Archive for the 'Rub n’ Play' Category

Knight Rider Rub n’ Play Transfer Set (Colorforms, 1982)

Knight Rider Rub 1982-1

Knight Rider Rub 1982-2

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.

Michael Jackson Rub n’ Play Transfers (Colorforms, 1984)

Jackson Rub 1984

Rub Mike 1984

Rub Mike 1984-2

Rub ’em here! Rub ’em there! Rub ’em EVERYWHERE! Ages 3 and up (4 and up if you want a piece of the “rubbing tool”).

Too easy, people. Too easy. Now beat it!

(See more Rub n’ Play “magic” here.)

Masters of the Universe Rub n’ Play Transfer Set (Colorforms, 1983)

MOTU 1983

MOTU 1983-2

MOTU not homoerotic enough for you, kids? Well, now you can create your own bare-skinned He-Man action with lots of rubbing and playing, provided you own a “rubbing tool” and are at least four years old! Warning: rubbing action that lasts longer than two hours may cause chafing, cramping, blurred vision and other harmful side effects.

Rub n’ Play was Colorforms’ answer to Presto Magix (though the idea of adhesive figures arranged on a backdrop was developed by Colorforms in 1951). My favorite Presto Magix knock-off is Imperial’s Rub-A-Doos.

(Images via eBay/DIG Auctions)


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