It was in mid-April 2013 that it all started innocently enough. A former SEGA employee posted some screenshots online of a little-known SEGA console that he obtained during his time with the company. The SEGA Pluto was essentially a Saturn that had a Netlink installed, making it Internet ready right out of the box.
At the time, we thought it might be the only one in existence, but, just days later, another Pluto surfaced. Robert Vega purchased it for only a dollar at a flea market and looked to sell it again and again and again, but to no avail, at least the last time we checked.
Now, it appears that a resin/model SEGA Pluto is up for auction on eBay … for $10,000!
Seller sophiemillo wrote, “My husband saved it from being thrown away while working at Sega. He thought it was super cool and rare and was ultimately given to him instead of being discarded.”
Keep in mind, this Pluto “model” doesn’t actually work. “There are two mock controller ports, mock power, reset and open buttons, mock power cable port and mock video ports as shown in the pictures,” the description reads. “The top mock lid can be removed showing the material that was used for this model.”
The seller has 100 percent positive feedback and is located in California, where the previous Pluto was found and the home of SEGA of America’s headquarters, so it could conceivably be legit, but as there are no official markings on the system other than a SEGA Saturn sticker slapped on the disc tray, it might be impossible to verify its legitimacy.
And even if it were entirely legit, there’s no way in Sam Hill I would pay $10,000 for a non-functional mock prototype. What do you guys think, legit or no?