Sunday, August 23, 2015

At Flashbak: Letraset Action Transfers


This week at Flashbak, I remembered the great Letraset Action Transfers of the 1970s (and early 1980s).




"Another great line of toys from the 1970s to write about today: the Letraset Action Transfers. 

In booklets of this type, you could “rub down” two-dimensional paper figures onto a detailed background, creating an original action scene in the process. 

As the action-transfer booklets promised: “You can create your own super-action packed scene with rub down transfers on a big coloured background.”

Though Letraset Action Transfer sets existed in the 1960s, the disco sets featured popular science fiction licenses of the day and so remain of great interest to me.

For example, the popular Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series Space: 1999 (1975-1977) had two Action Transfer Sets: “Terror of the Planet Cyborg” (which was set against a painted background of the Zennite landscape seen in the Year One episode “Missing Link”), and “Battle on the Planet Insectus.”
The original Star Trek (1966-1969), popular in syndication in the 1970s, had its own Letraset Action Transfer Set as well: “Voyage to the Lost Planet.”

Popular superheroes of the era also had sets “Tarzan vs. The Catmen,” “Batman vs. The Joker” and “Superman vs. Brainiac and the Reptillians” were just a few of the choices.  Marvel’s Spider-Man had his own set as well."

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