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Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:43 pm
by Phoenix
I started out my retro game collection when I came across an old Astro Wars game on ebay, and it snowballed from there. I tracked down all of the Grandstand tabletop games, and then the LCD handhelds, then moved onto everything by CGL, then Bambino, dipped briefly into Nintendo Game & Watch (a collecting niche and very competitive)....

Before I knew it I had everything by Tomy and Hales, Mattel and Entex, then started on imports from Epoch and Coleco, and I suspect I now have something bordering on a museum of handheld games.

Does anyone else share this love for early LED, VFD and LCD handhelds?

The was a rumour of a feature in Retro Gamer, I just wanted to see if there is any interest out there for this kind of game, or whether I just need to add OCD to the list of acronyms in this post.

Come on, Galaxy Invader? Munchman? Caveman?

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:01 pm
by Shinobi
I'd love to collect the whole set but there too expensive, I keep being outbid on that BMX Burner :twisted: And Galaxy Invader 10000(the orange one) that I always wanted to play never turns up on fleebay

I have 2 x Astro Wars 1 boxed I had of Bensonrad on here and a lose one a Friend gave me last week
Lose Donkey Kong Coleco
Lose Kong Man/King Man
And several Game and Watch Donkey Kong, Oil Panic, Snoopy Tennis the only boxed game I own, and the Bandai one with the Waitress
Firefox Box no game
I still play King Man quite Regulary can't get past the fourth Level I think you kill King Man on this level as there's a sword

I do agree that Retro Gamer should do a feature partically on them Solar Powered one's Frankenstein and Amazone

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:05 pm
by r0jaws
I'm quite fond of the Tomytronic 3D games. I have a couple myself and like to fire them up on occasion.
It would be a fairly easy collection to complete, as I think there were only 7 released. Boxed, minters would be a challenge though.

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:14 pm
by OldSkoolCoolFool
Firefox is awesome, it's got the best sound effects of any of these games I've played. I "think" I've still got a Galaxy Invader stashed away somewhere, been meaning to dig it out to see if it still works.

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:15 pm
by Phoenix
Shinobi wrote:I'd love to collect the whole set but there too expensive, I keep being outbid on that BMX Burner :twisted: And Galaxy Invader 1000 that I always wanted to play never turns up on there

I have 2 x Astro Wars 1 boxed I had of Ben on here and a lose one a Friend gave me last week
Lose Donkey Kong Coleco
Lose Kong Man/King Man
And several Game and Watch
Firefox Box no game
I still play King Man quite Regulary can't get past the fourth Level I think you kill King Man on this level as there's a sword

I do agree that Retro Gamer should do a feature partically on them Solar Powered one's Frankenstein and Amazone
BMX Burner is a pricey one now, as is the similar Thomas the Tank game which is a real rarity and will be £50 quid plus if you can find it. I think I have 2 of the former... The Coleco games are very pricey and generally only available on import, and often have all the stickers missing (30 years and cheap glue have that effect).

Game and Watch is way too competitive, and these collectors take OCD to a new level, buying a full set of 60 plus games will set you back £1000s now.

My personal favourites are the Bambino games, great oversized cases is lurid 70's bathroom colours like avacado green and chocolate brown. Classic!

Come on Darren, where's the feature on these old games?

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:19 pm
by Phoenix
OldSkoolCoolFool wrote:Firefox is awesome, it's got the best sound effects of any of these games I've played. I "think" I've still got a Galaxy Invader stashed away somewhere, been meaning to dig it out to see if it still works.
Biggest challenge with these old games were corroded terminals from old batteries left in and leaking acid. But with very simple circuit boards and some fairly bomb proof cases they tend not to break down. The original white Invader 1000 was the only game I actually had as a kid and I played the hell out of it!

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:47 pm
by junkmale
I must admit that i've picked up a few of these during my trawls through local charity shops but i wouldn't call myself a collector. I usually will buy almost anything that 'clicks and whirs'.
An article on them would be nice.

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:00 pm
by kiwimike
I'd love to see features of this nature in RG. I have a soft spot for G&Ws, the old Casio calculator games, The Grandstand Tabletops.
I dabbled in collecting some, didn't get very far. Kept a few G&Ws and thought about carrying on with that- Although they do get very expensive and the auctions quite fierce.
I love the idea of the Coleco Tabletops collection in mint. Their design is just so good, they would look fantastic in a display cabinet.

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:51 am
by Antiriad2097
I have a small selection. I'd have a load more but they're so bulky. The only item I was very tempted by at Replay was a Thundering Turbos.

Still waiting for an RG feature. I really think its an easy page filler, one a month, some nice big clear pics and a little blurb to explain the game and its background. Its the sort of thing that would be very easy editorially making more time for other articles.

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:12 am
by DreamcastRIP
I own these two tabletop LED games,

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... and these Tiger Electronics LCD handhelds: OutRun, Paperboy, Dinosaurs!, After Burner, Sonic The Hedgehog and The Terminator.

Gotta love the superb Handheld Games Museum website: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/index.html

... and the handhelds section of the RetroGames site: http://www.retrogames.co.uk/maincategory/Handheld :D

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:37 am
by Lorfarius
I'd love to see more articles on boardgames and for those that think they don't belong....well the mag is called Retro GAMER not Retro Video Games. Board games were a big part of kids lives 20/30 years ago and are as retro as you can get.

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:48 am
by DreamcastRIP
Lorfarius wrote:I'd love to see more articles on boardgames and for those that think they don't belong....well the mag is called Retro GAMER not Retro Video Games. Board games were a big part of kids lives 20/30 years ago and are as retro as you can get.
You'd like to see a feature covering the likes of Connect Four, Operation, Cluedo, Hungry Hippos, Kerplunk et al in Retro Gamer magazine? Really?

Re: Collecting old tabletop games from the 80's

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:26 pm
by 8-bit-dreams
hi i just came across this thread and i do have some stuff right here .

Game and watch * green house
TOMY *Digital daredevil
TOMY *Hit and missle
TOMY *Digital derby
MB *Comp 4
BANDAI ELECTRONICS *Lcd solar power "Akuryo no yakata"
MATTEL *Vintage basketball

ive already posted topics in my BLOG about some of them and th others to follow. and if indeed Retro gamer is gonna make an issue about this kind of stuff specially the LCD game :) itll be really nice . Its retro and a really cool machine.