Coleco was a manufacturer of entertainment electronics, which among other things Coleco Telstar and Colecovision manufactured the play consoles.
1932 as CO nnecticut Le ether CO mpany from the Russian Maurice Greenberg based, sold the enterprise first leather goods at shoemakers. If one had specialized in the fifties still in the leather business, this part of the enterprise was sold into the Sechzigern, when one gave preference to the sales of rubber Planschbecken.
1975 rose Coleco with the Telstar - play console into the video game business in, how it in this year many companies by the example Ataris of successful Pong - console did. Nearly everything of the new consoles was based on a special Pong chip of general instrument. Since this manufacturer had underestimated however the demand, it came to delivery bottlenecks. Since Coleco had ordered however as one of the first companies, the enterprise ranked also among the few, which received the full ordered quantity. While many of the new consoles disappeared soon from the market, Coleco succeeded owing to the early order the break-through.
The market of the hard-wired consoles was short-lived, however Coleco could maintain ground further in the electronics business. Next one set a market , which popular Mattel had made on portable LCD plays. Coleco produced two very popular LCD play rows: “head the tons head” - row with sport plays for two players, and the mini Arcade row with licensed Arcade plays.
With the publication of the successful Colecovision - console returned Coleco 1982 to the play console market. Beyond that one brought plays out for Atari 2600 and Intellivision . With the Coleco Gemini even brought to Coleco a reproduction of the popular Atari 2600 on the market.
When the video game market crashte 1983, it seemed obvious that play consoles home computers would yield. Therefore Coleco published the home computer Coleco Adam. After this turned out against expecting as failure, Coleco had to withdraw itself 1984, at the edge of the bankruptcy, from the electronics business.
With the 1983 Cabbage Patch Kids published - Coleco a giant success obtained dolls, however also that could not turn away the fall rung in by the Adam. 1989 was bought up the remainders by Coleco of Hasbro.