ARCHIMEDES A400/1 Acorn Computer… but is this a Toy?

If you agree that people play games with toys… then surely we can claim this stone age Acorn as a wonderful old toy?  Excellent fully working Archimedes computer from way back when. Includes crazy old games like PacMan and Mad Professor. This vintage technology comes with monitor, keyboard and mouse! Originates from 1987/1989 and runs all sorts of games on the RISC OS 3 1992 operating system

Archimedes A400/1 Acorn Computers Games Vintage 1989

Many vintage games

ARCHIMEDES A400/1 Acorn Computer

From a lifetime ago

Archimedes A400/1 Acorn Computers Games Vintage 1989

In a box

Archimedes A400/1 Acorn Computers Games Vintage 1989

A scruffy old box

Hard disk contains a whole range of games, apps and other programs

Games include:
  • Tetris
  • PacMania
  • Mad Professor
  • Twinworld
  • PipeMania
and many others, around 40 in total (many full games, some demos)
 
Painting and graphics including:
  • Revelations Pro
  • Revelations Xtra
  • Draw Plus
  • Font TX
  • A range of clip art on many themes
Also has loaded:
  • Impressions (DTP/word processing)
  • A long outdated virus killer caller “Killer”
  • A folder named “JUNK” containing some bloody joke program that freezes the computer if access is attempted. I can’t seem to remove this but left alone it causes no problem at all (and someone knowledgeable could probably sort it out)
Further technical info can be found in the Acorn A400/1 official manual and on Wikipedia
 
Condition report
Ok it’s yellowing slightly, a little bit grubby and pretty bulky but hey… you try turning on your laptop in 25 years time! The whole set up still boots right up and ticks over really well even after all these years. Monitor also works perfectly well
 
Slight age discolouration to casing, monitor, keyboard and mouse. A few superficial odd surface marks. Computer, keyboard and mouse along with all necessary wiring come in original (slightly storage worn) box complete with internal packaging
 
This excellent vintage Acorn can be found along with lots of other cool Sci Fi, TV, movie, vintage & classic fun and collectable items on ZapWow and Zap2
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That Old Broken Toy (1969 Space Climber)

We decided shortly after starting our eBay channels that we would not sell broken or damaged items. However some things seem so cool and special that even randomly made up rules do not seem to apply… so if you were to browse through our ZapWow listings on eBay you would soon come across THAT broken toy

It’s the outstanding TOMY Space Climbing Mobile and it was released in the same year that humans actually played snowballs on the Moon!

TOMY 1969 Space Climbing Mobile

TOMY 1969 Space Climbing Mobile

TOMY 1969 Space Climbing Mobile

TOMY 1969 Space Climbing Mobile

TOMY 1969 Space Climbing MobileTOMY 1969 Space Climbing Mobile

This vintage Space Climbing Mobile is from 1969… a time when although the TV picture was only in black and white we could actually send men to the Moon

It’s a futuristic looking vehicle molded in colourful red, white, blue and yellow plastics with a lonely silver astronaut visible behind the large clear windshield

The awesome space mobile measures 10 inches long x 5.75″ wide x 6.75″ tall. It has eight rugged rubber tires in 2 groups of 4 for separate extreme terrain suspension. Has a heavy metal red substructure housing the motor and wheels

This Moon rover is in wonderful visual condition but unfortunately it does not actually roll over rocks or climb, or even go. Around 40 years ago somebody forgot it was a battery powered toy… and hid it in a box in the attic… and the rest, as they say, is acid damaged contacts and wiring

It is a beautiful thing though and although it has its flaws it would not be an impossible job for a space technician to replace the motor, wires and contacts to get this mighty moon rover rolling again

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