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Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/5/2 19:25
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I recently started collecting these kinds of games after watching some of VectrexRoli's videos on youtube. I'm only about 3 weeks in, and I already have 5 of them. I plan to collect a bunch of these, as they are really fun to play and are a true blast from the past.

Oddly, I've never heard of or played a lot of these games growing up, but they still gave me this strong nostalgic euphoria...

I'm going to collect these only if they are in excellent condition with the manuals and boxes, wich means I'm going to have to buy some more shelves to display them all (my wife is pissed and wants a word with VectrexRoli's wife :D).

Here, I'll post some of my favorite ones, along with the box art and manuals and a game-play image. Starting with...

Epoch's Invader From Space. This game is very well-designed and the actual game-play is on point. Very simple, but plays what it's supposed to play, and does a really good job.

Love this one!!

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#2
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/5/3 7:46
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here is a great reference site: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/

good luck, these get expensive very quickly.
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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/5/4 8:40
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Quote:

Lester Knight wrote:
here is a great reference site: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/

good luck, these get expensive very quickly.


I don't plan on collecting any of the crazy rare ones, just the ones that are actually fun to play. I really like the way these things work. They're like tiny light shows programmed to be games.

That is a neat little site there. I never knew of it before.

Thanks!
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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/5/7 11:51
Nintendoid!
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I'm also a fan this VFD games, but I dont collect this games.
Not enough space at home
I love the tron films,and my favorite of the VFD games is the Tron Tabletop version.
Most of the games are Pac-Man or Space-Invaders clones.
I see many of them at the 90's at my flea market times..
I like especially the housing designs of this games.
Every game is a different design piece, perfect for a glass-cabinet.

Sorry for my english.
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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/18 21:31
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A very recently released line of "handhelds" that I find to be very neat is the "Arcade Classics" line of mini-arcade cabinets, manufactured by Basic Fun, a division of The Bridge Direct, Inc. It appears that these are exclusively sold by Wal-Mart, so obviously resellers are already trying to snatch them up and sell online for higher prices. I currently have numbers 03 through 07 in my collection, and I'm hoping to get the whole line. Strangely, it seems that only numbers 01 through 08 and 10 have been released so far, but there are rumors online that number 09 is / will soon be "Defender."

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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/18 23:34
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Actually, many (all?) of the Arcade Classics are widely available at stores like JC Penney, BB&B, Amazon, Toys R Us, and others. But Wal-Mart may have an exclusive on the nice box packaging - all the others sell the games on blister packs.

Even more cool, IMHO, are the new Tiny Arcade games. They're substantially smaller than the Arcade Classics. They look like the original arcade cabinets, and even the marquee lights up. They're fully playable, tho it's hard, cause they're so small. The tiny screen is very bright and clear, and pretty good definition, considering. Here's a link to some of them (all sold out) at Toys R Us. There are actually 6 or 8, IIRC.

https://www.toysrus.com/search?q=tiny%20arcade

BTW: some people on ebay sell these modded with switches in back to play 4 different games in the one cabinet.
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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/19 0:48
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Quote:

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
A very recently released line of "handhelds" that I find to be very neat is the "Arcade Classics" line of mini-arcade cabinets, manufactured by Basic Fun, a division of The Bridge Direct, Inc. It appears that these are exclusively sold by Wal-Mart, so obviously resellers are already trying to snatch them up and sell online for higher prices. I currently have numbers 03 through 07 in my collection, and I'm hoping to get the whole line. Strangely, it seems that only numbers 01 through 08 and 10 have been released so far, but there are rumors online that number 09 is / will soon be "Defender."


Hah! That's funny as hell, Ben! I too, have been collecting these as well. I absolutely love them. Not that I take them out of the boxes and play them or anything, but it's really cool to turn the lights off and turn them all on at the same time. Rampage is an absolute beauty!

I'll post some pictures of the ones I have when I get outta work tonight.
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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/19 2:29
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pinmagic wrote:
Actually, many (all?) of the Arcade Classics are widely available at stores like JC Penney, BB&B, Amazon, Toys R Us, and others. But Wal-Mart may have an exclusive on the nice box packaging - all the others sell the games on blister packs.


From what I have learned so far, the nice packaging in the pictures I provided, which includes the special numbering from 01 to 10, is exclusive to Wal-Mart, but not only that, the versions of the video games for Centipede, Q*bert, Frogger, Joust, and Rampage are also exclusive to Wal-Mart. Thus, the versions of the games in the blister packs for Centipede, Q*bert, and Frogger are different, not to mention the styles of the cabinets themselves, while the styles of the cabinets for Asteroids and Pac-Man in color are likewise exclusive to Wal-Mart, and it appears that Joust and Rampage don't even sell in the blister packs at all. So yeah, I'm considering the Wal-Mart exclusives as a line in and of itself.
Edited by Benjamin Stevens on 2017/12/19 2:48
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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/19 8:29
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Here's my collection so far. Looks like I'm only missing "01 PAC-MAN" since "09" hasn't been released yet. I actually forgot that I had "02 SPACE INVADERS", it was on its side behind the other boxes in my stash.

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Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/19 15:51
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I love the little table top games! Nice collection so far!
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