Rare Konami Reproduction Boxes, any interest?

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By onetunafish

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25-05-2013, 16:13

Absolutely not and I have zero interest in doing that. And if you ever see a sealed Mint Frogger or Magical Tree (or any other msx game really) for an outrageous price, please please don't buy it, 99.9% is not an original. Here a quick story, I started my collection collection back in 2007. I started with loose games and having all konami carts that way is not that difficult. Then I've decided to "upgrade" and go for a japanese boxed collection. I've reached a point where a handful of games were missing:

- Frogger, Magical Tree, Comic Bakery, Time Pilot, Video Hustler and Athletic Land.

Except maybe for Athletic Land, the other ones are super hard to come by and when they do prices are off the charts. I for one had my share of insanity paying crazy prices for Cabbage Patch Kids and the ShinSizer, but I'm done with that. One day I found the work of Riccardo-Konami on flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/35295132@N07/with/3458642828/ which is quite impressive, but if you want to print them you will quickly find that those boxes as great as they are, won't look anything like the original ones. I'm a graphic designer and I've decided to try and make my own, just to see how good I could do it.

My first project was Magical Tree as I was able to find decent scans for it. Printing scans of course isno good, so my method was the good old redrawing of the entire artwork from scratch in a vector format. It was an imense and tedious amount of work and I almost gave up a few times. But I'm glad I didn't. The result (to me anyway) is incredible. It is so good that I no longer look for any of those games on ebay, yaj, here or anywhere else.

There are quite a few loose carts for these games floating around and the whole reason for this post was that maybe another collector out there would enjoy having a box for it. Or not, which I'm fine with as well. And if there is, I'd make sure to personalize that box, so it wouldn't end on ebay costing a fortune passing as an original.

At the end of the day, very few people in the world would care that much about cardboxes for MSX games. There were some really fast requests for the source files though.

I'm tired of writing.

ED!

By Akiguchi

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25-05-2013, 18:30

Where do you get those black plastic inner boxes that hold the cartridges?

By onetunafish

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25-05-2013, 18:49

Hey Aki!

those cribs are quite common on easy to find games like soccer and such.

By Manuel

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25-05-2013, 22:51

onetunafish: Wow, very impressive, what an amazing work... I'm also interested to see those vector versions Smile How many did you do? It must have taken you weeks or months to (re)create each one of them.

By onetunafish

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26-05-2013, 00:30

Hey Manuel!

First thank you! Magical Tree took 40h+ spread over a few months. I have about 8 different prototypes for Magical Tree alone and funny enough my local printer made a mistake with scaling at one point and I ended up with 2 gigantic boxes. I believe they show up in the video.

The boxes for the other games (Frogger, Time pilot, Video Hustler, Comic Bakery) are protos and still need some work done to them. Moving forward I plan on making boxes for the EC700 and the never released konami games. There are some boxes falling apart in my collection that I might do as well.

Cheers, ED!

By o.geerdink

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27-05-2013, 12:39

you can download those games as rom and play it on emulators why care about the boxes FFS LOL!

By onetunafish

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27-05-2013, 13:32

Can you download a ROM and place it on your shelf next to the other downloaded roms? Smile

It is a collector thing, only collectors would care really. I for one love those boxes.

By o.geerdink

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27-05-2013, 14:25

MSX must be used, not collected!

By onetunafish

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27-05-2013, 15:10

MSX must be used and collected!

By Pablibiris

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27-05-2013, 15:13

I'm user and collector Smile
But I colllect only ORIGINAL boxes Smile This boxes can be used to protect the cartridges,but dont to collect.
Therefore I can't spend that money on these boxes..is not a collector item Smile
But thanks for the work

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