Bit of an unusual subject, I guess, but might as well. Besides, if more people know about the Desktop Arcade Collection, then maybe more people will buy them, and more will get made, and maybe one day they’ll make a DDR one!
Jubeat Saucer from Konami’s 1/12 scale Desktop Arcade Collection. Normally, these have been prize figures, but Amiami thankfully sells them, if you can manage to catch them when they’re available. Unfortunately, they’re sold out right now. There’s apparently three different varieties of the DAC Jubeat, but the other two were only available in a three-pack, while Saucer was the only one made available individually.Not much of a fancy picture, but eh. Since I don’t live in Japan or a place blessed with any sort of decent arcade, I’ve never actually seen a Jubeat machine in person and had to look up some gameplay videos on Youtube. If you don’t feel like doing that (but you should), it’s another Konami rhythm game with the 16 square panels serving as both the display and input, it seems you just have to touch the squares as they light up during the song.
Like the earlier DAC’s, Jubeat has to be assembled. This is actually a bit of a difference from the more recent DAC’s of Guitar Freaks and Drummania, which barely required any assembly besides the stickers. Curiously, a few of Jubeat’s sections come assembled, though the instructions show you how to put them together anyways.
While the previous DAC’s used stickers and cardboard bits for embellishments, Jubeat adds some thin plastic bits, like this one that goes over top of the speaker. The assembly is not that good at staying in place, with the top of that frame slipping off easy and letting the plastic wafer bit go, so I might end up gluing it in place eventually.
The top with the screen is designed to be somewhat easily removable so you can swap out the backgrounds, one showing a title screen and the other showing gameplay. The screen backgrounds are plastic wafers as well, presumably to make them more durable than the cardboard of previous DAC’s since taking them out involves a bit of poking and digging. The 16 square panel can be lifted out of place for screen swapping without needing to remove any of parts of the arcade.
The fake wheels on the bottom are designed to be able to only go in one way and can’t rotate. The bottom also has the switch for the light-up feature and access to the battery case. Batteries were actually included!
The cardboard decoration is rather complicated. There are even a bunch of strips of adhesive on it so it will all go together and in theory you won’t need your own glue. I already had problems with some parts not staying together, though, so I’ve already added a bit of glue of my own.
And with the cardboard and all the stickers added on. A lot of the stickers are tiny, as they even go as far as replicating all of the various warning stickers arcade machines have. I’m not really sure how much I like the cardboard topper, though. Doesn’t really look that great, and because of the design of part where it’s supposed to be stuck on, it actually doesn’t go on very nicely.
Backside with more of those warning stickers. The quality of this Jubeat seems to be a bit less than previous DAC’s, with some parts not really fitting together too well. Nothing that can’t be easily fixed with a bit of glue, though.
A feature so far unique to Jubeat is this light-up feature. Nothing particularly fancy, just two LED lights on the inside that stay lit when the switch is on. At the moment I don’t know if the other two variants use different colors or not.
It turns out taking a decent picture of all my 1/12 arcades is actually a bit difficult, one even got hidden almost completely behind Jubeat. But I have (one variant of) each of the DAC’s released so far, as well as both of the kits made by Wave. I should use them for pictures more often…