...and you can help! I have the missing 1972 set coming up, as well as some Screen-A-Show stuff, and even a few View-Master discs and something called "Steven's Mini Projector" (well, only three of those)...
...and then there's the four Talking Show Projector strips, which I need a 45 ripped to MP3, since I don't (at least, not currently) have a turntable. Anyone reading this interested in doing a quick turnaround ripping a single 45 to MP3, let me know at waffyjon at comcast dot net !
Special thanks go to Darryl Heine, who recalled that he had some comics with these ads in them, scanned them, and emailed them off to me! All these ads promoted similar products to the Give-A-Show Projector!
I believe these all appeared in one of Kenner's "Fun Books" which were inserted at various times in Gold Key comic books!
One of the film strips in the set I bought is nothing but Archie stories, probably taken from the comic books. There's no copyright information on this saying these were officially licensed, so I'm assuming it was bootlegged. On the package, it was just identified as "Betty and Veronica."
These stories kind of start and stop abruptly... especially this first one!
Starting today, something a wee bit different! The Show a Show Projector was a toy manufactured by the same company who made the "Fortuna" and "Spectrum" (depending on what country you were in) Give-A-Show Projector knock-offs. These projectors could show film strips as well as slide strips. Some time ago, I won a pack of four slide strips (which I'd already featured here a while back) and four film strips for this toy, and I'm presenting them here pretty much as is, with some music and sound effects added. The quality of these strips was pretty bad, so you've been warned!
Kenner's 1973 Screen-A-Show Projector was, more or less, a Give-A-Show Projector that could be used pretty much anywhere (assuming there was little enough light). The projector was mounted on a stand with a small screen (which could be removed for projecting onto a wall), and cassettes were inserted in the projector, which you'd advance to each frame. These cassettes had either one long story, or two shorter stories, with the shorter stories lasting 10-11 frames each (including a title frame).
I decided to be merciful and, instead of spreading this out over three videos, I made it just one video... so if you don't want to see this, come back tomorrow for the first of the Disney Magna-Slides that will take up the next 18 days!
A word about this set: The quality of these slides was very poor. As noted before, there's no story to be had here, just a bunch of stills, and these stills were printed on plastic just like all the other toy slides I've posted here (except for the TruVue, which were on film). Where this worked all right for stuff that was drawn, for photos, it was terrible, and very grainy, which is why this video looks so bad.
Tamfort, the manufacturer of this set, produced one extra set of slides of the Power Rangers, which I'm not at all concerned about adding to my collection after seeing this one! So far as I can tell, this was the only projector toy they produced, although they did produce a number of other toys (and may still be doing so). One of their other licenses was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And with the first post of the new year, I'm presenting the last of the Super Powers stories... as well as the last Kenner Give-A-Show set for a while!
But that won't mean there won't be any videos here... I'll explain more after the video!
OK, here's the scoop: Tomorrow and for the next few days, the videos will be taken from the Power Rangers Power Slide Projector... but there's no story with those slides! It's just a bunch of stills. There's 70 slides all together, so I will likely look for some kind of way to make them not take too many days... maybe 14 slides per show for 5 days? Well, that seems too long... maybe I'll put 21 to 22 per day and make them only three days.
After that, I've got what's probably the last of the Disney Magna-Slides, which will fill in all the gaps in what I've already presented here.
After that, I have some Kenner Screen-A-Show stuff, and there'll be five of those.
And finally, I've got some actual film strips that the Fortuna people produced that I'll be working on, too.
Once I get through all those... then I'll be going back to the first Give-A-Show release, which I hadn't done videos for yet, and get those done.
Hopefully, by the time all these have been done and presented here, I'll have added another Give-A-Show set or two to my collection... because if I haven't, then this blog will be going on a hiatus for a while!