Coleco

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Coleco
Type Dormitus Brands holding company
Founded The Connecticut Leather Company
1932
Coleco Industries, Inc.
1961 (bankrupted and closed in 1988)
Coleco Holdings
2014
Headquarters West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Key people Maurice Greenberg, founder
Industry toys, video games
Products toys, video games
Employees not disclosed
Website https://coleco.com/

Coleco is a holding company owned by Dormitus Brands.

History

The Connecticut Leather Company was founded by Maurice Greenberg in 1932.

In 1961, they changed their name to Coleco Industries, Inc. They went bankrupt, their intellectual properties were sold off, and they closed in 1988.

In 2005, River West Brands, later known as Dormitus Brands, bought the rights to the Coleco brand. They established Coleco Holdings, a holding company for the Coleco brand, in 2014.

Products

They sold leather products and toys, as well as video games and video game consoles.

Video game systems by Coleco

Name Released Added to museum Notes
Telstar
Telstar Classic
Telstar Deluxe
Telstar Ranger
Telstar Alpha
Telstar Colormatic
Telstar Regent
Telstar Combat!
Telstar Galaxy
Telstar Gemini
Telstar Arcade
Telstar Sportsman
Telstar Colortron
Telstar Marksman
1976
1976
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1977
1978
1978
1978
Not yet Most are based on the General Instrument AY-3-8500 series "Pong on a chip".
Telstar Combat is based on the General Instrument AY-3-8700 Tank chip.
Telstar Arcade uses cartridges, but the games are still built-in. The cartridges simply allow the built-in games to play.
Tele-sports Mini 1977 Not yet The Radofin Tele-sports Mini was released in the United States by Coleco in 1977.
Electronic Quarterback 1978 Not yet Also released by Sears as Electronic Touchdown.
ColecoVision 1982 Not yet
Coleco Gemini 1983 2600: January: 1,: 2020 An Atari 2600 clone that was also released as an expansion for the ColecoVision (Expansion Module #1).
After a lawsuit, Atari and Coleco settled out of court and Coleco became a licensee of Atari's patents.
Coleco ADAM 1983 Not yet A home computer that was also released as an expansion for the ColecoVision (Expansion Module #3)
Coleco Sonic 2006 Not yet A handheld game console that contained 20 built in Sega Master System and Game Gear games.