The Palitoy collecting community has a very unique opportunity to come together and help rescue more than 100 lost Palitoy television advertisements.
Currently there is an Action Man enthusiast who is in possession of 3 rolls of original 35mm film prints that contain 103 Palitoy TV adverts from the 1970s and these advertisements feature many popular vintage Palitoy brands such as Action Man, Pippa and Friends, Playdoh, Star Wars, Pocketeers, Tiny Tears, Ricochet Racers, Mego Star Trek, Mego Planet of the Apes, Mego Commander Power, Baby Alive and Little Big Man to name but a few.
While this library of commercials does include many advertisements that are already available on the internet (albeit in much lower quality) there are also numerous TV adverts that have not been made available digitally since they were first aired on British television in the 1970s.
When the owner of these film prints took possession of them a number a years ago they had them professionally cleaned up and digitally scanned at a 2k quality by a professional studio and they paid for this service out of their own pocket. This person is now offering these adverts to the wider community but they understandably need to recoup some of their original investment.
Our aim is to secure these original film prints and the 2K quality digital transfers but first we need to reach our £5,000 funding goal (AUD$9,500 – USD$6,500).
If our funding goal is reached by 12pm GMT on the 24th June 2023, the current owner of these adverts will hand over the original film prints to former Palitoy Chief Toy Designer Bob Brechin who will then donate them to the Coalville Heritage Society and the 2K quality digital scans will be uploaded to a non-monetised YouTube channel for the whole Palitoy collecting community to enjoy.
You have a terrific opportunity here to help rescue a valuable piece of Palitoy history and all sponsors that donate £100 or more will have their name credited on a title card that will appear at the end of each Palitoy TV advertisement when it is uploaded to YouTube.
So let’s band together, raise the funds required to secure these original television advertisements and help preserve the history of Palitoy.
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