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Just stumbled across this picture in another forum.  As a Sears fan I love this!   I’ve never seen one of these before.  Anyone seen this before?  What’s the odds that one of these still exist?   
 

 

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Thanks for sharing this!  I was wondering whether these even existed, though I suspected they did.  From looking at the photo:

  • The top part looks like it was constructed from a similar molded plastic as the Mattel one.
  • There are no sliding glass doors underneath the kiosk.  I'm not sure if the beige drawers are part of the kiosk or if the kiosk just sits on top of it.  Aesthetically, they don't seem to match.  I vote that the kiosk is sitting on top of some random set of drawers.
  • The black instructions and overlay diagrams appear to be in the usual place (under the guy's right arm)
  • There is a spot on the right for the Keyboard Component, where the 2 filler panels are located.
  • There is no Kiosk Multiplexer electronics visible.  All we would see would be a special cartridge with a black ribbon cable coming out.  This photo shows the Baseball cartridge plugged directly into the console.

As for whether any survive today, the answer is maybe.  I think only 2 or 3 Mattel kiosks are known to exist at this time, and only 5 Kiosk Multiplexer electronic boxes are known to exist.  Given their large size, low survivability, and that there likely were fewer Sears kiosks than Mattel kiosks, the odds are slim.

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2 hours ago, Lathe26 said:

BTW, where did you find this photo?

I pulled it from one of my Facebook game groups but can’t recall which.  Let me see if I can find it again.  I think they mention where they found it. 

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The pic was posted in the retro games fan group which is a closed group.  The text with it mentions it was found in a 1981 Sears annual report.  

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Wow, that's nuts. You think you've seen everything...

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Loved seeing this again!  Thanks for sharing. The nostalgia just washed over me as I recalled seeing this at the University Square Mall Sears. What a time to be a kid!  

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Looks like there are some 2600 games off to the right.  I can make out Stellar Track but the other three are too blurry.

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8 minutes ago, Tempest said:

Looks like there are some 2600 games off to the right.  I can make out Stellar Track but the other three are too blurry.

One looks like Steeplechase.  Another looks like Bowling.  I can’t tell what the one on bottom right is. 

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Great find , who would of thought a boring company annual report would have this bit of treasure in it 

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On 4/20/2021 at 10:21 PM, Atari_Bill said:

One looks like Steeplechase.  Another looks like Bowling.  I can’t tell what the one on bottom right is. 

I think it's Pong Sports.

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Thanks for the answers.  I didn't mean to derail this thread, but I was curious. :)

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1 hour ago, TandyVision said:

At 5:36, you can see this stud picking up chicks 

 

Vectrex action too

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Wow!!  Some serious vintage stuff in that video.  The kid playing the SSVA demo set with (of all games) Donkey Kong, the Atari 800 computer for a whopping $800 on sale, the cashier in the video game section walks away to talk to the customer with the awesome leather sport coat.. and behold.. a whole wall loaded with Mattel/Sears Intellivision, Odessey 2 and some Atari games... and the Vectrex running on the counter.

 

Thanks for posting.  That brought back some great memories!

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9 hours ago, JasonlikesINTV said:

More shots from the video:

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You forgot to enhance.

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The Sears kiosk in the video has different / later display cardboard than the OP photo at the top.  Since the video is from 1982, the video shows the Intellivoice.  Interesting...

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I remember seeing them in Sears as a kid, along with the Atari version. Bought a few games for our non-Sears Intellivision from Sears back in the day.

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