The Stick Station is an accessory for the that said to bring the ambiance of the arcade into your home. Released by Skywriter, a company from Louisville, Kentucky, this hardwood joystick platform was designed to reduce the pain brought on by muscle fatigue by providing a better way to hold your favorite Atari joystick as the Stick Station can either be set on a flat surface or held in the user’s lap.
The Stick Station is approximately 17 1/2 ” long by 6″ wide by 1 1/2″ thick, and is configured for either the standard Atari or the Wico joystick. It was available in both Poplar or Walnut finish. This means that 4 different models of the Stick Station were made.
The earliest mention of the Stick Station was found in the Electronic Games magazine – Volume 02 Number 10 (1983-12) while the latest mention was in the Computer Games magazine from June 1984.
The accessory was sold for $14.95, which was expensive when adjusted for inflation. An additional $2.50 shipping and handling fees was also required as this product was only ever sold through mail order. Within a few months of the release, adds began to advertise special offer to $9.95. In the end, the Stick Station was sold for less than a year. Although sale numbers are not available, it is clear that the Stick Station wasn’t popular at all.
Here’s the original address used by the few how purchased that piece of history back in the day: