The best idea in the frickin’ universe is now a reality: Trapper Keeper iPad cases

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Back in January, a Seattle-based Etsy seller started mocking up iPad cases designed to look like Trapper Keepers, Mead’s line of brightly colored, wonderfully designed 80’s folders and binders for students. We promptly declared it the best idea in the frickin’ universe, and lamented that you couldn’t actually buy them, due to licensing issues.

Well, good news, fans. Official Trapper Keeper iPad cases are now here. But they’re honestly a little less cool than the mock-ups we saw before.

The official Trapper Keeper cases come from Kensington, who bought the rights from Mead and has used the iconic Trapper Keeper design to create a line of cases that will fit most 8-inch and 10-inch tablets. Looking just like their namesakes, each case is relatively cheap, costing just $24.99 for the 8-inch version and $29.99 for the 10-inch version. You’ll have to wait for the school year to start before you can get your hands on one, though: they won’t actually ship to customers until September.

Sadly, though, I find this a little bit disappointing in execution. They look like solid, well-made cases, but the charm of the Trapper Keeper line was always the crazy designs they’d license from outside artists like Lisa Frank, or movie franchises like Back to the Future or Transformers. Kensington couldn’t actually license these designs, so instead, all it got were the bland, more boring Trapper Keepers. I understand, but come on: give me my Lisa Frank tablet case already!

Although hey, at least we’ve got Pee Chee back.

  • Clif Blanchard

    Link above is broken “We promptly declared it the best idea in the frickin’ universe, and lamented that you couldn’t actually buy them, due to licensing issues.”
    Link should be:http://www.cultofmac.com/260979/trapper-keeper-ipad-case-best-idea-frickin-universe/

  • digitaldumdum

    “The best idea in the frickin’ universe is now a reality”

    Really? The best idea in the frickin’ universe? And here I thought the Tesla Sedan was pretty good.

    • LordQuad

      Tesla sedan is cool…but if you went to school in the 70/80s, Tesla was the dude that came up with alternating current. TrapperKeeper/PeeChee folders and organization? Sooooo much more. Think, iPhone, iPad and laptop of the day. We didn’t have portables so organization was up to YOU! Your notes, calendar and ability to stay organized. PeeChee/TKs were the iPhone and iPad of my day but you could actually scribble art on them to add to the already fascinating design and artists that ‘discreetly’ worked with the folder company. What a great find. Thanks for sharing! Tesla? Nah. Gimme a ¾ ton Diesel! I wanna be able to ‘use’ my rig for more than 130 milles of silent, fast travel. IE, hauling stuff;)

  • http://tomperconti.blogspot.com Tom Perconti

    I guess that I’m in the minority who thinks that corner elastic/straps to hold a tablet in place look goofy and tacky.

  • http://j.mp/Office2GO Juliana Fitzwater Julia

    Trapper Keepers were seriously the best part of going back to school.

  • if industries

    Our concept renderings were totally more radical.

    • Guest

      I would, without a doubt, pause or any thought about my finances, would buy a Trapper Keeper case for my iPad!

      Since I only currently have an iPad mini, I’d seriously even consider switching to a regular iPad JUST to be able to get & use these Trapper Keeper iPad cases that YOU make — UNLIKE the one that ACCO Brands is planning to release in September which is so bland/boring and limited with only 2 solid color options (Red for the 8 inch and Blue for the 10 inch)

      Unless Acco decides to sell Trapper Keeper iPad/tablet cases with at least some of the funky, psychedelic, pastels and other nostalgic prints from the 80s and 90s (like unicorns, rainbows, kittens, puppies, Lisa Frank, etc.) I would MUCH rather spend my money to buy a Trapper Keeper iPad case from you!!

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