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.
BUILT IN GAMES
Jai-Alai, Hockey, Handball, Tennis, Skeet, Target
Two detachable paddles with knob and a gun
AY-3-8500-1 from General Instrument
Skill level Beginner/Intermediate/Pro, Power on/off
Black & white
RF TV video output, Gun connector, Paddle connectors