A Vintage 70s Handheld Video Viewing Gadget

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 4, 2011 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek, Tech |

Star Trek Pocket Flix Viewer from Ideal toys circa 1978 featuring Star Trek

So what did fanboys do to collect their favorite shows before the advent of videotape? Believe it or not collecting actual films was a passion of a select few fans back in the day — the hardcore fans would actually purchase 16mm prints, however you could buy on the market a wide range of 8mm film prints which featured clips from many of the popular TV shows of the day. By the 70s this faded, however in 1978 this very cute Pocket Flix viewer from Ideal toys shows the very last gasp of that era. This toy was aimed at kids and one could buy a variety of “easy to snap-in movie cassettes” to recapture a few precious seconds of a show like Star Trek or the Hardy Boys:

Star Trek Pocket Flix Viewer from Ideal toys circa 1978 featuring Star Trek

Star Trek Pocket Flix Viewer from Ideal toys circa 1978 featuring Star Trek

Star Trek Pocket Flix Viewer from Ideal toys circa 1978 featuring Star Trek

The Hardy Boys cassette:

Star Trek Pocket Flix Viewer from Ideal toys circa 1978 featuring the Hardy Boys

A Laurel and Hardy cassette:

Star Trek Pocket Flix Viewer from Ideal toys circa 1978 featuring the Laurel and Hardy

Found via John Tenuto.

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