Promotional Items

By: Zombie

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X-COM Items

UFO:Enemy Unknown

UFO Enemy Unknown Trade Show Poster5

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This gigantic poster was used to advertise the game by MicroProse in their trade show booth and was saved by Quentin Chaney. Now owned by Zombie, it measures a whopping 24×59 inches (61×150cm) and is in pretty good shape overall.

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.

UFO: Enemy Unknown UK Promo 5

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This is a rare promotional flyer originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. It's dimensions are 5 7/8 × 8¼ inches (14.9×21cm) folded, or 11 11/16 × 8¼ inches (29.7×21cm) unfolded.

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. The exact size is hard to determine, but assuming the game in the picture is in a standard jewel case, the approximate dimensions are 10×10 inches (or 254×254mm).

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

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.

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.

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 four of these pins - two are naked and two are still in the original factory sealed poly bag. It's dimensions are 1 1/8×9/16 inches (or 3½×1½cm).

X·COM Patch5

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This patch measures 7×3cm, 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 made to resemble the pin.

X-Gum "Ublo" Bubblegum2

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X-Gum "Ublo" Bubblegum3

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This item was manufactured to hold a discus of bubblegum inside the floppy disk clamshell case. It's dimensions are 3½" × 3½" × ≈ 1/8" (8.9cm × 8.9cm × ≈0.3cm), and was purchased from an end cap display at either WalMart or Kroger.

X-COM: Terror From The Deep

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.

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.

Signed TFTD Manual5

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Owned by Zombie, Steve Goss's signature was obtained possibly during the first year of the release of TFTD by Quentin Chaney himself.

TFTD Test Disks5

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These are two 3½ diskettes that were test disks for TFTD when Quentin Chaney was in the UK. While living in the UK in 94-95 he became close friends with the TFTD development team and they would give him the latest map versions to play and test. Basically they are just one level where your squad has landed and you head out to fight the aliens. After playing you would then report any problems or bugs to the programmers or artists. As most of these were turned back in to get the next map level of the game to test there probably aren’t too many of these around. Again, these are not an alpha or beta of the whole game, just one map level. Zombie now owns these and they still contain data! The MicroProse UFO disk has a zip of a folder named TACTICAL and is dated 11/24/1994, while the UFO Terro Disk has a zip of a folder named PLANETAC and is dated 11/23/1994.

UFO/TFTD Standee6

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This is a rare standee for both UFO:EU and TFTD acquired by John Broomhall. Zombie owns one as well: it's dimensions are a gigantic 28×28 inches (or 71×71cm) and is printed on a very heavy card stock.

X-COM: Apocalypse

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.

Popper Figurine3

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This toy figurine was a limited release 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. It measures 3¼" tall × 4" wide × 4½" long (8.3cm × 10.2cm × 11.4cm) and underneath is MicroProse®, ©1997 MicroProse, Ltd, China.

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 ( 72.4cm × 60.3cm × 12.7cm) and was acquired by Koloth from Electronics Botique. 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. The rest is history.

X-COM: Interceptor

Interceptor Poster4

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This huge 12×8 foot (366×244cm) 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 13×13cm. 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. This might have German origins.

Em@il - X-COM

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 a big hit.

Alliance

Alliance Poster5

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This poster was used to premote the (then) upcoming Alliance game which was unfortunately cancelled half-way through its development. There was technically only one way to acquire this item and that was by purchasing the X-COM Collector's Edition in which case it was folded up to fit inside the box. Zombie owns a few of these folded posters and also a bunch of unfolded and mint variants which were initially acquired by David Ellis. It is quite a bit larger than a normal sized poster at 24×36 inches (or 61×91cm).

MicroProse Items

MicroProse Pin5

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This tremendously rare pin originally acquired by Quentin Chaney and now owned by Zombie measures 1 3/8"×5/16" (3.6cm×0.8cm). It must be very rare as I've never seen one.

Bumper Sticker (Short)5

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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 2½×9 inches (6.4×22.9cm). There is some very minor wear, but it's otherwise in original condition.

Bumper Sticker (Long)5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse measures 2 1/8×12 1/16 inches (5.4×30.6cm). It's not quite as tall as the sticker above but it's much longer. Zombie ownes two of these which are in perfect condition.

Stationary Folder 15

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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 12×9 inches (or 30.5×22.9cm). There is some minor wear and what appears to be pencil marks on the left edge, but it's otherwise in original condition.

Stationary Folder 25

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse measures 12×9 inches (or 30.5×22.9cm). Zombie owns two of these which are in perfect condition.

Letter Opener5

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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 the same size as a standard floppy disc at 3½×3½ inches (or 8.9×8.9cm). It's in completely unused condition, in fact, there is still plastic film covering the flap on the back.

MPS Labs 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.

MPS Labs Stationary Pad5

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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 11×8½ inches (or 27.8×21.4cm). This pad has 25 pages left out of an estimated 30-32.

MicroProse Jean Jacket5

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This ultra rare jean jacket was made for MPS Germany Marketing. It was obtained in Germany and has been stored for the last 20 years. It's never been worn and is in new condition with no defects. German Marketing was attending trade shows and had created a few items to take along and giveaway. This is a DUKE Jean Jacket that had MicroProse embroidered above the pocket. Cool as there are very few German promotional items as they had a limited budget due to their answering to the UK Marketing Team. Nice with side pockets and four inside pockets. Acquired by Quentin Chaney and now owned by Zombie it is marked as a size Large.

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.

MicroProse (Other)

Spectrum HoloByte 1997 Annual Report5

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

MPS Squadron Wings 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 which was used to promote the flight simulation games produced by MPS Labs circa 1994. Zombie owns nine of these pins, and seven 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. It measures 1½×½ inch (or 3.8×1.3cm).

MicroProse Wings Pin5

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This rare pin was probably used to promote the flight simulation games produced by MPS Labs in the '90s, just like the Squadron pin above, except it's much smaller at 1 1/8×3/8 inch (or 3×1cm). Zombie owns two of these, and both are like new. Most likely this has UK origins.

Pirates! Notepad5

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This notepad acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 5½×8½ inches (14×21.6cm). There are a few pages with scribbles on it, but it's otherwise like new. It currently has 70 pages, but probably had 75 when new.

F-117A Button5

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This very rare button used to promote MicroProse's F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 game measures 2 3/16 inches across (or 5.6 cm). Zombie owns two of these, and both have varying degrees of "staining" on the reverse (could be black rust or maybe an ink of some sort... can't tell).

Across The Rhine Team Jacket5

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This jacket (originally acquired by Quentin Chaney and now owned by Zombie) was made for MicroProse Germany Marketing as a promotional item with only a few being produced. Several were given to MPS Labs development personnel and a couple given away for a MicroProse On-Line contest. This jacket has never been worn and has been in storage for the last twenty years. Overall, it is in great shape with only a small manufacturing fray on a pocket flap and some spotting in one area that is hard to see.

F-19 Stealth Fighter Pen/Pencil Holder w/Paper5

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This is a promo F-19 pen/pencil holder along with a pad of F-19 paper was acquired by Quentin Chaney when he managed MPS Online. The holder is made of clear plastic (probably Lucite) and has a section for the paper pad as well as three separate sections for pencils or pens. It measures 4½"×4½"×2¼" (11.4×11.4×5.7cm) while the pad of paper measures 4"×6" (10.2×15.2cm). Zombie owns two of these, one is missing the paper.

Gunship2000 Trade Show Poster5

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This gigantic poster was used to advertise the game by MicroProse in their trade show booth and was saved by Quentin Chaney. Now owned by Zombie, it measures a whopping 24×59 inches (61×150cm) and is in pretty good shape overall.

Silent Service II Mug5

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This rare promotional mug was acquired by Quentin Chaney when he managed MPS Online probably circa 1992. Now owned by Zombie, it measures 4½" tall × 5" wide × 3" dia (11.7cm tall × 12.7cm wide × 7.6cm dia) which is larger than the standard size coffee mug.

Mantis XF5700 Mug5

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This rare promotional mug was acquired by Quentin Chaney when he managed MPS Online probably circa 1990. Now owned by Zombie, it measures 3 7/8" tall × 4 13/16" wide × 3 1/16" dia (9.8cm tall × 12.2cm wide × 7.8cm dia) which is about the size of a standard coffee mug.

Fleet Defender UK Promo 5

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This is a rare promotional flyer originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. It's dimensions are 5 7/8 × 8¼ inches (14.9×21cm) folded, or 11 11/16 × 8¼ inches (29.7×21cm) unfolded.

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.