70s Spots: Touché Electronic Game (Dick Van Dyke, 1978)

Sci Fi Dick Van Dyke. Right on, 70s! (Touché game commercial, 1978)

Sci Fi Dick Van Dyke. Right on, 70s!
(Touché game commercial, 1978)

“The unique strategy game with a hidden force that changes every game.”

Here’s a rather awesome spot starring everyone’s favorite, Dick Van Dyke. The sci fi-styled commercial is for Gabriel Toys’ electronic Touché game. I like how they refer to the in-game AI as the “Force.” The Star Wars phenomenon was in full-effect when this ran.

The spot aired in November of 1978. Have a happy Saturday!

Touché Electronic Game Commercial, Dick Van Dyke, 1978

Previously on 70s Spots: ’73 Ford Pinto ‘Back To Basics’ (1972)

More Dick Van Dyke at Bionic Disco: Dick Van Dyke For Kodak Colorburst (1978)

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70s Spots: ’73 Ford Pinto ‘Back To Basics’ (1972)

'Doc Pinto' to the rescue! (Ford commercial, 1972)

‘Doc Pinto’ to the rescue!
(Ford commercial, 1972)

“When you get back to basics, you get back to Ford.”

As I haven’t quite got a full month’s worth of winter holiday commercials ready to go, the next few will be “normal” spots. After that, it’ll be all-winter – all the way through December.

The Ford Pinto spot below features a country doctor making his rounds and it aired in November of 1972.

’73 Ford Pinto ‘Back To Basics’ Commercial, 1972

Previously on 70s Spots: JCPenney Holiday Fabrics (1972)

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70s Spots: JCPenney Holiday Fabrics (1972)

The holidays are approaching. Time to dress up like a 1900s granny. (JCPenney commercial, 1972)

The holidays are approaching. Time to dress up like a 1900s granny.
(JCPenney commercial, 1972)

“Sew up a sensation this holiday season.”

Geez, is it December already? I’d better start rolling out the holiday-related 70s Spots.

Here’s one for JCPenney’s line of holiday fabrics – just right for sewing up a nice Holly Hobby dress. The commercial aired in November of 1972.

JCPenney Holiday Fabrics Commercial, 1972

Previously on 70s Spots: ’78 Ford Mustang II (1977)

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70s Spots: ’78 Ford Mustang II (1977)

Great Ghia! That's a close one! (Ford Mustang commercial, 1977)

Great Ghia! That’s a close one!
(Ford Mustang commercial, 1977)

“This is a great time to go Mustang!”

Grab a 30-second look at the all-new 1978 Ford Mustang II Ghia. It’s enough to make a knife-thrower’s assistant quit her job!

The spot aired in November of 1977.

’78 Ford Mustang II Commercial, 1977

Previously on 70s Spots: Panasonic Cassette Recorder (1977)

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70s Spots: Panasonic Cassette Recorder (1977)

The cassette tape recorder for infants. (Panasonic commercial, 1977)

The cassette tape recorder for infants.
(Panasonic commercial, 1977)

“Take a picture of a voice.”

Cassette tapes are hot right now, so let’s take a look back at the magic of portable tape recorders. This spot from Panasonic aired in November of 1977.

As a kid I went around recording all sorts of voices and music on portable recorders. A few tapes of which have actually survived. (That reminds me – I’ve gotta transfer those things to digital files one of these days.)

Panasonic Cassette Recorder Commercial, 1977

Previously on 70s Spots: Plymouth Volaré Wagon (1976)

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70s Spots: Plymouth Volaré Wagon (1976)

'The new small wagon with the accent on comfort and economy.' (Plymouth Volaré commercial, 1976)

‘The new small wagon with the accent on comfort and economy.’
(Plymouth Volaré commercial, 1976)

“Economy with comfort. Now you can find both.”

Here’s super-smooth singer Sergio Franchi again with another stylish Plymouth Volaré commercial. This one takes a look at the Volaré wagon. The spot aired in January of 1976 and was produced in ’75.

Plymouth Volaré Wagon Commercial, 1976

Previously on 70s Spots: Plymouth Volaré ‘Comfort’ (1976)

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