Jump to content

Photo

Intellivision Popeye Box Help. . .


13 replies to this topic

#1 sharkcharmer OFFLINE  

sharkcharmer

    Space Invader

  • 23 posts

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:17 PM

I purchased this Intellivision Popeye box off of Ebay last week - it was posted essentially as a "sealed" empty box.  There was only one picture in the listing - a pic of the front of the box, and while a sealed empty box doesn't make much sense, it was cheap so I bought it. 

 

It arrived today, and I can't figure out what I'm looking at, or if it's an item of significance or not.  I'm hoping someone here may have some insight into what this item is.  A few notes:

 

1) The item is sealed, and it's definitely empty, weighing 2.3 oz,  vs. 5 oz for the sealed US release.  It's a lid-style box, but the back of the box is completely blank.

 

2) The box has a worn look to it that, to my amateur eye, is commensurate with that of the rest of the ~ 40 year-old games in our collection.  All of the dirt and wear and stains or whatever appears to be on the shrink-wrap itself, not underneath it. 

 

3) Several text blurbs on the box are on opposite sides of where they appear on the US version in our collection, including "Made in the USA by PB, Division of CPG blah blah"; "Popeye is a registered trade mark of blah blah"; "1983 King Features Syndicate"; Inc."; and "1983 Nintendo of America, Inc." all appear on opposite sides where they do on our real game.

 

4) The height of the box is the same height as our Empire Strikes Back and Q-Bert games, but several mm shorter than the Popeye and Frogger in our collection. 

 

5) The Popeye on the standard, international and French-Canadian versions is the same artwork - a smiling Popeye; the one on this box is grumpy-looking.  I can't find that artwork on any other video game box of any system-type.

 

6) Obviously I searched several search terms in google, and I checked out several commercials too, to no avail.

 

Anyways, sorry for the long post.  If it is not a well-done, under-the-radar replica of some sort, my best guess is that this may have been a pre-sale promotional item for retailers to display or something.  But if someone here may know something. about this item, any information would be appreciated :)

 

Sorry for the long post - 

 

Arlo

Attached Thumbnails

  • Popeye 1.jpg
  • Popeye 2.jpg
  • Popeye 3.jpg
  • Popeye 4.jpg
  • Popeye 5.jpg
  • Popeye 6.jpg
  • Popeye 7.jpg
  • Popeye 8.jpg


#2 Steve Jones OFFLINE  

Steve Jones

    Stargunner

  • 1,103 posts
  • Location:Toronto Canada

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:44 PM

Not sure if it is a repro or a prototype/mockup, that artwork appeared in a Parker Bros catalog that had several games that were never released, and a couple with different artwork than the final release, either way it looks very cool and is quite rare.

#3 Steve Jones OFFLINE  

Steve Jones

    Stargunner

  • 1,103 posts
  • Location:Toronto Canada

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:46 PM

http://atariage.com/...s/?fromsearch=1

#4 intellivotion OFFLINE  

intellivotion

    Intellivoted

  • 3,003 posts
  • Time Zone Traveller
  • Location:Italy... sometimes

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:05 PM

if it's not a repro - and doesn't look like it is given that the blank back of box is clearly aged - it's awesome! I agree, looks like it's a pre-sale promotional mockup for retailers to display in their stores

#5 cmart604 OFFLINE  

cmart604

    Intellivision Hoarder

  • 12,491 posts
  • Running out of things to buy.
  • Location:Vancouver

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:54 PM

Hmmmm. It feels like maybe it should be brought to PRGE for closer inspection. 🤔😎

#6 stupus OFFLINE  

stupus

    River Patroller

  • 2,214 posts
  • pixel obcessed yeti
  • Location:Chicago's Suburbia

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:01 PM

To me it looks like a legit production sample.....that is hella cool!

#7 BBWW OFFLINE  

BBWW

    River Patroller

  • 3,187 posts
  • If it is not fun move away slowly.
  • Location:On the Northern Coast of San Mateo County, CA

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:51 PM

Wow we finally have something pretty unique in the collection!!!



#8 BBWW OFFLINE  

BBWW

    River Patroller

  • 3,187 posts
  • If it is not fun move away slowly.
  • Location:On the Northern Coast of San Mateo County, CA

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:52 PM

Hmmmm. It feels like maybe it should be brought to PRGE for closer inspection.

 

Hmmmm...what do we need in the collection.... Yeah, that Sealed CBS Turbo. LOL We can bring it to Portland.



#9 JasonlikesINTV OFFLINE  

JasonlikesINTV

    Quadrunner

  • 9,793 posts
  • Location:Midwest

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:56 PM

if it's not a repro - and doesn't look like it is given that the blank back of box is clearly aged - it's awesome! I agree, looks like it's a pre-sale promotional mockup for retailers to display in their stores


I agree with this as a possible explanation. Pretty cool!

#10 cmart604 OFFLINE  

cmart604

    Intellivision Hoarder

  • 12,491 posts
  • Running out of things to buy.
  • Location:Vancouver

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:36 AM

 
Hmmmm...what do we need in the collection.... Yeah, that Sealed CBS Turbo. LOL We can bring it to Portland.


Lol! How about a couple of LV Pokers?

#11 Emanuele OFFLINE  

Emanuele

    Chopper Commander

  • 140 posts

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:23 AM

I bought a copy like this in 1984, in Italy. By the way, no overlays nor manual inside.

Edited by Emanuele, Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:23 AM.


#12 cmart604 OFFLINE  

cmart604

    Intellivision Hoarder

  • 12,491 posts
  • Running out of things to buy.
  • Location:Vancouver

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:26 AM

I bought a copy like this in 1984, in Italy. By the way, no overlays nor manual inside.


Cool! That gives us a better idea of what it is and where it's from.

#13 stupus OFFLINE  

stupus

    River Patroller

  • 2,214 posts
  • pixel obcessed yeti
  • Location:Chicago's Suburbia

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:38 AM

So it did have a cart inside though? And standard cart label?

#14 sharkcharmer OFFLINE  

sharkcharmer

    Space Invader

  • Topic Starter
  • 23 posts

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:58 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback, I really appreciate it a lot!






0 user(s) are browsing this forum

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users