Here are four of the innumerable types of Stick'N'Lift for you:
Neither transfers nor stickers (since no adhesive is required), Stick'N'Lift are flexible pieces of vinyl which can be stuck on a background by electrostatic attraction. Since this force is very weak, they can be easily removed & stuck down again, making it simple to reposition them, to play simple games, or to compose animations.
ColorForms are a simple variety of Stick'N'Lift.
Here is a piece of vinyl from a contemporary set, peeled off its carrier sheet & ready to place…
…& here it is placed on the background. You can peel it off again, place it somewhere else, pile up other pieces on top of it; the fun never ends.
Letraset entered the Stick'N'Lift market by the simple expedient of purchasing Thomas Salter Toys in 1978. Here is a scan from the Thomas Salter 1981 trade catalogue, showing some of the range; there were plenty more on other pages.
Much earlier — in 1968 — Simplay Products (a division of Norprint Ltd., of Boston, Lincolnshire) entered the market with a series of Battle Scenes which were quite popular (with me, Andy & Joe, anyway). This success led to other products.
Joe Robinson has provided the following four images of the Battle Scene "Land Battle No.1, El Alamein 1942", & he has also written an article on Simplay which is both short & interesting; check it out if you would like more details & his personal impressions of these sets.
This last Simplay image is courtesy of Andy Hyatt, & it is included here because it makes me laugh.
In-flight entertainment for kids, the British Airways "Skydentikit" barely qualifies to be considered as a Stick'N'Lift set. The pieces of clear film which carry the various facial features don't really stick. Clearly intended as a cross between 'Heads Bodies & Legs' & a photo-fit criminal identification kit, there is not a lot of variety possible with only ten pieces from which to choose.
Picture Credit: The SPLAT Scan Archives — Joe Robinson — Andy Hyatt — Photography by Tom Vinelott at Triplica.com.
© Tom Vinelott 2023