While hitting up thrift stores earlier today, I was browsing the VHS sections, and something jumped out at me: on the spine of one sleeve, there was a small panda bear logo that looked familiar. I grabbed the tape, one of those incredibly cheap public domain cartoon comps from the 1980s, and lo and behold, I was right - the same Panda that put out ripped-off and/or terrible 2600 titles also evidently had a hand in VHS! Of course if this was a 20th Century Fox etc. tape find, there'd be no news here whatsoever, but because Panda is so obscure, I found this surprising - and pretty cool, to be frank.
I did both a forum and general internet search to see if I could come up with a list of other projects Panda may have been involved in, which turned up this old thread, but other than that, little more info than what can be found in AA's respective company page showed.
So, does anyone have any additional information on Panda? Obviously the 2600 releases happened, and apparently some PC ones as well, but now I'm wondering: just how many pots did they had a hand in back in the early/mid-1980s?
Included are some pics of the tape. The "Division of U.A.V.C" line on the back is in regards to United American Video; the label on the tape itself is a standard UAV one from the period, and it's dated 1985. UAV put out TONS of stuff like this back in the 1980s & 1990s, so the content doesn't surprise me, but the fact that they were affiliated with Panda at some point sure does. I'm no stranger to uber-cheap videos like this, but in all my years of collecting, I have never seen one of these, nor has a buddy of mine, who has been collecting even longer than I have. The PV-3009 catalog number implies there are more of 'em out there, though.
I seriously doubt this is worth anything, but there's a 2600 connection here that I thought was worth sharing. Thoughts?