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Old Comic Star Wars Adverts

Postby Sabreman » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:35 am

Apologies if this has been covered before but recently I bought a Comic I had never heard off just to have a flick through it, it was a StarLord from 03/06/78
To my absolute joy it had an advertisement for Star Wars Figures I had never seen before, so since them I have tracked down several more. They just look fantastic, it seems to me the art of advertising from back them was so much better, much like the amazing covers on magazines like Crash Magazine,of the eighties.
I even found an old advert for a Raleigh Grifter, magazines like Battle,Victor,StarLord, Battle Action Force all ran advertisements for various toys which bring so many great memories flooding back.
I just thought I would share a few I have found, I have laminated some so I can put them easily on a wall or at the back of a display cabinet. I plan on framing some of the better ones.
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Postby Sabreman » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:36 am

A few more pictures I have found, these are from Victor and Battle
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Postby Awl Skulkerkey » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:13 pm

I have a load of British comics at my Mums house. Lots of them from the early 80's are flooded with Star Wars/Empire adverts! The artwork is full of nostalgia and really captures the design & print methods of that era. I'll try dig some out and post my findings :wink:
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Postby Mini99 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:17 pm

Those colour Airfix ones are great, thanks for posting them.

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Postby ScruffyLookingNH » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:31 am

Yeah, there's a huge variety of SW adverts for everything from watches and jewellery to figure, model kits, kites and stationery. The art is almost always amazing and some are by mighty fine comic book artists such as the amazing Brian Bolland. The best ones are invariably the Palitoy ones as they have the double whammy of having the nostalgia for the toys and the best art.

Currently putting together a database of as many adverts across UK publications as I can find. I have over 1,000 Marvel UK comics so it's a good starting point but I think that number will have to significantly increase to be in anyway comprehensive.

Once I've gone through what I've got I'm going to try and find the time to put them up on a site as a reference guide. So far I've seen more than 60 different Star Wars adverts. The guide will show what advert appears in what comic or magazine, how many times it appeared and so it's relative scarcity. Should be able to throw some visuals in, too, to show the timeline of when each advert appeared. All a bit geek but I think it could offer some interesting insights into the marketing of the products in the UK.

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Postby Sabreman » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:29 pm

ScruffyLookingNH wrote:Yeah, there's a huge variety of SW adverts for everything from watches and jewellery to figure, model kits, kites and stationery. The art is almost always amazing and some are by mighty fine comic book artists such as the amazing Brian Bolland. The best ones are invariably the Palitoy ones as they have the double whammy of having the nostalgia for the toys and the best art.

Currently putting together a database of as many adverts across UK publications as I can find. I have over 1,000 Marvel UK comics so it's a good starting point but I think that number will have to significantly increase to be in anyway comprehensive.

Once I've gone through what I've got I'm going to try and find the time to put them up on a site as a reference guide. So far I've seen more than 60 different Star Wars adverts. The guide will show what advert appears in what comic or magazine, how many times it appeared and so it's relative scarcity. Should be able to throw some visuals in, too, to show the timeline of when each advert appeared. All a bit geek but I think it could offer some interesting insights into the marketing of the products in the UK.


That is fantastic, please keep us informed with your progress on this as I find it very interesting. I love flicking through seventies and eighties comics, you just never know what your going to find or what hidden memory it's going to unlock from your childhood. I was born in 1970 so was a big comic reader with the likes of Look in, Battle then Battle Action Force being my main ones.
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Postby Sabreman » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:38 pm

I know it's not Star Wars but even the Palitoy name just seems to mean so much to me, I remember owning a couple of Poketeers as a child so when I found this advert I had to track a couple down.
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Postby AndyPreston » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:41 pm

Sounds like a great bit of work Scruffy, I'll look forward to seeing it. A very useful resource I imagine.
Looking for Palitoy 12 back Jawa and Empire carded Dengar and Leia Hoth. Damaged cards or reseals OK.
Also any non-toy vintage British items esp. store displays, advertising & promotional items, and cast & crew or prop items.

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Postby ScruffyLookingNH » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:35 pm

The ads project has been great fun. Getting the time is the only bugger at the moment. Hope to make more progress soon and will put up a thread when I'm in a position to ask for others to check through their comics.

In the meantime, I have to post these up in response to the Pocketeer advert :) Seeing the variety of addsade me go out and pick some up. The "Pile Up" was from a mate who found it in a charity shop for 50p and the rest are unused from an eBay buy. Still only cost about £6 each and I love them. Really takes me back to pre-Gameboy and smartphone days!

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Postby Bunglebubs » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:15 pm

:o Wow those pocketeers bring back some memories. I had forgotten all about those. I definately remember having PileUp and the one with the 4 race horses, cant remember its name now.

Edit: Just found it on evilbay it's called Horse Racing strangely enough :lol:
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Postby Sabreman » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:20 pm

Scruffy, you have made my day posting that picture they look amazing the packaging everything about them. I have two lose ones I had as a child, after seeing your picture I'm going to have to get some more.
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Postby ScruffyLookingNH » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:08 am

Sabreman wrote:Scruffy, you have made my day posting that picture they look amazing the packaging everything about them. I have two lose ones I had as a child, after seeing your picture I'm going to have to get some more.


Quality! I had the Space Invader one in the last few years but sold it on. Car boot find and wasn't in the sort of condition I wanted. I'd love to know how many are in the set.

Yeah, the race car one is excellent. I defo had that as a kid and also the fruit machine one.

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Postby AndyPreston » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:21 pm

Fantastic, great to see those again, I had several of those pictures. I can almost hear the noise of the mechanism winding down!

Also anything with that Palitoy logo is always a treat.
Looking for Palitoy 12 back Jawa and Empire carded Dengar and Leia Hoth. Damaged cards or reseals OK.
Also any non-toy vintage British items esp. store displays, advertising & promotional items, and cast & crew or prop items.

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Postby Sabreman » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:04 am

This came this morning, it's mint I'm very happy
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Re: Old Comic Star Wars Adverts

Postby ScruffyLookingNH » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:12 pm

Sabreman wrote:This came this morning, it's mint I'm very happy


That's very nice :) I had 3 or 4 saved in my watch list today but let them slide at about a fiver each. Was just too busy to give them much thought and they come up regularly enough. But, when they come up in that sort of condition you've just got to buy them. Lovely.


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