Retro Unboxing of the ColecoVision (1982)


As a kid, I played a lot of video games. I started out with an Atari 2600 clone called the Gemini by Coleco. I played that on a 12 inch black & white television. Eventually I started playing with my cousins’ ColecoVision. Even after they got a Nintendo Entertainment System, I was playing the ColecoVision. I would go back & forth from Super Mario Brothers on NES to Zaxxon on the ColecoVision. I have a fondness for the ColecoVision and I present it’s modern day unboxing.

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8 thoughts on “Retro Unboxing of the ColecoVision (1982)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Love these unboxing vids Justin, as they remind me of the moment you felt the oncoming years of video-gaming fun ahead.

    Ripping up the Christmas wrapping to uncover bits of game screens on the box (like this one and the Atari VCS, both of which I still have, probably for that reason), it was like discovering life on another planet.
    Eh, this proves I’m not a scientist.

    Also, I never liked that large white sticker on-top of the Coleco console.
    Kinda offsets the sleek black design.
    But never tried to rip it, as I was sure it would just rip off its top layer and give it some kind of perma-Kleenex look.

    And despite my years of fun with Colecovision, I always resented that they ripped-off Atari with a compatible console. Cuz I was always on Team Atari from years of faithful, blocky, blinking fun.
    So my Team Colecovision spirit was kinda like “what the hey, guys, just put out your own stuff, like those unfinished games. Never mind the hottest-selling cruiser. Let’s all be friends.”
    But nooooo-ooooh.

    Anyway, now with years of aged wisdom and a child’s heart (I need to see a specialist about that), I can laugh it off and enjoy captured video moments like this one, which give us all a taste of those wonder years.

    btw, I never guessed that space behind the controllers was for the inlays.
    Makes sense.

    Played few games with inlays. Wargames, I think, had ’em.
    Loved the pause function.

  2. @ Atari Adventure Square, wow, thanks for the comment. By the way, I just ripped off the white label. Was driving me crazy too ;)

    @ VicSage & Gott, thanks!

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Did the sticker comes off nicely? Or was a firehose or blowtorch necessary?

    I so fully respect the folks who invented those vinyl stickers that never tear up.
    Not the case here I imagine.

  4. vinvectrex says:

    That is a gorgeous system. I love the included warranty cards – better get those filled out and sent in soon! Great video.

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