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The Mythical Type 0
WHOOPS! MY BAD.
When I first launched this website, I included another version of 2-XL that I called "2-XL Mk I." I have since learned that my information on this alternate 2-XL was dead wrong -- it doesn't exist! So for the sake of anyone who may have remembered that listing, I'm including it here so I can now debunk a myth I accidentally started.
Also, because of this big screw-up on my part, I've abandoned the Mk I, Mk II, Mk III & Mk IV names I previously used on the old version of this site, and am now calling the different 2-XLs by a more straight-forward Mego Type 1, Mego Type 2 and Tiger Type 3, with the former Mk I now being the mythical Type 0.
I got my information on the Type 0 from a fellow student back in 1980. According to him, he had a 2-XL a few years earlier. Since 2-XL had come out in 1978, that was believable enough. This 2-XL was white instead of tan, and you turned it on by pushing the button on the top of his head. Since the red dome on the top of 2-XL's head looked like it was meant to be a button (come on... tell me you didn't try to press it at least once to see if it did anything), this also seemed believable. He couldn't show me this different 2-XL, because he dropped it down a flight of stairs and it split right in half. Since my 2-XL has taken a real beating over the years and held up, it seemed believable to me that Mego could have changed the design early on to make it more durable.
The thing that really made me believe him was that he said it came with a unique program. This "General Information" style program came with a sticker sheet of "footprints" or "spaces," which you laid out on a piece of paper or cardboard to make your own customized game board in any pattern you wanted. Then you used a penny or any other token you wanted to use, and 2-XL would reward you for correct answers by telling you how many spaces you could move. So when "Robotriva" and "Robostronomy" came out later that year using the same concept, I was totally convinced he knew what he was talking about.
On top of that, a few years later I was in an obscure small-town five-and-dime store and found a 2-XL tape packaged on a blue card (as opposed to the much more common red and green cards), with a picture of a 2-XL that looked very different from the regular 2-XL. To my memory it looked white as opposed to tan, and had the more cheesy 70's style computer font for the buttons. Well, I thought, this must be that very first version of 2-XL my classmate had spoken about! So, thinking I knew what I was talking about (and not realizing my 2-XL website was actually going to be seen by so many people) I went ahead and put everything I knew about this "2-XL Mk I" on my website and treated it as fact.