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How To Make An Optigan Disc – Then and Now

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

A photo essay documenting the creation of Optigan discs.

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When was the Optigan made?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

The first Mattel Optigans rolled off the assembly line in late 1970, and Opsonar ceased production in the summer of 1976.

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Who made the Optigan?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Mattel designed and originally manufactured the Optigan, but sold the whole works intact to Miner Industries (another toy company, which also owned Magnus and Estey organs) in 1973. Miner created a subsidiary company called “Opsonar” to continue production of the Optigan and Optigan discs. The machine was still called “Optigan” though, and almost no changes [...]

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