Introducing the 3.8mm VGM Gold Security Screwdrive​​r Bit

After months of design, engineering and production, we’re happy to announce our new 3.8mm VGM Gold Security Screwdrive​​r Bit!

Get your 3.8mm VGM Gold Security Bit on Amazon or eBay

We’re demonstrating all the different types of cartridges a 3.8mm VGM Gold Security bit can open. This is perfect for opening your retro gaming collection for cleaning, battery replacement, and repairs.

3.8MM VERSION OPENS:

  • Original NES Nintendo game cartridges
  • Super Nintendo game cartridges
  • Nintendo 64 game cartridges
  • Original Game Boy game cartridges
  • Game Boy Color game cartridges
  • Virtual Boy game cartridges
  • Sega Game Gear game cartridges

QUALITY:

  • Durable strong hardened steel
  • Heat treated for maximum strength
  • Length is about 7.6 cm (~3 inches)
  • Gold colored for identification and corrosion resistance
  • Precision engineered teeth fit tightly
  • Pattern: 3.8mm Female 6 Node (6-Pointed Star)
  • Fit any 1/4″ hex hand tool receiver
  • Made in the USA

We’ve worked hard to offer the highest quality screwdriver security bits on the market. We’d rather offer a top quality item once rather than ask people to continuously replace low quality imitations.  We feel we’ve done just that and our proud that these are made 100% in the United States.  This gives us highest quality control, top quality, and supports American jobs.

Get your 3.8mm VGM Gold Security Bit on Amazon or eBay

Adding a Dreamcast Kiosk to the Collection

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Regret is a powerful motivator for collectors.

Back in 2007, I spotted an abandoned Dreamcast kiosk along the side of the road.  I seriously debated throwing it in my Honda Accord and taking it back to my tiny beach apartment.  Space for surfboards and a fear of scaring my new female roommate won out.  Unfortunately, I kept driving.  I’ve been kicking myself ever since.

Since then, with 200+ titles in my beloved Dreamcast collection, I’d been scouring eBay and Craigslist for just such a gem.  Unfortunately, these often pop up out of state, and shipping would cost as much or more than the kiosk is worth.

Several weeks ago, lady luck looked down on me.  Sure enough, a listing popped up on eBay, and it was here in San Diego!  I quickly messaged the seller about local pickup options and then realized that he might also be listing it on Craigslist.  Sure enough, it was on Craigslist too, and we were able to arrange the sale.  Best part about buying locally was that I was able to connect with another fellow collector.

Ok, let’s take a look at this fantastic store display unit!

If you’re a stickler for details, I believe these units originally had white controllers.  However, I think it looks great with the translucent ones.

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The gaming unit sits on the top of a custom base that interlocks with the main unit by a series of metal tabs and a machine screw.  It’s no big deal that this screw was missing as I easily found an appropriate screw in our workshop.

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You can see how the metal tabs on the top of the stand slide into the base of the top unit.

Dreamcast Kiosk Base Stand Locking Connection (1) Dreamcast Kiosk Base Stand Locking Connection (2)

I removed the back of the kiosk to take a look inside and to clean it up.

Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (5) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (4) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (3) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Shell (2)

What’s surprising is that inside the unit is a standard Samsung TXH1370 CRT TV.  For a VGA-capable system, it seems like the kiosk should have been designed to included a computer monitor or a nicer TV to show off the insane graphic potential of this system.  The system plugs directly into the TV with just the standard composite video cable and mono sound.  The unit doesn’t seem to feature an external power switch.  Instead, you simply power on the kiosk by plugging in its 4-receptacle power strip / surge protector.  Each receptacle is used for the following: Dreamcast console, TV, left fan, right fan.

Dreamcast Kiosk Back TV (4) Dreamcast Kiosk Back TV (3) Dreamcast Kiosk Back TV (2) Dreamcast Kiosk Back TV (1) Dreamcast Kiosk Back Power Strip

The Dreamcast system is accessible through a removable plexiglass door on the front of the system (see below for more info).  The base of the compartment is recessed for controller cable routing and for the machine screw that interconnects the top unit to the stand.  The TV’s controls are hidden by a plastic flap.

Dreamcast Kiosk Compartment (2) Dreamcast Kiosk Compartment (3) Dreamcast Kiosk Compartment (4) Dreamcast Kiosk Compartment TV Controls

The system itself sits on a metal tray which raises the system up about a half an inch from the compartment floor.  This helps to nicely hide the cords and keeps the system firmly in place.  There is still plenty of room in the compartment for switching out games.

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The Dreamcast kiosk is notorious for super loud exhaust fans.  I pulled out one of the fans to clean it, and due to age the plastic was brittle enough that it cracked.  It sounds like I have a great excuse to put in a quieter fan!  Just for reference, the original fan is a Comair Rotron Sprite Model SU2A5 and is 115 volts requiring AC power.

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Unfortunately, the kiosk didn’t come with the original plexiglass door.  Instead, mine came with a piece of hand-cut, flat acrylic.  I was curious what the original piece looked like, and the seller was able to show me one instantly.  Funny enough, he actually had two Dreamcast kiosks at the time!  Collectors are the best sort of nuts!  I photographed the original door in comparison to my replacement piece.  If you happen to have one of these for sale, please let me know.

Dreamcast Kiosk Plexiglass Door (5) Dreamcast Kiosk Plexiglass Door (4) Dreamcast Kiosk Plexiglass Door (3) Dreamcast Kiosk Plexiglass Door (1)

Regret is a powerful motivator for collectors.  After six years of kicking myself about “the one that got away,” my eyes have happy Dreamcast swirls as I gaze on my kiosk.

In case it isn’t already 100% clear, I love retro gaming advertising and display items!   If you or a friend have an old kiosk, promo sign, poster, etc, please let me know.  I’d love to take a look at it and to chat with you about it.

Happy retro gaming!

Rare Game Showcase: NES Test Station & a Fantastic Atari Display

Here are a few gems that sold on eBay recently…

Action 52 in Box with Manual (minus cover)  Sold for $290.11 USD on eBay.

Nintendo NES Test Station Sold March 12, 2011 for $430.92 USD on eBay.

Nintendo Game & Watch Green House Sold March 14, 2011 for £670.00 on eBay UK.

Store Showcase for Atari Game Cartridges Sold March 22, 2011 for $660.01 USD on eBay.  eBay seller moon-pies description.

Acrylic front, two sliding doors on back, Atari graphics on two sides, eight divided compartments inside that measure 5 5/8″ by 8 1/4″.

Made of fiberboard and particle board….it shows normal age and wear, though still in very good usable shape.  There are a few dings at the edges, scratches on the acrylic front, wear at the corners and the sliding doors are a little hard to slide at times.

The total measurements are 19 1/4″ high, 24 1/4″ wide and 9 1/2″ deep.

 

Rare Game Showcase: Nintendo M9 R.O.B. Store Display Unit

Behold the glory that is a possibly new-in-box M9…

Nintendo NES M9 Display Deluxe ROB

Up for auction here is an official Nintendo Entertainment System M9 Static Lighted Display.  I originally bought two of these many years ago.  I sold one of them at the beginning of 2010 and now I am selling the second and LAST unit.  I included a picture (last picture below) of my Nintendo collection to prove that I had two M9 units (THE GAMES AND SYSTEMS SHOWN IN THE LAST PICTURE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION).  These are extremely difficult to find, and this unit comes 100% complete in the original box.  Additionally, I don’t believe this unit was ever used as it is in excellent shape, as can be seen in the pictures below.

This display was to be used at around the debut of the Nintendo Entertainment System to showcase the Deluxe set, which included ROB the robot, Lightgun, Duckhunt, Gyromite, gaming console and additional hardware.

Local pick-up is welcome as this is a large and heavy item.

This would make an excellent gift for any Nintendo collector!  To ensure a safe delivery, packing materials will be placed inside of the display in order to add support to the contents and a box large enough to enclose the entire unit, including the original M9 box, will be used.  The dimensions of the original M9 cardboard box are approx. 38 x 24 x 23 inches.

I can honestly say that there are few NES items cooler than the M9 display unit.  It was used to demo the original NES setup with R.O.B.  Thank you eBay seller sprauketz for the fantastic photos and for sharing this gem with the collecting world at a starting bid of 99 cents!  It’ll be great to see how much this listing fetches in auction.  Reports are that the last one on eBay sold for about $4,000.00!

Rare Game Showcase: Sachen, Panesian, Mystique and other Obscure Games Distributors

Obscurity is the essence of collecting.  Sometimes it seems that the worse a game is, the more valuable it is to a collector.  After all, low production numbers mean future rarity.  Naturally, these fetch astounding prices on eBay.  Here are some of my favorites from the past couple weeks.

NES Sachen Full 67 Game Collection Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $3500.00 USD.

NES collectors are generally indifferent to the existence of Sachen games.  Their substandard gameplay and low distribution in the US means that most of us have never heard of their games.  Yes, Sachen’s games will generally play in a NTSC Nintendo; however, those few of us who have played a Sachen game will probably tell you that these are about as bad as the Action 52.

5 Zelda Games NES Gold Yellow Test Cartridge SNES RARE Sold Sept. 23, 2010 for $305.00 USD.

Vectrex Sean Kelly Multi-Cart 2.0 Rare 60+ games lot Sold Sept. 22, 2010 for $238.00 USD.

TurboGrafx 16 Bonk doll prototype one of a kind Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $394.99 USD.

This auction is for a one of a kind Bonk Doll prototype. It is hand made by an art director for TZD in the mid 90’s for a potential promotion campaign. It was never developed but stayed in the office of Turbo executives as decoration until I got it as a gift in the final days of TZD.  The left ear is showing some wear but can be fixed otherwise it is in great condition.

Nintendo Mario Mania Hanging Mobile Sign Display Sold Sept. 26, 2010 for $125.50 USD.

This was set up by Nintendo of America employees in department and toy stores as an advertisement. As you can see from the pictures it includes the original box from Nintendo of America in Redmond, Wa.

Nintendo NES Counter Tester Service Center Sold Sept. 26, 2010 for $305.00 USD.

The seller noted that the test unit had some issues:

Everything works. I tried all tests, and found them working. The RCA video/audio out only works when using “External Control Deck Inputs”, and the internal NES only outputs via RF/coax. The unit has some scratches in the black paint, but everything else is in good shape, especially for something 16 years old.

I’m sort of curious to know who would buy an adult video game back in the early 80s.  Then again, when haven’t geeks loved pixelated nudity?  One might say that Mystique was a pitiful video game distributor.  They didn’t sell nearly as many copies of their games in comparison to mainstream distributors.  There games were notoriously horrible to play and only seemed to have success because of the controversy surrounding their content.  Despite the fact that their games may have been garbage, as a video game collector, it’s hard not to take notice of obscure games like these.  Especially when they garner values in the multiple hundreds of dollars.

X-Man Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $461.78 USD.

Custer’s Revenge Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $76.00 USD.

Bachelor Party Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $35.00 USD.

Beat ’em and Eat ’em Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $70.00 USD.

Ironically, complete in box copies of some Panesian adult NES games also just appeared on eBay as well.

BUBBLE BATH BABES Nintendo NES – Rare/ADULT Video Game Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $610.00 USD.

HOT SLOTS Nintendo NES – Rare/Valuable/ADULT Video Game Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $586.87 USD.

Rare Game Showcase: Lifesized Metroid Samus Statue

It doesn’t get much better than having a full sized statue of your favorite video game character.  (If anyone out there has a life sized ToeJam & Earl, you’d be my personal hero…and I’d probably die in envy.)

First off, I love that the seller levelupvideogames started this auction at a penny.  That means we’ll get to see a fairly realistic value and, hopefully, some fevered bidding.  My only complaint about this auction is its geography.  The seller is located in the Netherlands, and this is a large item and will be expensive to ship.  Perhaps Samus comes with her  teleporter, which will magically deliver her to…hmmm.

Here’s a great description of the item dirrectly from the seller:

This is probably a “once in a lifetime” auction. There were only a handfull of these statues ever made, and exclusively made for Nintendo Europe to promote the first Metroid Prime Nintendo Gamecube game. Since we’re reorganising our shop and need the space she has to go.

Made by Studio Oxmox Australia for Nintendo Europe.  Very tough fiberglass material with iron connectors for arms, head and legs. When taken apart you have the following pieces: Head/Helmet, Arms left and right, Legs left and right and the torso. (Easier to ship when taken apart.) Putting her back together will take no more than 5 minutes and is not hard to do. The iron connectors are really firm and everything pieces together brilliantly. Looks very, very good. Real 1:1 scaled. They can’t get any better than this. After all these years she has been with us she’s still in very good condition, just some minor surface scuffs that were there when we bought her. The only things really noteworthy is a very small piece is gone (about 1cm) right above her knee (see photo). There’s a small hole on top of the left arm and some small damage in her neck. Most can be fixed easily by someone handy.
Please note that I do not have a stand!

Measures a massive size of 190 cm and weighs about 50kg fully assembled.

This is truly a nearly impossible to find item you’re bidding on, and deserves a true Nintendo/Metroid Collector.
Take this chance to own a masterpiece and a TRUE collectors item!