In honor of the 40th anniversary of one of the most beloved computer systems ever created, Gracious Films has launched a new ZX Spectrum Deluxe Collectors Box.
Surely you’ve seen the ZX Spectrum many times in the past. But for those unfamiliar, this home computer system has a very important place in video game history.
And needless to say, we are quite familiar. In fact, we’ve already got a list of the best ZX Spectrum games of all time ready for you to check out.
This new limited edition collectors box is also in support of a new film about the Sinclair computer: “The Rubber-Keyed Wonder: 40 Years of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum”.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The ZX Spectrum was an 8-bit home computer made by Sinclair Research. It released in April of 1982 and was the best selling home computer system in the UK.
At the time of its release, the Spectrum sold for £125. Which would be about £245 or $300usd today.
During its ten year life cycle, the popular home computer sold over 5 million units.
This was the first home computer from Sinclair to make use of a color monitor. Hence the name and the focus on the color spectrum on the main computer unit.
And one of the main uses for the ZX Spectrum home computer was for developing and playing video games. It is often credited as one of the major contributors to early video game history.
In fact, in August of 1982 (just 4 months after its launch), the Spectrum came bundled with the Horizons: Software Starter Pack which contained eight programs. Five of which were games.
While the ZX Spectrum was fairly basic as a home computer, its relatively low price and its unique design surely contributed to its great success.
And its legacy has remained to this day.
It is worth mentioning that the Sinclair Research company was created by a man named Clive Sinclair, who remained an active inventor throughout his 81 year life.
His many creations include the first slimline pocket calculator, the ZX Spectrum, a battery powered vehicle, a flatscreen CRT, and the A-Bike.
Clive Sinclair always tried to bring change and improvement to our world through his extensive research and development.
And he is given major credit as somebody who helped contribute to the video game market due to his creation of the ZX Spectrum.
So many of us owe a lot to Clive Sinclair and his efforts. Thank you Clive!
ZX Spectrum Deluxe Collectors Box
So now we know why the ZX Spectrum Deluxe Collectors Box is so special. It is a celebration of a computer system, a revolutionary inventor, and to a major contributor to our love of video games.
Working directly with Crispin Sinclair (Clive Sinclair’s son) and the Sinclair family, Gracious Films has developed the ZX Spectrum documentary film “The Rubber Keyed Wonder”.
And the ZX Spectrum Deluxe Collectors Box will help fund that film.
The limited edition ZX Spectrum Deluxe Collectors Box will contain an absolute massive amount of collectible content celebrating the Spectrum and Clive Sinclair.
Collectors Box Contents
The entire contents of the collectors box are as follows:
- 1 x Certificate of Authenticity from the Sinclair Estate (signed by Crispin Sinclair, son of Sir Clive Sinclair
- 1 x Special envelope to hold certificate
- 1 x rare Sir Clive Sinclair 48k postage stamp
- 1 x Acrylic Figurine of Sir Clive Sinclair holding a ZX Spectrum with design artwork behind him
- 1 x ZX Spectrum Resin Model
- 1 x ZX Spectrum colour-themed Wristband
- 1 x A5 Metal Poster (Official Film Poster)
- 1 x A5 Metal Poster (Practical Wireless Magazine 1958 cover featuring Sir Clive Sinclair)
- 1 x A5 Metal Poster (Break / Space Key from Spectrum keyboard)
- 1 x A5 One-off Special issue of CRASH Magazine (Exclusive to this Collectors Box)
- 1 x USB Cassette Tape (in box) containing legendary ZX Spectrum game making ofs and other rarities)
- 1 x High Quality Carton Rigid Collectors Box (with Magnetic Closing)
- 1 x Blu-ray copy of ‘The Rubber-Keyed Wonder’ Movie + Extras features
So not only does this collectors box contain a ton of fun collectors items, but it also includes a Blue-ray copy of the film created by Gracious Films.
Support The Spectrum Legacy
At the time we are writing this article, the pre-order is already over 50% funded with 107 out of 200 limited edition boxes pledged.
This is a pre-order, and they cannot produce the collectors boxes without a minimum purchase of 200 units. So we absolutely need to help them bring this exciting project to reality!
So if you’d like to get your hands on this super limited, super awesome collectors box, now is the time!
Each of the 200 collectors boxes are being sold for £159.00 GBP (about $199usd).
This is a pretty incredible collection of items celebrating a computer system and an inventor that helped bring video games to the world.
And it’s for that reason that we cannot recommend enough for you to go support this project.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.