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Coleco
Telstar Ranger

After the release of the first Telstar (the first "dedicated-chip" pong system) in 1976 which was a big success, Coleco conceived a whole range of pongs for release at Christmas 1977.

This is the first Telstar featuring the two shooting games of the GI AY-3-8500, hence its name "Telstar Ranger". It thus offers a total of 6 games which can be selected through a special knob. Despite the pictures beside, the two small controllers are not built-in the console and can be detached.

There's a 3 positions switch that controls difficulty (beginner : slow ball, big paddles / advanced : fast ball, big paddles / expert : fast ball, small paddles). If this is common to the first Telstars, this is quite different from most of the other pong systems which offer individual settings.

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NAME  Telstar Ranger
MANUFACTURER  Coleco
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1977
BUILT IN GAMES  Jai-Alai, Hockey, Handball, Tennis, Skeet, Target
CONTROLLERS  Two detachable paddles with knob and a gun
CPU  AY-3-8500-1 from General Instrument
BUTTONS  Reset
SWITCHES  Skill level Beginner/Intermediate/Pro, Power on/off
SCORE  On screen
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in speaker
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output, Gun connector, Paddle connectors
BATTERIES  6 x 1.5v C size batteries
POWER SUPPLY  9v DC
GUN  Yes
PRICE  Unknown


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