Monday, 3 May 2010

ITS CRUNCH TIME

Way back in the eighties, crisp manufacturer KP came out of nowhere with a brilliant mail away premium - the Alien Battle Fleet. For six packets and a few quid, you got a brilliant little die-cast spaceship. When this offer came out, I went straight down to the local shop and bought about 30 odd bags of these damn snacks, ate a few and binned the rest. The back of the pack showed fout different designs which included a brilliant drill-headed ship. I got enough packs for a full set and for an additional fleet of the drill ships. Unfortuantely, due to a botch up on the packs, the code for the drill ship which shows under the wing was written wrongly on the pack, so I ended up with fou of the 'dragon' headed ship instead! Still, after writing to KP to let them know of the mistake, I got another four ships in red instead of black. The same type of ship also turned up some months later in a Kinder Surprise egg - the larger plastic ones with mini eggs inside. This is the brown one in the lower picture.
To promote the offer, KP ran a weekly series of three adverts in Eagle comic, a brilliant parody strip drawn by comic veteran Frank Langford. Luckily, i managed to preserve my copies of Eagle long enough to find these ads years later!


2 comments:

  1. Its amazin how you've managed to keep all this ace stuff Wote! Were KP Outer Spacers sort if curly and melt-in-the-mouth?

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  2. Kp Outer Spacers were a bit like spaceship shaped Monster Munch. Bloody awful and guaranteed to stick in your teeth and shower you with foul vinegar smelling crumbs!

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