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

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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

SHOGUN

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Shogun action figures came in various scales made from both plastic and die-cast metal. Licensed by Mattel in the late 1970s the figures were based on the Japanese anime show of the same period.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


Shogun Rocket Tops Topolino 1979

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


France. Goldorak 12" vinyl record. Saban Records & Music. 1982.

France. Goldorak 12″ vinyl record. Saban Records & Music. 1982.


USA. Creepy Mag. 1980.

US. Creepy Mag. 1980.


Castors 14. 1979.

Castors 14. 1979.


 

PEZ… candy-popping themed dispensers

Pez was invented by Austrian Eduard Haas III in 1927 and marketed as a breath mint. The name ‘Pez’ derives from the German word for peppermint ‘pfefferminz’. Oscar Uxa invented the first dispensper in 1948 – based on cigarette lighters of the time, the aim was to try and discourage people from smoking. In the early to mid fifties the first novelty dispensers were marketed and aimed at children. This was followed by Popeye and Disney character novelty heads which featured on top of the dispenser. Pez is still sold today and remains popular around the world .

Read more Pez history at the official site pez.com

Superhero Pez dispensers. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget 826. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget 826. 1988.

Pif Gadget. 1984. France.

Pif Gadget Pez. France. 1978.

Pez Donkey Kong and TMNT. From the collection of TVTA.

Pez dispensers various. From the collection of TVTA.


thank you for popping Pez with us 🙂