OverviewMylstar Electronics, Inc. was formed In 1983, when Gottlieb and its parent company Columbia were acquired by the Coca-Cola Company. A management coup occurred and the company's pinball assets were transferred to a new subsidiary dubbed Mylstar Electronics. Mylstar was responsible for the game Q*Bert's Qubes, the sequel to Gottlieb's 1982 hit, Q*Bert.
In 1984, Coca Cola sought to rid itself of Mylstar. A management group led by Gilbert G. Pollock purchased Mylstar's pinball assets in October 1984 and continued the manufacture of pinball machines under a new company, Premier Technology. Premier continued in operation until the summer of 1996, when the decreasing demand for pinball forced the company out of business. Premier did not file for bankruptcy, but sold off all its assets for the benefit of its creditors.
Today, Gottlieb's pinball games (along with those distributed under the Mylstar and Premier names), as well as the trademark on the Gottlieb name are owned by a holding group, Gottlieb Development LLC, under the direction of Mondial International Corp. The rights to the Gottlieb/Mylstar video games, however, appear to have been retained by Columbia.
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Related Web Sites
- Mylstar Electronics at Arcade Museum (Gives a list of games manufactured by Mylstar)