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tacohead
04-19-2008, 04:48 PM
Hi everyone,

I was down in the bat cave and came across two unique items I own from the first Xbox days. They appear to be official Microsoft XBox 1 faceplates. They are numbered 2 and 4. I know very little about them other than they are very hard to come by which is why I snatched up the 2nd one when I had the chance. I'm assuming that there are at least 4 variants just due to the numbering on the boxes. Do any of you have any information on these XB1 plates? Do any of you own some of these XB1 plates. And most importantly... if you have plates I don't, would you be willing to sell? Here are pix of my 2 plates. Enjoy!

http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/boxes.jpg
http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/2 and 4.jpg
http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/toon.jpg
http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/opart.jpg

tacohead
04-19-2008, 04:49 PM
Here is the paperwork inside:

http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/instructions.jpg
http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/notice.jpg

kdub1982
04-19-2008, 04:52 PM
those are quite interesting

UNV Superkid
04-19-2008, 07:30 PM
sorry i have never seen them but they are really neat!!

Nato King-XBA
04-19-2008, 07:47 PM
Yeah they are pretty cool. I don't know nothing about them.

SpaceGhost2K-XBA
04-19-2008, 09:28 PM
Fascinating. Totally new to me.

JakofallAces
04-19-2008, 10:20 PM
wow so it was a old concept for microsoft to put faceplates on consoles interesting i wonder what else Ms has been hiding away in tacos and such secluded places

Naruto292
04-20-2008, 03:28 AM
wow super

gameking28
04-20-2008, 03:41 AM
Those are cool, but I'm skeptical about them being official. I've never heard anything about them and the photo of the instructions doesn't have any kind of MS markings or logos, aside from the official website. The website for the email address (xbpr.com) no longer exists too. I think you may have some high quality aftermarket plates there.
But who knows - MS did all kinds of stuff to try to get Japanese gamers into the Xbox that never appeared in the west. This could be one of them. :confused: A cool find none the less!

JakofallAces
04-20-2008, 11:10 AM
wow super

welcome and who the heck r u:D

JarkMan
04-20-2008, 03:15 PM
those are nice but i dont think they are microsoft brand cause if they were i would have seen em around during the XB1 era but i think they are a 3rd party company in japan that makes them

tacohead
04-20-2008, 05:41 PM
I googled the e-mail address and came up with one hit:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.xbox.com/ja-JP/press/release/20031030.htm&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dkisekaex%2540xbpr.com%26hl%3Den

It's a press release from 2003 at the official Microsoft Xbox Japan site. I think the plates were part of a contest or special promotion maybe.

tacohead
04-20-2008, 05:48 PM
Finally! Got some real info! There were 6 from the 2003 Tokyo Game Show!

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/game/docs/20031030/xbox.htm&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=2&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dkisekaex%2Bxbox%26hl%3Den

tacohead
04-20-2008, 05:50 PM
http://209.85.135.104/translate_c?hl=en&u=http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/game/docs/20030926/ms.htm&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dkisekaex%2Bxbox%26hl%3Den

SpaceGhost2K-XBA
04-20-2008, 08:38 PM
Dude, if you can track those down, I'm going to recommend you as a replacement for Sherlock Holmes.

JakofallAces
04-20-2008, 09:25 PM
Dude, if you can track those down, I'm going to recommend you as a replacement for Sherlock Holmes.

or that woman from The Closer.....on a second thought sherlock homes is better

gameking28
04-20-2008, 10:51 PM
Wow that's awesome! Man, good work looking all that up! :D

UNV Superkid
04-21-2008, 08:30 AM
that is insane!!, i have to ask how did you manage to find these awesome pieces?

moltenluv
04-21-2008, 10:33 AM
Hey! Where did all the pics go? I wanna see too. Awww man I feel left out, all I get are those stupid little red X's letting me know that I can't view the pics. Dang it!

Ry
04-21-2008, 11:59 AM
Hey! Where did all the pics go? I wanna see too. Awww man I feel left out, all I get are those stupid little red X's letting me know that I can't view the pics. Dang it!
I can still see them, are you at work?

tacohead
04-21-2008, 12:11 PM
Pix are back up - had an issue with my hosting service earlier today. Here are some more from the net:

http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/all6.jpg
http://www.lowdown411.com/collection/tokyo2003.jpg

Looks like there were 2000 total produced. Here is an article on the set:
http://xbox.ign.com/articles/457/457247p1.html

SpaceGhost2K-XBA
04-21-2008, 01:50 PM
If they really did make 2000 of them, it shouldn't be impossible to get a set. Tough, yeah, but not like if they were one-offs.