Posts tagged ‘Chris Foss’

Spacecraft Top Trumps were another Waddingtons pack from the late 70s or early 80s. There were 32 cards in the set.


This was another of our favourite packs of top trumps. It’s a fairly incongruous collection of real world spaceships, famous UFO photos, excellent science fiction illustrations, and solen photos of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica spaceships renamed and reappropriated.

The Centaurus spaceship was drawn by Chris Foss. I’ve seen a different coloured version of that image used on a book cover before. I don’t know who any of the other illustrators are, though.












These puzzles are all from the late 70s and early 80s. For some reason when we were little we had hundreds of puzzles, even though I’m pretty sure none of us liked them that much. I suspect they all cost about 10p from school fetes.

This beautiful Chriss Foss puzzle was always my favourite.

I also remember incessently making this Return of the Jedi puzzle. We had another one too, of Luke and Han and everyone on the bridge of the stolen Imperial Shuttle, but I don’t know what happened to that.

There was also this Star Wars puzzle in the loft, but I don’t remember that one at all. It is a beautiful thing.

There was a terrifying amount of really crap 80s TV and film merchandising puzzles, too. The Muppets I can accept, and possibly Tron, but Street Hawk? It’s a disgrace. The Street Hawk puzzle really is the most lacklustre piece of merchandising possible. I wonder if they still make this sort of stuff. I expect they do.



Much better than these are the Action! Adventure! puzzles. What more could a boy want than a picture of a battle ship being blown up? Absolutely nothing, that’s what.


There were hundreds more puzzles, too. Some of the more interesting or awful ones are in the gallery below. Also in the box I found these in were some terrible “3D” animal puzzles, where the 3D aspect was that the pieces were big lumps of plastic.


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