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why eagle munro & coleco stop building their amazing boa

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:14 pm    Post subject: why eagle munro & coleco stop building their amazing boa Reply with quote

anny 1 know why eagle munro & coleco stop building their amazing boards?

how many they sold during those years etc.i want to know everything

a well me & my curiosity ,i like good story's so tell me Cheers
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Viedo game sales in the 80's pretty much destroyed coleco. Coleco was bought out by Irwin toys in the late 80's. They still make the powerplay board with the familiar Coleco pattern. Its all made of plastic now and the board I beleive is a bit narrower. They still make a smaller powerplay as well still using the original Coleco flat players and stickers.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres ya go , watch that....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aShDsEt-X68 Cowboy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

see post below.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TH's 2nd largest myth or misconception is, video games became so
popular that TH could not compete. Writers time and time again state words
suggesting that, TH couldn't compete with video games. So yikes I said it twice.

Munro's most successful model in co. history was the large Bobby Orr model
and was still available when Munro went out of business in 1977. As Mr.
Munro told me, we over diversified and simply didnt have enough qualified
people for all the various departments. It wasn't that TH was Munro's problem, the problem was that Munro's still young now U.S. owned co. didnt
focus more on TH.

Coleco's 1982 video game innovations made a fortune for the company but,
Atari and Mattel made adjustments and video markets began to decline.
Despite this, Coleco expanded video/computer development and production.
By 1984 losses were recorded at $79.9 million. Coleco bounced back with
record sales of $600 million in 1985 thanks in Large part to the cabaage
patch doll fad. Coleco's doll expansion coupled with the doll market decline,
ultimately caused them to declare bankruptcy. Coleco's Scrabble, Parceesi,
and TH business were 3 reasons why they planned to reorganize and stay in
business but, Hasbro Inc + other creditors won the battle of assets.

In the late 1970s Finnish co. Bockplast was already selling 150,000 units
a year in NA. Their creative 1970/80s models included both wingers going behind the net and another model with a slot goalie which could go behind the
net. Bockplast's players have longer sticks than Stiga. Stiga later purchased
Bockplast, producing the same games under the Stiga name, soon after end-
ing their prodution.

It's noteworthy that, of Munro's many foreign markets, Finland had been the
best, Bockplast the most succesful foreign producer in Sweden.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aristospel's last model debuted in 1963. The much smaller co. could not
compete with Stiga once Aristo's patent ran out and Stiga's endorsement
signing of Sven Tumba was a key move.

German Cresta's were the last known Crestas in production, thought to be
in the mid 1960s.

Gilbert were to buy Munro at the end of 1963, the deal wasnt completed and
Gilbert went out of business a few yrs later.

Eagle and Munro were sold to American companies in Sept. 1968, within 24
hrs. of each other - Servotronics Inc. of Buffalo (the Munro name was still
used) and Coleco Industries Inc. of Hartford (both had head offices in the US
and Canada).

Munro bought Gotham circa 1973/74.
The 2nd crystal ice 3D players were from old Gotham tools.

Coleco's TH assets became Irwin Toys, though MA Henry's 1989 Faceoff
is a virtual copy of Coleco's last Pro Stars gm. minus the nets. ?

Tudors banana blade players became regular plastic (flat, left curve and right
curve). With little change the gms. were made into the mid to late 1980s.

History is trivial at best at times, important and or fun at others.
The most important history is always that which is currently being made.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coleco filed for bankruptcy in March 1987 and in June the doors were
closed.

Irwin had piles of NHL stickers, some of which leaked out to collectors.

During HNIC's broadcast of Gretzky's last game in Toronto, his son Tie
(excuse the spelling) was shown playing an Irwin game with NYR vs Leaf
flat players.

MA Henry's Faceoff game may pre date 1989.
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