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‘Space Toys’ Ads (1978)

Space Toys Ad 10-78

Space Toys Ad 12-78

Space Toys Ad 1980

The ads are via Roboplastic Apocalypse, the most comprehensive robot toy site on the internet. Notice that Santa is riding the Viper in the first ad, followed by his other outer space reindeer. Very clever.

The last ad features Combatra, the priciest item on the Shogun Warriors menu, selling mostly at high end department stores for $49.99 or more. There’s a great entry on the toy at CollectionDX, where I got the pictures below. Click on the link to see all five vehicles combine into a giant robot, long before Matchbox’s Voltron entered the fray.

Combatra 1978

Combatra 1978-2

Combatra 1978-3

Mattel’s Unproduced Battlestar Galactica Toys (1979)

BSG Cylon Helmet

BSG Command Ship-2

BSG Command Ship

I did not know about either of these. Per the Starlog #27 blurb below, Mattel “scrapped” the Command Ship because production cost was too high, specifically the chip required to emulate the Star Bird-like acceleration and laser sounds.

The helmet was supposed to transform a kid’s voice into the voice of a Cylon! Just think: we could have all been talking like Cylons.

Top images are courtesy of By Your Command.

Starlog #27 1979

Christmas Morning, 1978: Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Adventure People

Christmas 1978-2

Another shot starring the Death Star and the Daredevil Sports Van, not to mention all the major Battlestar Galactica vehicles, via Darrick Bachman. I also see a Tie Fighter, a die-cast X-Wing Fighter package, a Spider-Man Mobile Crime Lab (below, via Jon Knutson), and a Nylint Trail Blazer (below, via eBay).

Spidey Crime Lab 1978

Nylint Trailblazer

Nylint Trailblazer-2

Galacticon II Program Cover, 1979

Galacticon II 1979

Cover artist is unknown. The program is 16 pages. How cool would that have been if Cylons came out of the mother ship at the end of Close Encounters?

You can see a few photos of the event here. Guests included Linda Blair (Huh? To promote Roller Boogie?), Michael York, and the cast of the 1950 TV series Space Patrol.

Battlestar Galactica Cosplay, 1984

Galactica 1984

Galactica 1984

L.A.con II (42nd Worldcon), 1984. Photo via The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.

Marvel Super Special #8: Battlestar Galactica (1978)

BSG Cockrum

I posted the original Bob Larkin cover art on Facebook last week. Here’s some original Dave Cockrum art from the same issue. You can read the whole comic—written by Roger McKenzie and illustrated by Ernie Colón—at Alberto’s Flickr. It’s good stuff, and there are lots of extras.

Bonus: here’s a photo of some 1978 kids transfixed by the oversized beauty.

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider Latch-Hook Kit (Clarion, 1978)

BSG Latch Hook 1978

BSG Latch Hook 1978-2

Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers Sunglasses (Larami, 1978-1979)

BSG 1978

Buck Sunglasses 1979

If you think cyborgs don’t need protection against harmful UV rays, you are an insensitive ass and may be guilty of speciesism.

(Images via eBay and eBay)

Battlestar Galactica Rub n’ Play Magic Transfer Set (Colorforms, 1978)

BSG Rub 1978-1

BSG Rub 1978-2

BSG Rub 1978-3

BSG Rub 1978-4

BSG Rub 1978-5

This set is a little different than Presto Magix and later Rub n’ Play sets. You had to rub pieces of a character or vehicle into an outline, which you would then prop up in a slot.

I believe the Rub n’ Play line started in 1978, as did Presto Magix. I’ve also seen Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, and Hollie Hobby sets from the same year.

Battlestar Galactica Poster Art Set (Craft Master, 1978)

BSG Poster Art 1978-1

BSG Poster Art 1978-2

I had this one. Note the coloring hints, especially “These pens contain more than enough ink to complete all the posters in your set.” I call bullshit.


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