UK 80-piece puzzles (23.5 x 32 cm).
Boxes 24 x 17.5 x 3 cm. Price 70p.
6 designs (paintings based on 2 or more photographs) issued in 2 years. The paintings are probably by Walt Howarth (born 1928, died 2008), who did lots of covers for British annuals produced by World Distributors as well as jigsaws for Hope including Bonanza and Rupert the Bear.
Two of the paintings were used as the cover of sketch pads.
|Box 1: Jigsaw picture; jigsaw piece shape in top right corner, title "Space 1999 80 Piece Puzzle"||Box 2: Navy coloured border top & left (incl art of Eagle & astronaut), title "Space 1999 Jigsaw Puzzle"|
Box: light blue border left & top; title "Space 1999", yellow banner across top right "Ages 5-9 Years"
US 150-piece jigsaw puzzles (25.5 x 35.5 cm); also can. 1975
3 designs (colour paintings by Gray Morrow for Charlton black & white comics, one of which was an unpublished design):
Boxes 19 x 22.5 x 3.5 cm. Jigsaw picture, red logo at base; yellow circle top left-
'150 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, 14" x 10"
Fully Interlocking, Ages 5 And Up'
On the side of the box is a picture of one other puzzle design.
The first design was also available in a card can (with metal lid). The picture was wrapped round the sides of the can.
Below: tin (image thanks to Gordon Moriguchi)
NZ 54 piece jigsaw puzzle (34.5 x 24.5 cm). 1976
Colour painting (by "Bichan") based on Year 1 scenes. Pieces are assembled on a backing card, the edges of the painting around it.
Backdrop is space, with large moon bottom left. Foreground bottom left are various scenes including astronauts with a fallen colleague (based on "Ring Around The Moon"), Zantor and Main Mission staff at their desks watching the newscaster on the Big Screen. Top left is a rescue Eagle with red stripes, some missiles and Satazius being hit by a laser. Right are full length portraits of Helena, Koenig and Victor, striding forward over the red caption "Space 1999", with a purple insect in the bottom right corner.
Scene features 2 astronauts in foreground walking from a launching Eagle. Irregularly shaped pieces, although the border is not cut. p368 of "Thunderbirds" (Asahi Sonorama 1993)
US No. 4609 1976
Board game for 2 to 4 players "ages 8 to 12".
You become a commander and launch your fleet of "eagles" into space. You guide your eagles through the ever changing space trying to land them on your target planet. Strategy and chance determine whether your fleet of eagles completes it mission first.
Board (32.5 x 45.5 cm) with a circular central section (24 cm diameter) which can be rotated. A painting of wispy space clouds and small planets provides the backdrop, with Year 1 photos from the series in each corner (of Koenig, Helena in spacesuit, Victor in lab, and astronauts in NDA 2). The circular section portrays the plan of a spiral galaxy, with a matrix of circles connected by lines. The "pawns" are coloured plastic stands (red, green, yellow and blue) with black and white cards depicting Eagles. A "dice" (sic) is numbered 1 to 3 in red and green.
The game is played with the coloured Eagles starting in each corner. They move their Eagles onto the central section, which at the end of each round is moved according to the direction and number of notches indicated by the die. The Eagles move between the circles until the winner has landed all his Eagles on the opposite corner.
Box (46 x 33 x 3.5 cm) features large red logo with the subtitle "A Game Adapted From The Television Series". Over this is a large photo of a rescue Eagle on the pad. Below are a series of photos (the 4 photos on the board plus a full view of NDA 2 with round building in foreground). A grey stripe down the left side features the MB logo, recommended ages and "Object: Be the first commander to land fleet on hostile planet".
The box and board photos are taken from ITC's Year 1 brochure.
Pictures below thanks to Gordon Moriguchi
UK £3.95, 1974
Board game for 3 to 5 players "suitable for older children & adults"
A circular board (48 cm diameter, fitted from 2 halves) portrays a central planet ringed by orbital barriers (asteroid barrier, magnetic field, radiation belt). One player is the 'Guardian of Meta', moving 4 spaceships (plastic cones) to prevent up to 4 'Space Squadron Commanders' moving their 4 Eagles from the periphery across the barriers (using appropriate punched out segments of card, "space weapons") to steal the energy core (4 black pegs) from the planet.
Box 50 x 28 x 3 cm; nice painting of astronauts and Eagle on lunar surface, logo.
"An absorbing game of space adventure"; "Plan and execute the greatest space adventure of all time".
A board game, with an electronic pad, picture cards, punch cards and tiny plastic Eagle pieces. Obviously hideously complex, but the photos (mostly special effects photos from early Year 1 episodes) are impressive.
Yuma aile oyunu (Yuma family games), Turkey, 1970s-1980s?
Subtitled "robotlar gezegeninden kacis" ("escape from the robots from the planet"), this Turkish board game has players moving from the "robotlar mezarligt" (robot cemetery) over paths across the board (the planet, with several traps such as "tutuklama merkez" - detention centre), to an Eagle and "Alfa Ussu" (base Alpha). Player pieces are cards with character artwork and red, blue, green or yellow backgrounds. The characters are Koenig and Helena, or Maya and Tony (wearing non-standard uniforms with pockets; Maya wears hot pants). There is a spinner instead of dice, and special cards for gameplay.
The box cover artwork features an Eagle, apparently based on the Mattel Eagle 1, complete with red engine bells. Another Eagle command module with engines (just like the Mattel Eagle) is beyond. Both Eagles are attacked by multi-armed robots.
Thanks to Gordon Moriguchi
36 cards (6 x 9 cm) with art in 9 designs (Koenig, Helena, Victor, Alan, 4 of astronauts, Eagle) in 4 suits (symbols of star, crescent, ringed planet, chequers) plus "Switch" cards (the Eagle design)
For 2 or more players, object to put down all your cards. Each turn a player can put down a card if it is the same picture or symbol as the last to be put down, or a 'Switch' (wild card). If neither is possible they miss the turn.
Box: the Eagle art.
UK £2.22 1976
Inclined board with clear plastic cover (26 x 36 x 3 cm). Spring fires ball to top of board, from where it rolls down, to be trapped in plastic cups giving various scores, onto a lever which the the player can use to hit it back up, or to the base giving no score. Maximum score with all 10 balls is 4300.
Board features superior painting: at top, Eagles & logo; below hs of Zantor, Maya, Helena, Koenig; astronaut aiming heavy laser (AC)
Box with open front 32 x 63 x 3 cm.
6" by 11" pinball with good illustrations of Koenig, Bergman and a Rescue Eagle. Also included in the composition are floating spheres from Guardian Of Piri, a spider-like monster and the Kaldorian ship. The packaging was a box with an open corner (an arrow pointed to it: "Try Me!") and open front. Illustrations round the side included the front of an Eagle, the Kaldorian ship and multi-coloured planets. Other captions were "Lots Of Fun!" and "Safely designed! Shatterproof!"
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