Here is an unique Virtual Boy collectors item. Although you might think this is just another Virtual Boy Kiosk, it’s not. The regular Virtual Boy Kiosk that appears every so often on eBay is your counter-top display. You can see this version here. However, the Kiosk that’s on auction right now is the full sized kiosk, meaning it was the “floor model”.
The seller says:
“This pretty “Virtual Boy Display System” was designed by Design Phase for Nintendo and won the “Design of the Times Display of the Year” award (left pic) in 1996. Deservedly… this thing looks just great! The displays were supplied to big stores like Toys’R’Us or Wal*Mart nationwide when the Virtual Boy was released in the US. It allows costumers to adjust the headset to the proper height to demo the Virtual Boy from the best visual angle. The headset could be adjusted in height as well as moved up and down. A locking metal flap protected the cartridge slot and the volume control against meddling hands in the store. The ads in the 2 wings on both sides explain what Virtual Boy is and how to operate it. The red lighted logo features an infinity-mirror technique that emphasizes the Virtual Boy’s 3-D quality. This logo was also available as a free-hanging sign with extra hooks. Three different versions were available to retailers: the huge floor-standing “Floor Model”, the “Counter Version” that was designed to sit on a shelf and a tiny all-plastic “Low Profile Counter”. Floor Model and Counter Version are the same units just mounted on different, interchangeable feet.
The VB Display System was also supplied to Japanese retailers. Japanese and American displays are the same, but some Japanese Floor Versions had an additional footplate and they had different sets of ads announcing different games not just one set as in the US. When the Virtual Boy flopped, all displays were thrown out of the stores.”
This is a rarer model of the Virtual Boy display, but I don’t think it’s $12,000 “rare”.
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