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Update February 2016 - Change(s) of Ownership, the mk.VII "A" .. and the end of Acoms?
Mk.VII (AP-202) - all boxes are marked as Acoms, but only some have an Asahi (Asahi Communisations = Acoms) logo, on later boxes any mention of Asahi is gone, mostly changed to "Think Happy". Looking at the corresponding manuals, both show Acoms, but the back page shows the manufacturer has changed from Asahi Corporation to CCP Co., Ltd (3-1-8, Sakae-cho, Kawaguchi, Saitama, 332-8521, Japan).
Looking at the "Mk.VIII", all boxes (I think) have the "Think Happy" logo & the manuals all show CCP Co., Ltd as the owner/manufacturer.
On the "Mk.IV" 2.4GHz stick sets, all are also "Think Happy" logo'd & show CCP Co., Ltd as the owner/manufacturer.
Note: I looked at both the CCP website (www.ccp-jp.com/) and that of the Bandai/Namco group (www.bandainamco.co.jp/) but both are quite impenetrable, even with Google translate
Given the above, I've revised the chronology to include a note on the "Mark VII-A" and put in end dates of 2015 on that and the "Mk.IX" 2.4ghz offering, during which supplies of both seemed to dry up entirely.
I can only speculate as to the reasons for the apparent end of Acoms, but it does seem a shame to me - the AP-202 27mhz ("mk.VII-A") sets were both cheap and competant, and while the 2.4ghz sets had some flaws (audio only trim adjustment, looks, and to a certain extent, price), nostalgia alone would I think have guaranteed a place for it.
An NIB mk.ii set came up on eBay with a reasonable buy-it-now price so I snapped it up. Box was obviously toast, even in the listing & on arrival it really is, both sun bleached _and_ water damaged, and the paperwork is wrinkled & stained too. However, genuinely NIB sets are so rare (most sets claimed to be "new" are so obviously used sets put back in a box) I'm pleased to have it - no doubt something will come along that I feel is worthy of using it in
Cool! I don't think I've seen a true NIB of these before
I got around to looking at the new Mk.II set ... box is a little dog-eared around the edges but the colour is still very good...