POCKETEERS… mechanical handheld retro gaming

Pocketeers mechanical games were produced by the Palitoy company in the UK from 1975. Based on the original Japanese Tomy Pocket Games, each Pocketeer was a themed puzzle or challenge contained within a sturdy plastic shell. Looking back, these pocket-size fun games were rather like mechanical precursors to electronic handheld games like the Gameboy. At our school, Pocketeers were popular because of the “3 Ts” – portability, collectability and swappability.

Palitoy Pocketeers

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Marvel Comics #339. 1979.

UK. Marvel Comics #339. 1979.

UK. Marvel Comic April 1979.

UK. Marvel Comic April 1979.


In France the games were known collectively as Mini-jeux and were distributed by the famous Meccano company.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Castors Juniors. 1979.

France. Castors Juniors. 1979.


This 1982 German ad shows the Tomy license. The ad below also shows Tomy’s ‘Funny Bowling’ game.

Germany. 1982.

M.A.S.K. Illusion Is The Ultimate Weapon

M.A.S.K. is a Japanese animated TV series featuring transforming vehicles, super-powered helmets and masks. M.A.S.K. stands for “Mobile Armored Strike Command” a special task force pitted against the criminal organisation V.E.N.O.M.
The original series focused on the characters and vehicles from the popular Kenner toyline. M.A.S.K. also had many derivative products such as video games and comics.


France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.

France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.


France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.

France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.


USA. Marvel. The New Mutants. 1985.

USA. Marvel. The New Mutants. 1985.


UK. 2000 AD. 1987.


DINKY TOYS

Dinky are miniature die-cast vehicles produced by Frank Hornby’s famous Meccano company.  Dinky made several TV and movie-related vehicles including many for Gerry Anderson TV productions such as Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and Space 1999. More info here: Dinky Wikipedia

Dinky Kits… all you need is a screwdriver!

I’m pretty stoked to finally submit a Dinky toy ad to the pages of TVTA! And what a great example, too… this 1974 UK ad from the pages of The Mighty World Of Marvel features three of Dinky’s new models for their Dinky Kits range. The artwork is appealing, particularly the rendition of the Ford Capri Rally Special.


UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1974.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1974.


US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


 

MONOPOLY

The origins of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903 when American Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips designed a game called The Landlord’s Game. By 1935 her game was developed by Parker Brothers and became known by its present day name of Monopoly.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

Monopoly. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Monopoly. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.