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Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/25 6:55
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Hello again,

I just recently acquired a Virtual Boy. However, when I was inspecting it closer it looks like it could be a store display unit. When I looked further into it the eyeshade has screws to hold it onto the VB, the clips are still intact. I haven't seen a normal VB with these screws except on this website I noticed some of the the countertop displays have these. I also noticed this extra barcode on the bottom of the unit. As well as this very interesting looking sheet metal plate covering where the stand normally goes. Pictures are attached below but I'm curious if I have a display model or just someone modifying their VB for a certain purpose.

Thanks for everyone being so helpful!
-Cameron

Pictures should be attached!

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#2
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/25 10:10
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You've definitely got something funky there, very well could be a countertop display unit.
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Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/25 19:53
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That definitely shows signs of being a unit used for one of the store display types. Check out this post and below it (especially Post # 14) for some details of other store display units owned by people on this site:

https://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb ... t_id=33167#forumpost33167
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#4
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/26 18:21
+1 on the store display one, I've seen one of these in a magazine back in the days and wondered why it had so many visibly artificially added bolts and plates... I understood a couple weeks later that everything that isn't bolted in place will be stolen, with my bicycle as the main subject of the experience, and that's how the image of said store display VB remained etched in my mind afterwards!
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#5
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/26 19:59
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Joined 2015/3/28
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Yeah, this is definitely the head unit from a display kiosk.. and with that "extra barcode" I can say for sure it came from a Blockbuster Video, for I've seen a lot of BB rental cases and head units with the same stickers on them over the years (first picture). So I'll say this one most likely came off of a "Platform" display, since I believe it was exclusive only to Blockbuster Video.

The screws and metal plate behind the eyeshade holder were used to secure the holder directly to the head unit preventing theft of the eyeshade. Not all store displays used this security method though, as there exist displays without this security.

The head units mounted to displays in a number of different ways, some used metal brackets that hooked to the Virtual Boy's existing stand mount that were then securely fastened to the display by two screws, whilst others (such as yours) simply relied on a rear locking plate for both holding the head unit to the display's arm and locking it in place (second picture). But I'm still not quite sure what the metal plate with the three screws under the stand mount was used for, maybe it was a way for Nintendo to say "F you" to a successful theif of a display's head unit, by preventing them from being able to attach it to a normal retail VB stand?

On mega-rare occasions, you might even come across a VB head unit with a completely different base plate than those from any normal retail unit, made from a solid metal (third picture). These can be mounted using only two screws.

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#6
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/26 23:53
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Thank you everyone for your input and supplying me with links and pictures of various different possible versions of display model this could be.

I think that it is pretty cool I stumbled upon a blockbuster display model without even realizing it! I assumed that the screws holding on the eye shade was an anti-theft device. However, that bracket really is a mystery. It can be seen in the last picture that I posted it was obviously glued in and the bolted on at some point (I'm assuming that is what all that white gunk is in there).

Interesting though is somewhere along the way someone removed this head unit and used it as a normal console. My eBay purchase came with a standard stand (with broken badge and clip of course...) and a standard controller.

The only other question I have is if this model is more sought after than others. I don't plan to resell it because I find it an interesting piece of console history, but also I have to fix the ribbon cable issue. So if anyone knows the price or rarity of this piece I would appreciate that insight.

Thanks everyone for being so friendly and welcoming!
-Cameron

Now I just have to be careful not to damage that secondary barcode when opening my system...
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#7
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/27 0:45
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I don't know about it being much more valuable or sought after than a standard VB, being that it's just the head unit and not the rest of the display. I think it's one of those things where it wouldn't increase value a ton, but more of a cool thing for the owner to know about the history of the unit.
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#8
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/27 7:18
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Quote:

speedyink wrote:
I don't know about it being much more valuable or sought after than a standard VB, being that it's just the head unit and not the rest of the display. I think it's one of those things where it wouldn't increase value a ton, but more of a cool thing for the owner to know about the history of the unit.


Yes, exactly everything you just said.

I guess if someone ever got hold of a store display that was missing its original head unit and knew what to look for when tracking one of these down, then I can understand someone coughing up a little extra money to complete their display. But yeah.. as is, it's not as valuable as a complete display would be. Still a cool find though.

Hey, since we're all on the topic of store displays here.. did you guys know that there exist an official VB store display unit that's actually smaller than the Platform display? It's even smaller than the small Japanese countertop display.

I can post some pictures here, that is if VB Boy doesn't mind me doing so.
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#9
Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/27 7:26
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vuefinder83 wrote:


Yes, exactly everything you just said.

I guess if someone ever got hold of a store display that was missing its original head unit and knew what to look for when tracking one of these down, then I can understand someone coughing up a little extra money to complete their display. But yeah.. as is, it's not as valuable as a complete display would be. Still a cool find though.

Hey, since we're all on the topic of store displays here.. did you guys know that there exist an official VB store display unit that's actually smaller than the Platform display? It's even smaller than the small Japanese countertop display.

I can post some pictures here, that is if VB Boy doesn't mind me doing so.


I don't mind at all! I have honestly loved learning about the different displays that were available and I have already learned so much from this community post whatever you might see relevant to store displays!

Thanks for the insight on value, it is a really interesting piece and who knows maybe a display without a head unit might come up one day for me.

-Cameron
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Re: Potential Store Display?
Posted on: 5/27 14:55
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Quote:

vuefinder83 wrote:
did you guys know that there exist an official VB store display unit that's actually smaller than the Platform display? It's even smaller than the small Japanese countertop display.

I can post some pictures here, that is if VB Boy doesn't mind me doing so.


I am very interested in seeing this other display.
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