Mattel's Classic Basketball (2003, LCD, 2 AA Batteries, Model# 43572)

This is latest re-release from Mattel. This time Basketball gets the honors. I haven't played it extensively yet, but it does pretty good. Like the Baseball re-release, the play field is actual LEDs, and the score board is a back-lit LCD panel. They've actually changed this game a little and added a 3-point shot, based on the actual rules of basketball. They've also added a switch for turning off the sound. It is packaged with batteries and turned on from the factory, and it has a power save feature that will turn the game off after a few minutes.

Collector warning: This game is packaged with 2 AA batteries installed. Even if always left turned off, these will most likely begin to corrode and destroy the inside of the game after a few years (or possibly a lot sooner). You are left with the dilemma of deciding to keep it mint-in-package and hope it never goes bad, or trying to open it as cleanly as possible to remove the batteries. Mattel obviously wasn't thinking of collectors when they packaged this. Also note that the manual is packaged directly behind the game, so you can't just cut a hole big enough for the batteries, you have to at least make a slit the width of the game to get the manual out of the way...

Do I have this? Yes, new.

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