Computer technology and the video games market within the Eastern Bloc countries developed in a rather specific way. Some western technologies were subject to international embargoes, and some were simply too expensive. However, resourcefulness and ingenuity of people behind the iron curtain can’t be underestimated. Western solutions were copied, often making numerous changes - sometimes simplifying the original design, and sometimes introducing interesting improvements. Until now, it is believed that these toys and equipment were definitely more durable than the originals.
Considering the times, Poland was in a relatively good situation. A lot of hardware used to come here directly from the western market - both legally (to be sold for foreign currency in special stores, such as Pewex), and illegally.