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Palifan

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Re: Post an Image of a Favourite Monster or Sci-Fi Collectible!
« Reply #1515 on: March 27, 2020, 03:33:27 AM »
These Plas-Trix puzzles are amazing but what year were they released?

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« Reply #1516 on: March 27, 2020, 10:13:44 AM »
So far I've been able to determine only that the initial production run was sometime before 1 July 1963 when zip codes were introduced since the address of Plas-Trix was given as Brooklyn 8. Interesting this detail though:

Quote from: National Museum of American History
According to advertisements and articles in the New York Times, Plas-Trix Company was in business in Brooklyn by 1950 and went bankrupt in 1960.

This does not necessarily mean that no toys branded Plas-Trix could have been produced after 1960 since the original Plas-Trix could have been re-organized under different ownership or another company could have purchased the brand name.

I've not been able to determine when production was shifted to Hong Kong, or even whether production of the re-issued puzzles was authorized by whoever owned the Plas-Trix brand name at the time. It could well have been the case that the company Plas-Trix disappeared after 1960 and some fly-by-night outfit pirated their puzzles for reproduction a few years later. If Plas-Trix was no longer around to defend its intellectual property, such theft might have been relatively easy.

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« Reply #1517 on: March 27, 2020, 12:37:54 PM »
Thanks for the info, I didn't realise these were made so early as I thought that might have been released a bit later. Maybe they were bought up though by someone else as I remember these slide puzzles being quite big through the 70's.

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« Reply #1518 on: March 27, 2020, 02:27:56 PM »
The ones without the 29 cent price on the card from Hong Kong could very well have been sold into the 1970's.

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« Reply #1519 on: March 28, 2020, 02:18:44 PM »
I like the cheap '60's monsteryness of those Plastrix puzzles

Here's another hard to find 1960's cartoon King Kong related item. It's a bank made by Transogram...

Rare King Kong Bank By Transogram (1960's) by donald deveau, on Flickr

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« Reply #1520 on: March 28, 2020, 06:26:14 PM »
Here's another hard to find item from 1966. It's the 45RPM record with the King Kong theme song from the cartoon.

King Kong Theme Record (Epic 1966) by donald deveau, on Flickr
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« Reply #1521 on: March 28, 2020, 06:28:06 PM »
On the flip side of the 45 is the Tom Of T.H.U.M.B. theme...

King Kong Theme/Tom Of T.H.U.M.B. Theme Record (Epic 1966) by donald deveau, on Flickr


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« Reply #1522 on: March 28, 2020, 06:30:00 PM »
And here's the whole album which has the theme song, plus four stories...

1966 King Kong Record Front by donald deveau, on Flickr

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« Reply #1523 on: March 29, 2020, 02:48:51 PM »
This is actually a King Kong cartoon item thats easy to find. It usually sells for as little as twenty-five dollars. It's the 1966 Milton Bradley board game.

King Kong Board Game (Milton Bradley 1966) by donald deveau, on Flickr

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« Reply #1524 on: March 29, 2020, 02:50:36 PM »
Here's a shot of the playing board.

King Kong Board Game Board (MB 1966) by donald deveau, on Flickr

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« Reply #1525 on: March 29, 2020, 06:51:27 PM »
This is the Rubb' R Nik by Multiple Toymakers from 1967...

King Kong Rubb'r Nik (Multiple Toymakers 1967) by donald deveau, on Flickr

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« Reply #1526 on: March 29, 2020, 11:19:09 PM »
Cool! You've probably got the finest collection of King Kong Show related collectibles on this board.

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« Reply #1527 on: March 30, 2020, 12:50:25 AM »
Cool! You've probably got the finest collection of King Kong Show related collectibles on this board.

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Thanks. Here's another item--it's the King Kong magic slate from 1968.

1968 King Kong Magic Slate by donald deveau, on Flickr

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« Reply #1528 on: March 30, 2020, 12:52:25 AM »
Is there any way to get the kinks out of that plastic?  Heat maybe?

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« Reply #1529 on: March 30, 2020, 10:11:03 AM »
Is there any way to get the kinks out of that plastic?  Heat maybe?

I never tried it. Maybe heat would work.

Here's a Kong coloring book. This was made with a flocked cover version and also a non-flocked cover. I have the flocked.

1967 King Kong Coloring Book Cover by donald deveau, on Flickr