Like all Nintendo products, this one pretty much just refuses to die, but if it does, it is usually due to outside sources. If you have a broken one, GREAT! If not, you can pick one up at a local vintage game store, flea market, or even eBay for varying prices.
This was my second prototype, and I am still using it to this day. It is an amazing little guy and everyone loves it. Everyone that owns one enjoys it and claim that it's lead to conversations that end up in good memories. How can you argue with that?
Seriously. How? We all love our childhood video game memories. Probably with an exception of a few games. Especially those terrible ones that you rented on Friday and were stuck with over the weekend. I'll never forgive LJN for that X-Men game!! NEVER! NEVER!!! I...
Ok. Sorry about that. I've employed Wheeljack, the Autobot Engineer to walk you guys through this so I can...um...go do research in the game room.
Step 1: What You'll Need!!
The joystick can be picked up off of eBay for a fairly cheap price, just watch out for the shipping. I suggest looking locally first.
The Lampshade and Bottle Lamp Kit can be located at Lowes. You can also, of course find them online.
The Krazyglue that is applied with a brush, is a must. There will be untold messes, I've not seen since the battle of Tyger Pax if not!
Step 2: The Four Footed Abomination!
"It is slow, but you need to be patient and careful. You need the feet, but you need your fingers more. Ask Michael what happens when he get's in a rush with the X-Acto."
Step 3: A Whole Lot of (un)screwing! Part One.
"Don't forget to save these screws. If they're particularly rough, there are a few more you can trade out on the inside..."
Step 4: The Easiest Way to Avoid Smashing Your Fingers.
Step 5: A Whole Lot of (un)screwing. Part Two
Step 6: Very Carefully Now...
"Just take a flat head screwdriver and go in under it at this point right here, exactly. Work it back and forth, slowly prying it up. Be careful, the middle has the control pieces for the button that is attached to the shell, and we do not want to damage it."
Step 7: Now, Gut It!
"From there, we shall remove the white supports and then the legs. Get them as close to the base as possible."
Step 8: Button Pusher!
Step 9: Removing the Joystick and Spring!
Step 10: Button Placements
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"You possibly want to wash the parts in hot, soapy water. They ARE from the 1980s."
"Teletraan, access database Advantage02 and reference an image of the buttons and their locations from the backside of the shell and identify."
Step 11: Now You Can Begin to Glue Them Into Place...
"The trick is to brush the glue around the top of the edge, and then place it into the button's socket. You can hold it, and flip it over to adjust the placement for a few seconds, any more and it tacks up. Apply pressure to the button as it dries. Be careful you do not glue your fingers to the buttons!"
"Let each button dry fully before moving onto the next."
<These edges right here, human.>
Step 12: The Slider Button & You...
"The application of glue is unique on this, because we glue around the button socket on the shell, then apply and slide it to our selected player."
"In this case, we're going to go for Player Two."
"When we're finished, it will look like this."
Step 13: The Lamp Kit
<Your inventory should be the following, Wheeljack...>
Step 14: Assembly...
Step 15: Assembly, Continued.
Step 16: Adding & Trimming the Rubber Grommet.
"After that, use the X-Acto knife to trim it. It doesn't have to be perfect. It will be a rough go. Just apply pressure and work your way down and around. Be patient and be careful. Doing this while it is on the nipple allows a grip and stationary force to cut it against. "
Step 17: Applying the Undercarriage and Pulling the Wire Through..
Step 18: Secure It Into Place!
"While supporting from the other side, start screwing the socket base onto the nipple. You want it snug, but not tight enough to bend the check ring."
Step 19: Tying That Ever Important Underwriter's Knot!
"It is fairly straight forward, and the instructions that are included has a diagram, but it may be a bit rough to follow. Just pull the cable through and split it like so."
"From there, all you need to do is arch them out, and loop them, placing the opposing end through the sibling's hoop. It can be tricky, don't be afraid to practice a bit. It doesn't need to be nice and tight until after you've connected it to the lamp's socket switch. Then you can choke up on it and work it up toward the base of the socket switch and then pull it snug."
Step 20: Finishing Touches?
"After it is completely situated, take the cardboard insulated housing and slide it over top and into place. You will have to press with some significant force to lock it. You will be able to tell it is locked when you hear an audible click."
Step 21: Strain Vs Resistance
Step 22: All Your Base Are Attached...
"Once that is complete, it should fit all snug like back into the shell. From there, screw in the six black screws you removed, making sure they are nice and tight."
"Once that is done, it's time for the rubber feet. Most of the time you can just stick them back on with a bit of pressure. If for some reason it will not stay, brush on a little super glue and then place it. Remember, they go in each corner!"
Step 23: Finishing Touches!
"Just screw in your Appliance Bulb. Make sure it is in the 40watt range!"
"Now, clip the lampshade on. Make sure the lampshade is free of all stickers. This will heat up rather fast, and could be a fire hazard if you missed the tag on the inside of the shade's harness."
Step 24: Now Light Our Darkest Hour!!!
"If you've ran afoul of any trouble, feel free to message, and we'll help walk you through it best we can!"
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