Yeah I always wondered about the build on those controllers. If worst came to worse though, one could always just replace the buttons and sticks that it comes with assuming they use standard sizes. At least all the wiring and what not would already be done.
So I got my Blast City today. I uhh, don't really know how I feel about it. Hahahaha.
Well, one, it's more beat up than I thought it would be. I know I'm not going to find one in amazing shape, especially not for a fair price, but still, it was in worse shape than I thought. When I was riding home with it I was kind of thinking "Maybe I shouldn't have done this." It smells pretty bad too. It's actually not even in the house.
I drove home from the Pocono mountains this afternoon. I expected to get home earlier and clean up down here to make room for it, but I hit bad traffic. Told the buyer I'd be at his place by 3, so I literally only had time to eat a quick sandwich and leave. So anyway, when we were bringing it back we realized we needed a hand truck to get it down into here. Well since it was such a mess down here (I have stuff pulled out trying to gather items for this yard sale I'm doing) the thing smells so bad, and because I don't have anything to play on it, I just decided to throw it into the garage for now.
The first thing I did was take a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to it. That actually really helped bring it back to life pretty quickly believe it or not. The guy put some new sticks and stuff on here but I don't know why he didn't really take the time to clean the thing off. It had lots of just stains and dirt all over it. The coin slot was nasty. I removed that and cleaned it up and it helped a lot.
There are some serious scuffs on the sides of the unit. Like it looks like it got caught in some door ways. There are various other scuffs too. I plan on buying some paint for it and trying to cover them up. There isn't much I can do about the Blast City side art being scuffed. I guess if I really wanted to, down the road I could make new side art, but that would be really down the road.
The speakers are kinda dented in as well. The guy said he painted them, but it looks like he just took a brush over them really quick. You can tell because the holes on the speakers are filled in. I'm almost wondering if I could just dip these things into some sort of paint thinner, removed the paint job and do it myself somehow. The burn in on the screen is a little worse than I thought too, but it looks okay when everything is up and running.
So I mean, I'm not completely thrilled with this thing. I didn't expect it to be in 100% awesome shape, but I guess I expected it to be a bit better. Still, it is kinda cool having a Blast City out there. Like I said, the quick job I did with the magic eraser already helped things out big time. There are some ugly pealed stickers on there too. I took one off with Goof Off and it looked good, so I plan on getting the rest with it. It just needs a bit more care than I expected it to.
Here are some shots of it in my garage