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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/

The Art of the Annual – 1987

Last year, as Christmas approached, TWLB cast its eye over that Christmas institution – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we looked at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals were evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others were around for one year, never to return….

For a limited time only, TWLB will be looking at some more of these gems, this time from the mid to late 80’s.
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;

The Art of the Annual – 1986

Last year, as Christmas approached, TWLB cast its eye over that Christmas institution – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we looked at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals were evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others were around for one year, never to return….

For a limited time only, TWLB will be looking at some more of these gems, this time from the mid to late 80’s.
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;

The Art of the Annual – 1985

Last year, as Christmas approached, TWLB cast its eye over that Christmas institution – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we looked at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals were evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others were around for one year, never to return….

For a limited time only, TWLB will be looking at some more of these gems, this time from the mid to late 80’s.
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;

The Art of The Annual – 1979 to 1984

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;
Today, it’s 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984……………….
First up, 1979
 

 and now, 1980





  
   
   
   
 

1981
   
  
  
 


1982



 

 


1983






and finally – 1984





The Art of The Annual – 1978

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;
Today, it’s 1978……………….