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PostSubject: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:59 pm

French Star Wars Adverts & Features From Pif Gadget Comic Magazine





PIF Gadget Interesting Facts!


  • PIF Gadget was a French comic magazine that featured many cool SW related adverts between 1977 and 1986 including toys, articles, sweepstakes, posters, special issues, stickers, catalogues, and even a mini photographic-story series!


  • It's origins can be traced back to 1942 when it was called Le Jaune Patriote - an illegal French Communist Party publication during the Nazi occupation of France. It went through a succession of name changes before finally settling on 'PIF Gadget' in 1969. It finally ceased publication in 2009


  • PIF Gadget easily takes the record for featuring the most vintage SW toys in any publication! Some of these adverts and their issues are highly sought after by SW collectors


  • The German version of PIF Gadget is 'YPS' - famous for the YPS Snowtrooper! There was also a Scandinavian version known as 'JIPPO'; BILLIKEN (Argentina); and PIU' (Italy).


  • There is a superb section devoted to PIF Gadget in the excellent book 'From Meccano to Trilogo' by French collector Stéphane Faucourt


  • Each week PIF Gadget would include a toy (gadget) as a free gift in the comic


  • PIF Gadget was notable for only running complete stories that were concluded in each issue - as opposed to running serialisations












The complete run so far! Thanks for looking :-)



France. Star Wars Cartoon and Puzzle Pages from Pif Gadget 450. 1977.

     



France. Meccano. Star Wars. Pif Gadget 474/479/482/558. 1977/78.

     




France. Miro-Meccano. ESB. Pif Gadget 590. 1980.
France. Miro-Meccano. ESB. Trampline Catalogue Page. Pif Gadget 608. 1980.
France. Miro-Meccano. ESB. Pif Gadget 613. 1980.  



   




France. Content from Pif Gadget ESB Special 595. 1980.  

           

   




France. Bootleg Vader. Pif Gadget 656. 1981.  
France. Milky Way R2-D2 Offer. Pif Gadget 652. 1981.
France. Miro-Meccano. Pif Gadget 683. 1982.
France. Miro-Meccano. Pif Gadget 716. 1982.

       





France. ESB Miro-Meccano Saynettes from Pif Gadget. June 1981 to May 1982.

       

       

       

       

       




France. ESB Miro-Meccano Quarter Page Ads from Pif Gadget. September 1982 to December 1982.

           

   




France. ROTJ. Miro-Meccano. Content from Pif Gadget 737. 1983.

 





France. ROTJ. Content from Pif Gadget 758. 1983.

   




France. Content from Pif Gadget ROTJ Special 759. 1983.

       

       





France. Pif Gadget 760. 1983.
France. Pif Gadget 763. 1983.
France. Pif Gadget 765. 1983.

   




France. Yoda Head Icons. Pif Gadget 765/792/793/794/795. 1983.






France. Pif Gadget 818. 1983.
France. Pif Gadget 830. 1985.
France. Pif Gadget 849. 1985.
France. Pif Gadget 851. 1985.
France. Pif Gadget 869. 1985.







France. Content from Pif Poche Special Jeux. 1983.






France. Back cover from Pif Poche 218. 1983.






I began collecting the adverts in 2010 with the aim of finding each one that was featured in From Meccano to Trilogo
.......  approx 63 adverts! No easy task, especially as I wanted them in their complete condition inside the original issue and not loose cut-outs.
Three five years on, I'm happy to say that my run is finally complete.

Along the way I also began collecting the non-toy adverts that were not featured in Meccano to Trilogo such as Figurine Panini, movie ads, articles and features - even making a few new discoveries that I've since shared with Stéphane Faucourt - who I'd like to thank for helping me out with some great info on PIF Gadget Star Wars ads!
Thanks also to Arnold (Skywalkerhu) who helped me out with a few issues!

I'm just looking for issue #678 to complete the run from Stéphane's book! If anyone can help LMK please! Thanks for looking :-)

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:23 pm

pure gold!
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:43 am

Wow! Great side focus you've got there Paul. Some of those adverts are stunning. I'm not an odd ball colector myself, but I can certainly see the appeal of those. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:25 am

Very nice, you have a paper fetish like me Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:40 am

Thanks for the great comments guys, glad you like Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:15 am

bounce alien cheers
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PostSubject: Update Feb 2013   Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:24 am

Update


Finally got Saynette #666



Just need #644 and 678 to complete the run.





Also found this from a 1985 Pif Gadget - cartoon-style tribute to Charlie Chaplain (reminds me of some of the artwork from MAD comic)




and a new discovery from Pif Gadget cheers 1985 Airfix ad featuring an A-Wing model. I sent a scan over to Stephane as he was also unaware of this advert.



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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:02 am

love the ads! great stuff as always!
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:39 pm

What an incredible collection! 2 more to go.... Dang! Love the pictures in the adds. Wish I could read what they say... Thanks for posting them along with the history that you have documented about them.
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:41 am

Hi there, just catching through some posts on the forum since I registered a week ago Very Happy

Thanks Paul for the feedback, it was a pleasure to help, you did very well with your PIF collection which is now probably even more complete than mine Cool and it's also always a pleasure to see that my Meccano to Trilogo book helped discovering new fields of collecting, that's also what keeps the hobby running.

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:10 am

Hi Stephane, great to see you signed up Wink
Thanks for the kind words, they're very much appreciated Cool
Cheers, Paul

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:03 am

Update

Throughout nearly all of 2013 I've been searching for just two issues to complete this run which I started in 2010. These two issues have been an incredible pain in the arse to find.

But today I finally landed one of them  cheers 


Issue 644, 1981




and here's the Saynette advert found inside that I needed...




Just need issue 678 to finish the run!  bounce 

Thanks for looking.

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:18 pm

Great adverts Paul, good luck with finding 678 mate  cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:39 pm

Yeah, some issues can be quite difficult to find; Congrats Paul !!
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:02 am

still reading Paul,awesome stuff  Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:32 pm

I forgot to add that I found issue 678 a good while back, so this run based on the From Meccano to Trilogo book is now complete. And what a great ad to end with cheers



All that's left to add are unknowns and one or two rarities not covered in the book.

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PostSubject: Re: Meccano Star Wars adverts from French PIF Gadget comic magazine   Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:44 pm

Wow, Paul! I haven't seen your limelight, great collection of PIF issues and thank you for your feedback! Smile
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