PAC-MAN… a pellet-popping, ghost-dodging classic

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Pac-Man was developed by Namco and released in 1980. Probably the most well-known arcade game and an icon of popular culture, Pac-Man has spawned a multitude of games, clothing, a TV series, music and merchandise sold worldwide. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of International adverts featuring the little yellow dude.


US. The Incredible Hulk. 1984.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France.PIf Gadget. 1983.


US. Groo. 1989;

US. Groo. 1989;


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.



France. Picsou. 1984.

France. Picsou. 1984.


France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.


Hamleys. UK. 1983.


Post updated October 2018 with new images.

THE SMURFS / LES SCHTROUMPFS

Les Schtroumpfs

The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs in French) was the 1958 comic book creation by Belgium artist Peyo (Pierre Culliford). These cute blue characters have been delighting fans around the world, appearing not only in comic books but cartoons, films, toy lines, games and household goods. Below is a selection of adverts showing just some of the merchandise that was available.

France. Cora Christmas Catalogue. 1988.

France. Cora Christmas Catalogue. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget 798. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget 798. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget 733. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget 733. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet 794. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet 794. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget 763. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget 763. 1983.

Kinder Surprise. Les Schtroumpfs / Smurfs set.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget 733. 1983.


Further reading:

Wikipedia entry
Official website

BRITAINS

In the 1890s, UK, William Britain perfected the metal hollow casting process that led to the production of hollow ‘cost effective’ lead toy soldiers. This method had already been utilised to some degree by German manufacturers, but it was William Britain that led the way in creating affordable lead toy figures.

In 1959, William England purchased the Herald toy company which had been successfully manufacturing plastic toy soldiers. William Britain embraced this new method and began producing a wide range of plastic  toy soldiers, a successful farm series, a space series, and a range of ‘Deetail figures’ with metal bases that were popular throughout the 1980s.

US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981

Denmark. 1970.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

PIF 744. Britains Farm vehicles 1983

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.

Anders. 46. 1984. Britains farm and Deetails.jpg

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1984/

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Britains. De Speelboom. 1987. Netherlands.

More history here: A short history of Britains Toys