Handheld Games (59 listed) (Games are LED unless noted)
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Mattel was originally founded by Harold Matson and Elliot Handler who created the name 'Mattel' from the beginnings of their last and first names. The company started out selling picture frames out of a garage workshop in 1945. Elliot started a side business of selling doll house furniture from the scraps of wood from the picture frames, and with the success of the doll furniture, the emphasis was turned to toys. Mattel started making electronic games in 1976 with the handheld Missile Attack game (which lived only a short time), and soon followed by Football and Auto Race. All are LED based games unless noted. Mattel has been re-releasing several of their classic games, look for the white re-release labels.

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Armor Attack (LCD)
Armor Battle
Auto Race
Backgammon (LCD)
Baseball, Classic (LCD)(2001 re-release)
Basketball, Classic (LCD)(2003 re-release)
Basketball Keychain (LCD) (2001 re-release of the original)
Basketball 2
Battlestar Galactica (A.k.a. Missle Attack or Space Alert)
Bee Gees Rhythm Machine
Brain Baffler
Burgertime (LCD)
Competition Football (LCD)
Computer Chess (LCD)
Computer Gin (LCD)
Computer Gin II (LCD)
Dallas (J. R. Ewing)
Diet Trac (LCD)
Dungeons & Dragons (LCD)
Flash Gordon
Football, Classic (LCD) (2000 re-release, 3 variations)
Football Keychain (LCD) (2001 re-release of the original)
Football 2
Football 2, Classic (LCD) (2002 re-release)
Funtronics: Drag Race / Jacks / Red Light, Green Light / Tag
Formula Racer (LCD) (A.k.a. Speed Freak)
Guttang Gottong (LCD)
Hockey Keychain (LCD) (2001 re-release of the original)
Horoscope Computer
Horse Race Analyzer (LCD)
IAN (Invisible Alien Neutralizer)
Las Vegas Pinball (not handheld, but check it out!)
Long Bomb Football (LCD)
Look Alive Baseball
Look Alive Basketball
Look Alive Football
Masters of the Universe (LCD)
Mind Boggler (VFD)
Missile Attack (A.k.a Battlestar Galactica)
Monday Night Football (Talking board game)
Ski Slalom
Soccer Keychain (LCD) (2001 re-release of the original)
Soccer 2
Space Battle (VFD) (A.k.a. Star Hawk)
Speed Freak (LCD)
Star Hawk (VFD)
Sub Chase
Ticker Tape Fever
Ultra Dome (LCD)
World Championship Baseball (VFD)
World Championship Football (VFD)

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