This was actually released last year to mark the 25th anniversary of PlayStation. And yes, it is absolutely weird to be buying a ‘PlayStation’ that is not only 2/5 the size of the original and also, can’t play games.
That’s not to mention that you have to assemble it. The Bandai Best Hit Chronicle 2/5 PlayStation (SCPH-1000) faithfully reproduces the design and details of the console that started it all.
It includes a replica of the internal hardware, such as the optical unit, as well as sockets, controller, memory card, and a clear ‘game disc’. Both the disc and the memory card can be inserted into the ‘machine’ just like the real-deal. So is the controller.
I should be happy as the original PS has a special place in my heart. But if I wanted a small PlayStation, I’d be better off buying the PlayStation Classic, a miniaturized version of the original PS, but totally playable.
I will forgive the scale model for its existence if it is scale to some action figure, but it is just way too big for most action figures out in the market.
Bandai Best Hit Chronicle 2/5 PlayStation (SCPH-1000) is not alone, though. There’s also a 2/5 size Sega Saturn too.
As it was a product from last year, it will be quite hard to locate one at this point. But in case you are interested, you can out your name down with HobbyLink Japan. Restocking date is, however, unknown. Also, it is possibly the most affordable “PlayStation” at a little over 21 bucks.
Images: Bandai [JP].