Category Archives: advertising

It’s nearly Christmas so let’s look at old catalogue pages and press adverts with toys on them (the seventies)

I never knew that there was a Space 1999 playset (but this is from an American Catalogue so maybe not in the UK?) but putting that relevation to one side let’s not forget – and indeed, let us celebrate) the fact that Space 1999 had one of the best intro sequences and music of any TV show ever;

and then we have an advert for the Waddingtons UK board game ‘Frankenstein’;

The Space 1999 image comes courtesy of an interesting blog with lots of other action figure related posts;

http://webdebris.com/70s/tag/action-figures/

The Frankenstein bord game advert came courtesy of the always interesting ‘The Cobwebbed Room’ blog;

http://cobwebbedroom.blogspot.nl/

There was a Pac Man Land, and it lived in Texas – Plus: They made a board game from a video game & Pac Man 7-up and Pac-Man Cereal adverts (all 1980s)

In the early 1980s, Pac-Man became a cultural phenomena which (arguably) has not been repeated since – a videogame character that crossed over into the mainstream in a highly (profitable) commercial manner. Only Mario (and then maybe Sonic) can lay claim to be somewhere near the iconic status of Pac-Man.

As a result of this popularity, many commercial opportunities were explored. Pac-Man land was one of them. A Pac-Man-themed children’s area of the Theme Park ‘Six Flags Over Texas’, it was open from 1983-1985 (to then be replaced by Looney-Tunes land) when presumably, the Pac-Man hysteria had dampened down and his appearance no longer generated sufficient revenue. By the look of the slideshow (see below), the ‘Pac-Man land’ concept consisted of a children’s play area (like the type you get in family pub chains and fast food restaurants) configured to vaguely look like the maze environment where Pac-Man did his thing.;