The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Compiled by Martin Willey


UK 1974 and 1976. Price 70p.

6 designs issued in 2 years. Each painting is based on 2 or more publicity photographs. 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.

The jigsaws were in 3 different box styles. Each box is 24 x 17.5 x 3 cm.

The original 1974 box style included an image on the long side of the box. The later 1974 re-issue and the 1976 boxes only had text.

The jigsaws were simple 80-piece images. The completed jigsaw measured 23.5cm x 31.8cm.

1974 (3 designs, each in 2 box designs, all code no. SJ726)

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"
Koenig, Helena (holding up cards), Victor in front of communications post.
Kaldorians watching screen showing astronauts in NDA 2
1974 box type 1 Koenig & Helena by Terra Nova pond, Eagle & Victor beyond

1976 (3 designs, all code no. SJ833)

Box: light blue border left & top; title "Space 1999", yellow banner across top right "Ages 5-9 Years"

Koenig (in spacesuit) & Helena (in robe) cower (War Games); as astronaut fires heavy laser (Alpha Child) at head of green lizard

Victor & Koenig wait behind rocks as cavemen search (Full Circle), Helena foreground

Koenig (holding heavy laser) & Victor (hs, in spacesuits); base beyond; Eagle, planet & explosion in space


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3 designs (colour paintings by Gray Morrow for Charlton black & white comics, one of which was an unpublished design):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.

497-01 497-02 497-03

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)


JIGSAW PUZZLE (World Games, New Zealand)

World Games Jigsaw

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; they are not cut to the edges of the board.

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.

World Games Co. Ltd of Auckland New Zealand also produced a local version of the Milton Bradley board game.



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)


UK, December 2021, €30

Art by comic artist Lee Sullivan featuring Year 1 regular characters and effects scenes. 1000 pieces. Box 225 x 315 x 65 mm. Puzzle dimensions 672 x 480 mm.

BOARD GAME (Milton Bradley)


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.

A box from Martin Landau's estate was sold with the Marx Toys Bagatelle in September 2019 for $325.

Pictures below thanks to Gordon Moriguchi

In New Zealand, World Games of Auckland, New Zealand, produced a local version of the game. The branding reads "A Milton Bradley Game Manufactured by World Games Company Ltd.". They also produced a jigsaw puzzle.


Omnia game

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".

Box Box Instructions, inside the lid Pieces Board Reverse of board

The board game was also issued in Denmark. The cover art and logo were identical, but a red sticker covered the bottom right corner, with a version of the Danish title, Månebase Alpha 1999 (when shown on Denmark Radio in 1976, it was just Månebase Alpha). Instructions in Danish were printed on a separate sheet. Images thanks to Gordon Moriguchi.

BOARD GAME (Clementoni)

Italy 1975

Box cover

Box cover. Vivete anche voi le avventure di un pugno di uomini alla deriva nello spazio; in English Experience the adventures of a handful of men adrift in space

Box contents- punch cards, Eagles and cards.

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.

There are 24 planets around the main board. These are the planets from Year One episodes in production order. Only a few images are correct for the label; the Triton probe from Ring Around The Moon appears in four of the images (but not "Triton"), while Zenno from Missing Link is in three (not "Zenno").

The smaller game board

Moonbase Alpha has only four launch pads, as the game has only four players each with an Eagle.

The small Eagles, in red, green, blue and yellow.

The rules booklet.


Yuma aile oyunu (Yuma family games), Turkey, 1978-1979?

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

The game is a repackage of Kenner's 1977 Star Wars board game "Escape from the Death Star". The robot cemetery was the Death Star trash compactor in the original. The player cards were Luke and Leia, and Han and Chewbacca. Space: 1999 arrived on Turkish television in October 1978; Star Wars didn't appear until 1979. Thanks to Craig Rohloff.

Kenner 1977 game Kenner spinner

CARD GAME (Whitman)

UK 1975

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.

More details



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.

The name bagatelle was the original term for the table-top billards, developed in France in the late 17th century, and it was still known as that in the mid-19th century when a British inventor in the US standardised the game with spring launcher and marbles for balls. In the 1930s, coin-operated bagatelle games in the US popularised a new name, pinball. Marx Toys in the UK used the bagatelle name because pinball was associated with gambling (pinball machines were banned in New York City until 1976).

Board features superior painting: at top, Eagles & logo; below head/shoulders of Zantor, Maya, Helena, Koenig; astronaut aiming heavy laser (Alpha Child), Breakaway astronauts fighting and the War Games alien. All four Eagles have red rescue stripes. Apart from Maya and Helena (in year 2 jacket), all the images are first series.

Box with open front 32 x 63 x 3 cm.

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A bagatelle from Martin Landau's estate was sold with the Milton Bradley board game in September 2019 for $325.

Marx also produced a Communicator

Official Pinball Game (Ahi)

Pinball game

USA 1976, $0.99

6" by 11" pinball/bagatelle 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!"

The packaging is in two small variations- the logo and "pin ball game" strap is lower in one version (revealing Bergman's face). The lower version has the Ahi! logo bottom left, but it is absent on the higher version.

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