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.
US. Groo. 1989;
UK. Eagle. 1983.
Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.
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.
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.
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.