Tie in Merchandise: Books Full of Colour

Another avenue for merchandising during the 80’s was the Colouring Book.

Armed with your best felt tip colouring pens*, a bag of crisps and a glass of juice, you laid there on the rug in front of the T.V. and eagerly gave life to the black outlines that adorned the rough pages.

* Colouring Pencils were also available

Now I have to admit that I never saw any of these in my local shops so have no personal recollections of them, however I did have the Design Center, which was modelled after Soundwave.

Many happy hour was spent with this huge hunk of plastic and it’s many accessories.

Anyway, I digress …. So, below is a gallery of assorted colouring books from 194 to 1986.

As you can see there is some great artwork on display, a real hotchpotch showing influences from the cartoon, the toys and other perhaps from available chemicals of the time … it was the 80’s after all.

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