The only toys/games product to have been released
to tie-in with the series which I have definite
info and pictures for (so far) were jigsaws. These
were produced by Whitman, stalwarts in this area
throughout the 70s. Whitman always
their TV jigsaws in sets of four and this set
was no exception (big thanks to Mark Rogers for
coming through with scans of the elusive last
two of the set!).
One of the 224 piece puzzles featured a group
shot of a quizzical Octavia, a seated President
and a Medusa-garbed Liz. A terrible picture this,
with everyone looking out of shot at something
else! As if that wasn't bad enough the second
jigsaw known to exist features an awful offcut
of Clara bending down to speak to Liz, who is
seen in profile and is thus barely recognisable.
Also included in this scene are the backs of two
Medusan functionaries! Indeed, the two shots chosen
for these puzzles makes you think there must be
another couple which used slightly better photographic
The third proves this is unlikely. This
features Liz and Octavia speaking to the president
- again - and is about as exciting as the previous
last in the series at least features the fab main hall set
by Keith Wilson and has lots of detaily bits that
would make for a good jigsaw puzzle but like the
others suffers from no-one looking at the camera
as if the director has at that moment shouted
"Cut - okay take five everyone". Particularly
noteworthy is that the far too exciting sight
of a security guard is obscured by Judy Geeson.
Awful, awful, awful! Of course I just gotta have
'em all 'cos I'm bonkers.
puzzle box also features the Nemesis on two of
the edges and, oddly, the alien ship from The
on the front.
I reckoned the price would probably be around
the 60-70p mark when issued in 1976 - Mark Rogers
suggests 72-75p. Like all other Star
merchandise the puzzles are very
rare but prices today may still be fairly reasonable
if you can find any (around £5 perhaps,
maybe up to £10).