Promotional Items

By: Zombie

X-COM Items

 

X·COM Coffee Mug1

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 According to Quentin Chaney (who worked at MicroProse in the marketing department), MicroProse made a single batch of 100 of these mugs and they were given out to employees only. Zombie owns two of these mugs.

 

UFO Enemy Unknown Poster6

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This is a framed Enemy Unknown poster which actually hung in the MicroProse offices at one time. It is owned by John Broomhall.

 

Enemy Unknown Tee5

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This is an extremely rare t-shirt originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked at a MicroProse office in the United Kingdom. Now owned by Zombie, this is one of a handful of shirts still in existence today and probably the only one in unworn condition.

 

X·COM UFO Defense Tee1

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I (Zombie) believe this is a X·COM: Enemy Unknown t-shirt, as it doesn't have the same detailing as the shirt above. The rationale being that the UK PSX was the first version to use the X·COM logo. I do not own one of these shirts, but would like to.

 

Black TFTD Tee5

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This rare t-shirt was originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. Now owned by Zombie, it is unclear how many of these shirts exist. It's in near mint condition and appears to be unworn.

 

White TFTD Tee5

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This rare t-shirt was originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. Now owned by Zombie, it is unclear how many of these shirts exist. It's in near mint condition and appears to be unworn.

 

TFTD Production Crew Tee1

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According to Quentin Chaney, only a few dozen of these shirts were made and they were given out to production crew members and a handful of other key employees at Microprose. Zombie owns one of these - it's condition is perfect and unworn except for a small speck of what appears to be white paint on the left shoulder.

 

UFO/TFTD Standee6

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This is a rare standee for both UFO:EU and TFTD acquired by John Broomhall.

 

Signed TFTD Manual5

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Owned by Zombie,  the signatures on this manual were collected during the first year of the release of TFTD possibly by Quentin Chaney himself. 

 

Apocalypse Tee1

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 It's unclear how many shirts like this exist, but Zombie's t-shirt was originally acquired by David Ellis when he worked at MicroProse so the pedigree of it is unmatched.

 

X·COM Shirt Pin5

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This is a tremendously rare pin originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. According to him, only a few dozen of these were made and they were given out to members of the development team and a few other key employees at MicroProse. Zombie now owns three of these pins - two are naked and one is still in the original factory sealed poly bag.

 

Iron-On Patch5

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This patch measures 7 × 3 cm, but doesn't appear to have a iron-on coating on the back. Perhaps it's more of a sew-on patch. I own 3 of these, but have my doubts that these are original MicroProse items. Most likely they are recent aftermarket creations.

 

Em@il X-COM Tee1

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This t-shirt was acquired by Drew Northcott when he worked on the em@il X-COM game. It must be fairly rare as the game wasn't very big.

 

PSX Standee2

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Owned by Stuart Whyte, this is a standee used to market the PSX version of Enemy Unknown. Unfortunately, he may have lost this.

 

X-Gum "Ublo" Bubblegum2

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X-Gum "Ublo" Bubblegum3

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Popper Figurine3

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These were a limited release of toy figurines for X-COM Apocalypse that gamers had to mail a coupon into MicroProse to acquire. Zombie's figurine was originally acquired by David Ellis when he worked at MicroProse so the pedigree of it is unmatched.

 

Apoc. Display Box3

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 This huge X-COM Apocalypse heavy cardboard display box measures 28½ inches high × 23¾ inches wide × 5 inches deep and was acquired by Koloth from a game store. Before Apocalypse came out he had been following what information he could find on it in PC Gamer magazine etc,  and when he saw the box in the store he politely asked if he could have it when they were done with it and gave them his name and phone number.

 

Interceptor Poster4

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 This huge (12 × 8 foot) poster used at E3 1998 hangs proudly in David Ellis' garage along with a pool table and his collection of arcade games. So not the usual man cave.

 

Interceptor Sticker5

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This sticker owned by Zombie, measures 13 × 13 cm. However, the intended use of the sticker is the inner circular part (might be able to make this out from the scan) which has a diameter of 11.7 cm.

 

MicroProse Items

 

Bumper Sticker5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 2½ inches tall × 9 inches wide. There is some very minor wear, but it's otherwise in original condition.

 

MPS Shirt Pin5

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This is a tremendously rare pin originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. Zombie owns four of these pins, and two are in the original factory sealed poly bags. There are two clasps on the back - one on each wing, that attach to the pin posts.

 

Stationary Folder5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 12 inches tall × 9 inches wide. There is some minor wear and what appears to be pencil marks on the left edge, but it's otherwise in original condition.

 

MPS Coffee Mug5

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This very rare mug originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse is now owned by Zombie. According to Quentin, MicroProse made several hundred of these mugs and they were given out to employees only.

 

1994 Holiday MPS Mug5

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This extremely rare mug was originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and is now owned by Zombie. According to Quentin, MicroProse had these mugs made especially for their 1994 Holiday Party (the year they released their smash hit X-COM UFO Defense) and distributed them to employees who attended the party. The mug is enormous, measuring 6½ inches tall with a diameter of 4 inches at the base, and weighs 1½ pounds.

 

1995 Holiday MPS Mug5

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This extremely rare mug was originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now is owned by Zombie. According to Quentin, MicroProse had these mugs made especially for their 1995 Holiday Party (the year they released X-COM Terror From The Deep) and distributed them to employees who attended the party. The mug is enormous, measuring 6½ inches tall with a diameter of 4 inches at the base, and weighs 1½ pounds.

 

Spectrum HoloByte 1997 Annual Report5

While technically not a promotional item, this fits the theme of page.

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XCOM Items

 

Iron-On Patch5

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XCOM Sticker5

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XCOM Sticker5

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XCOM Pins5

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This is a package of 3 pins sold to promote XCOM. The Vigilo Confido pin measures 1.9 × 2.5 cm, the soldier pin measures 2.7 × 2.3 cm and the XCOM Enemy Unknown pin measures 3 × 2 cm.

 

Dog Tag5

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 This is a dog tag with laser etched lettering given out at the 2K booth as swag during the PAX East convention in 2014. The tag itself measures 5 × 3cm and is probably chrome-plated steel (attracts to a magnet) while the chain is 37cm looped or 74cm long and probably stainless steel (doesn't attract to a magnet at all).

 

XCOM Standee

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 This huge standee (5 x 2 feet or 160 x 60 cm) was used by retailers to promote the new game to customers.

 

XCOM Poster V15

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This poster was used by GameStop to advertise XCOM and measures 22 × 28 inches. It is printed on very heavy and thick poster board, not the typical glossy poster paper.

 

XCOM Poster V25

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This poster was used by GameStop to advertise XCOM and measures 18 × 24 inches. It is printed on very heavy and thick poster board, not the typical glossy poster paper.

 

XCOM Box V15

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This is a display box used to advertise XCOM in game stores. It's dimensions are enormous, measuring 16 × 11½ × 2½ inches and printed on a heavy card stock. I call this the In Stores version due to the box nomenclature.

 

XCOM Box V25

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This is a display box used to advertise XCOM in game stores. It's dimensions are enormous, measuring 16 × 11½ × 2½ inches and printed on a heavy card stock. I call this the Elite Soldier Pack version due to the box nomenclature.

 

Credits

1Photos courtesy of Drew "Drewid" Northcott.
2Photos courtesy of Stuart Whyte.
3Photos courtesy of Lee "Koloth" Benjamin.
4Photo courtesy of David "dellis" Ellis.
5Scans courtesy of Zombie
6Photos courtesy of John "XCOMAUDIO" Broomhall.