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The Visions of Coleco Part 1

October 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 124 - The Visions of Coleco Part 1

 

We look at the Connecticut Leather Company otherwise known as Coleco!  We see how a simple company starting with leather goods transformed into a toy company that spanned multiple generations.  Coleco started exploring electronic toys with games like electric football.  They found themselves uniquely suited to take advantage of the coming Pong on a chip craze.  With their early entry allowing them to outpace the competition when the chip shortage struck.  However due to complications Coleco decided to pull out of video games after the Pong fad started to fade.

 

Howdy Doody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=674LDaMpDnU

Eagle Toys Hockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUlDXHXNCYs

Coleco Electric Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8y0_XVnCII

Electric Football Mini Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMyaWCroBg8

TCW 051 - Sons of Pong: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sons-of-pong/
Coleco Telstar Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ9iGNSjwWo

RF Modulators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOS2j2cUyo8
TCW 027 - The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-patent-lawsuits-friday-september-16-2016-1003-am/
Jai-Alai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5iQcnIRMa8

Coleco Telstar Colormatic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sunfn3zkKQ
Coleco Telstar Ranger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaRcdOfWawk
Coleco Telstar Galaxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS_zZZL9ynE

Coleco Telstar Combat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE0pBEipkjQ

Coleco Telstar Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0AqMUySRG0

Coleco Telstar Arcade Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGXc15cgzhw

Coleco Telstar Marksman Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfAAamT_vwY

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

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