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Which 2600 model are you particularly fond of?

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#21 nosweargamer


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:39 AM

Count me as another "7800 is the best 2600 model" type.

I also like the design of the Jr.

Of the standard models, I like the Atari wood grain 4 switch the best, just for looks. For some reason, the 6 switch systems look too busy to me, but the 4 switch is just right.

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#22 Atari Creep

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:28 AM

Oooh, that Ireland Jr is sweet!  Why do such things excite us so?



I have never been a fan of how the Jr looks but this is sexy!!!!! 

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:35 PM

I have never been a fan of how the Jr looks but this is sexy!!!!!

That rainbow and power LED really stand out in this BIB. I like that name that was used too. OK...I WANT one of those!! Very nice!
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#24 GervGirl


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:08 AM

I like them all and still trying to complete my collection of all! Still working on completing the 2600 which I think at this point I just need the heavy sixer and the othe Jr. (I do believe there was two designs of the Jr.) Of course I would like to get my hands on 2800 but think that would be almost a impossible. The 2600 will always be my favorite, it is where my love for video games started!
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#25 TeddyGermany


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:17 AM

Yes, beside the BIB, there are the little rainbow and big rainbow models.


I'm not sure, but somewhere out there could be a grey prototype of the 2600jr.


Ahh, here it is:







Edited by TeddyGermany, 09 January 2017 - 09:30 AM.

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#26 Keatah


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:17 PM

Light Sixer, Heavy Sixer, and of course Emulator Stella.

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#27 TeddyGermany


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 08:10 AM


Why do such things excite us so?

Atari was my first love, it will be my last.

Atari of the future, Atari of the past.


Suddenly John Miles comes to my mind. Could be a nice answer to that important question.

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#28 CrossBow


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:38 PM

For me this is a tough question. I guess my vote for my preferred VCS would go to the Sears Heavy as well. I like the walnut finish that was used as it was still very 70s but also very different from most other wood grain designs used back then.


However, my very first actual VCS was the 4 switch woody I got in Christmas of '81 or '82. Can't quite remember which year now.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:54 PM

Sears vcs as well

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#30 LeeJ07


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 02:59 PM

I think the Jr is the best looking. So sleek and slim.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:29 PM

I really like the Jr because it does looks sleek but also fits the design aesthetic of both the 5200 and 7800.  That said, I recently got a modded 2600 Vader.  :)

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:07 PM

I'm currently using a Sears 6-switch as my go-to console after almost exclusively using my 7800 as a 2600. Decided to switch to the 2600 for easier access to the switches and whatnot. I also have a Jr., but I've never had it hooked up. I'm really happy with my Sears; while I can't compare it with many other models hands-on, I enjoy the switches, both aesthetically and for having clearer difficulty labeling, and the RF output looks pretty nice to me. I may get my Jr. modded at some point, though, so it would take the spotlight then. 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 03:37 PM

I had the original 6 switch unit.  Later on a friend in the 'hood' got one of the newer 4 switch models (2 switches in the back).  It was lighter than mine and seem of a cheaper/less quality build...

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#34 MaximumRD


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:00 PM

You know I actually have TWO Atari Jr's. MAYBE I will clean them up and combine the two so that one is clearly the better looking / performing stock model and the left over second unit maybe I can consider doing some sort of "mod" , nothing fancy as I am not that skilled but if the case is more worn perhaps a paint job or something. Always wanted to try my hand at something like that and would rather do it on a spare Jr. than a 4 or 6 switch. Hmmmm......

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#35 Karyyk


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Posted 19 August 2017 - 01:35 PM

I have to go with the "Fun is Back for $50" 2600 Jr. I got into things a bit later since I was born in '78 and I got it for Christmas '86. It was my first console, so that's basically what started it all for me. My original broke (the power port came off of the board...didn't have the technical knowledge or tools to fix it back then), but when I went back to get another, I went with the 2600 again. 

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#36 TeddyGermany


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 06:13 AM

The Sears VCS never reached Europe's shores, so it is really interesting for me, how popular it still is in the States. Life is so colourful!
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#37 RickR


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 11:53 AM

The Sears VCS never reached Europe's shores, so it is really interesting for me, how popular it still is in the States. Life is so colourful!

I always wondered if the Sears-exclusive branding helped or hurt Sears' sales.  Back then, most of the kids I knew avoided Sears labeling.  The consoles themselves, though, do look really nice.  A little chrome instead of orange.  Silver face plate.  And the burled wood-grain front. 

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#38 atarilbc


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:23 PM

As an adult, I really like the styling of the Sears Video Arcade. In fact, my main unit is a Sears 4-switch. The white faceplate, chrome bezel and burled wood-grain look upscale. The Video Arcade II is nice too.

Added a before and after picture of my Sears unit.


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