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Coleco Canada Ltd. "Telstar" Electronic Game

Coleco Canada Ltd. "Telstar" Electronic Game

Current location:

Collection Storage Facility


This game was used by its owner from 1976 to 1986 before the Museum acquired it in 1987.

Technical history:

Coleco’s Telstar electronic game console was the first to use General Instrument’s AY-3-8500 chip, which allowed users to play multiple games and required few external parts to make it into a complete TV game.


The Coleco Telstar was released to the market in 1976 and sold over 1 million copies that year. Magnavox, an American electronics company, required royalties be paid for any gaming machine. Thus Coleco was forced to pay Magnavox in order to continue producing the system.

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Artifact No.
Coleco Canada Ltd
Manufacturer Location
Montreal, Quebec
Manufacture Date
Acquisition Date