Posted by marc May 17, 2016
Astro City Model Kit

Did you know that arcade cabinets in Japan are totally different from those in the West? Over here, they're big ugly wooden contraptions with joysticks and buttons meant for controlling construction equipment, not video games. Over in Japan, they're compact, plastic, and feature controls specifically for gaming. These sit-down cabinets are known as candy cabs. One of the most famous candy cab is SEGA's Astro City, with an iconic green and purple color scheme and very cool silhouette. While a real (and used) Astro City goes for about $800 plush shipping, you can grab a 1/12 scale version for about $30. The parts snap together, no glue required. A sticker sheet lets you add graphics from SEGA's '90s arcade hits, Virtua Fighter​, Fighting Vipers, and Dynamite Deka. And it even comes with a single player 3-button control panel as well as a two-player 6-button panel. You can pre-order one from Play-Asia here.

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