Bandai Zaxxon (19xx, VFD, 4 C Batteries, Model# ?)
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Bandai's tabletop VFD version of Zaxxon, based on Sega's Zaxxon arcade game. It appears that this game is supposed to be light blue like the bottom picture, but it's fairly common to find it faded (which makes it appear grey like the top picture). This game has a unique way of creating a 3-D effect- it only uses 1 VFD display (unlike Coleco's Zaxxon which uses two). The VFD is basically split in two, the upper half you see as the lower part of the playing field, while the lower part of the VFD is reflected on a semi-transparent mirro to create the upper half of the 3-D playing space. Pretty cool idea to help, and it really works in that all of the ships (not just the players ship like on the Coleco version) have a true depth. It's a little awkward to play sometimes as you have to sit just right to get all the of screen centered perfectly, but once you are in position, it's a very nice version of Zaxxon. It features the planes in space mode, and the flying over land mode. The only that seems to missing is the actualy Zaxxon boss at the end...

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Do I have this? Yes, boxed.

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