Christmas is coming, so it’s a good excuse to fill the blog up with lots of toy adverts etc; next up, it’s a very old advert (1973!) for Lego, when it was just vanilla ‘Lego’ and not affiliated with the Star Wars / Harry Potter / Toy Story / Cars cash cow franchises. Take a look;
I talked about Fighting Furies in an earlier post and briefly mentioned the ‘Ghost Of Cap’n Kidd’. Well, there he is (above) in an advert from the pages of Action comic, issue 10, dated the 17th of April, 1976.
It was just so much cooler than a crappy green plastic water pistol, or cap gun. I only knew one person who had one, and I only saw it once at school, but that was enough to haunt me forever……….
Space 1999 was a Gerry Anderson live action production, starring Martin Landau as Captain Koenig. Here he is, on the Series 2 intro, about 20 seconds in, brandishing the object of my young stun gun desires;
Images courtesy of www.toysyouhad.com
Fanderson covers all your Gerry Anderson needs
There was an influx of cheap(ish) handheld electronic games at the tail end of the Seventies and beginning of the Eighties (think Grandstand’s ‘Invaders From Space’ game, a clone of Space Invaders). This was beginning of the home gaming revolution, which would quickly overtake Arcades as the preferred environment for gamers worldwide. Before the electronic handheld game, and during its early years, there was a competitor, made by Palitoy, called Pocketeers, a range of distinctly non electronic handheld offerings.
You can see why the pocketeers lost out to the electronic games – the Pocketeers take on ‘Space Invaders’ does not have the same dynamic quality that the likes of ‘Invaders From Space’ has;
Basically, you wound up the barriers, they moved from side to side and you had to fire a tiny ball and try and hit the U.F.O at the top of the screen. That was it. No waves of attacking aliens, no damage to shelters that protected you from the invaders missiles. Bit boring, with limited appeal. I remember being excited at the prospect of playing, but feeling VERY let down by the reality. Ho hum.
There is a bit of detail about the game here;
The excellent ‘World Of Stuart’ website has loads of information about the Pocketeers – well worth a look;
For an overview of Grandstand Games, and other handheld electronic marvels, have a look here;
For an exhaustive look at the handheld gaming, check this out;
One of those unfilfilled childhood wishes. I wanted all of the ‘Fist Fighting Super Heroes’, but I had to make do with Captain America battling Batman & Robin, because I didnt have any ‘super foes’. I remember really wanting Spiderman & The Lizard, but again, my dreams were smashed against the rocks of financial hardship…..
I also desperately wanted the Batmobile,
Yup, I was a spoilt brat without the budget. This makes me feel better though. This is a fantastic clip of the UK Palitoy advert for ‘Fist Fighting Super Heroes'(about £2.25 each!!).
Mego were the manufacturers of these toys, with Palitoy selling them under license over here in the UK. Some great resources here;
Palitoy were a great company, giving us British kids the wonders of Star Wars figures in the 70’s and 80’s, as well as Action Man, Action Force & Marvel licenses like Micronauts. Not only that, they had the only real rival to Subetteo – ‘Striker’. Based in Coalville, Leicestershire, they sadly closed in 1984. Some links for Palitoy;
A Striker tribute site
Lovely site – shows the conneciton between Mego & Palitoy