Before I go to far into this post I wanted to give a big Thank You to everyone out there that not only visits us each week to read about all our new Pressed Penny adventures. But also for all the comments, tips and news about newly released machines. It definitely keeps me busy, but at the same time helps make my job much easier in finding all those new coins.
Just the other day I received an anonymous message about some new pennies available at Universal Studios Florida. With all the info printed out I left for the park as soon as I could on the hunt for this new machine.
Once inside Universal Studios I took a right and headed straight down Hollywood Boulevard. This is where you can find the Brown Derby store, The Bourne Stunt Spectacular and our destination the Five & Dime store.
This store is primarily the gift shop that you exit into after experiencing the Bourne Stunt show. However this store is not limited to just Bourne themed merchandise, you can also find plenty of just standard Universal swag.
In my opinion though the best stuff is all about the classic Universal Monsters. Some like Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein’s monster are all looming nearby as your shop around.
As you wonder through the store if you head towards the back corner near the check-out registers is where we found the brand new machine we had heard so much about.
The cabinet was not overly themed, but had a nice blue and green paint scheme. I kind of wish this was designed like Dracula’s coffin, or have all those crazy electrical components on top like in Frankenstein’s lab. But I guess maybe that would take up too much room, plus those types of overly themed machines don’t seem to be as popular anymore. I supposed this makes it easier to swap out designs in the future without having to completely redesign the cabinet as well.
As I’m sure you noticed from machine’s marquee, this set is all about Universal Monsters. I was so happy to see that we got not just the usual suspects like Dracula, and Frankenstein’s Monster but also the Bride, the Mummy, The Werewolf, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man.
This is such a great set and I’m kind of surprised this has just shown up now, but there definitely seems to be a lot more popularity around these characters here at Universal recently thanks to some fantastic Halloween Horror Nights mazes themed for Universal Monsters in 2019 and the Bride Lives in both 2020 and 2021. There are also rumors swirling about an entire Universal Monsters land for the new Epic Universal Theme Park that is currently in very early stages of construction. Oh wow it just hit me that we will have an entirely new huge theme park opening in 3-5 years. Think of all the new pressed penny machines!
Let me know in the comments if you are a fan of the classic Universal Monsters and which one is your favorite. Thanks for visiting this week and as always Keep on Pressing!