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Coleco (1932 - 1989) was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as "Connecticut Leather Company". It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s, known for its mass-produced version of Cabbage Patch Kids and, to a lesser extent, for its video game consoles Coleco Telstar and ColecoVision. Image File history File links Colecologo. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... USPS stamp depicting the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s. ... The Telstar is a video game console produced by Coleco which first went on sale in 1976. ... The ColecoVision was Coleco Industries second generation home video game console, released in August, 1982. ...

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Coleco orginially sold leather supplies to shoemakers. This led to a business in leather craft kits in the 1950s which led to the sale of plastic wading pools in the 1960s. The leather part of the business was then sold off. The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st of December, 1959. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


Under CEO Arnold Greenberg, the company entered the video game console business with the Telstar in 1975. Dozens of companies were introducing game systems that year after Atari's successful Pong console. Nearly all of these new games were based on General Instrument's "Pong-on-a-chip". However, General Instrument had underestimated demand, and there were severe shortages; but Coleco had been one of the first to place their order, and as a result was one of the few companies to receive their full order. Though dedicated game consoles did not last long on the market, thanks to their early order Coleco was able to break even. Arnold Greenberg is an American businessman best known as the CEO of Coleco in the 1970s and 1980s. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Console wars. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Pong redirects here. ... General Instrument (GI) was a diversified electronics manufacturer which specialised in semiconductors and cable television equipment. ... The breakeven point in economics is the point at which cost or expenses and income are equal - there is no net loss or gain, one has broken even. The point at which a firm or other economic entity breaks even is equal to its fixed costs divided by its contribution...


While the dedicated game console market was short lived, Coleco continued to do well in electronics. They transitioned next into handheld electronic games, a market popularized by Mattel. Coleco produced two very popular lines of games, the "head to head" series of two player sports games, and the mini-arcade series of licensed video arcade titles. Mattel Inc. ...

The ColecoVision video game console
The ColecoVision video game console

Coleco returned to the video game console market in 1982 with the launch of the ColecoVision. While the system was quite popular, Coleco hedged their bet on videogames by introducing a line of game cartridges for the Atari 2600 and Mattel Intellivision. They also introduced the Coleco Gemini, a clone of the popular Atari 2600. Image File history File linksMetadata Colecovision. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Colecovision. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The ColecoVision was Coleco Industries second generation home video game console, released in August, 1982. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... The Intellivision was a video game console released by Mattel in 1980; development of the console began in 1978 (less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the legendary Atari 2600 aka the Atari VCS). ... The Coleco Gemini was a Atari 2600 clone manufactured by Coleco. ...


When the video game business began to implode in 1983, it seemed clear that video games were being replaced by home computers. Coleco's strategy was to introduce the Coleco Adam home computer, both as a stand-alone system and as an expansion module to ColecoVision. This effort failed, in large part because Adams were often unreliable. The Adam flopped; Coleco withdrew from electronics early in 1985. Memory console and keyboard for Coleco Adam computer expansion for the Colecovision The Coleco Adam was a home computer, an attempt in the early 1980s by American toy manufacturer Coleco to follow on the success of its ColecoVision game console. ...


Also in 1983, Coleco released the Cabbage Patch Kids series of dolls which were wildly successful. In 1986, they introduced an ALF plush, as well as a talking version and cassette-playing "Storytelling ALF" doll. But the staggering success of the dolls wasn't enough to stem the tide of red ink that had begun with the launch of the Adam computer. In 1988, the company filed bankruptcy. USPS stamp depicting the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s. ... Alf: The Animated Series and Alfs Hit Talk Show For other uses, see ALF (disambiguation). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The reorganized Coleco sold off all of its North American assets and outsourced thousands of jobs to foreign countries, closing plants in Amsterdam, New York, and other cities. In 1989, the assets of Coleco were purchased by Hasbro. [1] Amsterdam, New York is the name of two locations in Montgomery County, New York. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


In 2005, River West Brands, a Chicago-based brand revitalization company, re-introduced Coleco ( www.coleco.com ) and Coleco Vision into the marketplace. In late 2006, this new company introduced the Coleco Sonic, a Coleco-branded handheld containing 20 Sega 8-bit Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear titles. The Coleco Sonic is a handheld game console released in 2006 by Coleco. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ...


Coleco toy lines with wikipedia articles

See also: List of ColecoVision games Memory console and keyboard for Coleco Adam computer expansion for the Colecovision The Coleco Adam was a home computer, an attempt in the early 1980s by American toy manufacturer Coleco to follow on the success of its ColecoVision game console. ... Alf: The Animated Series and Alfs Hit Talk Show For other uses, see ALF (disambiguation). ... USPS stamp depicting the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s. ... The ColecoVision was Coleco Industries second generation home video game console, released in August, 1982. ... The Coleco Gemini was a Atari 2600 clone manufactured by Coleco. ... The Coleco Sonic is a handheld game console released in 2006 by Coleco. ... Electronic Quarterback Electronic Quarterback was a handheld electronic game made by Coleco in 1978. ... Rambo is a saga of popular action films starring Sylvester Stallone, based on the characters created by David Morrell in his novel First Blood. ... Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion was a line of action figures released by Coleco in 1984. ... Starcom: The U.S. Space Force is an animated syndicated series in the 1980s that spawned a successful motorized toy line franchise in Europe and Asia for Mattel, despite its failures to succeed in its U.S. domestic market. ... The Telstar is a video game console produced by Coleco which first went on sale in 1976. ... This is a list of games for the ColecoVision game system, organized alphabetically by name. ...


References in popular media

  • On The Simpsons episode Lisa Gets an "A", the ever unsuccessful salesman Gil tries to unload all his old Coleco Adams on Springfield Elementary School, before exclaiming "Now, lets talk rust-proofing. These Colecos'll rust up on ya like that! Shut up, Gil, close the deal!".
  • On the Family Guy Episode I Take Thee Quagmire, Peter's free maid Joan pulls a Colecovision out of Peter's navel.
  • In the song 'Devil Without a Cause' by Kid Rock, rapper Joe C says he has "more game than Coleco."
  • During one episode of South Park, Kenny's father states, "We got a Colecovision hooked up to the black and white"; to the puzzlement of his friends. Cartman went far enough as to say: "Oh my god, this is like a Third-world country."
  • In the song 'Skew It on the Bar-B' by OutKast, rapper AndrĂ© 3000 says "I'm sorry like Atari who's the cousin to Coleco / Vision caught a Rico, back on the street like Chico."
  • A track is named "Colecovision" on the album "Man Overboard" by Canadian rapper Buck 65.
  • In an Everybody Hates Chris episode, Greg states that he is going to be getting a Colecovision for Christmas.

Lisa Gets an A is the seventh episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ... This article contains a list of recurring characters from The Simpsons with descriptions. ... Springfield Elementary School In the television series The Simpsons, Springfield Elementary School is the name of the school that Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson and their fellow students attend. ... I Take Thee Quagmire is an episode from the fourth season of FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums along side his rap/hard rock/country band, Twisted Brown Trucker. ... Performing at Woodstock 99 Joseph Calleja (November 9, 1974 – November 16, 2000), better known as Joe C. was an American rapper. ... South Park is a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about four fourth grade school boys who live in the small town of South Park, Colorado. ... OutKast is an American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... André 3000 (born André Benjamin on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American rapper, hip hop producer and actor. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...

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Coleco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (592 words)
Coleco was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as "Connecticut Leather Company" to sell leather supplies to shoemakers.
While the system was quite popular, Coleco hedged their bet on videogames by introducing a line of game cartridges for the Atari 2600 and Mattel Intellivision.
In 1989, the assets of Coleco were purchased by Hasbro.
Coleco Adam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (809 words)
The Coleco Adam was a home computer, an attempt in the early 1980s by American toy manufacturer Coleco to follow on the success of its Colecovision game console.
Since Coleco made the unusual decision of using the printer to supply power to the entire Adam system, if the printer broke, none of the system worked.
The problems with the Adam nearly drove Coleco to bankruptcy, and the Adam was discontinued in 1985, less than two years after its introduction.
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