Hand Controllers / Coleco 2490

ColecoVision Hand Controller

The Coleco #2490 Hand Controller. Back in 1982, this was your weapon of choice...as it was initially, your only choice. A stubby 8-way mushroom-topped joystick, 2 independent fire buttons, a 12 button keypad, and a cb radio's coiled mic cord that was only about 12" long when relaxed. This was Coleco's vision for a controller worthy of their "Arcade Quality Video Game System." While it's really not the worst controller in the world, its not the best either (specifically the joystick), and after 30+ years of abuse, mishandling, and improper storage, a worn out or damaged controller can really suck the fun out of any ColecoVision gaming experience.

For all of the versions & themes shown below, I attempted to improve upon the hand controller's original design by re-engineering the joystick portion to be slightly taller, and topped it off with a ball knob reminiscent of an actual arcade joystick. Additionally these were all refurbished, rebuilt, and re-wired with a 6' straight wire cable, which allows for a little less frustration and a little more distance between you and your TV. Since the ColecoVision had a large number of arcade ports, over the years I have created several custom game themed editions to celebrate these arcade classics, and I attempted to re-create aspects of their arcade counterparts on the controllers themselves.


Coleco black


2019 - Quantity (4)

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

6' Straight wire cord


Coleco Silver


2008 - Quantity (2)

Silver dyed ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Carnival


2019 - Quantity (1)

Housing lower half dyed white

Housing Upper half dyed red

Left and right fire buttons dyed black

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

defender


2019 - Quantity (1)

Stock black housing with keypad grid area dyed white

Left fire button dyed white

Right fire button dyed green

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

DONKEY KONG


2009 - Quantity (17) (paired as set with Donkey Kong Junior)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed light blue

Left and right fire buttons dyed orange

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

donkey kong

Radar Scope Conversion

2019 - Quantity (1)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed red

Left and right fire buttons dyed orange

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

donkey kong jr


2009 - Quantity (17) (paired as set with Donkey Kong)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed orange

Left and right fire buttons dyed light blue

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

mouse trap


2019 - Quantity (1) (paired as set with Venture)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed white

Left and right fire buttons dyed black

Blue dyed ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

ms. pac-man


2008 - Quantity (14) (paired as set with Pac-Man)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed dark blue

Left and right fire buttons dyed white

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

ms. pac-man

(b) (Pink Buttons)

2008 - Quantity (1) (paired as set with Pac-Man (b))

Housing upper and lower halves dyed dark blue

Left and right fire buttons dyed pink

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

pac-man


2008 - Quantity (15) (14 paired as set with Ms. Pac-Man, 1 made individually)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed yellow

Left and right fire buttons dyed white

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

pac-man

(b) (Black Buttons)

2008 - Quantity (1) (paired as set with Ms. Pac-Man (b))

Housing upper and lower halves dyed yellow

Left and right fire buttons dyed black

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

pac-man Plus


2019 - Quantity (1)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed yellow

Left and right fire buttons dyed white

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

popeye


2019 - Quantity (1)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed light blue

Left and right fire button dyed orange

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

venture


2019 - Quantity (2) (1 paired as set with Mouse Trap, 1 made individually)

Housing upper and lower halves dyed white

Left and right fire button dyed red

Black ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Custom keypad underlay

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual

#2495 Display


2019 - Quantity (2) (L.E. (a) & (b) 001/002 & (a) & (b) 002/002)

Left fire button dyed red

Right fire button dyed green

Red ball-top joystick knob with shaft extension

Marquee artwork

6' Straight wire cord

Custom manual