Remember ClayFighters? Probably not, but if you don’t, you’re missing out. ClayFighters was undoubtedly a fun fighting game where all the combatants were Claymation figures, morphing and pummeling the play-doh out of each other. Fighters like Blob, Taffy, the moderately-racist Kung Pow, and the unwittingly-terrifying Bonkers the Clown along with other crazy clay forms were all found in the sequel ClayFighters 63 1/3. Unfortunately the game was rushed to release, and therefore kinda sucked.
Interplay attempted to rectify this by releasing ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut, which added five new characters and cleaned up some of the loose ends found on 63 1/3, which is nice. Then they made the unusual decision to only release Sculptor’s Cut to Blockbuster Video stores for rental purposes. This explains three things:
→ Interplay is barely hanging on by a thread,
→ ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut is super rare, let alone in a box, and
→ The instruction booklet is even rarer, because everyone stole them from the games, so when people like ME got around to it, it was never there!
But if you got a few bucks lying around, you can put a bid on a copy of the instruction booklet to ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut in near mint condition on eBay. The current bid on the booklet thought amongst collectors to be one of the most rare in existence is only a mere $1,023.00. That’s a total bargain, considering another near-perfect copy sold earlier this year for $1,100.
For you newer generations of gamers, an “instruction booklet” taught us how to play a game before in-game hold-your-hand-like-a-toddler tutorials were around.