I could have put this in the Noteworthy Auctions thread, but decided this is an odd enough item to give it its own thread. Check out this auction…
In the past 4-5 years, this is only the second hard shell case I have seen like this on Ebay. It’s made by a company called Travel Master and it’s clearly for the virtual Boy. Aside form not having the VB sticker on it, it looks EXACTLY like the Blockbuster case. Only, it appears that the usual VB sticker wouldn’t even fit. I’d venture to guess that they probably made the Blockbuster ones as well. Does anyone have any more info on these things? I wouldn’t think they would have been produced for the open market, but I could be wrong. Maybe they were another one of those items that didn’t quite make it to the shelf before the VB was pulled off. I decided I wanted it, so I bid/won the auction. I could use another case for one of my extra units anyway. I’ll post some close-up pictures as soon as I get it in the mail.
Hmm, looks like both pictures are of different cases o_O I bet this isn’t a vb case.
No, it IS a vb case. The last one I saw on ebay looked exactly the same as this and had better pictures. Anyway, if it is not exactly as described, I can always give negative feedback and request a refund. 🙂 I’m quite certain this is no scam. As I said, I’ll post pictures when I get it.
Ok, keep us informed 🙂
Hey Bill…when did you join this forum?
lol anyway, send me some pics at firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know whats worse, the fact that there is a hardcase version I never knew about, or the fact you got it for $20. 🙁
…Oh well, nice find! :vbsmile:
“Hey Bill…when did you join this forum? ”
I have posted here off and on for the past couple of years. I was using the handle “Sir William” for a while. I decided to stick with Opeth since I use that name on other forums. I’ll send some pics as soon as I can 😀
LBA- Yeah, the last one I saw go up sold for a low amount as well. I’m guessing because more people like the one from Block Buster better due to the actual VB sticker on it. To me, this one seems like more of an odd ball item.
Hey KR155E, I am emailing you some nice pics of this case right now. They are high res pics, but feel free to resize them and use them on your site. The pics are so good, it may give you a reason to update 😛
Ok, nevermind. I tried to email them to email@example.com, but it didn’t work. I got some error message back. Perhaps the file size is too large?
hmm, I should be able to receive up to 1 gig. maybe try firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Ok, it seems to have gone through to that one. Let me know 🙂
Ok, I here is a copy of the exact email I sent to KR155E…
First pics (top view).
From this veiw, they both appear to be quite the same aside from the labels.
Second pics (label close-ups).
The dimensions of the stickers on each case are different. Each case has a slight indentation on the top that is specific to its sticker/label size.
Third pics (corner shot to show border detail).
Here, we see another slight difference. It may be hard to tell from the photos, but the “border” on the Block Buster case (top) is slightly raised. Whereas the border on the Travel Master case is actually indented.
Fourth pics (Inside shot of the top).
Notice that the Block Buster case (top) has a section of the foam cut out so that an abbreviated set of instructions could be placed there. The Travel Master case does not have this. Other than that, they are identical. This almost makes me wonder if the Travel Master one was either going to be produced for the common consumer, or perhaps it was a proto type of sorts to show Block Buster how the case would look. I have searched all over the internet and can’t find any info on the company that produced this case. My guess is that they maybe changed names, or they no longer exist.
Fifth pics (inside the case).
Here is the inside portion of the bottom. Again, the top photo is of the Block Buster case. The only difference here is the small sections of foam on the Block Buster case that show wear. (I took my VB out to take the pics). Other than that small detail, they are perfectly identical.
Sixth and final set of pics (to show similar markings).
The above pictures are what lead me to believe that these two “different” cases were made by the same company. Now, anyone with enough common sense knows that most plastic products are created by using molds. That being said, if a mold has a slight blemish or marking in it, it will show up in every copy of the product that is made. If two different companies are producing the same product, then they are clearly using their own molds. Two molds form two different companies are not going to be exactly the same.
Both cases share many very similar markings. I could take more pics of other such markings, but why waste my time? 😛 All this leads up to my conclusion that both cases were made at the same place, and by the same molds. Again, the top pic is of the Block Buster case.
How many cases were made that say Travel Master? I have no clue. Was the Tavel Master case meant to be purchased by consumers that wanted a case more sturdy than the soft Performance case? The answer evades me. Was this just a sort of “sample” case to show Block Buster what they could produce for their rental units? Your guess is as good as mine. If anyone has answers (especially ones they can back up), do tell!
Note: Sorry some of the pics are different sized. I uploaded them to my Photo Bucket account and it must have resized them a little funny.
You sent that to me too ^_^
Anyway, this is what I think about the “travel master” case. I think it was manufactured and sold for the consumer market. Unlike the blockbuster one, that was only available if you rented a VB or bought one from blockbuster.
Right. But if that is the case (no pun intended), they must not have made many. Other than this one, I have only ever seen one other on eBay.
Thanks Bill! Will add it soon.
Hey, sweet deal 🙂
My little contribution to the VB community.
Ok, I just did some digging around on google. This is all the info I could come up with.
If you read a few paragraphs down, you will notice a small section about Southern Case.
Southern Case, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been a supplier of hard shell plastic cases to several camcorder manufacturers including Sharp, Canon, Panasonic and JVC.
According to Ron Stringari, consumer relations representative for the firm, Southern uses blow-molded double-walled high density polyethylene to construct their cases. “There’s an inside wall, an outside wall, and a cushion of air in between–as well as foam padding on the inside.”
Stringari says Southern designs their cases to withstand temperatures “down to 40 degrees below zero.” They come with a lifetime warranty against “cracking, peeling, and breaking.”
In addition to the cases it makes for the electronics industry, Southern sells directly to the consumer market under the Travelmaster label. “”
This sort of answers a couple questions for us. We know that TravelMaster is a division of Southern Case and manufactures items directly for the consumer market. We can also assume that they made the cases for the Block Buster rental units as well. The only question that remains is how many were produced for “consumer use”? I still can’t find a direct link anywhere for this company. If I happen to find one, I’ll email them with a couple of questions.
Ah, yeah, that explains much. I wonder if that case is for VB at all, maybe the lower foam form was actually taken from a blockubuster case and put in the TravelMaster one by someone? Note that it does not say Virtual Boy anywhere.
A lot of third-party travel cases for consoles don’t have the console names on them either. Then again, it seems they made the same cases for Blockbuster WITH the sticker. Maybe Nintendo didn’t allow the use of their logo on the version for the general public.
I was wondering if anybody on here knows about how much a Travel Master carrying case for the Virtual Boy is worth or what the highest price was that anyone has ever seen one sell for. Also, if you don’t know the answers to these questions, you could simply state how much the case is worth to you.
I just recently found out about the case and its supposed rarity and then found out that a Virtual Boy itself along with the Travel Master case was up for auction on Ebay for only $40 U.S. Dollars, and it seems that it didn’t sell. I didn’t find out about the auction until it was already over, and I haven’t seen one for sale since, so I couldn’t get my hands on one.