Because I know Telegames is every Coleco fan's favorite subject.
I've been doing some research and am hoping for some clarification on a few things:
1.) It is commonly asserted that all stock of DINA systems was lost when a tornado destroyed Telegames' warehouse in Lancaster, Texas in 1994. However, I used to cruise Telegames' website in the late '90s and early '00s and distinctly recall DINAs appearing on their pricelists. In fact, thanks to the Wayback Machine, it is easily confirmed that Telegames continued to sell the console into the 2000s. First at $50 (starting in '96 or '97), then $60, then $80, then $100 with choice of free River Raid or Pitfall, and then $100 plus free River Raid and Pitfall.
Anecdotally, an article about retro consoles in a 1997 issue of EGM pictured not a Colecovision for its blurb about that system, but rather a DINA (with a Telegames version of Frogger II in the cart port). It's impossible to say when the pictured unit was actually purchased, of course, but the timing of its appearance is interesting...as is the plug for Telegames in a sidebar in the article about where/how to find games for old systems like the Coleco (as of Feb. 1997).
Where did it start that there were no more after 1994?
2.) Telegames initially sold original Colecovision consoles. Does anyone know when they ran out of those, or whether they were ever sold concurrently with the DINA?
3.) I understand Telegames produced many of their own cartridges in the Coleco's "afterlife," and that a few were even Telegames exclusives. And there seems to have been quite an assortment of different cartridge styles that they produced, with not necessarily very much consistency between or even among them. Telegames cart/label styles seem to be specific more to individual titles than to developer or original publisher. For example, Championship Tennis and Wing War: both originally Imagic titles, but with very different Telegames cart styles (apart from the silver foil).
Anyway, the question: Did Telegames also sell existing original back/overstock copies of the cartridges they reprinted? Specifically ones originally released by Coleco. I've seen some of those bizarro Frankencartridges Telegames put together. Typically Coleco-esque shells with UK CBS labels, like Zaxxon, but sometimes with "standard" US/NA labels too, like Congo Bongo and Choplifter. Or even chintzier-looking ones with UK CBS shells and generic plain white labels with simple text (I've seen Coleco titles like Lady Bug, Bump 'N' Jump, and Time Pilot in this version, and also third-party titles like Gateway To Apshai).
Just curious as to whether original, as-you'd-have-gotten-it-in-1984 versions of those carts were available from Telegames (and for how long), or just the reprints.
And the converse for, say, Atarisoft titles: Telegames was known have sold them at least in the late '80s but I've only heard of a Telegames version for Jungle Hunt (and in case you're not familiar, it's pretty garish even for a Telegames cart ). Or Activision--I'm pretty sure I've only seen [the previously unreleased?] Alcazar in a Telegames label, while they sold several other Activision titles for many years. River Raid or/and Pitfall were even packaged with the DINA starting in 1999.
Did Telegames produce their own versions of the bulk of the back catalogs of Atarisoft, Activision, Imagic, and other former third-party publishers, or just select specific titles?
4.) Can anyone elaborate on the eColeco/Terry Fowler connection, if there is any? I've read assertions that he acquired Telegames stock after the '94 tornado and that he also created his own carts, but I don't recall if they were substantiated or not.
Trying to figure out Telegames is like smashing a vase, then smashing all the pieces, and then trying to glue the vase back together. Thanks in advance for any help!