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Mattel Electronics Aquarius

The history of home computing has experienced ups and downs, with explosive successes and equally sensational disasters.
Among the latter, proudly takes place one of the biggest flops that the history of computing knows: the Mattel Aquarius.

Initially designed and manufactured by Radofin (technology partner by Mattel – Hong Kong based – to which the U.S. giant commissioned the Intellivision production), was then purchased in bulk from the Mattel itself, that was embarrassingly late on gold rush, namely, home and personal computing.
In fact, in the early 80's, computing division of Mattel Electronics does not exist yet. It was created out of nothing just to acquire and bring in the project started by Radofin just before the 1980.

is famous the phrase by which a programmer, internal Mattel, crushed the unfortunate computer even before it was marketed: He defined Aquarius as “the computer for the 70's”. 🙂 Continue Reading