X-ploratrons Ads, 1979

X-ploratrons Ad 1979

Here’s the X-ploratrons backstory, and below is the ad from the 1979 Corgi catalog. The first ad is illustrated by British artist Frank Langford.

X-ploratrons Catalog 1979

(Images via combomphotos/Flickr and Moonbase Central)

5 Responses to “X-ploratrons Ads, 1979”


  1. 1 Jeremiah January 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I like the looks of these, I’ve never seen them before. I did have the Matchbox Adventure 2000 that you mentioned previously.

    is it just me or does the font on the toys look more “Old West / Frontier” than “Futuristic”? If that makes any sense.

  2. 3 welshpiper January 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I’m glad Corgi specified that the 21st century of the X-ploratrons was “fictitious.” Like saying, “There are many paths before you, people of 1979 – this is but one of them.”

    • 4 2W2N January 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      I caught that too. As opposed to the non-fiction disaster-wrecked 21st century. Maybe someone at Corgi was a time traveler?

      • 5 welshpiper January 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

        I love when we reach the year by which past generations predicted our demise, the apocalypse, or (in this case) the protection of a marsh-roving magnifying glass, then realize that things are pretty much exactly the same as before, except we have more lawyers.


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