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Mattel part numbers were of the form xxxx-yyyy, where xxxx is the number of the game and yyyy is the number for the part. These are the standard uses for the listed part number, but there are exceptions to many of them. There are other numbers as well.
|Part Number||Main usage||Type|
|0018||International multi-lingual manual||Manual|
|0111||French language manual||Manual|
|0121||German language manual||Manual|
|0131||Italian language manual||Manual|
|0141||Spanish language manual||Manual|
|0151||Swedish language manual||Manual|
|0161||Dutch language manual||Manual|
|0180||Step by Step Guide to Home Computing||Manual|
|0201||Japanese manual (Bandai)||Manual|
|0210||Top flap box (1983)||Box|
|0410||International box with or without slots in the back||Box|
|0510||Canadian bilingual box||Box|
|0710||US box with no tray||Box|
|0720||Canadian bilingual French/English manual||Manual|
|0810||British English release box||Box|
|0820||British English manual||Manual|
|0910||US release box||Box|
|0920||US English manual||Manual|
|0950||M-Network 2600 Manual||Manual|
|4309||Additional overlay part number||Overlay|
|4319||Additional overlay part number||Overlay|
Box History of U.S. Releases
As most everyone who cares knows, there were eight games released with the standard text on the front mentioning the , but with the "For Color TV Viewing Only" text up in the main artwork. These were eight of the first fifteen boxes released, but were not the first eight, though the last two, which were released a month after the others, were both test marketed. and appear to have avoided that text despite being released in the first two weeks of official releases. These are all made in the US, in a gatefold box with a tray, and the title part number on top. I call these GFFCTVVO. The box part number on all of these end in 0910.
Then the For Color TV Viewing Only was moved to its permanent location in the lower right of the front of the box. Through the end of 1980, the Keyboard Component text remained. Still Gatefold with a tray and part number on the top, all nineteen games released by the end of 1980 were printed in both US and Hong Kong. I call these GFUSKC and GFHKKC. These boxes all have the 0910 part number (even if they were previously released in the earlier form), except for and , which have 0810 part numbers. The HK box also exists in a 0910-G1 version. At least seven of the Hong Kong boxes also exist with a sticker on the bottom (matching the box color) that indicates the Catalog is printed in the USA in addition to the overlays. At least some of those titles also exist without the sticker.
In 1981, the Keyboard Component text was removed and the part number taken off the top. At least nine games were printed in the US while retaining the tray, which I call GFUS (shown below). Six of those were reprints, while , and got a tray in their first US boxes. The Hong Kong boxes continued with the tray with at least 37 games printed this way. and are the only 1981 games with no Hong Kong box reported, but it would not be surprising at all if they existed. , and are the older games with no HK box reported. At least two of the Hong Kong boxes exist with the sticker indicating a US catalog along with overlays, and at least three others exist with stickers stating that everything is made and printed in Hong Kong (including the overlays). At least one has a sticker indicating a US catalog while overlays would still be from HK. Boxes for games that were new in 1981 or later mostly have the 0910 part number. Ones that had previously been released, plus and , have 0910-G1. has a Hong Kong box with 0910-G2 in addition to 0910-G1. has a 0910-G2 box because it had previously had a G1 box. joins with a 0810 box. does not appear to get a box without the Keyboard Component text.
The US printing quickly switched to the no-tray gatefold (GFUSNT), and 33 games are reported in this format, including ALL the 1981 and 1982 releases. Twelve of the 1980 releases are not listed as having this version and two of those are not even reported as existing without the Keyboard Component text. Most of the eight games which got GFUS releases and GFUSNT are indistinguishable in a shrinkwrap copy. Most of the other 1980 and earlier releases got 0710-G1 part numbers for this box, while the new releases got 0910. got 0810, 0710 and 0710-G1 releases. and got both 0910-G1 and 0710-G1, while got both 0910 and 0710-G1. got only 0910-G1. , and , despite being new releases, got 0910-G1 boxes. had a Gatefold Taiwan printing, with a tray. added a multi-origin trayess box.
In 1983, the FOR COLOR TV VIEWING ONLY text disappeared. At least six games were printed in gatefold boxes in Singapore, including , , and three ECS games - , and . All the 1983 releases, including those that got gatefold release, were printed in flip top boxes, like the Intellivision Inc and boxes to follow. The first few quickly moved to multi-origin info on the bottom of the box, but the rest moved that information to the back of the box and put the game name on the bottom. These boxes got 0210 part numbers.
For more information on box variants for specific games, see .