq. ft.
Prior Electric Bills $22,000-$25,000/month. For calculations I used an average of $23,000/month = $275,000/year. In 12 years they have recovered their investment.
After 12 years they have ‘free’ electricity. It was reported that investment would be recovered in 4 years so there must have been great energy investment credits available.
Benefits: Electrical rates will most likely increase in the future; A&A’s electrical usage will decrease with other new technologies; A&A can then sell excess electricity to the grid.

 

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LAI Snap Shot Photo Booth New APP Allows Pictures to be Downloaded to Your Cell Phone

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Here’s the Ticket!

LAI’s new Snap Shot Photo Booth APP is pretty cool. Long story short, the pictures you take at the Booth can be sent to the APP and readily viewed/downloaded to your cell phone. To date more than 275,000 customer photos have been uploaded. Snap Shot received one of the two AMOA Innovator Awards at last year’s Amusement Expo so you know that Snap Shot is a technology leader and is continuing its efforts to raise the bar in the photo booth category.

‘Operators can now buy the media directly from the manufacturer (Mitsubishi) or its distributors’, according to LAI, and this brings the cost per vend down to about 16 cents. On a $3 vend this translates to a cost of sales of only 5%.

http://snapshot2photobooth.com/app/

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Rollercoaster Restaurant Coming to UK’s Alton Towers This Month. New Space Themed Restaurant Will Feature 1300+ Feet of Mini-Sized Track

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Here’s the Ticket!

Guests will certainly be uniquely entertained as they watch their dining orders drop down 25 feet on two twisting and turning rollercoaster loops at the speed of Marathon Man and arriving at their table. I wonder if the soup gets turned upside down? Can we order ‘eggs over easy’ or a specialty drink with a ‘twist of lemon’?

 The inside of the new rollercoaster restaurant at Alton Towers

The inside of the new rollercoaster restaurant at Alton Towers

 

The new restaurant is set below a 1300+ foot long rollercoaster track

The new restaurant is set below a 1300+ foot long rollercoaster track

 

 

Ask Frank the Crank – Technical Tips

For this issue the technical tips will be both fun and educational.

Make the Most of Those Black Paper Clips

I personally like the medium size but this short video clip changed my mind. And I thought I was creative……

 

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Is Anything Safe These Days?

A few TRR’s back we had a video of how easy it is to pick a Master Lock. This short video clip shows how easy it is to open a highly rated office safe. The purpose of showing how to do this, is not for any of us to actually do it, but to send a message that we and our customers should be a lot more careful in how and where money and valuables are stored, including debit cards, tokens, and tickets in our businesses and hotel saves when we travel.

 

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15 Things That All Game Techs and Even FEC Managers Should Know-As a Know-It-All

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You Mean That You Didn’t Know That ‘Ink Cartridges’ Have a Reset Button?

10 Observations of a Watchful & Thoughtful Veteran Games Technician (Dave Forlano, Alpha-Omega Amusements, Regional Technician). Here are 10.  Next issue we will have 10 more.

A games tech not only repairs games and handles day to day operations but can be valuable in many other ways.  The following are what I have observed over the years and ‘what they could mean.’:

Our games are mainly operated in family entertainment centers, amusement parks, waterparks, arcades, and casino/hotels.  I no longer believe in happenstance or coincidence.  The world, including our industry, follows Newton’s 3rd Law:  ‘For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.’

In the following scenarios there is an opposing outcome that is a result of a situation that one should not be so quick to rectify.  The lesson learned is to stand back and observe.  You may learn something that could make your company even more money…

  • Long lines are forming at the Redemption Prize Center because we are one staff person short. What are the some of the people waiting now doing? Wow! They are playing the ‘quick play’ games that we always place in the vicinity of the RPC! These games are getting ‘extra play.’
  • Facility promotions geared to a big give-a-ways for parents always seems to cause a revenue spike for our games. The parents bring a proportionate number of ‘tag along’ family members and we see increased game play across the board.
  • Game Tournaments are great but our games make more money from the players ‘practicing’ leading up to our regular scheduled tournaments. The game tournaments are posted on a board so players know that there is going to be a tournament on a specific game in two weeks, for example.
  • This is not meant to be sexist but I have noticed that the centers that have female security staff (even if they positioned outside of the game zone) have a higher attendance and longer stay of teens, male of course, but also female. Heck, I have even noticed a higher than usually number of older dads ‘hanging around’. Maybe physics comes into play here?  I have also observed that Moms feel more comfortable going up to a female security person and letting her know about a problem or potential problem regarding one or more customers. [I am not a sports caster so do not take me seriously on this. Yes male security could be good too.]
  • Intimidating Security Guards. They have the opposite effect and our games make ‘less’ money when they are present. Newton’s 3rd Law at play again.
  • Lighting. Lighting in a games zone has the same effect on game revenues as foot traffic is affected by a dark alley or a well-lit one. Placing a Monster Drop Extreme in a well-lighted area will attract many more players than placing it in a dark corner, even with the great attractive white lights of the game. More lumens usually means more revenues.
  • Cell Phone Charging. Are you kidding? How can this be relevant?  At the end of an evening, most of our customers’ cell phones are dying. With the exceptions of those few customers who unplug our games to charge their cell phones, our customers know where the extra outlets are located.  The games that are located right next to an outlet make additional revenue while a customer’s phone is being charged. Is it ‘guilt’ that causes the additional play or is it that the player just needs something to do? [Note that my boss has placed these additional outlets for this purpose when he does the electrical drawings. [Also for the cleaning staff to use for the vacuums and floor polishers after closing so they do not have to unplug our games].
  • Crowds of People Gathered at the Entrance/Exit. For example, a bus load arrives and the group is standing in line near the Entrance to get tokens or debit cards from the kiosk (or use the ATM). The reaction here is similar to the backed-up redemption line.  In this situation, many of the people play the cranes that are located adjacent to the bill changers and kiosks. Yes, we all place the bill changers and kiosks near the Entrance and savvy operators also place their cranes and merchandisers up front so the guests have to walk by them on the way in and again on the way out. And the group will continue to play the cranes until all of the group has gotten their tokens or debit cards.
  • Games with Slanted Control Panel Tops. Games that have drink cup holders tend to make more money than they do without them. Games with flat top control panels tend to make more money than the same game with a slanted control top.  We learned this when we used to use a lot of conversion kit games in the old days and install them in cabinets with a flat top control panel.  Chinese proverb says:  “Game with puddle in front get less play.’  Newton’s 3rd Law is still with us.
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Top Redemption & Merchandiser Prizes

HMS Monaco 5% Discount for all May On-Line Orders!!!

HMS Monaco has a newly renovated and redesigned website that makes viewing and shopping much easier for customers.  To publicize this, HMS is running a promotion in May that any customer ordering online through the new website will automatically receive a 5% discount on anything that they order.

TRR #35 HMS New Website Special 5%

HMS Monaco – List of Top 10 Selling Items for Spring/Summer SeasonHMS

1.) Multi-function Smart Watches

2.) Emoji Plush, novelties, hats, and prize machine kits

3.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles plush and novelties

4.) Superman, Batman, and Avengers 32 Oz. Drinking Cups, Value priced at $.69/Pc.

5.) Original 12″ Pillow Pets in retail displays

6.) Star Wars plush and novelties

7.) Over the Ear Headphones and Earbuds, especially ones with blue tooth capabilities

8.) Computer Tablets at value pricing

9.) Trendy Novelties

10.) Licensed movie plush including Angry Birds, Capt. America, the Secret Life of Pets, etc.

Contact Steve at 800-777-0901

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Rhode Island Novelty Top Prizes for May/JuneRINCO(1)

TWO Movies are being Released:

  1. TMNT 2 is Coming to Theaters June 3, 2016

6” TMNT VINYL BALL= NT-VINBA, 100PCS/CS, $41.00CS

7”-11” TMNT PLUSH MIX=KI-PLTUR, 48PCS/CS, $120.00CS

NEW LINE OF PLUSH= QUBZ NT-NTB10 (5”X3”X2.5”) and NT-NTB30 (8”X5”X4”)

More items in RINCO Redemption Catalog http://gfx.rinovelty.com/drop/2016_RINCO_Redemption.pdf

  1. Finding Dory is Coming to Theaters June 17, 2016

SBCLOW5= Due by the first week of June… $0.32ea

For this movie, add more items:

  1. Finding Dory

SBCLOW5= 5” Clown Fish Vinyl Ball

PF-CLO30= 15” Clown Fish Plush

PF-TUR10= 8” Blue and Pink Turtle Plush

PF-TUE30= 12” Green Turtle PlushPF-BFI10= 8” Blue Tang Fish Plush

PF-BFI30= 11” Blue Tang Fish Plush

Call your salesperson for availability and pricing or go to page #29 in our Redemption Catalog http://gfx.rinovelty.com/drop/2016_RINCO_Redemption.pdf

Rhode Island TOP 10 REDEMTION PRIZES  For May/June:

ZY-LASPO – LASER POP PROJECTOR CANDY

ZY-GUMB3 – 3FT DOUB-BUBB METAL GUMBALL MACHINE

DO-MERM4 – 4″ MERMAID

VE-CARFR – 7″FRICTION CAR

PA-PUPPI – 1.5″ BIG HEAD PUPPIES

SK-SPLBR – 2.75″ BRAIN SPLAT BALL

EL-ROCRA – 13″ RAINBOW GROOVY LAMP

PA-GROSN – 15.25″ JUMBO GROW SNAKE

AP-GPI25 – 25” PINK GIRAFFE PLUSH

TY-DRUSE – 17″ DESK TOP DRUM SET

Rhode Island Novelty Top Prizes March/April

GW-MOBLU (Blue) – GW-MOOPI (Pink) – GW-MOOBL (Green) – Moon Blasters

DO-DOLPO – Doll Set

PL-BEA36 – 36” Natural Color Bear Plush

GA-WTOGA – 2 in 1 Wooden Toss Game

EL-ROCR – Rainbow Groovy Lamp

SB-RAI18 – 18” Rainbow Ball

SB-KNORB – 5” Rainbow Knobby Ball

SB-EMOJI – 5” EMOJI VINYL BALL

GL-FOBAT – 15.5” Light-up Foam Baton

GL-FLYUM – LIGHT UP FLYING HELICOPTER UMBRELLA

PS-GLLED – 5.75″ 10oz FLASHING GLASS

FR-SELFO – FOLDED SELFIE STICK

DO-DOLPO – 7.5″X5.5″ DOLL SET

TY-SKAPL – 21.5″ PLASTIC RETRO SKATEBOARD

TY-BASMA – 5.5″ MAGIC SHOT BASKETBALL SET

IN-JUMMA – 54″ JUMBO MALLET

GL-BATON – 18.9″ LIGHT UP FOAM BATON

LA-PUNCH – 9″ PUNCH BALL

ZA-STRTU – 4.5″ STRETCH TURTLE

KC-POPAN – 2.4″ JIGGLE EYE ANIMAL KEYCHAINS

PA-SOMIX – 6”-9” RUBBER ANIMALS WITH SOUNDS MIX

PA-TUR72 – 2” RUBBER TURTLE MIX

PA-RUB72 – 2” RUBER ANIMAL MIX

RD-AS100 – 2” RUBBER DUCKIE MIX

18” Rainbow Balls in The Big One

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Item Number Description Casepack  U/M  $ EACH
AP-GPI25 25″ GIRAFFE (PINK)                  6/12 6 PC  $    12.00
DO-DOLPO 7.5″X5.5″ DOLL SET                 48/12 48 SET  $      1.40
DO-MERM4 4″ MERMAID                         24/14 24 DZ  $      0.25
EL-ROCRA 13″ RAINBOW GROOVY LAMP     12/25 12 PC  $      7.20
FR-SELFO FOLDED SELFIE STICK            48/17 48 PC  $      2.75
GA-WTOGA 2 in 1 WOODEN TOSS GAME      6/30 6 SET  $      8.75
GL-FLYUM LIGHT UP FLYING HELICOPTER UMBRELLA60/15 60 DZ  $      0.20
GL-FOBAT 15.5″ LIGHT UP PREMIUM FOAM BATON                 6/8 6 DZ  $      0.56
GW-MOBLU 19.5″ G-I-D BLUE MOON BLASTER GUN    24/20 24 PC  $      3.75
GW-MOOBL 19″ GLOW IN DARK MOON BLASTER      24/18 24 PC  $      3.75
GW-MOOPI 19.5″ G-I-D PINK MOON BLASTER GUN       24/20 24 PC  $      3.75
IN-JUMMA 54″ JUMBO MALLET   4/29 4 DZ  $      2.25
KC-POPAN 2.4″ JIGGLE EYE ANIMAL KEYCHAINS           24/10 24 DZ  $      0.23
KI-PLTUR 7″-11″ 48pc TMNT PLUSH KIT               1/13 1 CASE  $      2.50
LA-PUNCH 9″ PUNCH BALL 100 PCS/BAG          10/15 10 BAG  $      0.12
NT-NTB10 5″x3″x2.5″  TMNT STAKZ     12/ 12 DZ  $      1.05
NT-NTB30 8″x5″x4″  TMNT STAKZ     4/ 4 DZ  $      2.40
NT-VINBA 5″ TMNT VINYL BALL          1/32 1 CASE  $      0.41
PA-GROSN 15.25″ JUMBO GROW SNAKE            12/31 12 DZ  $      0.90
PA-PUPPI 1.5″ BIG HEAD PUPPIES              48/21 48 DZ  $      0.20
PA-RUB72 72 PC 2″ RUBBER ANIMAL MIX                     6/16 6 UNIT  $      0.22
PA-SOMIX 96 PC 6-9″ RUBBER ANIMAL WITH SOUND MIX   1/29 1 CASE  $      1.04
PA-TUR72 72 PCS 2″ RUBBER TURTLE MIX     72PCS/UNIT      6/ 6 UNIT  $      0.22
PL-BEA36 36″ NATURAL BEAR   6/16/35 6 PC  $      9.25
PS-GLLED 5.75″ 10oz FLASHING GLASS           4/19 4 DZ  $      1.40
RD-AS100 100 PC 2″ RUBBER DUCKY ASSORTMENT   3/12 3 BAG  $      0.21
SB-ALI18 18″ ALIEN KNOBBY BALL      48 PCS/CS 1 CASE  $      1.54
SB-BMA18 18″ MARBLE-BOUNCE BALL              1/26 1 CASE  $      1.25
SB-CLOW5 5″ CLOWN FISH VINYL BALLS    100PCS/CS         1/ 1 CASE  $      0.32
SB-EMOJI 5″ EMOTICON VINYL BALL                        1/ 1 CASE  $      0.32
SB-FLA18 18″ FLAME KNOBBY BALL     48PCS/CS 1 CASE  $      1.54
SB-FUN18 18″ FUNNY FACE KNOBBY BALLS 6pcs/un 8/34 8 UNIT  $      1.58
SB-KNO18 18″ KNOBBY BALL DEFLATED            1/34 1 CASE  $      1.50
SB-KNORB 6″ RAINBOW KNOBBY BALL  100PCS/CS      1/14 1 CASE  $      0.38
SB-MON18 18″ MONEY KNOBBY BALL       48PCS/CS 1 CASE  $      1.54
SB-PAT18 18″ PATRIOTIC KNOBBY BALL     48PCS/CS 1 CASE  $      1.54
SB-PRI18 18″ PRINCESS KNOBBY BALL      48PCS/CS 1 CASE  $      1.54
SB-RBB18 18″ RAINBOW BALL          48PCS/CS       1/39 1 CASE  $      1.75
SB-SMI18 18″ SMILE FACE BOUNCE BALL          1/25 1 CASE  $      1.50
SK-SPLBR 2.75″ BRAIN SPLAT BALL        8/23/6 8 DZ  $      0.35
TY-BASMA 5.5″ MAGIC SHOT BASKETBALL SET     24/31 24 DZ  $      0.29
TY-DRUSE 17″ DESK TOP DRUM SET           12/16 12 PC  $      4.10
TY-SKAPL 21.5″ PLASTIC RETRO SKATEBOARD    4/16/6 4 PC  $    12.50
VE-CARFR 7″FRICTION CAR                      5/20 5 DZ  $      0.79
ZA-STRTU 4.5″ STRETCH TURTLE               24/40 24 DZ  $      0.81
ZY-GUMB3 3FT DOUB-BUBB METAL GUMBALL MACHINE 1/32 1 PC  $    91.00
ZY-LASPO LASER POP PROJECTOR CANDY   (k)      12/18 12 DZ  $      1.02
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Sureshot Redemption 37 Top Items May/JuneSS_logoNEWglow

Item # Description
Stock up on Movie and Popular Licensed Items at Sureshot
26629 Fun on the Go – Finding Dory 10″
26634 Destination Fun Color and Carry Activity Pad – Finding Dory 8″
26650 Finding Dory Sling Bag
26671 Finding Dory Candy Tube Topper (12 Cnt)
34107 Sparkle Sand Art – Finding Dory 11″
34122 Finding Dory Basic Backpack 16″ (Styles May Vary)
34123 Finding Dory Deluxe Backpack 16″ (Styles May Vary)
38221 Chester Clown Fish 8.5″
38223 Chester Clown Fish 14″
38225 Chester Clown Fish  20.5″
38226 Chester Clown Fish 29″
38231 Tilly Blue Tang 9″
38233 Tilly Blue Tang 12.5″
38235 Tilly Blue Tang 20″
38236 Tilly Blue Tang 27″
38241 Brody Turtle 8.5″
38243 Brody Turtle 14″
38245 Brody Turtle 21″
38246 Brody Turtle 27″
Great New Items for 2016
33789 Bluetooth Podigy Orb 2.0 Color Changing Speaker 6″
26424 Horse Figures (12 Asst. ) 4″
26500 Cute Animal Light-up Rings
26334 Dinosaur Pinchers 18″
11560 Wooden Paddle Ball – Expression Faces 9′
26368 Capsule Shape Kendama 4.5″
26379 Fabric Fuzzy Ball 9″
26442 Animal Print Rainbow Ball 9″
26495 Mini Pop Foam Blaster 3″
11556 Robot Squirters 1″
26589 Splash Fish Squirter 6.25″
26324 Fan with Handle – Zoo Animal Design 10.5″
26395 Sport Ducks 2″
26443 Mini Light and Sound Gun (2 Pcs) 3.5″
26507 Transparent Spring – Sea Animals 80MM
26588 Sand Bucket Playset (6 Pc Set)
26380 Wild Animal Zoom Cars
39317 Jumbo Plush Kit (24 Cnt) – Shopkins Strawberry/Apple/Kookie 10″

 

 

 

 

 

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