Packets & Tattooze — Page Eight of Nine


Thomas Salter: Space Attack Rub Down Action Transfers [1982]

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Confectionery-style packets:

"4 Space Transfers Inside"; "Over 50 Space transfers in this series. Buy more packs to add to your collection".

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A careful analysis (buying lots of packets, in other words) reveals that in fact there were twenty-four sheets of transfers. At least two transfers per sheet does indeed entail over fifty transfers in all.

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That's seven sheets of the twenty-four; you get the idea.

But wait! Paul Hart kindly sent us a set of photos of the full twenty-four sheets. So if you want to know which ones you're missing, or are just curious, here they are:

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Original photos courtesy of Paul Hart

As a last reflection on these transfers, clearly they're not set in outer space at all, but in the atmosphere of some planet. The craft are aerodynamic, & the explosions have air friction trails. But the planet in question may well be in outer space, or the invading fleet could be from outer space, I suppose… besides, once you start picking nits with this kind of subject matter, where will it end?


Thomas Salter: Terrific Tattooze

The last item in this tour of Letraset/Salter packets is this slightly mysterious item:

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The owner, Paul (not the same Paul), while happy for us to share the image, wasn't willing to spoil any of the packets by opening them to let us examine the contents. However, it's reasonable to assume that they would have been Tattooze using the artwork from previous packets: Rub Down Horrors, Space Monsters, Savage Age & Space Attack. If it seems odd that Tattooze would use dry rub-down transfer artwork, it's worth mentioning again that the reverse had already occurred when Letraset Rub Down Horrors re-used the GK175 Letraset Tattooze Multi-Coloured Skin Transfers artwork.


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Other pages in this article about Packets & Tattooze:

See also: Combat Bubble Gum Instant Picture Sheets ↑
Plus: Topps 1969 Baseball Magic Rub-Offs ↑
And: Topps Speed Wheels ↑
And: A&BC Footballer Bubble Gum with Action Transfers ↑


Picture Credit: The SPLAT Scan Archives — Paul — Paul Hart