Gus Wylde, one of the technicians for Optigan®, reports that the last 100 Optigans made by Mattel were shipped to Amsterdam. Frans van der Bijl, a citizen of Amsterdam, did a bit of research on this a
Where were Optigans sold?
Mostly through large department stores such as Sears, JC Penney and Montgomery Wards. In fact, there was even a special version of the Optigan® made exclusively for the Montgomery Wards chain. Optigan
How many Optigans were made?
This is still somewhat of a mystery. There have been figures quoted from 1,000 to 100,000, though the actual number is probably somewhere closer to 10,000.
When was the Optigan® made?
The first Mattel Optigans rolled off the assembly line in late 1970, and Opsonar ceased production in the summer of 1976.
Who made the Optigan?
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 s
How much did Optigans cost new, and how much are they worth now?
There were several different models of Optigan® to choose from, ranging in price from about $300 to $500. As for how much they’re worth now, I suppose their value is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve s
Where can I buy an Optigan?
First, you should check the Optiswapit forum located on this website. Failing that, you should regularly do searches for “optigan” and “optigon” on eBay. Another potential online source is Craigslist.