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As the title suggests, I will be using this thread to share scans of everything that I have collected over the years re. the ColecoVision Game System and the Coleco ADAM Family Computer. I will be posting items in their entirety and some items could take a number of days to a week depending on how much time I have. I hope everyone will really enjoy all the great items that I will be sharing in this thread and feel free to use as you wish... I don't claim ownership to any of this stuff, it belongs to the community.

 

To start out, I will be posting the "1984 Coleco Press Kit/Toy Fair Catalog - 1st Release" which details items for the ColecoVision, ADAM Computer and Atari/Gemini systems. It is 75 JPG scans long and will obviously take a number of days to complete. Enjoy!

 

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I'd love to see a picture of what they had in mind for that disk drive "module." It sounds completely different than what they actually released.

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Coleco techs originally planned to use the 3 1/4" Floppy Disk Drive that wasn't widely used at the time. It was to be configured as a 256k media which would have matched the storage size of the Digital Data Drive. Yes, I said 3 1/4".

 

There are two known working prototypes of this 3 1/4" FDD setup. One installed inside the Memory Console in place of the Data Drives and the other was designed to sit on top of the Memory Console, was housed in a matching case and included a second open drive bay.

 

Suffice it to say that someone at Coleco made the wise decision to switch to the widely used standard of 5 1/4" for a product release and the Adam Disk Drive as we know it. Wouldn't be fun finding 3 1/4" floppy disks now.

 

The product description above shows how in flux things were at Coleco at this time and most likely a lack of communication between Marketing and R&D because there isn't room inside the Memory Console to have an internal 5 1/4" FDD or if there is, you would lose access to one or more of the Expansion Slots.

 

Pics of the 3 1/4" External Floppy Disk Drive have been posted in other threads.

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Thanks for sharing :)

 

BTW - were these included in your ColecoVision and ADAM data archive that you made available recently?

 

Also, any way to bulk download these images?

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They were not part of the large archive that I assembled.

 

There's a method to my madness. I'll be done with this one on Thursday.

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Round two of JPG scans of the "1984 Coleco Press Kit/Toy Fair Catalog - 1st Release".....

 

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Notice how Coleco refers to the ColecoVision as "The ADAM Game Module". Look closely for some other differences, no hints, and let me know if you find them.

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Woah! External 1200 baud modem?!?!? And it's interesting to read about game titles they had in the works. Most of those I didn't even know they had scheduled. And the Dragon's Lair screenshot is different than the rope screen on the released version.

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I know there is a master list compiled by NIAD. But we need to get a comprehensive list of ColecoVision and Adam prototype games with a found/dumped/public domain/never found checklist. Actually I’d love to see a site set up. Wonder if Tempest would be interested in making an offshoot of his excellent Atari Protos site.

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Yeah, currently my Collector's Lists for the CV and ADAM are the top sources for info concerning prototypes and after all these years, it's hard to imagine anything else being found. Our best bet is with former Coleco employees, one of whom is active on the Adam Computer Facebook page. Hopefully one day he will pull out from storage everything he saved from his time at Coleco.

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Round three of JPG scans of the "1984 Coleco Press Kit/Toy Fair Catalog - 1st Release".....

 

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Final round of JPG scans of the "1984 Coleco Press Kit/Toy Fair Catalog - 1st Release"....

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The 3 1/4" disk drive was a design that was proposed by Shugart, and only ultimately built by Dysan, of who also made pretty much all of the extant 3 1/4" Flex disk media, as well. I saw some of the OEM units long ago, and pictures of the Coleco unit have been floating around on the net, for many years.

 

You can see a picture of the media, here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=dysan+3+1/4%22+disk&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS751US751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjM39qytL7cAhUq7IMKHQmmCYoQ_AUICygC&biw=2560&bih=1335#imgrc=OcWhCv2bOV1dCM:

 

This is NOT to be confused with the 3 inch format that was designed by Hitachi, and ultimately popularized by Amstrad (due to Alan Sugar getting a great deal on a huge pile of overstock), nor Sony's 3 1/2 inch form factor which ultimately won out.

 

-Thom

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These are the pics supplied by Justin S. of the External 3 1/4" F.D.D. unit that he acquired. Pictures of the Internal unit have never been supplied by it's owner, but full details were and are in one of the last NIAD Newsletters.

 

 

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They were not part of the large archive that I assembled.

 

There's a method to my madness. I'll be done with this one on Thursday.

 

And that madness is? :)

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And that madness is? :)

Nothing really, it just sounded good!

 

But seriously, there is always a huge summertime lull around here right before the kids go back to school so I figured this would be a good time to start posting this stuff to generate some traffic and discussion. Lord knows, no one could have forseen the whole CollectorVision HD and Prometheus Lite system topics!!!

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I love seeing these. I've never seen them before, I got most of my gaming information from Electronic Fun with Computers and Games magazine and Electronic Games magazine back in the day.

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So, am I right in guessing that there's no way to bulk download these images?

 

BTW, huge thanks NIAD for uploading these. I've never seen them before and am now poring over every word on them. Fascinating stuff.

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Will see. There are options for a complete Zip file download like Joe B.'s, MilliV's or CV Zone's websites.

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I have some work to do to scan pages of the "1984 Coleco Press Kit/Toy Fair Catalog - 2nd Release", so will jump to some Press Releases in the meantime.

 

Complete Listing of items in photo. Some may have been posted in the "1984 Coleco Press Kit/Toy Fair Catalog - 1st Release" and of course will be skipped:

Coleco ADAM & Colecovision - Original Comdex/CES brochures, photo's & Press Releases (1982-1984)
Press Release October 15, 1984 (Coleco Ships 5 1/4" Disk module & Adamlink DC Modem) 2 pages
Press Release November 1, 1984 (Coleco begins shipment of 5 1/4" disk drives for Adam) 2 pages
Press Release November 12, 1984 (Coleco ships new monitor cable for Adam 2410) 2 pages
Press Release November 1, 1984 (Coleco ships Address Book Filer and Autodialer for Adam) 2 pages
Press Release May 31, 1984 (Coleco ships SmartLogo program for Adam Computer) (2 pages)
Press Release November 12, 1984 (Coleco ships software for C64 and Atari Computers) 2 pages
Press Release January 6, 1984 (Coleco holds Adam Update - announces new peripherals) 3 pages
Press Release January 6, 1984 (Coleco and Honeywell establish Adam Service Network) 2 pages
CES Flyer - January 1984 (Coleco & Honeywell Announce A New Service Agreeement!
CES Flyer - January 1984 (Coleco & Compuserve Announce ADAM On-Line!
Immediate Release - (Coleco Signs Dragon's Lair License Agreement with Starcom) 2 pages
Immediate Release - (AT&T and Coleco Announce Agreement - Develop Interactive Game) 1 page
Press Release January 6, 1984 (Independent Software Manufacturers Market for Adam) 2 pages
Press Release January 6, 1984 (Digital Research and Coleco Announce CP/M for Adam) 2 pages
Press Release January 6, 1984 (Coleco Announces Lines Expanded) 2 pages
Press Release January 6, 1984 (ADAM) 4 pages
Press Release January 6, 1984 (Coleco Introduces Adam Software Lines) 3 pages
Press Release Janury 6, 1984 (Coleco introduces Adam hardware peripherals) 3 pages
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Markets Innovative Private Call Phone) 1 page
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Announces Colecovision/Cabbage Patch Kids Promotion) 2 pages
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Provides Educational software for Colecovision) 2 pages
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Announces Software for Atari, Commodore and Apple) 1 page
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco announces software development program for Adam/CV) 2 pages
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Markets Extensive Software Line for Adam) 2 pages
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Markets Adam Hardware Peripherals) 3 pages
Press Release June 3, 1984 (Coleco Announces The 1984 Adam is Ready) 3 pages
Press Release September 21, 1983 (Coleco Introduces Adam) 4 pages
Press Release September 21, 1983 (Coleco holds Premiere showing of Adam) 2 pages
Press Release February 9, 1984 (Colecovision Software Lines Expanded) 2 pages
Press Release February 9, 1984 (Coleco Shows Adam Hardware Peripherals) 3 pages
Press Release Febraruy 9, 1984 (ADAM) 4 pages
Press Release June 1, 1982 (Coleco Enters Programmable Video Game Market - Colecovision) 4 pages
Press Photo - Adam 2410, Adam-CV 2404 January 17, 1984
Very Larger Fold out ADAM Brochure - Comdex Fall 1983
Adam Calc 8.5"x11" Brochure
Coleco presents ADAM (The Colecovision Family Computer System) 8.5"x11" trifold brochure
The Experts Speak ...and the 1984 Adam is Ready! (Issue III) 8.5"x11" trifold brochure
Now Command the Powers of Adam 8.5"x11" foldout brochure
CES Jan 84' - Command the Powers of ADAM Software 8.5"x11" trifold brochure

 

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ADAM (01-06-84).pdf

ADAM (02-09-84).pdf

ADAM Home Software Library, The.pdf

Coleco and Honeywell Establish ADAM Service Center Network.pdf

Coleco Announces Software Development Program for ADAM and ColecoVision.pdf

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Am wondering, do any provide sales figures for the ColecoVision?

None that I have ever seen. The only sales figures I have seen were in magazines of the time and word of mouth from conversations with former Coleco employees.

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