I bought this case at the same time as the LeapPad2 Explorer and do not regret it. Gives good protection in a lively household. It also holds game cartridges and contains a stylus. The string handle enables my l5 yr old little grandson to carry it around. Well worth the additional cost.
With my son, a case for his Leapad was essential, and this one is great - it's very think and the Leapad feels like it will be safe inside it. He's had it 2 months and the Leapad is still working, so that says something!! I still think that, like the adapter and the rechargeable battery pack, this case should in the pack with the Leapad - I would happily have paid more to have them all arrive together (for less than the price of buying and shipping them all separately).
My son webt bananas when we got him a leappad but it quickly became apparent we would need a case for it when traveling. Bought this and its great! Had straps for loads of games (6 or 8, I can't remember) and a gap for a spare pen, but no strap to hold the leappad in so be careful when opening it. Very durable (as my rough-handed son has proven) and a great buy!
I bought this for my daughter's Christmas present to go with the LeapFrog she received for her birthday. It is great product that allows you to store the games inside the case as well as the leapfrog. Great for taking on holiday and toddler proof.